March 8, 1989 |
The District of Columbia Council, in an emergency action aimed at drug-related violence, voted Tuesday to require that people convicted of using guns in committing crimes must be sentenced to five years in prison. It also approved a bill, intended to improve the district's before-trial detention program, to allow judges to refuse bond for suspects in violent crimes even if they have no criminal record.
April 11, 1993 |
A gunman who has terrorized a Washington neighborhood with drive-by shootings struck again, killing a man on a city street after midnight, police said. The unidentified man apparently was the seventh victim of the killer, who has slain two people and injured five others. Police believe one gunman is responsible for the shootings in the Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods in Northwest Washington, about three miles from the White House. The shooting spree began Feb. 23.
December 13, 1989 |
President Bush signed legislation Tuesday to provide an additional 700 police officers for the District of Columbia, where drug-related violence has given the city the title "murder capital." He also signed a law to require all schools that receive federal aid to have anti-drug education programs. It provides federal grants to establish such initiatives in at-risk school districts. Both measures are aimed at escalating the nation's war on drugs. The President earlier signed the bulk of an $8.
February 6, 1998 |
A gunman opened fired inside the Washington Cancer Institute, killing a professional boxer who was undergoing cancer treatment and wounding five people. The gunman waited until the victim, Reuben Bell, 24, an outpatient at the institute, arrived about 11 a.m. The gunman then began shooting, police said.
September 24, 1991 |
Former secret police chief Manuel Contreras was arrested in Santiago in connection with the 1976 assassination of exiled Socialist leader Orlando Letelier in Washington. Acting on a court order, police also arrested Contreras' deputy, Pedro Espinoza, who was chief of intelligence operations under former military ruler Augusto Pinochet, Interior Ministry officials said. Contreras and Espinoza are wanted in the United States for masterminding the slaying of Letelier with a car bomb.
May 13, 1990 |
A Chilean official said Saturday that his government has reached agreement with the United States to pay compensation for the 1976 killing of a Chilean opposition figure and a U.S. associate in Washington. The "agreement in principle" came Friday in a meeting between Chilean and U.S. officials in Washington, acting Interior Minister Belisario Velasco said. He gave few details on the agreement.
February 5, 2001 |
A student found dead in his dorm room at Gallaudet University, a school for the hearing-impaired, was stabbed to death, police said. Benjamin Varner, 19, of San Antonio, had multiple stab wounds to the head and body, police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile said. Varner was found in the same dormitory where freshman Eric F. Plunkett, 19, of Burnsville, Minn., was found beaten to death Sept. 28.
September 11, 1990 |
A Cuban exile who had been a fugitive for 12 years until his arrest last spring pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to kill a former Chilean diplomat who died in a 1976 car bombing on Washington's Embassy Row. Jose Dionisio Suarez Esquivel admitted participating in the conspiracy to murder Orlando Letelier, who died with associate Ronni Moffitt when a bomb exploded beneath their car on Sept. 21, 1976.