- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 16, 2006


Road work to affect Route 1 today

Motorists will face major lane and ramp closures on Route 1 today.

Heading south, Route 1 will be closed between the Capital Beltway and Franklin Street.

A detour will take motorists onto the Inner Loop to the Telegraph Road exit where they will be able to get onto the Outer Loop and continue on Route 1 south.

On Route 1 north, traffic is expected to be down to one lane between Franklin Street and the Beltway.

The ramp from the Inner Beltway to Route 1 also is expected to be closed.

Officials said those closures could extend to tomorrow if they don’t finish the work today.


Bush signs land-transfer bill

President Bush yesterday signed into law a land-transfer bill that will give the District the rights to more than 200 acres of federally owned property, including the site of D.C. General Hospital.

The plan initially was proposed by D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat, and Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, Virginia Republican, and the Bush administration as a way to rid the federal government of burdensome properties and compensate the District for tax-revenue losses.

The U.S. Senate approved the measure last month.

Among the largest parcels the District is slated to receive are the 100-acre Poplar Point site in Southeast — where a new stadium for D.C. United is planned — and 66 acres around the hospital, called Reservation 13.



Teen gets jail time for shop robbery

A star high school football player who pleaded guilty in the armed robbery of a smoothie shop was sentenced yesterday to 10 days in jail.

Patrick Lazear, 18, admitted in court Nov. 30 that he provided a replica gun and drove the getaway car used in the March 30 robbery that netted $463 from a Smoothie King shop in Bethesda.

Lazear’s share was $40, prosecutors said.

The charge of conspiracy to commit robbery carries a maximum 15-year term, but Lazear worked out a lower sentence in an agreement with prosecutors.

Lazear must also serve 30 days of house arrest after his release from jail.

As a senior playing linebacker and running back, Lazear had been recruited by more than 20 Division I schools, but some have stopped pursuing him because of his legal problems.


Burglars invade home of senator’s daughter

Police are looking for a group of men who forced their way into the home of New Mexico Sen. Pete V. Domenici’s daughter yesterday morning, causing a nanny to flee and leave a young child unattended.

No one was injured, but Montgomery County police said a SWAT team came to the home to make sure the intruders had left and the child was safe.

The 42-year-old woman was taking care of the senator’s 3-year-old granddaughter and 1-year-old grandson when she heard a noise at the front door. When she went to see who was there, a man wearing a mask grabbed her and three other masked men pushed inside.

It’s not clear whether the men were armed.

The woman broke free, grabbed the 3-year-old, ran outside, and called police. The 1-year-old, who was asleep in his bedroom, was left inside.

By the time the SWAT team got there, the intruders were gone.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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