- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 14, 2007

DISTRICT

Man struck by Metro train

A man was struck by a Metro train yesterday morning on Capitol Hill, disrupting service on the Orange Line.

Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said the man was struck and injured about 8:30 a.m. at the Capitol South station. He was removed from the tracks about an hour later and was taken to the hospital.

Mr. Taubenkibel said preliminary information indicates the man intentionally jumped on the tracks.

Water main closes museums

The Smithsonian Institution closed two museums on the Mall yesterday because the buildings lacked running water, museum and city officials said.

Problems with a nearby water main affected the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian, according to Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas.

Michele Quander-Collins, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority, said crews were scheduled to replace a 36-inch valve on Independence Avenue, but they found additional problems and had to drain the main, reducing water pressure to the surrounding area.

Visitors to the museums were greeted with signs that explained the loss of water pressure, Miss St. Thomas said.

“When we don’t have water pressure, you obviously don’t have running water and you don’t have toilets,” she said, adding that she expected both museums to reopen today.

The U.S. Botanical Gardens, which also is in the area, remained open but had no restroom facilities.

Though admission to both museums is free, the Smithsonian makes money from cafes, shops and an IMAX theater, Miss St. Thomas said, adding that the overall financial impact of being closed for one day would be small.

MARYLAND

OXON HILL

Clerk killed in store robbery

A convenience store clerk was shot and killed during a robbery in late Friday, county police said.

The shooting happened just after 9 p.m., at a 7-Eleven in the 5500 block of Livingston Road, police said.

A man dressed in dark clothing and carrying a shotgun walked into the store, announced a robbery and then shot the victim, who was behind the counter, authorities told WRC-TV (Channel 4).

Bekuretsion K. Gebreamlak, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The suspect was described as a light-skinned black man, wearing a black knit hat, long black coat, two-tone blue jeans, dark sunglasses and gloves.

BALTIMORE

Suspect arrested in Eastern Shore murder

A Baltimore County man was arrested early yesterday morning in the death of a Worcester County woman, state police said.

Gregory Stokes, 30, was arrested just after midnight in southeast Baltimore. He was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Pamela Balk, whose body was found Thursday night.

Police said they searched for Mr. Stokes in several locations in Baltimore County Friday before they found him at a home in Baltimore city. He was arrested without incident.

VIRGINIA

CULPEPER

Councilman revives immigration effort

A Town Council member who has pressed for local enforcement on illegal immigration is reviving his campaign in 2007.

Since taking office in July, council member Steve Jenkins has proposed making English the official language of Culpeper and fining landlords and employees for doing business with undocumented aliens.

But his proposals have received little support from the other eight council members.

Mr. Jenkins’ latest proposal to form an immigration task force will come before the Town Council on Jan. 29.

Mr. Jenkins said the task force would look in depth at the impact of undocumented aliens on the community and what the town can and can’t do in regards to its ordinances.

Culpeper County’s Hispanic population has more than doubled since 2000, reaching about 5.5 percent of the county’s nearly 43,000 residents.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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