VIRGINIA
Vote recount sought in race for delegate seat

Joshua Cole, a Democrat who lost a Virginia House of Delegates race by 82 votes amid Election Day ballot errors, decided Saturday to seek a state-funded recount.

Cole ran in the 28th District, around Fredericksburg, where state officials said scores of residents received ballots for the wrong district. Cole lost to Republican Bob Thomas. The seat was open because of the retirement of former House speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford).

The State Board of Elections certified the outcome last week. Democrats have filed a legal challenge to the result that is pending in federal court.

— Michael E. Ruane

Teacher charged with intoxication at school

A second-grade teacher in Loudoun County was charged with public intoxication after school personnel at Sterling Elementary called police, according to a news release by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

The news release said the sheriff's office got a call about Claire Bucher, 25, of Potomac Falls, at about 2 p.m. Friday.

Bucher was also charged with possessing or drinking an alcoholic beverage in a public school or on public school grounds during school hours, the release said.

Bucher is listed on the school website as being with the second-grade teaching team.

A request to the sheriff's office for more information Saturday was not immediately answered. Neither was an email to Bucher.

— Michelle Boorstein

THE DISTRICT
Woman is fatally shot in Southeast

A woman was found shot to death Saturday morning in Southeast Washington in what appeared to be a domestic dispute, D.C. police said.

The incident occurred at about 8 a.m. in the 1700 block of 16th Street SE. Police said they found the victim dead when they arrived.

A male suspect has been identified and was being sought, they said.

No other details were immediately available.

— Michael E. Ruane

MARYLAND
Christmas toys stolen from Salvation Army

Less than a month before Christmas, thieves broke into a Salvation Army warehouse in Baltimore and stole about 200 toys for poor families, along with construction materials being used to build a nonprofit grocery store.

It was the third time the warehouse was burglarized during the last two weeks of November — a string of break-ins under investigation by the Baltimore police.

About 200 toys, 15 bikes, 25 pairs of shoes and 75 pieces of clothing were stolen, Salvation Army officer Gene A. Hogg said.

The burglaries occurred during the evenings of Nov. 21, Thanksgiving Day and Nov. 30, amid construction of the grocery store.

A spokeswoman for the Salvation Army of Central Maryland said they think the final break-in was done by a team of people based on the amount of construction tools and bikes taken.

"What we're going to have to do is go out and buy and replace those items," Hogg said. He promised the charity would.

— Shira Stein