No Arrest Made After Judge Halts Assault

D.C. police officers did not fill out a report or make an arrest after a federal judge wrestled a man's attacker to the ground and held him until police arrived.

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton was driving with his family to the airport the morning of Aug. 6 when he saw a man assaulting a taxicab driver on the pavement of Chevy Chase Circle NW in the District. Walton told his wife to call 911, then exited his car and separated the men. He subdued the cabdriver's attacker, a man in his twenties and about 6 feet 1 inches tall, then handed him to police when they arrived and proceeded to the airport.

Police spokesman Kenny Bryson confirmed that three police cars from the 2nd District responded after receiving the call about the fight about 6:45 a.m., but he said the officers did not fill out a report or make an arrest. He declined to identify the officers involved but said dispatch notes indicate that the officers "de-escalated" the situation and that the cabdriver did not file charges.


Alexandria Schools Health Fair Planned

Alexandria public school nurses are sponsoring a student health and immunization fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The fair, at Francis C. Hammond Middle School, 4646 Seminary Rd., will be free and open to all Alexandria public school students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Several community partners will pitch in, including Inova Health System's Partnership for Healthier Kids, UniCare and the Alexandria Health Department. Students will receive free physical exams, lab testing, tuberculosis screenings and immunizations. Information for families about general health care and guidance on how to apply to health insurance programs will also be available.

All students should be accompanied by a parent or guardian and bring copies of their immunization records, health histories and allergy information. Families can call 703-321-1990 to register in advance.

City, Campus Police Launch U-Va. Patrols

Starting today, the University of Virginia and Charlottesville police forces will conduct regular foot and cruiser patrols near the university.

U-Va. Police Chief Paul Norris said the weekly patrols are aimed at enhancing off-campus safety.

The patrols are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Plans for the joint patrols were under discussion and gained urgency after several students were assaulted near university grounds last year.


State Delegate Considers U.S. Senate Run

Del. Anthony G. Brown (D-Prince George's) is the latest potential candidate for next year's race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (D).

Brown, an Army Reservist who just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, said yesterday that the race is one of several he is considering for next year.

Brown made his comments after a lunch meeting in Beltsville with Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D), who is gearing up to run for governor next year. Brown's name has been floated as a possible running mate, but both men said their conversation was a broader discussion of the 2006 political landscape.

The Senate race already has drawn U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), former NAACP leader Kweisi Mfume and community activist A. Robert Kaufman. Several others are considering a run, including forensic psychiatrist Lise Van Susteren of Montgomery County, who plans to announce his decision next week.

Living Wills Made Available in Spanish

The Maryland attorney general's office has begun offering living wills and other health-planning documents in Spanish.

"This topic is one which should be discussed in every home, and I am glad we could make this information available for the more than 300,000 Marylanders who speak Spanish as their first language," Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. (D) said in a statement.

One of the documents, an advance directive, can be used to appoint someone to make medical treatment decisions if a person is unable to make them.

An advance directive and living will require the signatures of two witnesses to be valid.

Both documents are available on the attorney general's Web site, at

Woman Pleads Not Guilty in Anthrax Hoax

A National Institutes of Health employee from Montgomery County pleaded not guilty yesterday to allegations that she made an anthrax threat against a county agency in Florida during a tax dispute.

Michelle Ledgister, 43, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted under an anti-terrorism law making it a federal crime to falsely threaten someone with anthrax.

Ledgister works at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda as a public health program analyst, according to NIH. She does not have access to dangerous biological agents, spokesman Don Ralbovsky said.

The Broward County property appraiser's office revoked a tax break for a house Ledgister owns in that county, effectively raising her annual taxes by about $2,300.

The office determined that Ledgister, who lives in Silver Spring, did not qualify for the state homestead exemption because her Florida house was rented.

According to the FBI, Ledgister called the office July 26, identified herself and said, "You guys now have anthrax spores once again, so do be careful."

"It's devastating. We're a very small, close-knit community. This has touched everyone."

-- Marla McKenna, spokeswoman for Culpeper County, Va., public schools, on the fatal school bus accident yesterday, the first day of school. -- A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Carol D. Leonnig and John Wagner and the Associated Press.