THE DISTRICT
Officer is charged in fatal hit-and-run

A D.C. special police officer was charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday in a hit-and-run accident that killed a pedestrian in April.

Chatara Sophia Johnson, a security guard licensed by the D.C. police department, admitted to hitting 68-year-old Faith Pines, who lived in Fort Washington, Md., while speeding on Southern Avenue SE, according to a court document.

The charging document said that Johnson initially called police to say that the car involved in the hit-and-run had been stolen from her. She later admitted that she had been the driver and that the car had not been stolen.

MARYLAND
Woman is charged with shooting couple

A woman has been charged with shooting the mother of her grandchildren and killing that woman’s husband in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in Southern Maryland.

Janelle Love, a spokeswoman for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, said the shooting occurred after a long and nasty custody fight over a 24-year-old woman’s two young children.

Love said the son of the alleged shooter, Caroline Conway, is the children’s father.

Authorities say that Conway went to the McDonald’s about 6 p.m. Wednesday and shot the mother of her grandchildren.

Authorities say Conway also shot Robert Michael Mange, 25, of Smithfield, Va., who was married to the woman. Mange later died. His wife was shot in the back and suffered a serious injury but is expected to survive, Love said.

Body pulled from river is identified

Authorities have identified the body of a man who was pulled from the Patuxent River after the pickup truck he was driving went into the water.

Rene Dimanche Jr., 47, of Waldorf died in what police are calling an accidental drowning, based on their initial report.

Early Tuesday, officers with Anne Arundel County police responded to the area of Brock Bridge Road and Dorsey Run to help a driver who had driven into the water.

Officials said the river was swollen from heavy rains the night before, and there was high water on some roads in that area, making them dangerous and impassable in parts.

VIRGINIA
Morrissey plans to marry baby’s mother

Former Virginia state delegate Joseph D. Morrissey said Thursday that “of course” he plans to marry the woman with whom he was accused of having a relationship when she was a minor.

Morrissey, who said this week that he fathered a child with 19-year-old Myrna Pride, said they did not have sex until she was 18. Last year, he signed a plea agreement on a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The Washington Post typically does not identify victims of sexual crimes, but Pride, who said she is now 19, gave The Post permission to name her.