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From page A1 District with a gun in his car and criminally charged. He has been in contact with the Judiciary Committee about his case but does not plan to testify at the hearing Monday. Wrong side of the line Mr. Hogue, 43, was a licensed special police offi cer in the District. The morning of March 28, 2011, he was driving his wife and a friend to the Kmart in Hyattsville where his two passengers planned to apply for jobs, he said. Making the way from his Capitol Heights apartment, Mr. Hogue got lost, he said, and diverted briefl y into the District before turning around and heading back into Prince George's County. He was on Eastern Avenue, the dividing line between the District and Maryland, when a U.S. Park Police offi cer noticed the dark tint on his windows, according to court documents fi led in his case. The offi cer ran Mr. Hogue's tags and found that the car registration was suspended - a result of failure to comply with a repair order issued on his car. The Park Police offi cer, listed in D.C. Superior Court documents as Jeff rey McKeever, wrote in his report that he sensed Mr. Hogue was nervous, so he inquired further. "I observed three thin blue line stickers on the vehicle, and could see that he had a security uniform covering the center console of the vehicle," Offi cer McKeever wrote. "I asked him where his weapon was and he stated that his gun was in the rear trunk compartment of the vehicle. Once he admitted to the possession of the handgun, he was detained while additional police offi cers were called to the scene." Ammunition was found in the purse of Rochelle Hogue, Mr. Hogue's wife. Paperwork provided by Mr. Hogue indicated that he purchased the .45 caliber Glock four days earlier from the Maryland Small Arms Range in Upper Marlboro. "That was a personal weapon that I just bought days before, and I was going to the range to practice with it," Mr. Hogue said in an interview at his apartment. "My wife was just trying to get a job at Kmart and we made a wrong turn and all this happened." Diffi cult times It's unclear whether Mr. Hogue would have been violating Maryland law if he had been stopped just a block away off Eastern Avenue in Prince George's County. Maryland law requires that guns transported in vehicles must be unloaded, in an enclosed case and kept separate from ammunition. The person transporting the gun must be traveling to or from a specifi ed location. The arms range is one location where state law allows legal gun owners to travel with their weapons. Mr. Hogue said the weapon was in a container, although court papers did not specify whether the gun was contained. Police arrested Mr. Hogue and charged him in the District with possession of an unregistered fi rearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. Concerned about jail time and not entirely aware of the repercussions, he said, he pleaded guilty to the gun charge. Mrs. Hogue said her husband felt pressure from his court-appointed attorney to make a deal. "It was stressful. You think about it, it's scary. So he got him to plead guilty," she said. Steven Polin, Mr. Hogue's attorney, did not return a call to his offi ce seeking comment about the case. In July 2011, Mr. Hogue pleaded guilty to possession of an unregistered fi rearm and was sentenced to six months of supervised probation. As a result, he was required to register on the Metropolitan Police Department's gun-off ender registry. Mr. Hogue also had to report the incident to the police department's security officers management branch. He reported the incident immediately, and his special police offi cer's commission was revoked on March 29, 2011, according to documentation he provided. With his police powers revoked and the criminal conviction on his record, Mr. Hogue said, he has been unable to return to the type of security work that has provided him a steady income for 16 years.




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"That took the ability for me to support my family," he said. "Since then, fi nancially, we've been going through hard times." His family, including his wife, three children, ages 7, 9 and 12, and both his mother and motherin-law, all live in an apartment unit off Walker Mill Road. They have faced eviction several times since the case was settled but have managed to scrape by, borrowing money from family and friends or charity from their church. Questions remain Looking back on the case, Mr. Hogue questions whether he was targeted unfairly for arrest because he is black and whether he would have been better off fi ghting the charges. A U.S. Park Police spokesman declined to comment about the case or concerns that Mr. Hogue expressed about having felt intimidated when he tried to fi le a complaint against the offi cer. "We're not going to comment about it, as it would be part of an internal investigation," Sgt. Paul Brooks said. A variety of peculiarities in the case have caught the attention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Prince George's County, which is taking a closer look. "It doesn't pass the smell test," NAACP chapter President Bob Ross said. "There is something wrong. Exactly what it is, I don't know. It doesn't appear they had probable cause to stop him in the fi rst place." Court documents state that Offi cer McKeever stopped Mr. Hogue after noticing his dark tinted windows, which could be in violation of Maryland vehicle codes. Yet the fi rearms charges went through the D.C. court system. Mr. Hogue said he thinks his life will return to normal only if he is able to get his conviction overturned. That is an uphill battle, said gun rights activists whom he has approached to review his case. Dave Workman, a spokesman with the Second Amendment Foundation, a gun rights advocacy group based in Bellevue, Wash., said it can be diffi cult keeping abreast of the District's complicated and evolving gun laws since the city's near total ban on handguns was overturned in the landmark 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller Supreme Court case. Non-D.C. residents can get tripped up easily, he said, but federal law should


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provide protection for people who transport guns through diff erent jurisdictions. "Under federal law, if you're going from point A to point B through a jurisdiction, you're supposed to have some protection from local laws about fi rearms in your vehicle," Mr. Workman said, citing the federal Firearms Owners' Protection Act. "Still, he got lost. He wound up on the wrong side of an imaginary line. That shouldn't be a crime." Meeting resistance It isn't known whether Mr. Mendelson's bill would have changed the outcome of Mr. Hogue's case, and the bill's enactment remains uncertain. The bill attracted no co-sponsors on the council and has met resistance from those who say that administrative dispositions ordinarily are reserved for less-serious crimes, such as when protesters are arrested in the city. The problem of non-D.C. residents getting stopped while transporting legal weapons through the city does not appear to be widespread but has raised concerns because of the potential consequences. Such cases are handled by the attorney general's offi ce, which can off er deferred sentencing to those who are charged. That option allows for charges to be dropped after a period of time if those charged follow court-ordered stipulations. The attorney general's offi ce is expected to provide testimony at Monday's hearing. Others include gun rights activists and Dick Heller, the lead plaintiff in the case that went to the Supreme Court and ended the city's gun ban. Any perception of loosening of fi rearms regulations is a sensitive topic in the District, which is plagued by gun violence. But the bill could make some city laws more consistent with those in neighboring states. "It appears to me that there is a trend for them to really try to streamline these laws and try to get them more in line with those in other states," said Thomas McKiddie, projects director with the Second Amendment Foundation. Mr. McKiddie said prosecuting people such as Mr. Hogue under the current law doesn't serve any purpose. "There's not really any justice out of that," he said. "It just really doesn't serve any public need turning him into a pseudo-criminal."

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CRAIG BISACRE/THE WASHINGTON TIMES Dwayne Hogue made a wrong turn in March 2011 and headed into the District from Maryland, where his gun was legal. His car was pulled over by police, and he was arrested for having a fi rearm. Th e D.C. Council Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing this week on cases like his.

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| Angel Pagan let out a cheer as he ran in from center field with both arms raised after catching the final out to secure San Francisco its second NL West crown in three seasons.Sure, the outfield around him looks a whole lot different than it did a month and a half ago when suspended All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera was still around leading the way.The Giants were never fooled. They knew full well that much of the baseball world figured this club would flop after losing its best hitter to a ...
  • Expect a flair for the dramatic

For so many years, the Ryder Cup didn’t need a cast of stars to become the biggest spectacle in golf. The flags stitched onto the shirts and caps, and the colors on the leaderboards — American red, European blue — were enough to produce raw emotion, enormous pressure and compelling theater.And that’s what makes the 39th edition of the Ryder Cup seem even bigger.Europe has the No. 1 player in the world on its side — Rory McIlroy — for the first time in two decades. Jim Furyk referr...

Kedric Golston stood near his locker and stroked his goatee late Sunday afternoon as he contemplated how to answer the question that has come to define this Washington Redskins season after two straight ugly defensive performances in a pair of losses. For most of Golston’s first six seasons in Washington, the Redskins’ defense has been its rock, the reliable asset that enabled the team to eke out victories when the offense floundered and the search for stability at quarterback seemed nev...

Given how the afternoon started, the Washington Redskins had no real business being in the game Sunday in the fourth quarter. They gave up a 73-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage. They trailed by 17 late in the first half — and it would have been worse if not for a defensive score by Rob Jackson. Somewhere in between, Trent Williams, guardian of Robert Griffin III’s hind flank, limped off with a knee injury. And of course, the team’s most threatening receiver, Pierre G...
  • Shootouts shine a light on lackluster defense

The good news for the Washington Redskins is their newfound scoring punch, largely due to Robert Griffin III’s impact as franchise quarterback and savior. Washington has scored at least 28 points in each of its three games this season.The bad news for the Washington Redskins is their newfound leaky defense, largely due to a secondary that couldn’t cover a baby in a high chair. After yielding 32 and 31 points in two games entering Sunday’s home opener, Washington again let the opposition...
  • Titans hang on for wild victory in OT

| Call this one Music City Mayhem.The Tennessee Titans are winless no more after an unforgettable overtime victory over the Detroit Lions featuring an endless stream of big plays and some suspect officiating.Rob Bironas kicked a 26-yard field goal in overtime, and the Titans stopped backup quarterback Shaun Hill on fourth and 1 at the Tennessee 7 to finally pull out a 44-41 win Sunday.The Titans (1-2) blew a 20-9 halftime lead in a game featuring huge scoring swings. They became the first NF...
  • Motorcycle crash claims life of Smith’s teen brother

| Wide receiver Torrey Smith rejoined the Ravens on Sunday night, less than 24 hours after his younger brother was killed in a motorcycle accident.Tevin Chris Jones, 19, died late Saturday night in Westmoreland County in northeast Virginia. He was riding his motorcycle on Route 672 when he ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole, according to Virginia State Police.Jones was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. He was wearing a helmet, and alcohol was not a facto...
  • Ponder makes Niners’ defense look human

| Christian Ponder didn’t flinch against that feisty, swarming San Francisco defense.Minnesota’s flourishing young quarterback engineered a stunning victory after two of his more-decorated division peers fell well short. Ponder threw two touchdown passes to tight end Kyle Rudolph and ran for another score to help the Vikings hand the 49ers their first defeat, 24-13 on Sunday.“It’s big, more for people outside this organization than us. We’re already confident in what we can do,” ...
  • Offensive line was strained by injured Williams’ absence

Trent Williams tried. After leaving Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on the Washington Redskins’ second offensive play from scrimmage with a right knee injury, the left tackle attempted to come back.He couldn’t stay on the field. A few plays in the second quarter and a handful in the third, and Williams had to spend the rest of the game watching as Robert Griffin III faced relentless pressure.“That’s my guy. I’ve only been here a little bit, but I don’t want any of my guy...
  • A bad situation made worse

Mike Shanahan watched the Cincinnati Bengals’ sideline empty onto the field, but he knew the game wasn’t over. With seven seconds left after Robert Griffin III spiked the ball, a false-start penalty on Fred Davis was all it took for havoc to erupt.At least one official incorrectly called the game over because that call often leads to a 10-second runoff. Not the case with the clock stopped, and the Washington Redskins’ sideline protested. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan could be seen...
  • Slow to start, offense found higher gear

The problem came down to belief. That’s what Alfred Morris insisted next to empty chairs and full equipment bags in a quiet corner of the Washington Redskins’ locker room Sunday. The running back sounded like a motivational speaker, not a rookie, as he explained the adjustment that transformed his team’s offense in the second half of the 38-31 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at FedEx Field.An offense built around a shaky line, inexperienced running backs and a rookie quarterback, even th...
  • In anti-IED software case, Army’s buying rules trump troops’ safety

As the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division wages war in southern Afghanistan, some of its soldiers back home at Fort Stewart, Ga., have found themselves in the middle of a different kind of battle. Before deploying in August, the division trained with a sophisticated data-processing software known as Palantir, which troops have praised as a great way to find roadside bombs, or improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Palantir’s computer servers at Fort Stewart helped process battlefield data, such...
  • Libyan government acts to curb power of militias

| Libya’s president has ordered all of the country’s militias to come under government authority or disband, a move that appeared aimed at harnessing popular anger against the powerful armed groups following the attack that killed the U.S. ambassador.The assault on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, which killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, has sparked an angry backlash among many Libyans against the myriad armed factions that continue to run rampant across the...
  • Opposition calls for overthrow of Syria’s Assad
By Albert Aji and Zeina Karam ASSOCIATED PRESS

| Syrian opposition figures called Sunday for the overthrow of President Bashar Assad at a rare meeting of anti-regime groups held in the government-controlled capital Damascus, a possible attempt by the gathering to position itself as an alternative to the armed rebellion.Rebels fighting Mr. Assad typically dismiss the so-called “internal opposition” as too lenient on the Syrian dictator. So the strong statements from the 16 parties in the National Coordination Body for Democratic Chang...
  • Nationalism may rise in next government

| One is a former prime minister known for his nationalistic views. A second is a hawkish former defense chief.And a third is the son of Tokyo’s outspoken governor whose proposal to buy and develop a cluster of uninhabited islands claimed by both China and Japan has set off a territorial furor between the two countries.A look at the top candidates to lead Japan’s main opposition party — and potentially to become Japan’s next prime minister — suggests that Japan may soon get a more ...
  • Belarus receives help from Poles

Volha Starastsina saw no choice but to flush her work down the police-station toilet.That was the only place the Belarusian journalist could hide TV footage after being detained for interviewing people about upcoming elections in the repressive state. Her risky independent journalism is part of a Polish-funded effort to get uncensored news to Belarusians, one of several projects Poland supports in a drive to encourage democratic change in its troubled eastern neighbor.Poland has many reasons...