Guns seized from Metro fare evaders

Metro said illegal weapons were found on three riders stopped for fare evasion last week, including a gun that had been stolen in South Carolina and a gun that was thrown over a wall at Gallery Place Metro.

Just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, Metro Transit Police officers said they saw people gambling near a W4 bus stop in the 4500 block of Benning Road in Southeast Washington. Police said they stopped a man who ran off, searched him and found a Ruger .380 semiautomatic handgun with three rounds of ammunition in his jacket. They said they later determined the gun had been stolen in South Carolina.

Johnathan Kelly Jackson, 26, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with possession of a handgun, among other charges.

Also on Wednesday, officers stopped a man on a W4 bus at the Anacostia Metro station for possible fare evasion, transit police officials said. Officers said the man had an unregistered handgun with nine 9mm rounds in the magazine.

Police charged Rashad Tucker, 25, of Southeast with possession of a concealed handgun.

On Saturday, police said an 18-year-old Capitol Heights, Md., man tried to piggyback on another rider at the fare gates at Gallery Place. When confronted, the man threw a handgun over a wall to the station's lower level, officials said. Police said they found a fully loaded Amadeo Rossi .38 special revolver with five rounds of ammunition.

Kevin Jacob was charged with fare evasion, carrying a pistol without a license and other counts.

Dana Hedgpeth

Dead 400-pound bear found; poacher sought

Authorities in Maryland are searching for a poacher after a 400-pound black bear was found shot Sunday, officials said.

The carcass of the male bear, about 7 years old, was found by someone riding a bike in the Frederick City Watershed Cooperative Wildlife Management Area near Cold Deer Road, Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson wrote in an email.

Maryland made it legal to hunt black bears in 2004. Permits to hunt the animals are awarded each year, and the 2017 season ran from Oct. 23 to Oct. 26 in Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties.

The slain bear weighed more than 400 pounds and had been dead less than 24 hours, according to Thomson.

She added that the average weight of the bears killed during this year's legal hunt was 152 pounds.

A person who kills a black bear illegally could face charges of failure to report the wounding or killing of a black bear and might be charged restitution fees of $1,500.

Justin Wm. Moyer

Mid-December could be cold and stormy

Record warm weather is forecast in the central United States, and the unseasonably mild weather should spread east as November comes to a close and December begins. But in roughly 10 days to two weeks, models are predicting a radical change that will put a big smile on the face of those who enjoy cold and snowy weather.

By around Dec. 8, weather systems in Alaska and Greenland may configure themselves to allow frigid air to pour southward over eastern North America. And with that cold air in place, the potential for snow would markedly increase.

Such a pattern is not locked in, and the models could be wrong, but it has captured the attention of meteorologists who specialize in long-range forecasting.

"The pattern looks impressive to me," said the Capital Weather Gang's Matt Rogers, a long-range forecaster. "I haven't seen anything like this in a while."

It's too soon to say how cold it will be and exactly where and when any storms that could turn into snow-producers will form and track.

"The models at this time range still aren't very good, even if they're consistent," said Wes Junker, the Capital Weather Gang's winter-weather expert.

Jason Samenow