Man is charged
in fatal shooting

D.C. police on Wednesday arrested a suspect in last week’s fatal shooting of a 35-year-old man in Southeast Washington’s Barry Farm neighborhood, authorities said.

Gregory Allen Green, 25, of Southeast was charged with first-degree murder. Police said Green shot Derrick Eugene Williams, also of Southeast, on March 29.

— Peter Hermann

Domestic violence bill goes to governor

The Maryland House of Delegates sent a bill to the governor Thursday that would allow judges to impose harsher sentences on abusers who commit acts of domestic violence in the presence of a child.

The measure, which passed 136 to 1, is part of a package of bills targeting domestic violence that Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) sponsored this year. The legislation has also been a leading priority for two Democratic rivals trying to succeed him: Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler.

Under the bill, which had previously passed the Senate, someone who commits a crime of violence in the presence of a child at least 2 years old is subject to an additional five years in prison. Advocates for the bill argue that children who witness domestic abuse are often as traumatized as those who are abused.

— John Wagner

Loudoun considers school closures

Four small schools in western Loudoun County face the threat of closure this year to help close a budget gap.

The schools have ardent supporters, who say that for generations the schools have been the center of their country villages. But in the fast-growing east, there is pressure to build new schools to accommodate the children moving into new homes, and some School Board members say it doesn’t make sense to continue maintaining old buildings with tiny enrollments.

On April 21, both sides can make their case. The Loudoun County School Board voted 6 to 3 in a work session to hold a public hearing that night.

Closing Lincoln, Hamilton, Hillsboro and Aldie elementary schools could save the system an estimated $2 million a year in operating costs, according to the board’s chairman, Eric Hornberger.

— Susan Svrluga