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No Arrests In Arlington Suspicious Death

There are no arrests so far in the suspicious death of a woman at her Arlington home.  The 42-year-old woman’s three-year-old son and five-year-old daughter were found unharmed in the yard of the home at Kent and 18th streets this morning as their mother was found dead inside.  Police later interviewed the father of the children, but did not detain him.  There previously had been a domestic-related dispute at the woman’s home.  The children are now in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Woman Sentenced In Dumbbell Attack

A Prince George’s County woman who attacked her boyfriend’s son with a dumbbell will serve a 30-year prison term.  Helen Newsome today received the maximum sentence allowable in her case after she pleaded guilty to charges of attempted murder and burglary in a 2013 incident at her ex-boyfriend’s home in Cheverly.  Prosecutors say Newsome broke into the home, waited for her ex-boyfriend to leave for work, then emerged from a closet, tried to suffocate his eight-year-old son with a pillow and then hit him over the head with a dumbbell.  Despite head injuries, the boy was able to escape to a neighbor’s home and get help.

Fairfax Police Officer Released On Bond

A well-known Fairfax County police officer was released on bond this morning following his arrest this week on child pornography charges.  Officer Bud Walker was released on 15-thousand dollars bond pending his next hearing on charges of possessing child pornography.  Walker is also being forbidden from using computers or having contact with minors.  Walker has been a well-known spokesman for the Fairfax County Police Department for years.  He has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

Obama:  Lynch Delay Is “Crazy Situation”

President Obama is showing his frustration over the delay in confirming Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.   In a White House news conference, Obama called it a “crazy situation” and said the nation needs an Attorney General.  Lynch’s confirmation has been delayed in an unrelated dispute between Republicans and Democrats.  Obama said the delay is “embarrassing” and urged the Republican-led Senate to hold a confirmation vote.


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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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