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Officer Who Accidentally Shot Fellow Officer Named

Prince George’s County police are naming the officer who inadvertently fired the shot that killed Officer Jacai Colson.  During today’s preliminary hearing for three brothers facing charges in the incident last month outside the Landover police station, it was revealed that Officer Taylor Krauss was the friendly fire shooter.  Investigators say Krauss did not realize Colson was part of the police force because he was not in uniform at the time of a shootout involving suspect Michael Ford.  Ford and his brothers, Malik and Elijah Ford, were in court today to face dozens of charges and a judge ruled there is probable cause for the case to move forward.

Braves Player Arrested For Assault

Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera is under arrest for allegedly assaulting a woman at a Northern Virginia hotel.  Police in Arlington say the victim called 9-1-1 just before 7 a.m. saying she was attacked.  When authorities arrived at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City, they found the woman with bruises, and transported her to the hospital.  Police say Olivera and the victim know one another.  The Braves are in town for a four-game series against the Washington Nationals.

DC Unveils Victim Hotline

With violence dominating local headlines as of late, District officials are unveiling a new hotline for victims to call when they’re affected by crime.  By calling 1-844-4HELPDC, victims can quickly get in touch with services to help them get back to a normal life.  The hotline isn’t meant to summon emergency responders, but instead to reach services like counseling, accommodations, or financial aide.  Officials say now victims won’t have to wade through the complicated web of city and federal agencies when they need assistance.

Texas Affluenza Teen Facing Almost Two Years In Jail

Texas affluenza teen Ethan Couch is facing almost two years in jail.  A Tarrant County judge told Couch today he would have to spend the next 720 days behind bars, but noted he could reconsider the order in a couple weeks.  Prosecutors want a longer jail term for Couch’s 2013 drunk driving crash which left four dead.  Couch became known as the affluenza teen after his lawyer claimed the 16-year-old’s rich parents sheltered him so much that he didn’t understand right from wrong.  Couch was moved out of the juvenile system and into the adult system earlier this week after his 19th birthday.

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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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