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Man Linked To AMBER Alert Arrested

A man at the center of an AMBER Alert in Spotsylvania County is under arrest.  Joshua Williams faces malicious wounding and abduction charges after authorities say he assaulted his wife last evening, then drove off with his three-year-old son, Zion.  The AMBER Alert was canceled early this afternoon when the boy was found safe.  The sheriff’s office says someone brought the boy to his grandmother before his father was taken into custody somewhere else.

Ten Years For Man Who Killed Stepfather

A former DC Fire Department employee who killed his stepfather will serve ten years in prison.  Antwan James was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the deadly shooting of DC police officer James Newell at their Upper Marlboro home in April 2013.  The violent outburst was precipitated by an argument over yardwork.  James received the maximum sentence for his crime, although he was originally charged with murder before a defense lawyer successfully argued that James’ severe depression and a drinking problem were factors in the killing.

Metro To Discuss Rehab Plans Tomorrow

WMATA will discuss plans to rehabilitate their rapidly aging system tomorrow.  The transit agency will hold a detailed press conference at 11 a.m.  Memos say preliminary plans include single-tracking around the clock for weeks at a time, or in some of the more dire situations, shutting down entire stations for several days in a row.  Work could begin as soon as June.  More details will be discussed by Metro GM Paul Wiedefeld tomorrow.

Minors Being Banned From Buying E-Cigarettes

Anyone under 18 won’t be able to purchase e-cigarettes.  The FDA’s new restrictions also cover sales of pipe and hookah tobacco and premium cigars.  Sales of electronic cigarettes have boomed to become a three-billion dollar industry.  Advocates call e-cigs a safe alternative to lit cigarettes and argue that they help people quit smoking.  Critics say much more study is needed to verify those claims.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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