- The Washington Times - Monday, December 4, 2006



Delays expected for work on I-270

Construction on a pedestrian bridge that will cross Interstate 270 might inconvenience some drivers the next couple of nights, state highway officials said.

Starting at midnight today, northbound and southbound traffic will be stopped on I-270 in the Rockville area once every hour for a 15-minute interval.

Closures will continue tomorrow and Wednesday at midnight while the steel is set for the bridge.

The right lane of Route 28 eastbound will be closed at the same time as the I-270 closures, officials said.

The closures will end at 5 a.m. so they do not interfere with the morning rush hours.

The bridge will make it easier for bicyclists and pedestrians to cross between the east and west sides of the city, which are divided by the interstate. It will run adjacent to Route 28 but will be separate from vehicle traffic.


Hit-and-run suspect unaware of child

The woman charged in the hit-and-run death of a 3-year-old boy apparently didn’t realize she had struck the child, her boyfriend said.

The boyfriend said Lazara Arellano De Hogue, 40, said she thought she had struck the boy’s grandmother, who was pushing the child in a stroller, the Baltimore Sun reported. She also said neither she nor her daughter, who was in the car, knew the child had been struck. The woman drove off because she was nervous, the boyfriend said.

Miss De Hogue has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident in the death of Elijah Cozart. Additional charges are pending.

Miss De Hogue is a native of Mexico who has been living in the United States for 30 years. The boyfriend said she is in the country legally.


Teen charged in brother’s stabbing

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his older brother.

Jermaine Sanders is charged with stabbing his brother Jason Sanders, 17, during a fight Friday morning in their East Baltimore row house, Baltimore police said. Jason died on the way to a hospital.

Baltimore prosecutors said Jermaine Sanders is the 20th person younger than 18 to be charged as an adult with a slaying in the city this year. Many victims are also younger than 18.


Boat owner missing near air station

Rescue crews at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station searched yesterday for a man who was reported missing.

An air station spokeswoman said the 54-year-old man went to the marina at the air station Saturday to check on his boat and never returned home. His family reported him missing shortly after 11 a.m.

Officials did not release the man’s name, but the spokeswoman said he was retired from the military.

Crews searched the river shoreline and the surrounding area. Cadaver dogs will be used as the search continues.


Shore housing remains strong

The housing market on the lower Eastern Shore remains strong, despite a slowing national market, analysts said.

The region has the combination of an increasing population in need of housing, continued demand for waterfront property and low mortgage rates.

Memo Diriker, a business trend analyst at Salisbury University, said he has seen nothing that indicates the market is slowing, though he cautions that doesn’t mean it won’t.

Kevin White, president of the Coastal Board of Realtors, said the number of housing units sold in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties has dropped since last year, but the active inventory has almost doubled, giving buyers more homes from which to choose.



Chase ends with cow in pool

A cow trying to outrun its captors became frightened and fell into a swimming pool, the James City County Police Department said.

Officers arrived Thursday to find the cow in a driveway, and the cow landed in a resident’s pool when its owner and police tried to coral it, a police spokesman said.

The cow caused $7,500 in damage to the pool’s cover and lining. The owner of the cow said insurance will cover the cost.


First flu case reported in state

The director of the Virginia Health Department’s division of surveillance and investigation said the season’s first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza was reported in Southwest Virginia in early November. The first reports usually don’t arrive until late December or January.

Health officials advise people to avoid the flu by getting a vaccination, which is effective about 80 percent of the time and takes about two weeks to become effective.


No bears killed in swamp hunt

A black bear hunt that prompted an unsuccessful legal challenge by animal rights activists ended without a kill.

A federal judge late Thursday refused to halt the first black bear hunt in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. The two-day hunt ended Saturday.

Refuge manager Suzanne Baird said a few hunters saw a bear, but nobody shot one. Wildlife officials had expected about 10 kills. An estimated 250 to 350 bears are thought to live in and around the 111,000-acre refuge. A lottery was held to award permits to 58 hunters, who were restricted to two areas totaling about 21,000 acres.


New college eyes plantation for campus

A 660-acre plantation could become the site of a four-year college.

Founders College said it plans to buy the Berry Hill plantation and make it a residential campus for a new for-profit school.

Mayor Carroll Thackston said it could be the best thing to happen to South Boston in modern history. Questions remain, including details of the college’s financing, but Mr. Thackston said local leaders are enthusiastic.

Tamara Fuller, executive vice president of the college, said the college is proposing a campus of more than 500 students five years from now. She said such a project would generate about $40 million a year for the local economy.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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