Daily Archives: January 3, 2020

Ex-Maryland Lawmaker Sentenced to Prison for Misusing Funds

A former Maryland state lawmaker has been sentenced to six months in prison followed by two months of home detention for misusing campaign funds for her personal benefit. U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang also on Friday ordered Tawanna Gaines to pay $22,565 in restitution. Gaines, a Democrat, had served in the Maryland House of Delegates since 2001. She pleaded guilty in October to one count of wire fraud. A prosecutor has said Gaines spent campaign money on personal expenses, including fast food, hair styling, dental work, a cover for her swimming pool and an Amazon Prime membership.

Virginia Gov. Proposes Pot Decriminalization in Sweeping Justice Reform Plan

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is promising sweeping changes to the state’s criminal justice reforms that include decriminalizing marijuana, softening the penalties for people caught stealing smaller-dollar items and reducing the number of Virginians whose driver’s licenses are suspended. Northam, a Democrat, said Friday at a news conference in Richmond he wants Virginia to approach criminal justice with compassion, fairness and…

Virginia Music Teacher Charged With Sexual Battery

A music teacher from Virginia has been charged with aggravated sexual battery after a juvenile reported inappropriate touching, police said. Jun Hou, 56, of Vienna, operates Jun Hou Classic Music, located at 8550 Lee Highway in McLean, Fairfax County Police said in a press release. Hou offers private music lessons to children and hosts music camps during the summer, police…

‘No Immediate Threats’ to DC After Airstrike Kills Iran General, Mayor Says

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says the city will remain vigilant after a U.S. airstrike killed a top Iranian general, but that there are “no immediate threats.†The security update came hours after a U.S. airstrike killed Iran’s top general, Qasem Soleimani, near an airport in Baghdad. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned a “harsh retaliation is waiting†for the…

Man Accused of Shooting Brothers, Killing 1, Arrested

Police in Virginia say an arrest has been made in the shooting of two brothers that left one of the men dead. Fairfax County police say the suspect was identified and located in Maryland. He’s accused of shooting a 20-year-old and an 18-year-old. The older brother was found dead inside a home in Mount Vernon. The younger brother was found…

Sweeping Maryland Education Plan Seeks Equity, Improvement

A plan to improve education in Maryland with billions of extra dollars over a decade seeks to invest more in schools that serve high concentrations of children in poverty. The work of a state commission focuses on five key policy areas. They include early childhood education, teaching, college and career readiness, aid for struggling schools and accountability. The head of…

Group Calls for More Transparency in Virginia Legislature

Nearly five years ago, a group of advocacy organizations called on the Virginia legislature to increase its transparency. Lawmakers have made changes but now the coalition is asking for more. The group, Transparency Virginia, sent a letter in December to leaders of both parties in the state House and state Senate, Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Beginning in 2015, Virginia lawmakers faced…

The Weekend Scene: What to Do the First Weekend of 2020

Here’s how to enjoy the first weekend of a new decade. — The Golden Globes are 8 p.m. Sunday on NBC4.— Save the Date: The NBC4 Telemundo 44 Health & Fitness Expo is Jan. 18-19. Come say hi to our anchors and reporters, take a free workout class, get free health screenings and more— Also coming up: DC Restaurant Week…