- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 1, 2007

MARYLAND

ROCKVILLE

Employee shot in grocery store

Police were looking for four men involved in the shooting of a cashier last evening at a grocery store.

Montgomery County police spokeswoman Melanie Hadley said the man was shot at about 6:40 p.m. inside the Safeway store at 1902 Veirs Mill Road. Police said the four assailants wearing red bandanas came into the store and began arguing with the victim. One of the men shot the employee in the upper thigh before the group ran out of the building.

The victim was taken to a hospital with injuries that did not appear life-threatening.

HAGERSTOWN

Arson by boy, 14, ruled a racist act

Racism was the motive for two fires set by a 14-year-old boy, the state Fire Marshal’s Office says.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Mowbray said the unidentified juvenile, who is white, set fire to a black woman’s car on Sept. 16, destroying the vehicle.

He said the boy also set fire about a month earlier to a trash container and tires stored at the rear of the same woman’s house.

Marshal Mowbray said the boy has been charged as a juvenile with offenses including arson, harassment and malicious destruction of property. He has been placed in the care of the Department of Juvenile Services pending trial.

VIRGINIA

WHITE STONE

Driver charged after hitting trooper

A man faces several felony charges, including driving under the influence, after state police say he drove through a barrier and slammed his sport utility vehicle into a police cruiser, sending the trooper to the hospital with serious injuries.

Stephen Harrison, 35, of Hudgins, was arrested and charged with maiming, driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving, police said.

Trooper Troy Smith, 38, was helping the Virginia Department of Transportation close the Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River on Tuesday night when Mr. Harrison’s 1995 GMC Jimmy entered a restricted area, struck two orange barrels and then Trooper Smith’s police car.

Trooper Smith, who was in the cruiser at the time of the accident, was airlifted to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. He was in stable condition last night, hospital officials said.

VDOT agreed to close the Route 3 bridge for two nights so crews could replace a metal pin that connects some of the bridge’s structural steel members. Inspectors found an abnormality in a pin in the bridge, which is similar in design to the Minneapolis bridge that collapsed in August.

RICHMOND

Mystery foam reappears on James

A mysterious foam that resurfaced on the James River is keeping scientists guessing its origin.

James River Park officials said the foam made an appearance Tuesday just upriver from the Huguenot Bridge. The foam was some of the heaviest seen and dotted the river from bank to bank, ranging in size from saucers to suitcases.

The foam disappeared two hours later.

Since last year, state scientists have been investigating the foam but have not determined a cause. However, officials at the state Department of Environmental Quality say the foam is not harmful to the river or its inhabitants.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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