Suspect in Deadly Metro Shooting Rampage Has History of Mental Illness
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by Mark Segraves, News4 Reporter
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The man accused of shooting and killing a Metro employee and injuring three others during a rampage at the Potomac Avenue Metro station on Wednesday has a criminal history and suffers from mental illness, according to police records and his lawyer on a separate case. D.C. police records show officers responded to Isaiah Trotman’s home in Southeast two weeks before the deadly shooting to check on his welfare, but were unable to find him. According to the police report, Trotman was enrolled in behavioral program but had not shown up for more than a week. In Pennsylvania, Trotman was charged with ..read more
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Suspected Chinese Spy Balloon Found Hovering Over Northern US, Officials Say
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The government has been monitoring a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that has been hovering over the northern U.S. for the past few days, and they have discussed shooting it out of the sky, according to two U.S. officials and a senior defense official. “The United States government has detected and is tracking a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is over the continental United States right now,” Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder told NBC News. “We continue to track and monitor it closely.” “Once the balloon was detected, the U.S. government acted immediately to protect aga ..read more
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Judges Hear Appeal From Victim's Family in Adnan Syed Case
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by Lea Skene
14h ago
The protracted legal odyssey of Adnan Syed, whose murder case rose to prominence through the hit podcast “Serial,” marked its latest development Thursday when a Maryland appeals court considered whether the victim’s family experienced improper treatment when a Baltimore court overturned Syed’s conviction last year, allowing his release after more than two decades behind bars. The Appellate Court of Maryland will issue a ruling on the matter within 90 days. Surviving relatives of Hae Min Lee, Syed’s ex-girlfriend and high school classmate who was strangled to death and found buried in a makeshi ..read more
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Lawyer: Principal Unaware Boy Had Gun Before Teacher Shot
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by Ben Finley
14h ago
The former principal of the Virginia elementary school where a 6-year-old shot his teacher was not aware of reports that the student had a gun before the shooting occurred, her lawyer said Thursday. Briana Foster Newton was principal at Richneck Elementary in Newport News last month when first-grade teacher Abby Zwerner was shot and wounded in her classroom. “It continues to be reported that unidentified school administrators were aware that the 6-year-old student had a gun at school on January 6 and simply failed to act,” attorney Pamela Branch said during a news conference in Richmond, Virgi ..read more
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House Republicans Remove Rep. Ilhan Omar From Foreign Affairs Committee
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by Kevin Freking and Lisa Mascaro
14h ago
The Republican-led House voted after raucous debate Thursday to oust Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from the chamber’s Foreign Affairs Committee, citing her anti-Israel comments, in a dramatic response after Democrats last session booted far-right GOP lawmakers over incendiary remarks. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was able to solidify Republican support against the Somali-born Muslim woman in the new Congress although some GOP lawmakers had expressed reservations. Removal of lawmakers from House committees was essentially unprecedented until the Democratic ousters two years ago of hard-right Repub ..read more
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Husband Charged in Wife's Death After Telling Maryland Police Where to Find Her Body
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by Gina Cook
14h ago
A man from Silver Spring, Maryland, was arrested and charged with murdering his wife after police say he walked into a police station and told officers they would find her body in their home. Dennis Morris Hinnant Jr., 29, went to the Rockville City Police just before 1 a.m. on Wednesday and asked to speak with a homicide detective, Montgomery County police said. Hinnant then said that officers would find his wife dead in their home on Lanier Drive, according to police. Officers went to the home and found 28-year-old Taresha Pendarvis with trauma to her body. She was pronounced dead at the sce ..read more
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Potomac Phil Predicts DC's Climate for Weather and Politics
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by Maggie More
14h ago
The District’s favorite rodent is back for Groundhog Day 2023: Potomac Phil has emerged, and he didn’t see his shadow this year. That means we’re set to get an early spring, according to Phil. Unfortunately, his forecast for the nation’s political climate is less optimistic. Phil, as usual, predicts six more months of political gridlock in our future. Those familiar with Groundhog Day in the U.S. may already know Punxatawney Phil, the live groundhog that emerges from his Pennsylvania burrow to predict the weather for the nation each year. But those in the D.C. area rely on Potomac Phil, a taxi ..read more
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More Canada Goose Jacket Robberies Reported Near GW Campus
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by Patrick J. Maguire
14h ago
The string of violent robberies for Canada Goose jackets around D.C. is not over — the most recent taking place Wednesday near George Washington University’s Foggy Bottom campus. While there is no information on whether the victims were affiliated with GW, the university sent an advisory email to warn students of two incidents. In one case, a woman was approached at about 10:30 a.m. in the 900 block of 24th Street NW, according to D.C. police. The suspect reportedly showed a handgun while demanding the woman’s Canada Goose jacket, and she complied. The suspect then fled northbound on 24th Stre ..read more
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Ex-ABC Journalist Charged in Child Sexual Exploitation Case
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by Alanna Durkin Richer
14h ago
A well-known former investigative journalist for ABC News has been arrested on a charge of “transporting” images depicting the sexual abuse of children, the Department of Justice said on Wednesday. James Gordon Meek, 53, of Arlington, Virginia, who covered national security and the military, was arrested Tuesday, months after his home was searched by federal authorities. Authorities found images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct on electronic devices taken from his home. Authorities also discovered multiple conversations in which “participants expressed enthusiasm for the sexual ..read more
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Metro Board Has Emergency Meeting After Worker Killed in Station Shooting
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by Sophia Barnes
14h ago
Flags at Metro properties in Washington, D.C., are flying at half-staff Thursday to honor a transit employee shot trying to stop a gunman on a rampage. Robert Cunningham, a mechanic for Metro, was killed at the Potomac Avenue station in Southeast on Wednesday. He was 64. Three other people were injured after the attack that began as a confrontation on a Metrobus. The gunman shot one victim after getting off the bus and another person inside the station. Another person suffered a laceration unrelated to gunfire, police said Thursday. Metro General Manager Randy Clarke said just after midnight T ..read more
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