- The Washington Times - Friday, July 21, 2006


Man struck by train at Metro station

A man was struck by a train yesterday at Fort Totten Metro station on the Green Line.

Witnesses said a man in his late 30s jumped on the tracks, said Steven Taubenkibel, a spokesman for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The man was struck at about 8:30 a.m.

He was taken to a local hospital, Mr. Taubenkibel said.

The Green Line was delayed and trains shared one track between Fort Totten and Georgia Ave-Petworth stations on the Green Line. Shuttle buses were available to move riders between the West Hyattsville, Fort Totten and Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro stations, Mr. Taubenkibel said.

Normal train service resumed at 10:40 a.m.

Man gets 14 years for attacking vendor

A man who beat an elderly street vendor in an attack captured on videotape was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in prison.

James A. Dorsey, 48, was convicted in May on aggravated assault and armed robbery charges in the May 2005 attack on 84-year-old Vasiliki Fotopoulos, known to her customers in the Foggy Bottom area as “Grandma.”

Surveillance video from the loading dock of Mrs. Fotopoulos’ apartment building showed Dorsey punching and kicking the woman. He knocked her to the ground and stole about $300 from her, authorities said.

Dorsey’s criminal record dates back to 1979 and includes convictions for burglary, grand larceny and assault with a dangerous weapon.



Lebanon evacuees set to arrive at BWI

Three flights carrying evacuees from Lebanon are scheduled to land at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport today.

Jeff Welsh, a spokesman for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, said the first of those flights is now expected at about 12:15 a.m., with two more scheduled for 12:20 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Hundreds of additional American evacuees from Lebanon arrived Thursday and yesterday.


Woman killed when car plunges into canal

An elderly Pennsylvania woman was killed after her car flipped into the C&O; Canal.

Montgomery County divers found Evelyn Stremmel, 76, of York, Pa., about 15 minutes after onlookers called authorities Thursday night.

Authorities said she was dead at the scene.

U.S. Park Police said Ms. Stremmel had been listed as a missing person in York and was thought to have mental problems.

Police said Ms. Stremmel drove her four-door Oldsmobile Cutlass Sierra onto the canal towpath, where cars are not allowed. The speeding vehicle nearly hit walkers, bikers and joggers, before it plunged into about 15 feet of water.


Police arrest 25 in prostitution sting

Howard County police said they have arrested 25 persons during a monthlong drug and prostitution investigation.

After receiving complaints from residents and businesses in north Laurel, Jessup and Elkridge, officers went undercover to identify suspects working as prostitutes, soliciting prostitutes or in possession of drugs.

Anyone who offered female officers in plain clothes money for sex was arrested on charges of solicitation of prostitution. Suspects who approached male officers in unmarked cars and offered them sex for money were arrested on charges of prostitution.

Investigators also arranged to meet women who offered sexual services for money through Web sites. The women who arrived at the meeting place and offered sex for money were arrested and charged with prostitution.

During the investigation, undercover officers also arrested some suspects in possession of illegal drugs, such as crack cocaine and marijuana.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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