- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

MARYLAND

GAITHERSBURG

Pilot escapes in plane crash

A small plane crashed Sunday afternoon in Gaithersburg.

The plane departed at about 1:45 p.m. from nearby Montgomery Airpark. The pilot quickly ran into problems and was attempting to return to the airport when the plane went down. A fire department spokesman did not know the nature of the problems.

He said the plane crashed on Mallory Place, between Snouffer School Road and Mountain Ash Way, near the entrance to a couple of neighborhoods.

The pilot escaped by parachute and was uninjured. Nobody else was aboard, and nobody in the surrounding area was injured.

A section of Snouffer School Road was temporarily closed to traffic while hazardous-materials crews cleaned a minor fuel spill.

SILVER SPRING

Teens charged in man’s stabbing

Two juveniles have been charged as adults in a recent stabbing, the Montgomery County police said.

Alvin Rey Valdez, 16, and Jose Romero, 14, of Wheaton, were charged Saturday with attempted murder, first-degree assault and other offenses, authorities said.

The charges are related to an incident Wednesday in which a 20-year-old Silver Spring man was attacked at the intersection of Georgia and Hewitt avenues.

Officials say the three exchanged gang signs, then began fighting near a bus shelter. Police said that during the assault, Mr. Valdez stabbed the victim several times. Mr. Valdez and Mr. Romero were arrested Friday night. Police said the victim remains in grave condition at a hospital.

FROSTBURG

Wind-power project given 5-year deadline

Maryland utility regulators say developers of a wind-power project near Frostburg must have at least one turbine working within five years.

The Public Service Commission report on the Dan’s Mountain Wind Force project also states construction must start within three years. And the developers have agreed to provide an annual report on their progress.

The Western Maryland wind farm was approved last week after a cellular communications company dropped its objection to the project. The project is expected to generate 60 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 13,000 homes.

FREDERICK

Police to revisit 1989 slaying

Police are re-evaluating the case of Tracey Kirkpatrick, 17, who was stabbed to death 20 years ago in a clothing store.

Lt. Shawn Martyak, commander of the criminal investigation division, said investigators are looking again at evidence from the crime scene to see whether they can develop a DNA profile of the suspect.

Lt. Martyak said DNA technology has improved to the degree that only a small amount is needed to develop a profile.

He also said police still have several suspects but have never had enough evidence to charge anyone.

Ms. Kirkpatrick, a Brunswick High School student, was found dead in a back room of Aileen’s clothing store in March 1989.

VIRGINIA

WOODBRIDGE

Injured man found near road dies

An injured man found near a roadway Sunday morning died from his injuries, authorities said.

A passer-by reported that morning seeing an injured man in a wooded area near Jefferson Davis Highway. The man was suffering from severe injuries and was transported to a hospital, where he died.

Police said they do not know the man’s identity. The death is being investigated as a homicide, authorities said.

RICHMOND

Woman with dementia dies in pond

An 85-year-old woman with dementia died over the weekend in a pond near her home, according to the Richmond Police Department.

Frances Hodges Jones’ body was found Saturday. Police said she had been reported missing that morning after apparently wandering away from the home that she shared with her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.

Betty Jones Ellis said her mother was suffering from dementia and was confused about whether she was home, after moving in last September.

RICHMOND

Authorities identify accident victim

Authorities on Sunday identified a Pennsylvania man who died after being struck by a vehicle on Interstate 295.

State police said Jeremy M. Steen, 30, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., was trying to retrieve luggage along the highway in Henrico County when struck Saturday.

Two other people also were trying to retrieve the luggage. One, a female, also was struck. She was taken to VCU Medical Center with injuries that are not life-threatening. Police said the woman driving the vehicle that struck Mr. Steen has been charged with reckless driving.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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