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Tourist trolley bursts into flames
A tourist trolley erupted into flames in Northwest yesterday afternoon.
The fire began at 12th and Rhode Island avenues, authorities said. Only the driver was on the green and orange Old Towne Trolley bus at the time. No one was injured.
A resident of a home near the fire said she heard an explosion, looked outside and saw the bus catch fire. Other witnesses said they saw a huge plume of black smoke from many blocks away.
D.C. fire spokesman Alan Etter said the cause is still under investigation, but authorities say it was likely a mechanical problem.
Mr. Etter said the whole engine compartment was involved, and the fire was fueled by the bus’ propane tank.
Five plead guilty to large drug sales
Five Baltimore residents have pleaded guilty to dealing large amounts of cocaine and crack cocaine.
Federal prosecutors said Angel Velasquez, Daniel Gasca, Rafael Gasca, Patricia Fonseca and Enrique Gasca all pleaded guilty yesterday and Thursday. In all, prosecutors said 10 persons have pleaded guilty in this case.
The five confessed in plea agreements to receiving drug shipments from Colorado and Baltimore. Undercover officers purchased more than one kilogram of crack cocaine from the drug dealers.
Prosecutors said they were dealing the drugs out of bars and other Fells Point locations. They also sold hundreds of false driver’s licenses, Social Security cards and alien registration documents.
Sentencing for all five is planned in September.
By Tom Fitton
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