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Metro finishes seals on ‘orange boots’ tied to deadly L’Enfant smoke

WASHINGTON — Metro has now finished adding protective seals to cable connector assemblies across the rail system that were blamed for the deadly 2015 smoke incident near L’Enfant Plaza.

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld called completing the sealing sleeves on the 9,454 “orange boots” across the rail system a safety milestone three years in the making.

“These sleeves prevent moisture and particles from encountering the electrical current, thus preventing fire and smoke incidents,” Wiedefeld said.

Metro had first focused on the power connections in underground tunnels where smoke and fire pose the biggest risk before moving to the orange boots elsewhere in the system. The connections in rail yards were only recently completed. Federal inspection reports found numerous issues in rail yards remained this winter.

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended the seals on orange boots after Carol Glover died when a Yellow Line train filled with smoke near L’Enfant Plaza in January 2015 and riders waited to be evacuated.

Water issues in the tunnel and a lack of cable protection were among the issues blamed for Glover’s death.

“We have been working since then to make the critical improvements, and will continue our inspection and maintenance program to ensure the connectors remain in a state of good repair,” Wiedefeld said.

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Copperhead snake sighted near National Mall

WASHINGTON — The National Mall and Memorial Parks Facebook page reported a northern copperhead snake was seen in East Potomac Park on May 21.

Copperheads are the only venomous snakes in the District, but are rarely seen around the National Mall. Their bites are rarely fatal, and the National Park Service wrote that anyone who comes into contact with one should stay calm and move away slowly.

According to the park service’s post, copperhead snakes are known to expand their home ranges at this time of year to find mates. They are a protected species, like all wildlife in national parks, and provide pest control for the area because their diet consists mainly of rodents.

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Lawyers: Death of Baltimore Co. officer a ‘tragic accident’

WASHINGTON — Two lawyers for a 16-year-old charged with murder in the death of a Baltimore County police officer said on Thursday that the incident was “an extremely tragic accident” and are calling for the public release of the officer’s body camera footage to answer questions.

Dawnta Anthony Harris, 16, is accused of fatally running over Officer Amy Caprio, 29, on Monday in the Perry Hall community northeast of Baltimore. He’s been charged with first-degree murder, as have three other teens he had been with — Darrell Jaymar Ward, 15; Derrick Eugene Matthews, 16, and Eugene Robert Genius IV, 17. The latter three have also been charged with first-degree burglary; they were allegedly breaking into a nearby home.

Lawyer J. Wyndal Gordon said at a news conference Thursday that the case so far “generates a lot of questions that we don’t have answers to.”

Gordon pointed out that Caprio was called not for a report of a burglary, but of a suspicious vehicle. The fact that Harris was sitting in a stolen vehicle, and that the three other teens were supposedly committing a burglary, was all known to police “after the fact,” he said, and that at the moment Caprio blocked the Wrangler in, the situation “amounted to a traffic stop.” He also said the other three teens were nowhere near the vehicle, and that Caprio might not have known about them.

Matthews and Ward acknowledged committing the burglary, probable cause statements allege. Genius at first declined to give a statement but later objected to being charged with murder, saying he was in the house when the killing occurred, another statement said.

‘Get out of the car’

The lawyer cited a witness who said they heard Caprio quickly order Harris out of the vehicle, then shoot: “’Get out of the car get out of the car get out of the car’ and then pop.”

“We want to know why Officer Caprio found it necessary to draw her weapon on a 16-year-old child,” Gordon said. He characterized Harris’ actions as those of someone who was simply trying to get away from being shot at. “Just like the officer, this 16-year-old had to make a split-second decision. … He ducked and he closed his eyes and the car started to move forward.”

“It’s not lost on any of us” that an officer lost her life in the line of duty, Gordon said. “We just want answers.”

Gordon added that the officer who wrote the report wasn’t at the scene, and that no statements in the report attributed to Harris are direct quotes, but rather characterizations.

Lawyer Warren Brown was asked about a statement by Harris that he “drove at the officer,” and said that the state “has conceded that he’s ducking down … and just instinctively trying to get away.”

Brown also said Harris told the police in the same statement that he didn’t know the other three were committing burglaries — “they kept him in the dark deliberately” — and gave their names and addresses.

“If the state will release the bodycam footage, it will give us a better idea” of what happened, Brown said, and would help soothe the “frayed nerves and ugly emotions that are flowing.”

Gordon said he was confident the charges would be changed and would no longer include murder, once all the evidence is known.

‘This is my son’

Harris’ mother, Tanika Wilson, broke down several times while speaking about the case. “This is my son,” she said several times.

Harris had fled house arrest a week before the incident, and was still wearing a court-ordered ankle bracelet at the time of the incident. He had a court date last Friday, but didn’t show up. The prosecutor asked that he be detained, and she said she asked for that too, but the public defender wanted him released.

Wilson and Harris both got summonses to return to court Tuesday. The incident happened on Monday.

Wilson said her son had never been arrested before last December. She said he had fallen victim to “the environment, his peers. He made bad decisions.”

Regarding public outcry about the case, she said, “Everybody got so much to say. This situation is just terrible all around. My condolences to the officer … from the bottom of my heart.”

To Caprio’s family, Wilson said, “I’m really and truly sorry for this … for the actions that my son did.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Bluestone Lane, and its ‘Avocado Smash,’ come to Capitol Riverfront

WASHINGTON — Australian-influenced coffee and cafe chain Bluestone Lane will open its third D.C. location at Capitol Riverfront this fall.

The new location will be in developer Skanska’s 99M, a 234,000-square-foot office building at the corner of First and M Streets, SE. It will be part of the building’s 11,000 square feet of ground floor restaurant and retail space.

The New York-based Bluestone Lane has several dozen locations mostly in New York and California. Its other D.C. locations are in Georgetown and the West End.

In addition to its gourmet coffees, Bluestone Lane is popular with fans for its cold-pressed juices, organic teas and healthy breakfast items. Its signature dish, the “Classic Avocado Smash,” is served on multigrain toast with heirloom cherry tomatoes, feta, sunflower sprouts and olive oil.

“We are very excited to become a new local for the Capitol Riverfront community. We’ve had a lot of interest in Bluestone Lane from residents moving into the area, and 99M is the perfect fit for us,” said Nicholas Stone, founder and CEO of Bluestone Lane.

Bluestone Lane joins about 50 cafes and restaurants in the Capitol Riverfront area.

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50+ cats found in Montgomery County hoarding situation

WASHINGTON — Montgomery County Fire & Rescue found more than 50 cats in an otherwise unoccupied home while responding to a fire around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

The cause of the fire — which was located in the basement of a one-story, single family home at 3402 Weller Road in Wheaton, Maryland — is still undetermined.

Public Information Officer Pete Piringer tweeted that the home had over $75,000 worth of damage from the fire, the house was condemned and the firefighters’ gear was contaminated.

While many cats were rescued by Montgomery County Fire & Rescue or escaped on their own, Piringer tweeted that responders were dealing with multiple cat fatalities with the assistance of Animal Services.

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NHL releases Caps’ schedule for Stanley Cup Final

WASHINGTON — The Capitals will be taking on the upstart Las Vegas Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup.

For your planning purposes, here’s the schedule:

  • Game 1: Capitals at Golden Knights — Monday, May 28, 8 p.m.
  • Game 2: Capitals at Golden Knights — Wednesday, May 30, 8 p.m.
  • Game 3: Golden Knights at Capitals — Saturday, June 2, 8 p.m.
  • Game 4: Golden Knights at Capitals — Monday, June 4, 8 p.m.
  • Game 5*: Capitals at Knights — Thursday, June 7, 8 p.m.
  • Game 6*: Golden Knights at Capitals — Sunday, June 10, 8 p.m.
  • Game 7*: Capitals at Golden Knights — Wednesday, June 13, 8 p.m.

*if necessary

This is the Caps’ second trip to the Stanley Cup Final. The only other time the team made it this far was in 1998, when they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings.

This is Golden Knights’ very first season in existence. No other expansion team has ever made it this far before in any sport.

In case you were wondering, the Caps played and lost to the Golden Knights twice during the regular season.

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County exec gave rival $6K before primary challenge dropped

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland Republican says his decision to not challenge a county executive wasn’t influenced by the $6,000 given to his campaign by the potential rival.

The Capital reports that Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh gave County Councilman John Grasso’s campaign the sum a day before Grasso filed for state senate instead of running against him.

Grasso says he decided not to challenge Schuh in the primary because the county executive “addressed all the issues” where they disagreed. He says the $6,000 was a byproduct of his decision.

The $6,000 received by Grasso’s campaign on March 12 is the most money Schuh has transferred from his campaign fund to others this election cycle.

Schuh campaign spokeswoman Megan Miller says Schuh thinks Grasso “is terrific for his community.”

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Information from: The Capital, http://www.capitalgazette.com/

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School police asked to adopt youth-friendly Miranda warning

BALTIMORE (AP) — School discipline reform advocates have asked the Baltimore city schools police to adopt a youth-specific Miranda warning to let children know their legal rights.

The Baltimore Sun reports the Baltimore school board is currently accepting feedback on new school police policies under consideration before a vote next month.

Juvenile public defender Jenny Egan asked the school board to formulate a Miranda warning that includes developmentally appropriate language. Egan says the typical recitation heard in many a television procedural features clunky language that’s difficult for children to understand. Juvenile public defender Neeta Pal read commissioners a “youth-friendly” warning adopted in Seattle’s King County that simplifies the language.

City schools police chief Akil Hamm told the board he’d consult with the district’s legal office to discuss the possibility of a script change.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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One dead after hotel fire in Capitol Heights

WASHINGTON — One person was found dead in a hotel room where a fire broke out on Thursday morning in Capitol Heights, Maryland.

Firefighters responded to reports of a fire in a room on the top floor of a six story LaQuinta Inn and Suites a little after 6:30 a.m. on Hampton Park Boulevard, said Mark Brady, a spokesperson for the Prince George’s County Fire Department.

Brady said the sprinkler system was activated, which helped limit the fire, and firefighters were able to put the fire out once they arrived. In their search, firefighters found one person dead in the room.

No other injuries were reported.

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Caps get early-morning champion’s welcome at Dulles Airport (Video)

DULLES, Va. — At the end of a historic night for the Washington Capitals, several dozen superfans were favored with a glimpse of the Prince of Wales Trophy at Dulles International Airport.

Shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday, approximately four hours after the final horn at Amalie Arena where the Caps won the Eastern Conference Championship for the first time in 20 years, the team’s chartered Delta flight arrived at Dulles Airport.

First off the plane was captain Alex Ovechkin, holding the championship trophy in his right hand, rolling his luggage with his left.

As fans — many sporting Ovechkin replica jerseys with number 8 — rang cowbells and exhorted the team to “go for the Cup,” Ovi hoisted the trophy and smiled.

As players walked to their cars, some stopped to shake hands and pose for pictures with thrilled fans.

Fan Andy Altman and his family watched the game on their big TV screen at home.

“We decided, once we knew the game was done, that we’d come out and meet them again, like we did after the Pittsburgh win,” he said, holding one end of a homemade “Stanley Cup!!!” sign.

Within five minutes, as team personnel and Airports Authority Police officers provided security, the players were on their way home to get some sleep.

They’ll be back at the airport soon enough when they fly out for Monday’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in Las Vegas.

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