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Local Leads: 10/4/2009

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    A man was shot and wounded in Prince George's County on Saturday night by an Anne Arundel County police officer, authorities said.  The shooting occurred about 6:30 p.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue (Route 4) in the Upper Marlboro area, about a half-mile west of the border between the two counties, an Anne Arundel police official said.  The Anne Arundel officer pursued a car west into Prince George's in connection with an apparent traffic violation in Anne Arundel, said Capt. Frederick Plitt of the Anne Arundel police. After the car was stopped in Prince George's, there was a struggle and the man was shot, Plitt said.  He said the man was taken to a hospital with a non-life-threatening wound.  The Anne Arundel officer was also injured and taken to a hospital. He was not shot. He has been a member of the department for two years, Plitt said.  The incident was the latest of several in the past two weeks that involved police gunfire. The most recent was a fatal shooting by Charles County sheriff's officers Friday night.  On Monday, a man was critically wounded during a confrontation with a Montgomery County police officer outside a house in Darnestown.

    Early last week, as the Washington Redskins began preparing to meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, cornerback Carlos Rogers underwent a purging of sorts. He unpacked his notebook -- the one he takes into film sessions and position meetings, the one filled with notes and memories from the team's first three disappointing games of the young season -- and permanently filed it away. The notebook wasn't even half-full, but Rogers said he literally wanted to continue the season on a fresh page.  "Three weeks old," he said of the team's slow start. "Got to start a new slate."  In deciding what the team's new slate will look like, coaches and players don't necessarily cite the same problems or the same solutions. Most around Redskins Park, however, agree on this: The defense must improve for the team to have any hope of success.

    Now is your chance to see art in the form of a pinball machine and decipher some puns along the way.  Artist William T. Wiley is opening the first full-scale look at his work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington. The exhibit, "What's It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect," opened Friday and will be on view through January.  Visitors will get the rare chance to see and play Wiley's "Punball: Only One Earth." The piece is just one example of Wiley's irreverent style. The show features 88 works from the 1960s to present.  On Saturday, Wiley will be at the museum for a musical performance. And on Oct. 29, the museum will show a selection of his experimental films.  Museum director Elizabeth Broun says Wiley's social commentary has never been more relevant.

    "I would like us to remember not how they died, but how they lived."   That was the message the Rev. Leon Dodson had for about 350 friends and relatives who came to pay their respects to Chuck, Jennifer, Charlie and Emmaline Dalton on Saturday morning.  "I know a lot of questions are going through our minds. Why? Why did this happen? Why wasn't someone there to stop this?" he said, asking mourners not to feel angry because there was no one left to blame for what happened.  Maryland State Police said Chuck Dalton shot his wife and children while they slept Sept. 25, and then shot himself in their Mount Airy home.  Dodson spoke to an overflowing crowd who had gathered at Liberty Baptist Church in Lisbon, in Howard County. The back walls were lined with people standing, and extra chairs were set up in the lobby and nearby rooms so people could listen through the speaker system.  Though it was obvious the family was well-liked in the community, the service itself was short and simple. Dodson was one of two people to talk during the half-hour funeral, and no relatives or friends gave a eulogy.  Dodson said the Daltons were like family to him. He met Jennifer when she was 14 years old, and he was around when she got married and gave birth to her two children. Jennifer, 37, was an active member of the Hebron Christian Church community, heading the arts ministry and dancing at church functions. Her husband, Chuck, 38, helped build props for church plays.