Three judge candidates
for Superior Court

Three Washington lawyers have been recommended for judgeship on the D.C. Superior Court bench.

The Judicial Nomination Commission, the District body that nominates individuals for judgeship, sent three names to President Obama this week to fill the vacancy of retiring D.C. Superior Court Judge Natalia M. Combs Greene.

The president will select one of the candidates within 60 days.

The commission recommended Steven N. Berk, principal and founder of Berk Law PLLC, where he specializes in consumer protection and whistleblower issues; Sherry M. Trafford, staff attorney with the District’s Public Defender Service who specializes in mental health issues; and Sean C. Staples, the guardian ad litem project director of the Children’s Law Center, the District’s largest legal services organization that focuses on children.

— Keith L. Alexander

Montgomery teacher
accused of sex abuse

Police have arrested a Montgomery County teacher on a sex charge after he allegedly abused a female student at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington.

Montgomery County police said that Richard Brian Shemer, 50, developed a relationship with a student starting in the 2012-13 school year and sent her inappropriate e-mails.

“During the current school year, the victim visited Shemer’s classroom where they had conversations about sex and sex acts,” according to a news release from the police department.

Shemer and the student also exchanged e-mails outside of school, authorities say. The student’s parents notified police after finding the e-mails.

Shemer has worked at Einstein since 2010, said Gboyinde Onijala, a spokeswoman for Montgomery schools. He has worked in the school system since 2002, previously working at Cabin John Middle School and Rockville High School.

School officials said Shemer has been placed on administrative leave and an internal investigation will be conducted.

Shemer, of Potomac, is charged with sexual abuse of a minor.

— Lynh Bui

Police identify
man slain by officer

Prince George’s County police have released the name of the man who died after an officer responding to reports of a woman in distress shot him Wednesday in Calverton.

Cpl. Tavarras Edwards shot Eljah Glay, 39, of Takoma Park after a foot chase in the dark and after Glay ignored Edwards’s commands, police said.

Edwards was one of the officers responding to a 911 call directing officers to an apartment complex in the 3900 block of Lighthouse Way about 2 a.m. Wednesday. The caller reported hearing a woman screaming, police said.

A weapon wasn’t recovered from the scene, but detectives think Glay was reaching into a bag before he was shot.

Edwards, a seven-year veteran of the department, has been put on routine administrative leave.

Edwards was placed on administrative leave in 2007 with another officer. One of the officers shot and wounded a driver during a traffic stop after a passenger in the vehicle took a can of pepper spray from one of the officers and tried to use it.

Glay’s family could not be reached for comment.

— Lynh Bui