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U-Va. student
collapses at club, dies

D.C. police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old University of Virginia student who died at a hospital after collapsing at a rave club in the Ivy City neighborhood of Northeast Washington, according to authorities.

Mary “Shelley” Goldsmith of Abingdon was pronounced dead at Providence Hospital at 3 a.m. Sunday, police said.

A report said she felt ill about 1:40 a.m. Saturday at Echo Stage in the 2100 block of Queens Chapel Road NE.

An e-mail the university sent to students said Goldsmith was a Jefferson Scholar and a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. She was in her second year.

The cause of her death has been classified as undetermined.

— Peter Hermann

Man is sentenced
in 2009 shootings

A District man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday in a 2009 gun battle that killed two people, including a 15-year-old bystander.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Herbert B. Dixon Jr. sentenced Antonio Barnes, 21, for his role in the shooting on Oct. 13, 2009, in the Clay Terrace neighborhood in Southeast Washington as children were walking home from school, prosecutors said.

They said Barnes and co-
defendants Earl Jackson, 20, and Sequarn Tibbs, 22, were members of a group called “Young Savage” in the 37th Street/37th Place neighborhood. The men went to Clay Terrace to avenge a burglary of Jackson’s home, prosecutors said.

When they arrived, Tibbs began shooting at residents. The 15-year-old, Davonta Artis, who was standing outside with his friends, was killed. Tibbs’s brother Daquan Tibbs, 18, also was killed, and three people were seriously injured.

Barnes and Jackson were arrested in January 2012 in Charlotte after they were featured on the TV program “America’s Most Wanted.” Sequarn Tibbs was captured in September 2010. In May, all three pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and other charges.

Jackson is to be sentenced on Sept. 13 and Tibbs on Nov. 7.

— Keith Alexander

Possible cause of derailment is found

A piece of equipment known as a “dummy truck,” which is used to move Metro rail cars that aren’t working, appears to have failed and possibly caused the derailment of a Red Line train last week.

Jim Benton, chairman of the Tri-State Oversight Committee, which helps oversee Metro’s safety, said the dummy truck “for whatever reason could have been the cause of the derailment.”

“It is one of the possibilities,” he said. A rail car truck holds the wheels, motors and brakes. A dummy truck has no motor but can be used to move cars.

In Friday’s incident, dummy trucks were on two rail cars of the six-car train when it derailed near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro stop.

— Dana Hedgpeth

Man found killed
in Rock Creek Park

A man was found stabbed to death Monday evening near a well-traveled road through Rock Creek Park, according to authorities. His name was not released pending notification of relatives.

Police said that no motive has been determined and that they have no suspects.

A passerby found the body about 7:50 p.m. lying along a creek bed in woods near Beach Dr. and Joyce Rd. in Northwest Washington. The spot is just north of Military Road and about a mile north of a U.S. Park Police station.

Police said the victim was not wearing clothing consistent with outdoor activities.

— Peter Hermann

Woman charged with attacking 8-year-old

A 26-year-old woman allegedly tried to bludgeon an 8-year-old boy to death last weekend, according to Prince George’s County police.

Early Saturday, a boy with a head wound ran from his home to a neighbor’s, police said.

They said the woman broke into the home of a man she used to date, sneaked into the boy’s room, covered his face with a pillow and began beating his head with a weapon.

Helen Marie Newsome of Landover is charged with first-degree attempted murder.

— Rachel Weiner

Police identify three hurt in plane crash

Police have identified the three people who were seriously injured when a single-engine plane had trouble after takeoff Monday and crashed along a highway in Bowie.

State police said 58-year-old Tivay Alireza of the District was the pilot and owner of the four-seat Mooney model M20 aircraft. His passengers were Deborah Tucker, 48, of Alexandria, and Seth Sharpe, 45, of Laurel.

— Associated Press

Ex-security official denied new trial

A Prince George’s County Circuit Court judge has rejected the latest effort of a former Prince George’s County homeland security official to challenge his involuntary manslaughter conviction in a 2007 incident in which he shot two furniture deliverymen, one fatally, at his Accokeek home.

Keith Washington, 52, can still request that a three-judge panel reduce his 45-year sentence, but prosecutors indicated at hearings in March that they reserved the right to oppose any reduction.

Prince George’s State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said in a statement that she was pleased that Washington “will remain behind bars.”

Washington was convicted in 2008 of involuntary manslaughter and related charges in the killing of Brandon Clark, 22, and the wounding of his cousin and co-worker, Robert White.

— Matt Zapotosky

Murder-suicide near Salisbury University

Two people were fatally shot Tuesday night near Salisbury University in Salisbury, authorities said.

A female student was wounded, university President Janet Dudley-Eshbach said. She described the two deaths as a murder and a suicide, and said that neither of those who died was believed to be a student.

— Martin Weil


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