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Date published: 1/27/2008

Suspect in slaying of bouncer arrested

A man wanted for a Jan. 12 slaying at a Fredericksburg nightspot was captured early Monday in Westmoreland County.

Brandon Lee Smith, 19, was taken into custody without incident shortly before 2 a.m. at a home just outside Colonial Beach, police said.

Smith is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 30- year-old Dasan Ka'Wila Richardson.

Richardson was working as a bouncer at Mi Casa Restaurant in Central Park when he was shot twice in the chest with a .45-caliber gun during an altercation involving Smith and others, police said.

Tot's mom charged in case involving gun

The mother of a 4-year- old Bowling Green Primary School student who authorities said brought a gun to school recently, was charged Jan. 19.

Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa said the woman, who was not named to protect the identity of her child, was charged with recklessly leaving a firearm so as to endanger a child under the age of 14, which is a class 3 misdemeanor.

City Council approves Kalahari intent letter

A letter of intent that lays out the terms of an incentives agreement offered to Kalahari Resorts for a water park hotel it wants to build in Celebrate Virginia got support from six of seven Fredericksburg City Council members Tuesday night.

The vote means that Fredericksburg officials will use the basic business terms of the letter to work out a performance agreement for an incentive deal that would waive about $3.5 million in upfront fees for the more than $200 million project, and return 47.5 percent of Kalahari's local taxes to it over 20 years once its resort is up and running.

Before their vote, council members heard an hour's worth of comments from the public that both praised and castigated the Kalahari deal.

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