In The Region


July 06, 2009

Former D.C. mayor Barry charged with stalking

WASHINGTON - Former District of Columbia Mayor Marion S. Barry Jr. was arrested Saturday and charged with stalking a female acquaintance, the latest in a long string of legal troubles for the politician. U.S. Park Police said Barry, a current D.C. Council member, was arrested after a woman flagged down an officer and claimed that Barry was stalking her. He was charged with misdemeanor stalking and released. Police did not name Barry's accuser, but his spokeswoman, Natalie Williams, said Sunday afternoon that the 40-year-old woman is somebody that Barry had helped financially during "various stages of instability" in her life. Barry plans to fight the charges and questions his treatment by police, she said. Barry was in church all day Sunday and unavailable for comment, Williams said, but he planned to address reporters this morning. A court appearance was scheduled for Thursday. Barry served four terms as mayor. In his third, he was videotaped in 1990 in a hotel room smoking crack cocaine in an FBI sting. He served six months in prison and in 1994 regained the mayor's office.

2 bodies found in burning Prince George's home

UPPER MARLBORO - Prince George's County fire officials say the bodies of two people were recovered from a burning home in Upper Marlboro on Saturday night. Fire officials are awaiting autopsy results to determine how the victims died as well as the identity of one of the victims, who was burned beyond recognition. The other victim was an adult male. Fire department spokesman Mark Brady says calls came in around 11:45 p.m. Saturday.

Driver carrying fireworks unhurt after vehicle fire

HANCOCK - Maryland State Police say a man escaped injury after his vehicle carrying fireworks caught fire near the town of Hancock. Authorities say the incident occurred Saturday on eastbound Interstate 70. They say the man apparently had bought fireworks from a stand and reported his vehicle was on fire. State police say the fireworks did not go off.

- Associated Press

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