- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 9, 2006

DISTRICT

Police seek missing motorist

The Metropolitan Police Department is looking for a 52-year-old man reported missing Friday by family members. Emilio Montoya arrived at his home in the 5700 block of 16th Street Northwest at about 3 p.m., telling a relative he had been involved in a minor accident with two unidentified black men.

Mr. Montoya said he was going outside to pay them $50 for the damage. A police department spokesman said Mr. Montoya has not been seen since then.

He is described as a light-skinned Hispanic male, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 194 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans, glasses and a light blue jacket. Anyone with information should call police at 202/727-9099.

Gallaudet set to name president

Gallaudet University’s Board of Trustees is expected today to name an interim president, after interviewing three finalists this weekend.

The finalists are Gallaudet professor Stephen Weiner, former Education Department official Robert Davila and William Marshall, chairman of the university’s department of administration and supervision.

The expected selection follows months of protests over the process and the appointment of Jane K. Fernandes. The board this fall revoked her appointment because of the outcry among many of the students, faculty and alumni.

Some of those who questioned Mrs. Fernandes’ commitment to their deaf culture are now raising complaints about the finalists, all of whom are deaf.

The interim president will serve 18 to 24 months while the school looks for a permanent president.

MARYLAND

EDGEWATER

Two confirmed dead in plane crash

A Cessna single-engine plane crashed near Lee Airport in Anne Arundel County yesterday, killing two persons on board.

Battalion Chief Steve Thompson, a spokesman for the county fire department, said the crash happened about 100 yards from the end of the runway. A male and female passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

The plane crashed in the early evening at a residence in Edgewater. Someone at the residence reported the crash about 5:46 p.m. Mr. Thompson said the plane landed on its belly, and there was no fire after the crash.

A Federal Aviation Administration representative was at the scene.

It’s the second serious crash at or near the airport this year.

In July, another small plane crashed at the airport, seriously injuring the pilot, who was the only person on board. The pilot, Ralph Dilks, appeared to be attempting to land when the plane ran into some trees and crashed.

FREDERICK

County group to push for universal health care

The Mental Health Association of Frederick County will push for health coverage for all Marylanders in the upcoming legislative session.

Chief Executive Officer Patricia Hanberry said the association wants to support three bills. Among them is the Health Care for All Initiative, which would raise the tax on cigarettes by $1 to provide universal health care.

The association also plans to back the creation of a state health-insurance exchange to provide health policies.

Delegate Rick B. Weldon Jr., a Western Maryland Republican, prefers creating the state exchange, which would cover 300,000 to 400,000 uninsured Marylanders.

VIRGINIA

WILLIAMSBURG

Amtrak train hits, kills woman

A woman was killed Friday when an Amtrak passenger train struck her near Williamsburg.

The accident occurred at about 9:30 a.m., and police are investigating why the woman was near the tracks.

The woman’s identity has not been confirmed.

An Amtrak spokeswoman said the Boston-bound train left Newport News at 9:10 a.m. and was scheduled to make stops in Williamsburg and Richmond. It was traveling 79 mph when it hit the woman.

The incident delayed the train for more than four hours while officials investigated. A second train also was delayed more than three hours because the tracks were blocked.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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