- The Washington Times - Friday, May 4, 2007

MARYLAND

HAGERSTOWN

Ehrlich may run for governor again

Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said he hasn’t ruled out another run for governor.

Six months after losing to Democrat Martin O’Malley, Mr. Ehrlich, a Republican, told the Hagerstown Herald-Mail Thursday that he is waiting to see whether last year’s state and national Democratic surge was an aberration or a trend.

Asked if he would run for governor again, Mr. Ehrlich said, “That would be a possibility.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Ehrlich is campaigning for Republican presidential hopeful Rudolph W. Giuliani, working at a law firm in Baltimore, writing a book slated to come out before next year’s presidential election, and co-hosting a weekly radio show.

STEVENSVILLE

Big crowd expected for bridge walk

Organizers of this year’s Bay Bridge Walk are expecting even more people than the 20,000 who showed up last year.

The walk across the 4.3-mile bridge starts tomorrow at 9 a.m.

Participants will have to park in one of three satellite lots and take a shuttle bus to the bridge. Parking is available at Anne Arundel Community College, Navy Marine Corps Stadium and the Chesapeake Bay Business Park. The lots will open at 7 a.m.

The east-bound bridge span will be closed starting tonight at midnight. The westbound span will be used for two-way traffic until 7 p.m. tomorrow.

MARYLAND CITY

Small plane crashes near Tipton Airport

A pilot is being treated for life-threatening injuries after his small plane crashed yesterday afternoon near Fort Meade.

Battalion Chief Michael Cox of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said the crash occurred just after 4 p.m. at Old Portland Road and Route 198 in Maryland City. The plane, a single-engine Piper, crashed in the roadway and skidded into a wooded area.

Firefighters found the 60-year-old pilot trapped inside the craft. It took about 15 minutes to get him free, and he was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Chief Cox said the man had life-threatening injuries.

State police were investigating the crash, which occurred about a half-mile from Tipton Airport, but it was not clear whether the plane was landing or taking off.

VIRGINIA

RICHMOND

Warner, Webb make court suggestions

Sens. John W. Warner and James H. Webb Jr. yesterday announced their recommendations for two vacancies on the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia.

The final recommendations were sent in a letter to President Bush on Wednesday, Mr. Warner’s office said in a news release. Mr. Bush will make two nominations for the vacancies. Those nominees will then be forwarded to the Senate for confirmation.

Those recommended are: Joanne F. Alper, of Arlington; Mark S. Davis, of Portsmouth; Dennis W. Dohnal, of Richmond; David J. Novak, of Montpelier; Jeri K. Somers, of Arlington; Jonathan C. Thacher, of Fairfax Station; and Anthony J. Trenga, of Alexandria.

DISTRICT

Lanier becomessworn in as police chief

Cathy L. Lanier was officially sworn in yesterday afternoon as chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, a month after the D.C. Council confirmed her.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, who presided over the ceremony at the Tivoli Theatre in Northwest, has worked with Chief Lanier since she was 4th District police commander and he was elected council member in Ward 4.

Mr. Fenty appointed Chief Lanier to succeed Charles H. Ramsey when the mayor took office Jan. 2. Council members on April 3 approved the appointment.

Chief Lanier has spent her entire police career with the Metropolitan Police Department. She trained at the city’s police academy 16 years ago.

Chief Lanier now earns $175,000 a year under a five-year contract. She is expected to help Mr. Fenty keep his campaign promise to improve public safety in city neighborhoods.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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