- The Washington Times - Monday, April 10, 2006


Man jumps fence at White House

A screaming intruder jumped the White House fence at about 4 p.m. yesterday and reached the front lawn while President Bush was at home.

The Secret Service said Brian Lee Patterson, 40, whose last known address was in Albu-querque, N.M., also jumped the fence in February. He was charged then with unlawful entry and faces the same charge in yesterday’s incident.

The bearded man, wearing bluejeans and a white T-shirt that read “God Bless America,” jumped the fence and ran across the North Lawn while repeatedly yelling, “I am a victim of terrorism.”

Members of the Secret Service emergency-response team, including one holding a barking dog, chased the man with their guns drawn and surrounded him near the row of cameras set up for television reports. He told officers that he was not afraid of them and has “intelligence information” for the president.

The man eventually knelt on the ground and was taken into custody.

Mr. Patterson cut his hand jumping the fence and was taken to George Washington University hospital



Teacher charged with sex abuse

A Queen Anne’s County teacher has been charged with sexually abusing a female student.

Christopher Larry Tribbitt, 26, is accused of having a two-year relationship with the student. The relationship reportedly began when the student was 12.

Police said they posed as a 14-year-old girl and exchanged explicit messages with Mr. Tribbitt. Then they went to his home in Denton on Saturday morning and caught him in an Internet chat room.

Mr. Tribbitt is charged with sex abuse, child abuse and assault.

Police say the girl came forward several days ago and that Mr. Tribbitt started a consensual relationship with the student at Centreville Middle School, where he was a gym teacher. The relationship reportedly carried over to Queen Anne’s County High School, where Mr. Tribbitt was a volleyball teacher.


Suspect in slayings to be extradited

Worcester County authorities said yesterday that the man arrested in the investigation into four slayings likely will be extradited to Virginia this week.

Ronald Lee Shrieves, 32, is in police custody in Worcester County. He was arrested Saturday in the quadruple killing Friday of his parents, niece and nephew in Modest Town, Va., on the Eastern Shore.

Mr. Shrieves was apprehended after a police chase Saturday near Girdletree, in Worcester County, also on the Eastern Shore. He is being held on a $750,000 bail on traffic charges and possession of stolen property. Mr. Shrieves also is being held on a fugitive warrant for Virginia. Relatives say he was released from jail March 30 and has been in and out of jail before.


Officer accused of stealing rims

A Baltimore City Police Department officer has been arrested and accused of stealing tire rims from a car that was seized in an investigation.

Officer Che Jackson, a nine-year veteran of the department, was charged Friday with theft greater than $500, obstructing and hindering an investigation, and misconduct.

A department spokesman said that Officer Jackson will have a suspension hearing shortly and that the department will move to suspend him without pay.



Student dies in fall from roof

A College of William & Mary junior died early Saturday after he climbed onto a steep, dew-covered roof four stories high and fell.

Zachary James Vaughan, 21, a graduate of Bethel High School in Hampton, and another student climbed out the window of a fourth-floor game room at about 5:50 a.m., police said. The roof was steep and slippery. Campus police arrived to find Mr. Vaughan already dead.

Police have ruled the incident an accident, a college spokesman said. It was not clear whether alcohol was a factor.

Mr. Vaughan was a government major, active on campus while considering attending law school and a vice president of student affairs, according to an e-mail that the school sent to students. The e-mail also stated that Mr. Vaughan was involved in several political and service organizations on campus.


Higher prices increase VDOT costs

The Virginia Department of Transportation expects double-digit increases in the prices of cement, asphalt and diesel fuel will cost the agency an additional $180 million this year for maintenance and construction projects.

In some parts of the state, the higher costs are forcing the agency to switch to cheaper, less-durable asphalt for some paving work planned this spring.

“In the last two years, we’ve seen construction costs go up unlike anything we’ve seen in the last 50 years,” said Jeffrey C. Southard, executive vice president of the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance, a Richmond-based trade group.

High costs also are forcing the agency to slow the rate at which it sets aside money for projects, many of which already have been delayed.

“If we don’t have a growing budget to match contractors’ rising costs, then they are going to do less work,” said Barbara W. Reese, VDOT’s chief financial officer.

Without more funding, the agency expects to have to spend all of its money on maintenance by 2010, leaving none for new roads or transit services.


Shendandoah park forest fire contained

Park officials said yesterday that firefighters have contained the forest fire at Shenandoah National Park.

The fire started last Monday night by a lightning strike and has burned more than 1,150 acres.

The fire continued to burn yesterday, but National Park Service spokeswoman Julena Campbell said firefighters finished digging containment lines around the entire fire.

“It is 100 percent contained,” Miss Campbell said, but stressed that it did not mean that the fire was under control.

Firefighters got some help from rain Saturday, but with conditions expected to be dry throughout the rest of the week, Miss Campbell said, firefighters will continue to patrol the containment lines, putting out areas that continue to smolder.


Battleship transfer full speed ahead

The Navy wants to donate the retired battleship USS Wisconsin to the city of Norfolk more quickly than officials had expected.

The Navy revealed in the Federal Register last week that it hopes to donate the World War II-era ship to Norfolk. The Navy requires the city to submit a letter of intent by May 27 and a completed business plan for operating the Wisconsin by Sept. 30.

The Federal Register notice said it is in the best interests of the Navy to donate the ship as soon as possible. City officials did not expect to receive word on the donation until later this year.

The Wisconsin is berthed downtown on the Elizabeth River.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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