- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 15, 2006

DISTRICT

Motorist injured in hit-and-run

A 47-year-old man was seriously injured early yesterday morning when his vehicle was struck at a Northeast intersection, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Police say Larry Nolan’s vehicle was hit by a 2003 Chrysler Voyager at the intersection of Blaine Road and 50th Street Northeast. One person inside the Voyager fled on foot. Mr. Nolan was taken to an area hospital and was reported in critical condition.

MARYLAND

JESSUP

Inmate escapes from prison

The Maryland Division of Correction is searching for an inmate who escaped Thursday from the Jessup Pre-Release Unit.

An agency spokeswoman said Morris Johnson, 20, cut a hole through a fence to escape.

The spokeswoman said the inmate was discovered missing at about 9:30 p.m. during a routine count at the minimum-security prison.

Johnson has been in jail since November 2004, serving a seven-year sentence for unarmed robbery. His last known address was in the Eastern Shore city of Berlin.

TOWSON

Air pollution measures may close plant

Constellation Energy officials may close the C.P. Crane Power plant in the Middle River area of Baltimore County because of new requirements on air pollution control.

The company says the coal-fired plant is too small to make a large investment in anti-pollution equipment so it might close by 2013.

However, the company plans to install about $550 million in filtration equipment, called scrubbers and bag houses, at its Brandon Shores power plant in Anne Arundel County.

Constellation Vice President John Long says another option for the Crane plant is keeping it open and meeting the new limits by switching to low-sulfur coal.

ANNAPOLIS

Disease hurts rockfish season

Maryland Department of Natural Resources officials say the much-anticipated rockfish trophy season began yesterday with concern about fish infected with wasting disease.

The disease, called mycobacteriosis or fish handler’s disease, has long affected rockfish but is under increased scrutiny because of new reports about its prevalence in the Chesapeake Bay, where the trophy season opened.

An agency spokesman said the disease is harmless to humans as long as the fish are handled with gloves.

VIRGINIA

ALEXANDRIA

Man guilty of assault on girl on airplane

A Virginia man was convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl on a cross-country flight, federal prosecutors said.

A U.S. District Court jury on Thursday convicted Ryan D. Jennings, 24, of Mechanicsville, Va., of abusive sexual contact with a person under 16 years, a U.S. attorney said. Jennings faces up to two years in prison when he is sentenced in July.

Jennings befriended the victim and her 11-year-old brother while waiting to board the Dec. 19 United Airlines red-eye flight from San Diego to Washington Dulles International Airport, the indictment stated. Instead of sitting in his assigned seat, Jennings sat in another row next to the victim, drank wine he had brought on the plane and assaulted the girl as she slept under a blanket, prosecutors said.

Other passengers saw what happened and notified the captain, who called authorities and detained Jennings after he got off the plane at Dulles.

VIENNA

Cab driver shot in robbery

Fairfax County police are looking for the person who shot a cab driver yesterday morning in Vienna.

The White Top driver was shot after he dropped off a woman he had picked up near the Dunn Loring Metro station. That’s when police say an armed robber confronted the cabbie, demanded money and then struggled with the driver.

The cabbie was shot during the struggle. His injuries were not thought to be life threatening.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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