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September 2, 2015

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September 2, 2015

White House Aide Facing Indictment Has Resigned

The Obama administration aide indicted Tuesday for allegedly shooting her Capitol Police boyfriend on Aug. 7 has resigned, according to a White House spokesperson.

Barvetta Singletary submitted her resignation, effective Aug. 28, three weeks after she was placed on unpaid leave from her job as a special assistant to the president and House legislative affairs liaison, following a domestic dispute at her Maryland home. The White House accepted Singletary’s resignation. Full story

September 1, 2015

White House Staffer Indicted for Shooting at Capitol Police Boyfriend

The White House staffer and longtime Capitol Hill aide arrested Aug. 7 for allegedly shooting at her Capitol Police boyfriend has been indicted for first degree assault, Maryland authorities said Tuesday.

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks also announced charges against Barvetta Singletary of second degree assault, reckless endangerment and use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence. Singletary was placed on unpaid leave from her job as special assistant to the president and House legislative affairs liaison after the arrest. She is free on a $15,000 bond, with her access to the White House revoked. Full story

Capitol Police Arrest Secret Service Impersonator in Scalise’s Office (Video)

Capitol Police arrested a man last month for reportedly impersonating a law enforcement officer in House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s Rayburn office.

Darryl Sharp, 54, allegedly entered the Louisiana Republican’s office around 2 p.m. on Aug. 19. He yelled at staff, demanded paperwork and claimed to be with the Secret Service, according to a person familiar with the incident. Scalise’s staff called Capitol Police. Full story

August 10, 2015

White House Staffer, Capitol Police Officer Suspended After Shooting (Updated)

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The agent was assigned administrative leave, after an alleged shooting involving his service weapon. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 2:48 p.m. | Capitol Police have placed a dignitary protection agent on administrative leave after a White House staffer allegedly fired the agent’s own gun at him in Maryland during a domestic dispute. The staffer has also been suspended.

Prince George’s County police were called to the scene of the Aug. 7 shooting sometime after 2:30 a.m. They arrested Barvetta Singletary, who joined the White House’s legislative affairs team in June 2014 after nearly 15 years with Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn, D-S.C. She faces first- and second-degree assault charges, plus one count of reckless endangerment. Full story

August 5, 2015

Marine Had Two Loaded Guns, 114 Live Rounds Outside Capitol, Police Say

Updated 4:44 p.m. | The Marine Corps congressional fellow arrested Tuesday on Capitol grounds was carrying two loaded guns, 114 rounds of live ammunition, a military ballistic vest and two knives in his car, court documents state. Following an arraignment, he appears headed for a new assignment, off the Hill.

Gunnery Sgt. Peter James Boby pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three misdemeanor charges in D.C. Superior Court. His wrists and ankles were shackled during the brief arraignment. Boby, who wore a plaid shirt and jeans, was released from custody on his personal recognizance around 3 p.m. He told CQ Roll Call he had no comment on the case. Full story

Gyrocopter Pilot Looks to Crowdfund Defense Counsel

rthouse, May 21, 2015, after pleading not guilty to six counts regarding his landing of a gyrocopter on the West Lawn of the Capitol in April. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Hughes wants to crowdsource his legal defense, but a federal judge isn’t sure whether the law will allow it. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Florida mailman Douglas Hughes is looking to crowdfund a First Amendment legal defense against the six felony and misdemeanor charges he faces from his April 15 gyrocopter landing on the West Front. Full story

Capitol Police Board Aims to Replace Chief Quickly

UNITED STATES - MAY 20: U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine testifies during the House Administration Committee hearing on the U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Dine’s tenure was defined by big-ticket events and inter-departmental strife. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two former Secret Service agents and an architect walk into a board room. They’re charged with finding a replacement, and soon, for outgoing Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine.

They have a lot of work to do, with Dine retiring in January but coordinating security for Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, particularly the pontiff’s Sept. 24 address to a joint meeting of Congress and for the hundreds of thousands, perhaps more, expected on the West Front and National Mall for the papal visit.

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August 4, 2015

Marine Corps Fellow Arrested for Having Gun on Capitol Grounds

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6:35 p.m. | Capitol Police arrested a member of the Marine Corps congressional fellowship program Tuesday afternoon for having a loaded gun on congressional property.

Gunnery Sergeant Peter Boby was arrested after officers discovered loaded .45 caliber handgun in his vehicle during a routine vehicle inspection outside of the Rayburn House Office Building. USCP spokesperson Lt. Kimberly A. Schneider said in a statement, “At approximately 2:00 pm today at Washington Avenue and C Street, SW, USCP officers were conducting administrative security screening required for entry into the secure perimeter.  Officers discovered a loaded .45 caliber handgun in a vehicle.” Full story

August 3, 2015

Capitol Police Chief to Retire in January

Dine said there's "no excuse" for lost service weapons. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Dine will retire in January. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine plans to step down in January, capping a contentious three years as the Hill’s top cop.

Dine’s retirement plans were announced to department employees Monday in an internal email. The move follows a 90-day period of intense scrutiny from the Capitol Police Board. In April, the chief submitted a resignation letter to Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Frank J. Larkin, House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving and Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers. Full story

July 31, 2015

Driver in Barricade Crash Identified as Pennsylvania Man

(Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

(Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

The man who crashed his red sedan Friday morning into a barricade about 150 yards south of the Capitol appears to have a history of criminal activity related to automobiles.

Police in Pennsylvania arrested Antonio Pierorazio, 50, in April 2014 following a spate of vandalism at car dealership lots near Reading. In three separate incidents, Pierorazio is alleged to have scratched 21 vehicles, causing more than $29,000 worth of damage. Full story

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