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Man accused of shooting crossbow, gun at another driver in Va.

CENTERVILLE, Va. (AP) — A New York man is accused of stopping a driver at a Virginia intersection and shooting a crossbow at him, before firing several rounds at the driver with a gun.

News outlets reported Wednesday that 25-year-old Baljeet Singh, of Queens, pulled his vehicle in front of a car at the Centerville-area intersection in February, approached the vehicle and shot at the victim with the crossbow.

A search warrant says the victim attempted to flee, crashing into the man’s bumper. Singh also fired the several rounds and struck the car. Investigators determined Singh’s vehicle was rented before the incident. Police haven’t said what the motive was for the attack.

Singh was charged with attempted malicious wounding and shooting into an occupied vehicle in March. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

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Ovechkin, Holtby shine in Game 7, Caps beat Lightning 4-0

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin lifted the Prince of Wales Trophy, spun around and set it back down on a table.

The rest of the Capitals joined him for a team photo after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final, a victory that sent Washington to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years.

A decade of playoff frustration is fading fast.

“I think Ovie has been on a mission,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “They wanted this game, no question.”

Ovechkin scored early and Andre Burakovsky added two second-period goals as the Caps continued to shed a label as postseason underachievers.

Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots for his second straight shutout and the Lightning, who led the NHL in goals during the regular season, failed to score in the last 159 minutes, 27 seconds of the series — a stretch of nearly eight periods.

Ovechkin, who had never advanced beyond the second round, scored 1:02 into the winner-take-all showdown he had described as probably the “biggest game in my life.”

“The first goal was very important,” Ovechkin said. “After that you could see we have all the momentum on our side. Holts was unstoppable today. He was special. Everybody was all in. Everybody was sacrificing their bodies. I think we all deserve the win.”

To earn a spot in the Stanley Cup Final, where they’ll play the Vegas Golden Knights, the Capitals beat the top-seeded Lightning three times on the road, improving to 8-2 away from home this postseason.

It’s Washington’s first Cup Final appearance since 1998, and the first during Ovechkin’s 13-year career.

“We played a great game,” defenseman John Carlson said. “We deserved to win this.”

Two games after being a healthy scratch for Game 5, Burakovsky became the 17th player to score a goal for Washington in the playoffs this year — four shy of the NHL record — when he beat Andrei Vasilevskiy on a breakaway at 8:59 of the second period.

The winger, who played two games in the first round against Columbus before sitting out 10 straight with an upper-body injury, added a breakaway goal to make it 3-0 heading into the last period.

Nicklas Backstrom had an empty-netter to complete the rout.

“What a game. What an experience. We had a lot of guys pitching in,” winger T.J. Oshie said. “The biggest guy of all had to be Holts. He played fantastic, back to back shutouts.”

Tampa Bay, which rebounded from losing the first two games at home to win three straight for a 3-2 series lead, had plenty of chances. A couple of shots clanged off the post, Yanni Gourde was unable to get his stick on a loose puck in front on an empty net and the game gradually slipped away.

Washington was the more physical team in evening the series with a bruising 3-0 victory in Game 6. They played with urgency from the start again Wednesday night and never let up.

Tampa Bay’s last goal in the series came 33 seconds into the second period of Game 5, which the Lightning went on to win 3-2.

“We’re here to win as team, no matter who gets the credit,” said Holtby, the fifth goalie to deliver a Game 7 shutout to clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Final.

“I felt we could have won every game,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “We ran into a tough Washington team that was probably feeling the same thing, and once you get this far you’ve probably done some magical things on the way.”

It was the 33rd time in league history that a Game 7 was required to determine a Stanley Cup finalist. Home teams are 21-12 in those games.

Tampa Bay also played Game 7 in the Eastern Conference final in 2015, when they blanked the New York Rangers, and again two years ago, when they lost 2-1 to Pittsburgh.

Both of those deciding games were on the road. The Lightning had never lost a Game 7 at home before Wednesday night.

“It’s going to take a few days to digest this. It’s tough to sit here right now and think of positive things and how it was a pretty great season,” Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. “It doesn’t seem that way when you have this group — and we’ve been to this position before — and you can’t find a way to give yourself a chance a win. We thought we had that group. It’s just an empty feeling right now.”

Notes: Ovechkin and Backstrom made their 11th career Game 7 appearance, one shy of Boston’s Zdeno Chara for the most among active NHL players. In addition to Chara, only five other players in NHL history have appeared in more Game 7s: Patrick Roy (13), Scott Stevens (13), Glenn Anderson (12), Ken Daneyko (12) and Stephane Yelle (12). … Evgeny Kuznetsov’s assist on Ovechkin’s early goal extended his points streak to 10 games. … Vasilevskiy made 19 saves. The Lightning outshot the Capitals (29-23) for the first time in the series.

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Ovechkin, Holtsby shine in Game 7, Caps beat Lightning 4-0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored early and Andre Burakovsky added two second-period goals to help the Washington Capitals put a decade of playoff frustration behind them with a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Wednesday night.

Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots for his second straight shutout and the Lightning, who led the NHL in goals during the regular season, failed to score in the last 159 minutes, 27 seconds — a stretch of nearly eight periods.

Ovechkin, who had never played a team that advanced beyond the second round, scored 1:02 into the winner-take-all showdown he had described as probably the “biggest game in my life.”

Nicklas Backstrom had an empty-netter to complete the rout.

To earn a spot in the Stanley Cup Final, where they’ll play the Vegas Golden Knights, the Capitals beat the top-seeded Lightning three times on the road, improving to 8-2 away from home this postseason.

It’s Washington’s first Cup Final appearance since 1998, and the first during Ovechkin’s 13-year career.

Two games after being a healthy scratch for Game 5, Burakovsky became the 17th player to score a goal for Washington in the playoffs this year — four shy of the NHL record — when he beat Andrei Vasilevskiy on a breakaway at 8:59 of the second period.

The winger, who played two games in the first round against Columbus before sitting out 10 straight with an upper-body injury, added a breakaway goal to make it 3-0 heading into the last period.

Tampa Bay, which rebounded from losing the first two games at home to win straight three straight for a 3-2 series lead, had plenty of chances. A couple of shots clanged off the post, Yanni Gourde was unable to get his stick on a loose puck in front on an empty net and the game gradually slipped away.

It was the 33rd time in league history that a Game 7 was required to determine a Stanley Cup finalist. Home teams are 21-12 in those games.

Tampa Bay also played Game 7 in the Eastern Conference final in 2015, when they blanked the New York Rangers, and again two years ago, when they lost 2-1 to Pittsburgh.

Both of those deciding games were on the road. The Lightning had never lost a Game 7 at home before Wednesday night.

Notes: Ovechkin and Backstrom made their 11th career Game 7 appearance, one shy of Boston’s Zdeno Chara for the most among active NHL players. In addition to Chara, only five other players in NHL history have appeared in more Game 7s: Patrick Roy (13), Scott Stevens (13), Glenn Anderson (12), Ken Daneyko (12) and Stephane Yelle (12). … Evgeny Kuznetsov’s assist on Ovechkin’s early goal extended his points streak to 10 games. … Vasilevskiy made 19 saves. The Lightning outshot the Capitals (29-23) for the first time in the series.

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Latest: 2 of 3 teen suspects ordered held without bail

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a Maryland police officer (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

Two of the three teens most recently charged with first-degree murder in the death of a Baltimore County police officer have been ordered held without bail.

Fifteen-year-old Darrell Jaymar Ward and 16-year-old Derrick Eugene Matthews waived their right to appear in court Wednesday, and Judge Barbara Jung ordered them jailed at an adult lock up.

Jung said she didn’t believe a juvenile facility was appropriate considering the murder charges they face in the death of officer Amy Caprio.

Seventeen-year-old Eugene Robert Genius IV appeared through video and requested a postponement because his lawyer couldn’t attend Wednesday. The judge agreed.

A fourth suspect, 16-year-old Dawnta Anthony Harris, is also charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond. The Associated Press does not ordinarily identify underage suspects unless they face adult charges, as all four teens do in this case.

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11 a.m.

A prominent Baltimore defense attorney says he and another well-known attorney will represent the 16-year-old suspect charged with first-degree murder in the death of a young female police officer.

Attorney J. Wyndal Gordon said Wednesday he will join with lawyer Warren Brown to represent Dawnta Anthony Harris. He says they won’t allow the teen suspect to be “sacrificed to the system without due process and zealous advocacy.”

Authorities say Harris fatally struck officer Amy Caprio with a stolen Jeep.

On Tuesday, Harris was represented by a public defender at his initial court appearance.

Gordon made headlines earlier this year representing a mentally ill woman left outside a Baltimore hospital wearing only a patient gown and slippers on a freezing night.

Co-counsel Brown is a longtime Baltimore defense attorney.

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10:40 a.m.

Court documents say a teenager accused of fatally striking a Baltimore County police officer with a stolen Jeep identified the three other teens now facing charges in her death.

Probable cause statements obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday say 16-year-old Dawnta Anthony Harris told a detective he was waiting in a black Jeep while the three other teens committed a burglary earlier this week in Perry Hall.

Fifteen-year-old Darrell Jaymar Ward, 16-year-old Derrick Eugene Matthews, and 17-year-old Eugene Robert Genius IV are charged as adults with first-degree burglary and first-degree murder in the killing of officer Amy Caprio.

Court records don’t list defense attorneys. Attempts to reach people believed to be relatives of the teens were not successful.

Probable cause statements say Matthews and Ward admitting to committing the burglary. Another says 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.

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8:55 a.m.

Authorities say three more teens have been charged as adults with first-degree murder in the death of a Maryland police officer.

Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger says 15-year-old Darrell Jaymar Ward, 16-year-old Derrick Eugene Matthews, and 17-year-old Eugene Robert Genius IV are charged in the killing of Officer Amy Caprio.

The three were scheduled to appear at bail hearings Wednesday.

A fourth suspect, 16-year-old Dawnta Anthony Harris, is also charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond. The Associated Press does not ordinarily identify underage suspects unless they face adult charges.

Authorities say Caprio was run down by a stolen Jeep on Monday after responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle.

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11 p.m.

A 16-year-old charged with first-degree murder in the death of a Maryland police officer has been ordered held without bail by a judge who called him a “one-man crime wave.”

Authorities say Dawnta Anthony Harris was supposed to be on house arrest when he ran down Baltimore County police Officer Amy Caprio with a Jeep earlier this week.

A local prosecutor says authorities also anticipate bringing felony murder charges against three other teens who police say were burglarizing a nearby home while Harris waited in the car.

The teens were taken into custody Tuesday. A police spokeswoman said she expects an announcement about their charges on Wednesday.

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3 more teens charged in death of Maryland police officer

PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) — Three more teens have been charged as adults with first-degree murder in the death of a Maryland police officer, authorities said Wednesday.

Fifteeen-year-old Darrell Jaymar Ward, 16-year-old Derrick Eugene Matthews, and 17-year-old Eugene Robert Genius IV were charged in the killing of officer Amy Caprio and were scheduled to appear at bail hearings Wednesday afternoon, said Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger.

The three were taken into custody Tuesday.

A fourth suspect, 16-year-old Dawnta Anthony Harris, is also charged with first-degree murder and was ordered held without bond after a hearing Tuesday in which a judged described him as a “one-man crime wave.” The Associated Press does not ordinarily identify underage suspects unless they face adult charges.

A defense lawyer requested Harris be sent to a juvenile lockup, but prosecutors noted his series of auto theft arrests and a repeated history of running away from juvenile facilities.

Caprio was run down by a stolen Jeep on Monday after responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle, investigators, have said.

The slain officer’s body camera footage clearly shows Harris accelerating the Jeep at her after she tried to apprehend him on the cul-de-sac in the suburban Perry Hall community northeast of Baltimore, prosecutor William Bickel said during a bail hearing Tuesday.

“She fired her weapon. He ran over her,” Bickel said.

Harris was apprehended shortly after abandoning the Jeep, which had been stolen May 18 in Baltimore, he said. According to probable cause statement, Harris admitted as much, telling a detective that he “drove at the officer.”

Harris was supposed to be on house arrest and was still wearing a court-ordered ankle bracelet when he ran down Caprio, authorities said. The ninth-grader was on house arrest at his mother’s West Baltimore home, but ran away May 14, they said.

Sam Abed, the Maryland Secretary of Juvenile Services, said at a news conference that his department had made “many attempts” to contact Harris after he went missing from his mother’s house but was unsuccessful.

The ankle bracelet Harris was wearing Monday simply indicated whether he was inside or outside his home — it did not track his whereabouts, Shellenberger said.

“Did the system not work?” police Chief Terrence Sheridan said. “It sounds like … it could have worked better in this particular case.”

Caprio, who would have been on the force four years in July, was smart, athletic and energetic, just the type of officer you want to hire, Sheridan said. She and her husband were to start vacation this weekend to celebrate their third wedding anniversary and their upcoming birthdays, police said.

A medical examiner determined she died of trauma to the head and torso, according to Sheridan.

The death stunned the quiet, residential neighborhood, said Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, who lives nearby.

“The community I represent stands united in grief for this fallen police officer, and our hope is that all those involved are brought to justice,” Marks said.

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Rankin reported from Richmond, Virginia. Associated Press writers Denise Lavoie in Richmond, Virginia, Courtney Columbus in Towson, Maryland, and Randall Chase in Dover, Delaware, contributed to this report.

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Three more teens charged in Maryland officer’s slaying

PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) — Three more teenage boys have been charged in the Monday killing of a Baltimore, Maryland, police officer.

Darrell Jaymar Ward, 15; Derrick Eugene Matthews, 16; and Eugene Robert Genius IV, 17, were charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in Baltimore County police Officer Amy Caprio’s killing.

On Tuesday, 16-year-old Dawnta Anthony Harris, who was supposed to be on house arrest for auto theft was charged with first-degree murder in Caprio’s death.

After hearing about Harris’ numerous recent run-ins with the law, a judge called him a “one-man crime wave” and ordered the teen held without bail.

More than 20 police officers were in the courtroom when Harris made his first court appearance by video. Harris has been charged as an adult in the Caprio’s killing. Caprio was responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle. She was 29-years-old.

Harris was waiting in the vehicle, a Jeep, while three other teens were inside a nearby home committing a burglary, according to authorities and court records.

The slain officer’s body camera footage clearly shows Harris accelerating the Jeep at Caprio after she tried to apprehend him on the cul-de-sac in the suburban Perry Hall community northeast of Baltimore, prosecutor William Bickel said during the hearing.

“She fired her weapon. He ran over her,” Bickel said. Harris was apprehended shortly after abandoning the Jeep, which was stolen May 18 in Baltimore, he said.

A yellow lockup jumpsuit appeared baggy on Harris’ slight 120-pound, 5-foot-7 frame during the hearing in Towson. When asked if he understood the charge he faces, Harris mumbled “yes” as he sat next to his public defender.

Harris has a series of auto theft arrests and a repeated history of running away from juvenile facilities, according to prosecutors. The teen was on house arrest at his mother’s West Baltimore home but ran away May 14, they said.

Judge Sally Chester ordered the ninth-grader to be held at Baltimore County Detention Center, an adult lockup.

“Your client is one-man crime wave,” Chester told Harris’ public defender, who was pushing for Harris to be sent to a juvenile lockup.

According to a probable cause statement filed Tuesday, Harris told a detective that he “drove at the officer” and then abandoned the Jeep a short distance away.

Police said in a statement that the Jeep was found with a bullet hole where Caprio fired her service weapon at the driver just before she was struck.

The three teens — ages 15, 16, and 17 — who police say were burglarizing the house were tracked down at their families’ homes in Baltimore, Chief Terrence Sheridan said.

They were in custody but had not yet been identified or formally charged as of late Tuesday afternoon. Scott Shellenberger, the state’s attorney for Baltimore County, said at a news conference that authorities believe all three can be charged with felony murder in Caprio’s death.

“They are in for everything that occurs as a result of that burglary, including when their co-defendant is outside running over a police officer and killing her,” Shellenberger said.

A medical examiner determined Caprio died of trauma to the head and torso, Sheridan said.

Caprio, who would have been on the force four years in July, was smart, athletic and energetic, just the type of officer you want to hire, the chief said. She and her husband were to start vacation this weekend to celebrate their third wedding anniversary and their upcoming birthdays, police said in a news release.

The death stunned the quiet, residential neighborhood, said Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, who lives nearby.

“The community I represent stands united in grief for this fallen police officer, and our hope is that all those involved are brought to justice,” Marks said.

Gov. Larry Hogan ordered flags to fly at half-staff through Friday, the day of Caprio’s funeral.

Tony Kurek, who lives on the street where Caprio was fatally injured, told The Associated Press his adult son was outside in the family’s yard Monday afternoon when the son saw the officer with her gun drawn, confronting someone in a Jeep.

“The next thing he heard was a pop, and he saw the Jeep take off and run right over her,” Kurek said. The car left skid marks, he said, and officer was on the ground bleeding.

Harris was wearing an ankle bracelet at the time, Shellenberger said. But the bracelet simply indicated whether Harris was inside his home or outside his home — it did not track his whereabouts, he said.

Sam Abed, the Maryland Secretary of Juvenile Services, said at the news conference that his department had made “many attempts” to contact Harris after he went missing from his mother’s house but was unsuccessful.

“Did the system not work?” said Sheridan, the police chief. “It sounds like … it could have worked better in this particular case.”

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Rankin reported from Richmond, Virginia. Associated Press writers Denise Lavoie in Richmond, Virginia, Courtney Columbus in Towson, Maryland, and Randall Chase in Dover, Delaware, contributed to this report.

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This story has been corrected to remove a reference to the officer being shot. Police have said she was not found with a gunshot wound.

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3 more teens charged in Maryland officer’s death

PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) — Three more teenage boys have been charged in the Monday killing of a Baltimore, Maryland, police officer.

Darrell Jaymar Ward, 15; Derrick Eugene Matthews, 16; and Eugene Robert Genuis IV, 17, were charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in Baltimore County police Officer Amy Caprio’s killing, according to the Baltimore Sun.

On Tuesday, 16-year-old Dawnta Anthony Harris, who was supposed to be on house arrest for auto theft was charged with first-degree murder in Caprio’s death.

After hearing about Harris’ numerous recent run-ins with the law, a judge called him a “one-man crime wave” and ordered the teen held without bail.

More than 20 police officers were in the courtroom when Harris made his first court appearance by video. Harris has been charged as an adult in the Caprio’s killing. Caprio was responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle. She was 29-years-old.

Harris was waiting in the vehicle, a Jeep, while three other teens were inside a nearby home committing a burglary, according to authorities and court records.

The slain officer’s body camera footage clearly shows Harris accelerating the Jeep at Caprio after she tried to apprehend him on the cul-de-sac in the suburban Perry Hall community northeast of Baltimore, prosecutor William Bickel said during the hearing.

“She fired her weapon. He ran over her,” Bickel said. Harris was apprehended shortly after abandoning the Jeep, which was stolen May 18 in Baltimore, he said.

A yellow lockup jumpsuit appeared baggy on Harris’ slight 120-pound, 5-foot-7 frame during the hearing in Towson. When asked if he understood the charge he faces, Harris mumbled “yes” as he sat next to his public defender.

Harris has a series of auto theft arrests and a repeated history of running away from juvenile facilities, according to prosecutors. The teen was on house arrest at his mother’s West Baltimore home but ran away May 14, they said.

Judge Sally Chester ordered the ninth-grader to be held at Baltimore County Detention Center, an adult lockup.

“Your client is one-man crime wave,” Chester told Harris’ public defender, who was pushing for Harris to be sent to a juvenile lockup.

According to a probable cause statement filed Tuesday, Harris told a detective that he “drove at the officer” and then abandoned the Jeep a short distance away.

Police said in a statement that the Jeep was found with a bullet hole where Caprio fired her service weapon at the driver just before she was struck.

The three teens — ages 15, 16, and 17 — who police say were burglarizing the house were tracked down at their families’ homes in Baltimore, Chief Terrence Sheridan said.

They were in custody but had not yet been identified or formally charged as of late Tuesday afternoon. Scott Shellenberger, the state’s attorney for Baltimore County, said at a news conference that authorities believe all three can be charged with felony murder in Caprio’s death.

“They are in for everything that occurs as a result of that burglary, including when their co-defendant is outside running over a police officer and killing her,” Shellenberger said.

A medical examiner determined Caprio died of trauma to the head and torso, Sheridan said.

Caprio, who would have been on the force four years in July, was smart, athletic and energetic, just the type of officer you want to hire, the chief said. She and her husband were to start vacation this weekend to celebrate their third wedding anniversary and their upcoming birthdays, police said in a news release.

The death stunned the quiet, residential neighborhood, said Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, who lives nearby.

“The community I represent stands united in grief for this fallen police officer, and our hope is that all those involved are brought to justice,” Marks said.

Gov. Larry Hogan ordered flags to fly at half-staff through Friday, the day of Caprio’s funeral.

Tony Kurek, who lives on the street where Caprio was fatally injured, told The Associated Press his adult son was outside in the family’s yard Monday afternoon when the son saw the officer with her gun drawn, confronting someone in a Jeep.

“The next thing he heard was a pop, and he saw the Jeep take off and run right over her,” Kurek said. The car left skid marks, he said, and officer was on the ground bleeding.

Harris was wearing an ankle bracelet at the time, Shellenberger said. But the bracelet simply indicated whether Harris was inside his home or outside his home — it did not track his whereabouts, he said.

Sam Abed, the Maryland Secretary of Juvenile Services, said at the news conference that his department had made “many attempts” to contact Harris after he went missing from his mother’s house but was unsuccessful.

“Did the system not work?” said Sheridan, the police chief. “It sounds like … it could have worked better in this particular case.”

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Rankin reported from Richmond, Virginia. Associated Press writers Denise Lavoie in Richmond, Virginia, Courtney Columbus in Towson, Maryland, and Randall Chase in Dover, Delaware, contributed to this report.

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This story has been corrected to remove a reference to the officer being shot. Police have said she was not found with a gunshot wound.

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Judge sides with transgender teen, declines to dismiss suit

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal judge in Virginia has sided with a transgender teen who claims a school board’s bathroom policies discriminated against him.

U.S. District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen on Tuesday declined the Gloucester County School Board’s request to dismiss the case. The judge in Norfolk ordered lawyers for the school board and former student Gavin Grimm to schedule a settlement conference.

Grimm identifies as male but was barred from using the boys restrooms in high school before graduating in 2017. Grimm sued in 2015, claiming the policy violated his constitutional rights as well as federal protections against sex discrimination.

He took the case to an appeals court before it was sent back to a lower court last year. In September, the school board argued that the case should be dismissed.

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Teen suspect in Maryland officer’s slaying held without bail

PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) — A 16-year-old who was supposed to be on house arrest for auto theft was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the death of a Maryland police officer.

After hearing about Dawnta Anthony Harris’ numerous recent run-ins with the law, a judge called him a “one-man crime wave” and ordered the teen held without bail.

More than 20 police officers were in the courtroom when Harris made his first court appearance by video. Harris has been charged as an adult in the Monday killing of Baltimore County police Officer Amy Caprio, who was responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle that authorities say was involved in a burglary.

Investigators have reviewed the slain officer’s body camera footage, prosecutor William Bickel said during the hearing. It clearly shows Harris accelerating a stolen Jeep at Caprio after she tried to apprehend him on the suburban cul-de-sac in the Perry Hall community northeast of Baltimore, he said.

“She fired her weapon. He ran over her,” Bickel said. Harris was apprehended shortly after abandoning the Jeep, which was stolen May 18 in Baltimore, not far away, Bickel said.

A yellow lockup jumpsuit appeared baggy on Harris’ slight 120-pound, 5-foot-7 frame during the hearing in Towson. When asked if he understood the charge he faces, Harris mumbled “yes” as he sat next to his public defender.

Harris has a series of auto theft arrests and a repeated history of running away from juvenile facilities, Bickel said. The teen was on house arrest at his mother’s West Baltimore home but ran away May 14, prosecutors said.

Judge Sally Chester ordered the ninth-grader to be held at Baltimore County Detention Center, an adult lockup.

“Your client is one-man crime wave,” Chester told Harris’ public defender, who was pushing for Harris to be sent to a juvenile lockup.

According to a probable cause statement filed Tuesday, Harris told a detective he had been waiting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle as “associates” were committing a burglary.

He tried to flee in the Jeep when he saw Caprio arrive on the block, but she followed him and ordered him out of the vehicle, the statement said. Harris told the detective that he “drove at the officer,” according to the statement.

Police have said three other teenagers suspected in area burglaries were in custody Tuesday in connection with the incident. The teens, who police didn’t immediately name, were expected to have initial court appearances Wednesday.

Caprio won an “Officer of the Month” award for the Parkville precinct in December. Police said at the time that her investigation led to the identification and arrest of two suspects in numerous package thefts in eastern Baltimore County and neighboring jurisdictions.

She would have been on the force four years in July, police said.

After Harris’ court hearing, officers declined to speak to reporters about their slain colleague. Her relatives could not immediately be reached by The Associated Press

Caprio’s death stunned the quiet, residential neighborhood, said Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, who lives nearby.

“The community I represent stands united in grief for this fallen police officer, and our hope is that all those involved are brought to justice,” Marks said.

Resident Tony Kurek told The Associated Press his adult son was outside in the family’s yard Monday afternoon when the son saw the officer with her gun drawn, confronting someone in a Jeep.

“The next thing he heard was a pop, and he saw the Jeep take off and run right over her,” Kurek said. The car left skid marks, he said, and officer was on the ground bleeding.

Logan Kurek, who is a volunteer firefighter, said he heard his younger brother “frantically screaming” and ran outside to perform CPR on the officer. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

“It’s just different that right outside your front door, a lady went to work yesterday, she was on a simple, routine call for an apparent burglary, meets the criminals and she don’t go home,” Tony Kurek said. “That’s sad. It’s very sad.”

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Rankin reported from Richmond, Virginia. Associated Press writers Denise Lavoie in Richmond, Virginia, and Courtney Columbus in Towson contributed to this report.

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Fed panel: 2 deadly school bus crash drivers unfit for job

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal panel says drivers in the November 2016 deadly school bus crashes in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Baltimore shouldn’t have been behind the wheel.

The National Transportation Safety Board discussed its report Tuesday.

Authorities say Johnthony Walker was speeding when he crashed in Chattanooga, killing six children. He faces a four-year prison sentence.

The panel found Walker had two prior bus crashes and unsafe driving complaints. It says he was talking on his cellphone when the bus crashed in 2016.

Baltimore driver Glenn Chappell had no children on board when he rear-ended a car and hit a transit bus. Chappell and five people on the other bus died.

The presentation said Chappell was likely incapacitated, and often omitted his history of seizures. It said Chappell regained licensing with fraudulent documents.

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