- The Washington Times - Monday, May 4, 2009

DISTRICT

Victim identified in SE shooting

A man killed in a shooting in Southeast has been identified, Metropolitan Police said.

Police said 44-year-old Earl Reeves of the 1300 block of Stevens Road in Southeast was fatally shot Friday night, WJLA-ABC7 reports.

Police arrived at the 2600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Southeast at 11:41 p.m. in response to a reported shooting. When they arrived they found Mr. Reeves, who had been shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

MARYLAND

BALTIMORE

City officials differ on surplus

BALTIMORE | City officials are at odds over what should be done with $13 million more in surplus money than previously thought, WBAL-TV (Channel 11) reports.

City Finance Director Edward Gallagher told City Council members about the surplus at a hearing on whether a previously discovered $40 million surplus could be spent to ease cuts to recreation centers or prevent city layoffs, according to WBAL.

Mayor Sheila Dixon said Friday that the wisest thing to do might be to fold the $13 million into the city’s rainy day fund. Some City Council members suggested using the money to cut property taxes while others urged the mayor to use the money to offset her proposed budget cuts.

VIRGINIA

GALAX

City seeks aid for meth problem

GALAX | The Galax area in Southwest Virginia has become a regional hub for the meth trade, said officials who are looking to the federal government for help.

Galax, with a population about 7,000, and neighboring Grayson County have applied for $300,000 in federal stimulus money for drug-fighting efforts.

That application followed talks about gaining designation as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which would unlock more federal aid.

Galax Police Chief R.C. Clark said the city is experiencing a meth epidemic, along with becoming a distribution point in the regional drug trade. Investigators said Galax has become a hub in a drug pipeline extending through Greensboro, N.C., and Atlanta to the border between Texas and Mexico.

RICHMOND

Blind hiker safe, but ripped pants

The legally-blind hiking magazine editor who went missing along the Appalachian Trail set a small fire to attract rescuers Saturday, the second day of a massive search and nearly a week after he was last seen.

Kenneth Knight, 41, of Ann Arbor, Mich., was found in good condition around 5 p.m., said Randy Sutton, a spokesman for the Blue Ridge Parkway. He was found in the Snowdon area near the James River, about nine miles from where he was last seen six days earlier.

“Everything ended exactly the way it was supposed to end,” said Ryan Jordan, chief executive officer of Backpacking Light. Mr. Knight is the magazine’s production editor.

Mr. Jordan said Mr. Knight was examined at a hospital and released. He was dehydrated and hungry but uninjured. “He ripped his pants and that’s about it,” Mr. Jordan said.

Mr. Knight can read print two to three inches away from his face and can “vaguely” see things 10 to 15 feet away, Mr. Jordan said. He described Mr. Knight as a “fiercely independent” man with “thousands of miles hiking under his belt.”

Mr. Knight was hiking a more than 60-mile section of a trail with six friends. He told them that he wasn’t feeling well and might go off-trail April 26, but no one had heard from him since then.

Mark Eggeman, the state search and rescue coordinator, said it appears Mr. Knight was trying to reach the John’s Hollow shelter, missed a turn and went off the trail, following a stream out of the mountain. He was found 200 to 300 yards from a road.

“I think he finally got to the point where he needed some help,” Mr. Eggeman said. He also said experienced hikers know to only start a fire when they are desperate, because it could get out of control and start a wildfire.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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