- The Washington Times - Monday, September 7, 2009

DISTRICT

2005 near miss on Metro studied

Federal investigators are looking into a 2005 near miss in their investigation of June’s deadly Metro crash.

Bob Chipkevich, head of the National Transportation Safety Board rail investigation office, says investigators have decided to test equipment removed from the site of the 2005 incident for comparison to the June crash.

MARYLAND

BALTIMORE

Destructive beetle found in shipment

Customs officials say a cargo container from China has been fumigated at the port of Baltimore after a destructive wood-boring beetle was found in the cargo.

The Stenhomalus beetle was discovered Aug. 28 during inspection of a container at the Dundalk Marine Terminal. Customs officials say the species is not known to be loose in North America, but its cousins have already killed millions of trees. Those cousins include the Asian longhorned beetle, the emerald ash borer, round-headed borer and the metallic wood borer.

BALTIMORE

Medevac maker hits bidding as ‘flawed’

The maker of Maryland’s medevac helicopter fleet is raising questions about the state’s plan to replace the aging aircraft.

American Eurocopter made the 11 helicopters in the fleet and has sent a protest letter over what it calls a “flawed” bidding process to replace the aircraft.

VIRGINIA

RICHMOND

State optimistic about crab buyback

Virginia officials are optimistic about the effort to buy crab licenses in a bid to replenish stocks of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab.

Officials have released few details of the $6.7 million effort, saying they don’t want to influence bidding, which ends Nov. 1.

But the Virginia Marine Resources Commission doesn’t expect the effort to end the way Maryland’s did last month.

Maryland scrapped reverse auctions and instead offered $2,260 for each license.

The states want to reduce the number of outstanding licenses, many of which are inactive and make it difficult to manage the crab population.

The VMRC hopes that because it has a larger pool of money and fewer licenses than Maryland, its plan will be more successful.

ARLINGTON

Robbery suspects held by police

Police and federal law enforcement officers worked together to nab two suspects in a series of recent robberies in Virginia and Maryland.

Authorities say two Fairfax men, 26-year-old Andualem Kusa and 24-year-old Charles Kargbo, are being held on robbery charges.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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