A Virginia man arrested after falsely reporting that his car trunk contained a bomb at a Secret Service checkpoint outside the White House was ordered to undergo a mental competency examination and remain jailed until a hearing Thursday.
Sean Patrick Keoughan, 29, of Roanoke faces a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in prison if convicted of making a false bomb threat Saturday night, U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather of the District said at Keoughan’s first court appearance Monday.
An arrest affidavit filed with the court charges:
At about 11:05 p.m. Saturday at a checkpoint at 15th and E streets NW, Keoughan pulled up in a black Chevrolet Impala and said he was carrying a bomb and, later, an asteroid in a canvas bag in the trunk; that he had been directed to test the checkpoint by President Trump; and that he was in telepathic communication with Trump, the Secret Service and the Delta Force military unit through a system called “Think Talk.”
— Spencer S. Hsu
A man who was spotted Saturday in a prohibited area on the sidewalk in front of the White House North Lawn and who police said was yelling “nonsensical statements” was ordered released from D.C. jail on Monday after he pleaded not guilty in D.C. Superior Court to misdemeanor unlawful entry.
William Rawlinson, 58, of Silver Spring was ordered to return to court on April 12.
Police say Rawlinson was behind an auxiliary security barrier in front of the fence that encloses the White House grounds.
According to charging documents, Rawlinson gave authorities consent to search his vehicle, which was at the intersection of 15th and I streets NW. Authorities said no unusual items were found in the search.
— Keith Alexander
Police identified a 61-year-old man whose body was in a Rockville home that exploded last week and announced that the manner of his death was suicide.
Authorities said Steven Martin Beck shot himself in his Ashley Drive home. Fire officials were called to the house shortly before 1 a.m. Friday for an explosion. The following day, investigators found Beck’s body in the basement.
Montgomery County police said an autopsy was performed, that the medical examiner ruled the manner of Beck’s death to be suicide that and the cause of death was a gunshot wound.
A dog was also found near Beck’s body, authorities said. The dog’s death was determined to be caused by a gunshot wound, according a department news release.
— Victoria St. Martin
Prince George’s County officials unveiled a Web page Monday that allows residents to track meetings of the newly launched Vehicle Use Review Board and submit public comment via an online submission page.
The three-member board is reviewing county rules for providing vehicle and gas benefits and stipends to council members and their top two administrative officials. Residents can find the Web page at:
— Arelis R. Hernández
A student at a Temple Hills high school was stabbed Monday morning, according to Prince George’s County police.
The incident occurred during a Crossland High School class that was being held outside, police spokesman Tyler Hunter said. The student got into an argument with a former student, and it escalated into the stabbing, police said.
Police identified the former student as Nathaniel Coates, 18, of Temple Hills. A weapon was recovered, police said. He has been charged with first-degree assault, according to authorities.
The student who was stabbed was taken to a hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, police said.
— Lynh Bui