- The Washington Times - Monday, May 14, 2007

MARYLAND

BALTIMORE

Tanker-truck driver killed in fiery crash

The driver of a tanker truck was killed last evening when his truck overturned on an on ramp to southbound Interstate 95 and burst into flames, a Baltimore fire official said.

The tanker was carrying an alcohol-based liquid, but it was not known what the substance was or how much was in the truck, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Baltimore fire department spokesman.

It took about 80 firefighters about three hours to extinguish the blaze. Firefighters were able to reach the cab of the truck on the ramp from Hanover Street and confirm that the driver was inside, he said.

Seven cars parked below the Hanover Street on ramp caught fire after runoff from the tanker spilled onto them, Chief Cartwright said.

Chief Cartwright said a hazardous materials unit and a unit from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport trained to fight large tanker fires are on the scene.

Engineers were expected to examine the ramp to see whether it was safe to reopen.

VIRGINIA

MARTINSVILLE

Earth sciences get boost from program

A new program will offer Southside-area science teachers specialized training in earth sciences.

The New College Institute, Virginia Museum of Natural History and Radford University will form a partnership to offer the endorsement in earth science, a program organizers hope to become a national model.

The two-year endorsement program will be called “Dig in to Science.” It will include five graduate courses focusing on Standards of Learning for grades five, six and nine with classes that include minerals, rocks, river systems, slopes, glaciers, tsunamis, fossils and geologic time.

The New College Institute will underwrite or partially subsidize the effort using grants from the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, said Barry Dorsey, executive director of the institute.

Mr. Dorsey thinks the Martinsville and Henry County-centered effort could become a national model to help meet the needs of public schools.

“I think about what a great opportunity this will be,” he said. “It’s very likely we will have the best-prepared earth-science teachers in the state right here.”

Some museum staffers will become adjunct faculty members of Radford and teach the classes, at least initially.

Ultimately, teachers participating in the classes will earn 20 credit hours that can be applied toward a graduate degree, said Radford President Penelope W. Kyle.

Museum faculty who will teach the classes include Alton C. Dooley Jr., assistant curator of paleontology.

He was excited about the program in a state where “every major rock type” can be found.

DISTRICT

Shooting-related chase ends in fatal crash

One person was killed when a car that police say fled the scene of a shooting in Prince George’s County crashed into a tree at the D.C. line early yesterday morning.

It happened about 3:30 a.m. yesterday.

County police say they spotted the car speeding away from the scene of a shooting on Regency Parkway. The victim of the shooting, a 17-year-old girl, is expected to survive.

Officers chased the car and tried to stop it, Cpl. Stephen Pacheko said. But it kept going until it crashed into a tree at Southern Avenue and Suitland Parkway.

One male passenger died in the crash.

The woman who was driving was arrested by D.C. police. The other occupants of the car tried to flee but were caught.

Police found a loaded handgun in the car.

Mom heads to court in girl’s kidnapping

A Delaware woman accused of kidnapping her daughter from the District in 1993 is expected to appear in court today.

Mary Jane Byrd is accused of fleeing with her daughter, Marilyn, after a court awarded visitation to the girl’s father, Carl Dodd.

U.S. marshals caught up with Miss Byrd in April 2006, ending one of the country’s oldest missing-child cases. Marilyn was 4 years old when she disappeared. She is now 18.

Mr. Dodd was awarded full custody after Miss Byrd fled, but after her arrest, he decided to let Marilyn remain in Wilmington, Del., with her grandmother. He said he hoped that by taking it slow, they might reconcile.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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