Morning Roundup: A Pickup Truck, Pot, and a Mercedes-Benz
Good morning, City Desk. Unless you're a Democrat. If you're a Democrat, it is not a good morning at all. If you're a Democrat, the world has pretty much ended. A Republican has been elected to fill the vacant Senate seat of the late Ted Kennedy. A Republican with a pickup truck! A pickup truck beat an SUV!
Roger Ebert summed it up this way in a tweet: "Massachusetts to Teddy: 'F–k you.'"
Police are searching for a man suspected of killing eight people in Appomattox, Va., yesterday, which newly installed Gov. Robert McDonnell called a "horrific tragedy." The manhunt is centered around a wooded area about 2 miles wide and 10 football fields long, where 39-year-old Christopher Speight is thought to be hiding. The killings—four bodies were discovered outside "a white house along rural Snapps Mill Road," three were inside, and one was a distance away—may have stemmed from a domestic dispute. Schools there are closed today.
Now here's a story: The District is being sued by the lienholder of a Mercedes-Benz that was impounded because of a bunch of unpaid parking tickets and then sold at auction for a pittance (well, as far as Benzes go).
Writes the Examiner:
Ten months after selling Stephen Yelverton's Mercedes SLK350, the District finds itself the defendant in a federal lawsuit, potentially being forced to pay thousands more than the vehicle was worth.
The D.C. Department of Public Works towed the 2006 Mercedes convertible, the subject of seven unpaid parking tickets totaling $980, to the Blue Plains Impoundment Lot in early 2009. Liquidation.com, the District's online auctioneer, sold the car March 17 for $18,900.
But Yelverton, a D.C. lawyer now in bankruptcy, still owed $42,606 on the car when it was impounded. Michigan-based DCFS USA, the lienholder, had issued a default notice the previous September, according to court documents. Yelverton had not made a car payment since June 2008.