- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 29, 2006


Capitol Police join patrol on Mall

U.S. Capitol Police took their spots along parts of the Mall last night, a day after they were supposed to begin.

The officers teamed up with U.S. Park Police by patrolling the areas between 4th and 7th streets.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who has been pushing for the extra security, paid another visit to officers on the Mall to make sure they were in place and to thank them for being there.

Mrs. Norton has been looking for ways to boost the police presence on the Mall in the wake of recent robberies.

Ex-D.C. employee guilty of bribery

A former D.C. project manager pleaded guilty yesterday to demanding more than $300,000 in bribes from construction contractors, prosecutors said.

Narase Bob Oudit, 50, of the District, was a general engineer at the D.C. Office of Property Management, where he supervised construction at the North Michigan Park, Sherwood and Kenilworth recreation centers from early 2002 to February 2003.

Oudit demanded money from contractors at each of the three projects, U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Wainstein said. He received $13,500 from a contractor using bills marked by the FBI.

Oudit, who entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman, faces 37 to 46 months in prison when he is sentenced in January.



Repatriation center closes at BWI

The repatriation center for American evacuees from Lebanon at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport closed yesterday after receiving 19 airplanes and nearly 4,500 passengers over an eight-day span.

The last plane landed shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday with 197 passengers on board, bringing the total number of evacuees to pass through the airport to 4,492, Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) officials said.

MEMA Director John W. Droneburg III, estimated that state agencies spent about $600,000 on the effort. The expenses will be reimbursed by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, he said.


1,000 alcohol bottles seized from residence

An investigation into illegal sales of alcohol led to the seizure of more than 1,000 bottles of wine, champagne and other alcoholic beverages from a home in Frederick, agents with the state comptroller’s office said.

The raid was conducted July 21 in the 100 block of West Fourth Street after officials said a man living there sold alcohol to an undercover agent.

The 36-year-old man has not been charged, but the comptroller’s office said the man could face two misdemeanors involving the illegal sale of alcohol.

Some of the wines are said to be worth hundreds of dollars, and the total value of the seizure is estimated at $150,000.

The comptroller’s office said the wine will eventually be auctioned and the proceeds will go to the state.


Lightning hits ride, injures five

Five persons were injured Thursday night when lightning hit a ride at a fire department carnival, a Carroll County fire official said.

The incident occurred at about 9 p.m. at the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company’s annual carnival.

Fire company spokesman Doug Alexander said the rides were shut down as the storm approached. He said lightning hit a ride and reflected into an area where people were taking shelter.

He said none of the injuries were life-threatening and two persons taken to a local hospital were alert when they left the grounds. Three others refused treatment.

Mr. Alexander said the carnival grounds were evacuated after the incident.



Student gets 5 years for stabbing police

A 17-year-old honor student was sentenced to five years in prison for stabbing and seriously wounding three police officers.

Keegan Zacharie, who attended T.C. Williams High School, stabbed Alexandria police officers who were questioning him after one saw him shining a flashlight into parked cars on Sept. 2.

Circuit Court Judge Donald M. Haddock convicted Zacharie in January on three counts of maliciously wounding a police officer. But Thursday, he revised the verdict, ruling that Zacharie was instead guilty of unlawful wounding, a lesser offense.

Zacharie will spend the first two years of his sentence in a juvenile facility.


Fire burns mosque, ruled accidental

A fire ruled accidental destroyed a mosque early yesterday, fire officials said.

Faulty electrical wiring was to blame for the fire at the Petersburg Islamic Center, said Charles Moore, chief fire marshal.

He said the worship center will likely have to be demolished.

The fire was called in shortly after 4 a.m. No one was in the center at the time, and no firefighters were injured.

Fire Capt. Kevin Michalek estimated the damage at about $50,000.


Probe uncovers fake inspection stickers

Thousands of motorists in Hampton Roads have been caught with fake inspection stickers and many more could be on the roads, Virginia State Police said.

Investigators estimate at least 10,000 to 15,000 decals were made and sold at prices of up to $100 each.

The stickers are intended to ensure that unsafe cars stay off the roads.

Brian Jones of Portsmouth has been charged with forgery.

Senior Trooper M.A. Bailey said at least one state inspector was charged with selling legitimate stickers without inspecting vehicles.

According to investigators, most of the stickers were sold by middlemen who looked for expired decals or rejection stickers on cars, then approached the drivers.

Possessing the stickers is a misdemeanor, but making and distributing them are felonies.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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