Diploma goes to family of slain teen

Amber D. Stanley, a Prince George’s County honors student who was gunned down in her home in August, received her high school diploma posthumously on Tuesday.

Stanley’s family was invited to accept the diploma at the Charles H. Flowers High School graduation ceremony at Comcast Center in College Park, said Briant Coleman, a spokesman for the Prince George’s school system.

Stanley, 17, aspired to attend Harvard University and become a doctor.

On Aug. 22, a gunman kicked in the front door of Stanley’s Kettering home, chased her to her bedroom, shot her and walked out of the house.

No arrests have been made in the killing.

— Ovetta Wiggins

O’Malley to name
new cabinet member

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) on Wednesday plans to name former Baltimore County executive James T. Smith Jr. (D) as the state’s new transportation secretary, according to several people familiar with appointment.

The cabinet-level post has been open for close to a year, following the resignation last summer of Beverley Swaim-Staley.

The Washington Post reported last week that Smith, whose name surfaced months ago as a possible replacement, had been in renewed discussions with the O’Malley administration about the job. Several sources said Tuesday that the appointment would be announced Wednesday at an event in the Baltimore area.

— John Wagner

Woman assaulted in Fairfax County

A 23-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a man with a knife in Fairfax County on Sunday, police said.

The attack occurred after a woman stopped to get a cup of coffee in the 7700 block of Richmond Highway in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County about 8:30 p.m., police said.

The woman was approached at her car by a man who displayed a knife and demanded money.

The man then sexually assaulted the woman, police said. He fled after she screamed.

The assailant was described as Hispanic and in his late 30s. He was 5-6 to 5-8 and had a narrow face and a thin build. He wore a blue baseball cap and a light-blue hoodie.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 866-411-8477.

— Justin Jouvenal