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Secret Service arrests person with weapon

A person with a weapon was arrested Wednesday morning at a foreign consulate office in Northwest Washington’s West End neighborhood, according to the U.S. Secret Service.

Authorities released few details but said they responded shortly after 10:30 a.m. to a building at 1250 23rd Street NW after getting a report of gunshots. The Secret Service said no guns were fired, but they found a person with a weapon.

Several streets in the area were blocked off for more than two hours.

According to a police report, investigators recovered a Daisy BB gun, a Buck knife and a Chrysler 300 sedan. Police also took custody of a television, computer monitor and trophy cases that were damaged in the incident, the report said.

The address provided by the Secret Service houses several consulate offices for Mexico and Pakistan, among others, as well as the Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran. There is no Iranian Embassy in the United States.

The Embassy of Mexico said in a statement that the incident “did not affect staff working at the consulate, nor Mexican nationals present at the time.”

Officials from Iran and Pakistan could not be reached for comment.

In a statement, the Secret Service declined to identify which, if any, office in the building was targeted, nor did it discuss a motive.

— Peter Hermann

Police use stun gun after man pulls knife

D.C. police said they used a stun gun on a man after he pulled a knife and made threats outside a library in Northwest Washington.

The incident unfolded about 4:30 p.m. Monday outside the West End Neighborhood Library near 23rd and L streets NW.

The man — identified as Evan J. Graham, 47, of Capitol Heights, Md. — was charged with assault on a police officer and other crimes. Police were called after Graham was seen waving handcuffs and yelling on a sidewalk.

— Dana Hedgpeth

Teachers union endorses Edwards

The Prince George’s County teachers union endorsed former congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (D) for county executive on Tuesday. Edwards’s opponents in the June 26 Democratic primary include State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks and state Sen. C. Anthony Muse.

All three have been critical of the school system leadership appointed by outgoing County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D). If elected, they say, they would replace schools chief Kevin M. Maxwell, based on the loss of millions in federal Head Start funding, the arrest of a school aide charged with producing child pornography, a grade-tampering scandal, questions about administrative pay raises and, most recently, the discovery of a surveillance camera inside a school office.

— Arelis R. Hernández

Coach is accused of sexual relationship

A Prince George’s County high school coach and elementary school teacher’s aide suspected of having a sexual relationship with a student has been arrested.

Charles Wolford, 23, of Landover, was charged Tuesday with sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense by a person in a position of authority, according to Prince George’s County police.

Wolford engaged in an “extraordinarily inappropriate relationship” with a 16-year-old female student from the track team at Fairmont Heights High School, Prince George’s Police Chief Hank Stawinski said. The conduct occurred within the past week, off school property, Stawinski said.

Wolford also works as a teacher’s aide at Gladys N. Spellman Elementary School, but police said they have not received any other accusations of misconduct.

“We have no reason to believe that there are additional victims in this case,” Stawinski said. Wolford is currently jailed in Prince George’s County.

— Lynh Bui

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