Woman Killed in SE Crash; Driver Charged

A woman was killed and two others were injured when their car struck a tree in Southeast Washington early yesterday, D.C. police said.

Alexis Dash, 21, of the 1800 block of 28th Place SE, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said Dash was a passenger in a Mitsubishi Galant that crashed about 4:10 a.m. in the 2900 block of Martin Luther King Avenue SE.

The driver, identified by authorities as Temisha Quigley, 24, of the 2700 block of Langston Place SE, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. Quigley and a passenger, Melissa Cribbs, 20, of the 6400 block of Hilmar Drive in District Heights, were hospitalized in stable condition.

Police said they believe the Galant and a Ford LTD were speeding and racing moments before the crash.

The driver of the Ford, identified as Stephanie Brodie, 18, of the 5500 block of Rosecroft Village Drive in District Heights, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.

No Deal Yet on Lease for Nats Stadium

Representatives from the District and Major League Baseball resumed negotiations yesterday in Washington over the terms of a lease for a new stadium for the Nationals. But the parties, which included baseball's chief negotiator, Jerry Reinsdorf, failed to reach consensus and will meet again today.

There are several sticking points, including the terms of the team's rent payments and development rights for land immediately adjacent to the ballpark, according to sources familiar with the talks. They said an agreement could be reached today.

Baseball officials have said they would like to name an owner for the team by mid-November but have stipulated that the lease must be in place first.


Ex-Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty in '93 Slaying

A former crack cocaine dealer from the District pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Alexandria to the 1993 stabbing death of a 19-year-old single mother in her Fairfax County apartment.

Barbara E. White's father discovered her body Nov. 30, 1993. Court records said her 13-month-old daughter was in the apartment while three men stabbed White 83 times in the bathroom of her apartment on Fairchild Drive in the Mount Vernon area.

In June, federal prosecutors obtained indictments of Lonnie T. Barnett Jr. and Arlington Johnson Jr., charging them with killing White while engaged in drug trafficking. Barnett pleaded guilty to the charge yesterday before U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III. Court records said Barnett sold crack for a dealer named Thomas Hager and that Barnett, Hager and Johnson drove to Fairfax and killed White as part of a feud with another drug-dealing crew. Hager is not charged in the case.


Glenarden Man Sentenced in Wife's Death

A Prince George's County judge yesterday sentenced a Glenarden man who stabbed his wife to death in front of four witnesses to life in prison plus 12 years.

Circuit Court Judge C. Philip Nichols Jr. sentenced Robert Lee Humphries III, 35, for the Feb. 17 murder of his wife, Linda Humphries, 38.

Humphries opted for a bench trial. On Aug. 25, Nichols convicted him of first-degree murder, two counts of burglary and one count of carrying a deadly weapon.

According to Prince George's prosecutors, Humphries deceived a maintenance worker at the building where his wife lived by reporting a false leak. When the maintenance worker went to her door, Humphries burst into the unit and attacked his wife, prosecutors said. A security officer and two other apartment employees tried to help, but Humphries fatally stabbed his wife, prosecutors said.

Carpenters Union Endorses O'Malley

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley picked up the first endorsement by a statewide labor union in the 2006 governor's race, winning the backing yesterday of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters.

The carpenters announced their support for O'Malley at an afternoon rally that drew about 200 people in Forestville. Union leaders say about 5,000 of their 8,000 members from Maryland are based in the Washington suburbs.

The campaign of Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, O'Malley's rival for the Democratic nomination, declined to comment. Both candidates have announced backing from chapters of labor unions based in their home regions.

Pr. George's Bus Back on Road After Melee

Prince George's County School Bus 263, serving DuVal High School in Lanham, was back on the road yesterday morning after school officials suspended the route for a day because of a major student confrontation with police.

Six students were arrested Tuesday morning after a girl allegedly involved in a fight on the bus struck an officer, police said.

The driver, a 54-year-old woman with two years of experience in the district, was assigned to another route, according to school officials. Interim schools chief Howard A. Burnett said a surveillance video camera would be installed soon on the bus.

School officials said they have not decided on disciplinary measures for the students involved.

Mayor Is Placed on Leave From County Job

Joyce Beck, the embattled mayor of Forest Heights, has been placed on administrative leave from her job with Prince George's County, an official said yesterday.

"She's been placed on leave with pay for the foreseeable future," said John Erzen, a spokesman for Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D).

Beck has worked in various community-related positions with the county's police and the Department of Environmental Resources.

In recent weeks, political turmoil has gripped Forest Heights, a small town between Indian Head Highway and the D.C. border.

The town's police chief, Michael Eubank, filed assault charges against Beck last week after she allegedly slammed a door on the arm of an officer last month and allegedly knocked over a former Town Council member less than two weeks ago.

The day after she was served with the charges, Beck fired Eubank and appointed herself police chief.

She has denied the assault allegations and has refused to comment. Her opponents are seeking to remove her from office.

"He went from zero to 60 in like two seconds. I was like, don't impale me."

-- Kevin McCarthy Jr., assistant manager at a game store, about a deer that crashed into a Giant supermarket in Germantown. -- B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Nick Anderson, Ruben Castaneda, Tom Jackman, David Nakamura, Sudarsan Raghavan, John Wagner and Del Quentin Wilber.