Man's beating death ruled a homicide

A man who was found injured in April in Columbia Heights and died two weeks later, was the victim of a homicide, D.C. police said.

They said Miguel Pineda-Hernandez, 64, of Northwest , was found in the 1300 block of Irving Street and died April 29 of blunt force trauma. Police said Thursday that they arrested Manuel Bermudez, 37, of Northeast and charged him with second-degree murder.

— Peter Hermann

Woman missing in capsize of sailboat

A woman was missing Friday night off Maryland’s Eastern Shore after a 32-foot sailboat capsized on the Chester River, authorities said.

Sixteen other people from the boat, described as a log canoe, were said to be safe after the incident, according to Candy Thomson, spokeswoman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police. The incident occurred off Queen Anne’s County, about 10 miles northeast of Stevensville.

— Martin Weil

Court dismisses discrimination lawsuit

A federal appeals court dismissed claims Friday against Maryland in a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by a former Pocomoke City police officer.

Officer Franklin Savage alleged that the state, the Pocomoke City government and a county prosecutor created a hostile work environment based on race.A U.S. District Court judge dismissed the claim against the prosecutor based on prosecutorial immunity but not the claim against the state.

On Friday, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit upheld the dismissal of the claim against the prosecutor and threw out the claim against Maryland.

Savage’s claims were part of broader litigation filed by three African American police officers who worked for Pocomoke City and alleged widespread race-based job discrimination and retaliation. The ruling deals only with Savage’s case.

— Associated Press

Acting U.S. attorney nominated for post

President Trump on Friday nominated Zachary Terwilliger to be U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, a high-profile job he already holds on an interim basis. 

The district regularly handles major terrorism, espionage and cybercrime prosecutions. The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election is prosecuting former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort in the district.

Terwilliger was appointed in May to the interim position by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

— Rachel Weiner

Man found slain in Alexandria business

Alexandria police arrested a 34-year-old man and charged him with murder in connection with the killing of a man found dead inside a city business Friday morning, police officials said.

Police said officers received a call for a suspicious death in the 1200 block of King Street and the victim was pronounced dead inside a business there.

Police gave few details and did not immediately identify either the victim or the suspect.

— Clarence Williams