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Preliminary Autopsy Released In Sandra Bland Case

Investigators say no injuries consistent with a violent homicide were found during an autopsy of a woman who was found dead in a Texas jail.  Waller County prosecutor Warren Diepraam on Thursday discussed details of the autopsy of 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who authorities say was found hanging in her jail cell on July 13.  Diepraam says the autopsy showed that Bland had no defensive injuries on her hands that would typically indicate a struggle. He says some lacerations or abrasions were found on her wrists, injuries consistent with a struggle while being handcuffed.  He also says marks around Bland’s neck are consistent. He says that in violent homicide, investigators wouldn’t see a consistent mark.  He says the injuries that were found would be consistent with a suicide.

Escaped Prisoner Pleads Guilty

There’s a guilty plea in the case of a federal prisoner accused of escaping custody Inova Fairfax Hospital.  Wossen Assaye is expected to be sentenced to 35 years in prison.  He admitted in Alexandria federal court today that he used a weapon to flee the hospital this past March, leading to an intense manhunt.  Assaye was being held on serial bank robbery charges and had been hospitalized after trying to commit suicide.  He was recaptured as he got off a Metrobus in Southeast DC several hours after his escape.


DC Residents Could Vote On Minimum Wage Hike

DC voters may have a say on whether the minimum wage should be increased to 15-dollars an hour.  The “Washington Post” reports supporters of the minimum wage hike still have to gather enough signatures.  If they do, the measure will be placed on the ballot for the 2016 general election.  The minimum wage in DC currently sits at ten-dollars-50 cents an hour and is scheduled to go up another dollar in 2016.

DUI Deaths, Arrests Up In DC Area

DUI deaths and arrests are rising in the DC area.  The Washington Regional Alcohol Program reports that there were 81 alcohol or drug-impaired traffic deaths in the region in 2013, an increase of more than 19-percent from the previous year.  Meanwhile, there was a two-percent increase in the number of DUI or DWI arrests in 2013 compared to 2012.  WRAP President Kurt Erickson notes that the number of deaths is still around half of what it was 30 years ago, but confirms that the local fight against drunk driving is far from won.

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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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