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A Question of Substance


Usually it’s the Supreme Court justices who get to ask the tough questions. But every so often, prominent public figures come to Georgetown, and undergraduates glean the rare opportunity to ask questions in return.

Last Wednesday, those who attended Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s lecture received an index card where they could write one question for Sotomayor to answer during the standard post-lecture question-and-answer session — a Gaston Hall standard that usually fosters a candid discussion and enriches university programming. In Wednesday’s case, however, the questions were screened and posed by a university official, rather than the student or event attendee who originally wanted an answer.

Vigil honors mother and daughter killed allegedly over child support

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (WUSA9) -- A mother and her two-year-old daughter who police say were killed over a dispute about child support payments were remembered Friday night by those who loved them.

Daron Johnson, the father of the slain two-year-old, is being held without bond after police say he killed 26-year-old NeShante Davis and her daughter Chloe. 

Friends say Davis was just beginning to realize her dream of becoming a school teacher at Bradbury Heights Elementary, where mourners gathered to remember the friend they lost. 

Fellow teachers said Davis was someone they could lean on, and students remember her as someone they could count on.

No bond for man accused of killing mother and two-year-old

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Prince George's County man who police say confessed to shooting his two-year-old daughter and her mother over an issue with child support payments has been denied bond.

Six relatives of Daron Johnson spoke in court during his bond hearing Thursday, asking the judge to be lenient while holding back tears.

"We will have to empower families to make different choices. This is a case we see too often where a very permanent decision is made on temporary emotions," Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said. 

Johnson's younger brother told WUSA9 he's shocked his brother allegedly confessed to killing Neshante Davis and her daughter Chole Davis-Green.

"I love her and I'm gonna miss her. I will always love her," Walker said. 

Prince George's County road hit by 2014 landslide reopens

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (AP) - A Prince George's County road that ruptured following a May 2014 landslide has reopened.

County Public Works and Transportation Department spokeswoman Paulette Jones announced that Piscataway Drive in Fort Washington reopened to pedestrian and vehicle traffic Tuesday.

The landslide led to the evacuations of 28 homes in the waterfront community of Piscataway Hills, although many of the families later returned.

Officials concluded that intense rains in April and May saturated a layer of clay inside a 65-foot-high ridge near the Potomac River, triggering the landslide that sent trees buckling, cracked the main road and ruptured water and sewer lines.

The road cost about $15 million to repair, the bulk of which was paid for by the county.

Police: Man arrested after officer-involved shooting in Fort Washington

FORT WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A suspect has been arrested after an officer-involved shooting occurred Wednesday afternoon in Fort Washington, a Prince George's County police spokesperson confirmed.  


The suspect fled the scene on Clarion Ct. in Oxon Hill but has now been arrested. 

Police believe the shooting is a non-contact shooting that stemmed from a call for a suspicious car in the 13000 block of Clarion Court in Fort Washington.

A preliminary investigation found a suspect in the car was armed and the officer discharged their weapon, police said.

This is a developing story and will be updated

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PGPD looking for 'woman in scrubs' who helped save man's life

FORT WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- When Patrol Officer Dale Sollars leaped into action to help a man seriously injured after a multi-car crash in Fort Washington, he found some unexpected help alongside him.

Next to him was an unknown woman in scrubs, working with the officer to save the life of 73-year-old Jorge Mondino after he had a heart attack while driving on Route 210 in Fort Washington.

Their heroics worked and Mondino will be out of the hospital soon to celebrate Christmas with his family in McLean.

But Prince George's County authorities have no clue who to thank. 

In the chaos following the accident, officers never got the name of the woman who helped Officer Sollars perform CPR on Mondino. The only thing police know about her is that she's a physician from Garrett County.

Teen arrested for Fort Washington murder

FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 17-year-old male was arrested after Prince George's County police say he killed a man who was found dead after a car crash.

Draeton Hawkins of Fort Washington allegedly stabbed Keith Williams Sunday night after an argument. Williams got into a car and drove away after he was stabbed, but crashed his vehicle and died a short time later.

Death of man in Md. car crash ruled a homicide​

Hawkins was arrested Monday not far from his home. He is being charged as an adult with first and second-degree murder. 

Police say Williams was a family friend of Hawkins. 

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