More deer hunts set for Rock Creek Park

Sharpshooters are set to renew culling the white-tailed deer population, which is growing fast in Rock Creek Park, the National Park Service said.

Nighttime hunts by Agriculture Department shooters in Washington’s Rock Creek Park will continue until March 31, or until 106 deer have been killed, a park official said.

Joggers and cyclists are generally barred from the park after dark, the Park Service said.

The sharpshooters will deploy on unspecified nights when the 12-mile-long park is normally closed. Roads will close temporarily for safety and the meat will go to charity.

— Reuters

Woman charged in Takoma Park attack

A District woman was charged in connection with an attack in Takoma Park this week in which she forced her way into a residence and attacked a pregnant woman with a tiki torch.

During the altercation, a man in the apartment was stabbed with an unknown sharp object before the woman fled in a taxi, police said. Katherlan Johnson, 46, knew the victims and “this was not a random act of violence,” Takoma Park police said in a statement.

The female victim, who is seven months pregnant, was treated at the scene. The male victim underwent surgery and is doing well, police spokeswoman Cathy Plevy said Friday.

Johnson was being held in the D.C. jail, pending extradition to Montgomery County. She is charged with first-degree burglary, assault second degree, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property of less than $1,000, police said.

— Dan Morse

Miller supports marijuana legalization

The move to legalize marijuana in Maryland has a powerful ally: Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.

Miller (D-Calvert), who has presided over his chamber for more than a quarter-century, said in an interview Friday that he would support legislation allowing the regulated sale of marijuana, similar to what is now taking place in Colorado.

“I favor the legalization and taxation of marijuana, with restrictions,” Miller said, adding that he did not think it could pass in the next legislative session.

Miller has a relatively conservative record on social issues, and has opposed legalization of same- sex marriage and death penalty repeal.

— John Wagner

12-year-old stabbed at shopping center

A 12-year-old boy was stabbed Thursday night at the Seven Corners Center, Fairfax County police said.

Police said the attack occurred in the 6200 block of Arlington Boulevard about 7. His wounds did not appear to be life-threatening, authorities said.

Police are investigating the motive.

— Martin Weil