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This Week in Potomac

Potomac Man Accused of Arson

Wen Hua Wu of Potomac was charged with Burglary and Arson stemming from a June 1 incident in York, Maine.

York Police allege that Wu entered the basement of a house at 3 Sparrow Lane in York and started a fire. Investigation revealed that Wu, who is married, had been involved in an affair with a female resident of the house but that she had broken it off one-week prior.

Wu was apprehended on June 2 and arraigned on June 3.

On June 10 bail was set at either $250,000 cash or $1 million in property said York Police Detective Thomas Cryan. Cryan explained that the property bail means that Wu would have to own $1 million in property in the state of Maine. Cryan does not believe that Wu owns it, but thinks he will make bail. “His wife is up here working the phones,” Cryan said.

Cryan expects the case will be passed to the District Attorney’s office by the end of this week where additional charges may be filed. “We’re still in the investigation phase,” Cryan said.

A probable cause hearing has been set for Sept. 23.

The Nominees Are …

The Potomac Chamber of Commerce is starting its search for nominees for Businessperson of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Youth of the Year for 2003.

These awards are given annually by the Potomac Chamber of Commerce and are presented annually at the Potomac Day Parade, this year scheduled for Oct. 25.

Businessperson of the year must work or do business in Potomac (20854 zip code), be a member of the Potomac Chamber and must have benefited the community. Citizen of the year can be a private citizen or organization that has benefited the local, regional or national community. Youth of the year must live or attend high school in Potomac. Youths must be nominated by their school principals or counselors.

Nomination forms and guidelines may be obtained from Fred Goldman 301-294-0007, fax 301-294-9055. The deadline for entries is Sept. 26.

Aggravated Assault

On May 31, at 11:11 p.m., a 27-year-old Washington, D.C. man was the victim of an aggravated assault near the intersection of Edgemoor Lane and Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda. The victim was walking when he was struck in the head with a rock. He was treated and released at a local hospital. The suspect was described as a white male, 14-15 years of age, wearing a white shirt.