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Ashley Dejean

News Assistant

Dejean does a little bit of everything—from filing stories to keeping tabs on the latest local news. The youngest member of our news team got her radio chops interning for Houston Public Radio, where she won first place in the Texas AP Broadcasters Contest Best Feature-Light category. Dejean also interned at Washington City Paper and a local daily in Pune, India before coming to WAMU.


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The Washington Humane Society is investigating what they say may be ritualistic killings of animals whose bodies were found in Northwest D.C. Six chickens, what's believed to be a pygmy goat and two pigeons were found in Rock Creek Park yesterday, some of them decapitated. Scott Giacoppo with the Humane Society says this appears to be an animal sacrifice from the S...
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The Metropolitan Police Department is releasing new photographs of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, who's been missing from the District for almost a month, and 51-year-old man they believe she is with, Kahlil Tatum. The picture of Tatum shows distinctive tattoos on his left arm. Those tattoos include an "Ankh," the Ancient Egyptian symbol for life, and another figure that's repeated,...
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A Georgetown University student is under arrest for possession of Ricin. 19-year-old Daniel Harry Milzman of Bethesda, Md., is charged with possession of a biological toxin. According to the charging documents, Milzman told the FBI he made the ricin in his dorm one month before the incident and his roommate was not in the room at the time. The FBI also says Milzman used his ...
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The first pieces of a giant ferris wheel have arrived in Prince George's County. The Capital Wheel was dragged up the Potomac River on a tugboat, and now that it's there, construction is scheduled to start later this week. "We will continue to see arrivals of various different components that the contractors will need to put together the wheel," says Angela Sweeney...
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Police are searching for this man, accused of taking part in four armed robberies. Police in Loudoun County are looking for a man they believe is involved in four armed robberies in the Ste...
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After the snowstorm, roads are icy and those venturing out on them should be cautious. The region got hit with a second wave of snow last night and AAA Mid-Atlantic's John Townsend says roads will be treacherous. "Black ice is now a real problem this morning and throughout the day because everything froze over last evening. The problem with black ice, especially on...
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Virginians who drive hybrid vehicles could soon be paying lower taxes. The Virginia Senate voted 37-1 this week to repeal a $64 annual fee on hybrids. The tax was part of a massive transportation funding bill passed last year. It was originally set at $100 but reduced by former Gov. Bob McDonnell. Critics of the tax say it unfairly punishes drivers who...
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A U.S. District judge in Norfolk says Virginia's constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, but has issued a stay of her order while the case is being appealed. That means no same-sex marriages can take place until the matter is resolved. The ruling comes on the heels of similar ones in other states, and those on both sides of the case say the ...
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Both Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley have declared states of emergency ahead of a storm that is expected to drop as much as 9 inches of snow and sleet on parts of the D.C. area on Wednesday night into Thursday. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of the area effective from 8 p.m. Wednesday night through 3 p.m....
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A District of Columbia judge says she won't require elections officials to print the attorney general race on the April 1 primary ballot after the D.C. Council has voted to postpone the race. A lawyer for Paul Zukerberg, the only Democratic candidate for attorney general, argued that his client would be irreparably harmed if he isn't on the primary ballot, but a city lawyer...
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Two women have been transported to the hospital after being shot in a residential area of Alexandria. One, identified as 59-year-old Ruthanne Lodato, died after being transported to the hospital. A second woman, a caregiver in the home, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Lodato taught music to children and played the organ at her church. Alexandria City Police say...
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In Virginia, former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are scheduled to make their first appearance in court for an arraignment and bond hearing this morning. McDonnell and his wife are accused violating public corruption laws by accepting cash, loans and gifts from a wealthy businessman in exchange for giving his company special treatment. Earlier this w...
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A judge has refused to delay former Gov. Bob McDonnell's initial court appearance on a 14-count federal corruption indictment. U.S. Magistrate Judge David Novak gave no reason for rejecting McDonnell's motion in a brief order. The denial means the bond hearing and arraignment of McDonnell and his wife remains set for tomorrow morning at U.S. District Court in Richmond. ...
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A German man who pretended to be a well-connected Iraqi army general has been convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of his 91-year-old socialite wife. The jury deliberated for about half a day before reaching a verdict in the case against 49-year-old Albrecht Muth. Authorities say Muth beat and strangled his wife, German journalist and socialite Viola Dra...
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The National Park Service is moving forward with the controversial deer control effort. Through the end of March, sharpshooters will be working to reduce the population of deer in Rock Creek Park. "Over the next couple months. Rock Creek Park will be working with highly skills marksmen from the US Department of Agriculture's wildlife service branch to take about 1...
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A D.C. Metropolitan Police Department officer has been indicted for attempted murder. Officer Samson Lawrence has been charged with attempted murder of his wife after he allegedly attacked her with a metal lamp post last month. Prince George's State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks says Lawrence pushed his wife to the ground after she refused to make him something to eat.&...
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A federal jury has for the second time ruled in favor of five black District of Columbia police officers in a retaliation lawsuit. The jury has awarded the officers $425,000. The officers allege the department retaliated against them after they complained of racial discrimination within their specialized unit. A lawyer for the officers says the verdict shows that the...
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Maryland and Virginia are set to receive millions of dollars after a multi-state settlement with a mortgage services company over allegations of misconduct. Regulators with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau say Ocwen Financial Corporation pushed borrowers into foreclosure through illegal actions, such as failing to promptly and accurately credit mortgage payments. ...
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The District is launching a single, unified lottery system for most public schools. To streamline the lottery system, the District now has a common application for all traditional public schools and the majority of public charter schools. Officials hope My School DC will make it easier for families to apply for spots at out...
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As the recount in Virginia's cliff-hanging race for attorney general goes statewide today, Democrat Mark Herring has expanded his lead. On Monday the recount of the attorney general's election started in Fairfax County, Alexandria and Chesapeake. While Herring started the day with a 165-vote lead over Republican Mark Obenshain, by the end of the count he picked up enough vot...