Police Statistics on 200 Crimes Probed
The D.C. inspector general has launched an inquiry into whether D.C. police properly counted about 200 crimes, responding to a union allegation that some of the offenses were not included in the department's statistics.
Police union officials sought the probe, saying they found copies of about 200 offense reports in the 7th District station. The reports covered various crimes in recent years, but union officials said they do not believe the crimes were counted in annual statistics.
Department officials have defended their crime data, saying they believe the reports were counted as statistics.
Interim Inspector General Austin A. Anderson said yesterday that the probe will focus on the 200 reports to determine "whether policies and procedures have been followed."
Sale Ends Plan for Troubled-Youth Homes
Nebraska-based Girls and Boys Town has sold four newly constructed townhouses in Southeast Washington that it once hoped to use for troubled youths.
The $14.6 million sale to JPI Apartment Development occurred Tuesday, said Girls and Boys Town spokesman John Melingagio. The Dallas firm plans to put up a five-story development of more than 240 luxury condominiums with retail space on the site.
"We've thrown up our hands with the District, but we're not going to give up the cause of helping kids in the District," said Melingagio, adding that facilities would be built at the charity's center on Sargent Road NW.
The charity decided to sell the property after the city refused for four years to give it occupancy permits because of neighborhood opposition. Neighbors feared an increase in crime if the townhouses at Pennsylvania and Potomac avenues and 13th Street were used for troubled juveniles.
Report Faults Aftercare of Delinquents
Juveniles released from Oak Hill Youth Center, the District detention center, are often not matched up with aftercare programs and services for at least two weeks, according to a report from two court monitors.
The Youth Services Administration, a division of the city welfare agency that operates Oak Hill, continues to struggle with how to support juvenile delinquents as they return to their neighborhoods, according to Michael K. Lewis and Virginia F. Crisman, authors of the Oct. 8 report that covers a six-month period that ended in June.
For 18 years, court monitors have tracked the city's progress in meeting the terms of a consent decree on how to care for juveniles; the decree stemmed from the Jerry M. v. the District of Columbia case.
In May, Grace M. Lopes was appointed as an arbiter to settle the case, ending the role of the court monitors after this final report.
City Administrator Robert C. Bobb is working with Lopes and Peter J. Nickles, an attorney for the juveniles, on making changes. Bobb said that the city is reviewing the report and that many of the issues raised have since been corrected.
"We will communicate our progress to date to the courts," Bobb said.
Ehrlich Defends Comptroller in AIDS Flap
Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday defended political ally William Donald Schaefer as "an excellent comptroller" but declined to give his opinion of Schaefer's inflammatory remarks about people who have AIDS.
Ehrlich (R) dismissed Del. John A. Hurson's call for Schaefer (D) to step down as "internal Democratic Party politics." Hurson (D-Montgomery) was responding to Schaefer's assertion that people who have AIDS "are a danger" and have only themselves to blame for contracting the virus.
Schaefer, 82, told WBAL-TV yesterday that he doesn't owe anyone an apology and that he wants to file charges against Hurson.
Teenager Hit by Bus in Glenmont
A Silver Spring teenager was hit by a Ride On bus yesterday in the Glenmont area of Montgomery County, police said.
Shelly Betty Tamayo, 16, suffered lacerations to the head and was expected to be released from the hospital today, Montgomery police spokesman Derek Baliles said.
The teenager was hit after she stepped into the path of a bus on Layhill Road between Georgia Avenue and Greenery Lane. While crossing the street, she dropped a CD player and turned around to retrieve it, apparently without looking at traffic, Baliles said.
Gambling Trips Measured by Slots Firm
Marylanders took 2.7 million gambling trips last year, according to an annual survey of gaming activity released yesterday by one of the nation's largest casino companies.
The company, LasVegas-based Harrah's Entertainment, which has lobbyists in Annapolis, has spent tens of thousands of dollars on campaign donations to try to persuade Maryland lawmakers to legalize slot machine gambling.
The survey found that last year, 653,000 Washington area residents traveled to Atlantic City, Delaware, West Virginia and Las Vegas to gamble. An additional 351,000 gamblers at those sites were from Baltimore.
Williamsburg to Let Two Students Vote
Two College of William and Mary students who were barred from registering to vote where they attend school will be allowed to cast their ballots Nov. 2, Williamsburg's general registrar said yesterday.
Seth Saunders and Serene Alami demonstrated permanent legal residence in Williamsburg by changing their driver's licenses to reflect their addresses, said the general registrar, David R. Andrews.
Saunders and Alami filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Norfolk challenging Andrews's refusal to allow them to register to vote in Williamsburg.
They were among several students who were told by the city that they must register in the jurisdiction where their parents live rather than where they attend school.
The state American Civil Liberties Union asked the federal court to dismiss the case after the students were allowed to register, Andrews said.
"We're in such a world now that either we've got to be prepared for anything or suffer the consequences of failing to prepare."
-- Lawrence C. Haake III, general registrar in Chesterfield County, near Richmond, on precautions taken against the threat of Election Day terrorism at polling places. -- Page A1
Compiled from reports by staff writers Del Quentin Wilber, Caryle Murphy, Theola S. Labbe, Matthew Mosk and David Snyder and the Associated Press.