- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 16, 2006



Small plane violates airspace rule

A flight out of Frederick Municipal Airport was cut short Saturday when it accidentally strayed too far south into restricted airspace near Hyattstown.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said a Piper PA-23 violated the Air Defense Identification Zone about 28 miles northwest of the District shortly after 10 a.m.

An agency Web site said the plane is owned by Lance Griffin of Allentown, Pa.

Federal officials questioned people at the airport for more than an hour. Sheldon Shealer, a pilot who was on the ground at the time of the incident, said pilots waiting to fly were able to get in the air after about 20 minutes.

Camp David is north of the airport near Thurmont. President Bush spent the weekend at the presidential retreat.


Woman found dead; boyfriend in hospital

A man suspected of killing his girlfriend early yesterday was in critical condition at a hospital after his car crashed into a firehouse.

Montgomery County police said Jorge Contreras, 29, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Angela Santiago, 27, whose body was found about 6 a.m. at her apartment building in the unit block of Harbor Tree Court.

Police said Mr. Contreras was driving away when he crashed his car into the firehouse in the 7200 block of Muncaster Mill Road near Shady Grove Road.


Father killed at birthday party

Police have charged a teenager sought in the fatal shooting of a father at a Sweet 16 birthday party Friday night.

Detective Donny Moses, a police spokesman, said the shooting happened about 9:45 p.m. in the 1000 block of Augusta Avenue, where Brian Jones, 42, was throwing a party for his 16-year-old daughter.

When Mr. Jones asked a group of rowdy boys to leave the party, police said, Jamal Charles, 16, shot him in the head. Mr. Jones died about three hours later at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The boy was taken into custody late Saturday night outside his home in the 300 block of Dennison Street. He is charged as an adult with first-degree murder and a number of other gun-related violations.

Detective Moses said the teen has a lengthy criminal record that includes a narcotics and handgun violations.



Guard help fight forest fire

Members of the Virginia National Guard joined firefighters yesterday to battle a Patrick County forest fire.

Forestry officials say the fire has spread to more than 750 acres and forced the evacuation of 40 homes. It also has destroyed five or six structures, including two homes. No one has been injured.

About 200 firefighters, including the Guard members, continued to battle the blaze that started Friday when lightning struck the wooded mountain.

Officials said the fire is only 10 percent to 15 percent contained and it could continue for days. It will probably burn between 1,200 and 1,500 acres before it is contained.

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine authorized the deployment of 40 Guard personnel Saturday night to help fight the fire.

A lightning-related fire Friday on Smith Mountain in Pittsylvania County burned about 280 acres but is now under control.


Students arrested in wage protest

Seventeen University of Virginia students protesting for a “living wage” for the lowest-paid workers at the school were arrested Saturday night.

Student activist Amy Kniss said the protesters were taken into custody at Madison Hall without incident and were taken to the city jail to be booked on trespassing charges. It was the fourth day of the sit-in at the administration building.

University President John Casteen met with the protesters earlier in the day and allowed supporters outside the building to pass food to those inside.

The protesters want pay increases to $10.72 an hour for about 800 to 1,000 school employees who make about $1 less than what the activists consider a living wage.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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