- The Washington Times - Monday, June 12, 2006


Metro panel approves single phone line

Metro officials have won initial approval to create a single telephone line to streamline customer services for riders.

The phone line would help riders plan their next trip, retrieve schedule information or reach a Metro line manager.

The single number — 202/637-7000 — would combine the services that have been offered on more than a dozen phone numbers.

The Budget Committee of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s board of directors voted Thursday to redirect $150,000 to consolidate the various phone numbers. The full board is expected to vote on the measure Thursday.


Police investigate 2 slayings in SE

Police are investigating two homicides late Saturday in Southeast.

Sgt. Joe Gentile said officers responded to the 1300 block of Mapleview Street just before 11 p.m. and found Dontay Cunningham, 23, with a gunshot wound.

Police said a preliminary investigation found that Mr. Cunningham was shot in the stairwell of a nearby apartment building.

Less than an hour later, Marcus Hutchinson, 19, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and body on E Street.

Both men were pronounced dead early yesterday at hospitals.



Armed woman robs CVS stores

Montgomery County police are warning workers at 24-hour businesses to be on alert after two armed robberies.

Investigators think the same woman robbed CVS stores in Kensington and Glenmont early Saturday.

Surveillance tapes show the woman pointing a gun and demanding money before making her getaway.

Police said she also went to a 7-Eleven store in Olney but left without incident. She is thought to be driving a silver or gray Toyota station wagon.


Teens rob jewelry store

Police are searching for a group of teens who robbed a jewelry store at Laurel Mall.

Laurel police said the teens went into the Kay Jewelers about 8 p.m. Saturday, punched the clerk and grabbed $9,000 worth of jewelry.


HUD sees error in spending waiver

A federal oversight agency has issued a scathing audit of Baltimore’s public housing authority.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Inspector General said the Baltimore Housing Authority never should have been permitted to join a program to ease controls on its spending.

HUD said the housing authority failed to hold a required public hearing.

Since July, the housing authority has been part of a federal pilot program that allows agencies to waive restrictions on how millions of dollars in federal housing money must be spent.

HUD’s audit recommends voiding Baltimore’s participation in the program. It said the authority’s application was “short and vague” and that public input was not sought in advance.


No more snakeheads found in lake

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources hasn’t found any additional northern snakeheads in Lake Kittamaqundi after one was caught there last month.

Bob Lunsford, the DNR’s director of freshwater fisheries, said the department electroshocked the lake Thursday, and no one saw a snakehead surface.

A fisherman caught a snakehead May 28. The DNR will study it to determine whether it is related to the snakeheads that were found in Crofton ponds in 2002.


Church to raze century-old building

The Catholic Church has won a dispute over whether a 100-year-old Baltimore apartment building should be razed to make way for a prayer garden.

Mayor Martin O’Malley has announced that the Archdiocese of Baltimore will be allowed to tear down the Rochambeau.

The building shares a block next to the church’s Basilica of the Assumption.

The decision ends a dispute between the church and city preservationists, who contend the building contributes to the neighborhood’s historic character.

Mr. O’Malley decided that allowing the Rochambeau to stand would inhibit the church’s religious freedom.

The archdiocese bought the Rochambeau in 2002.



Toddler hospitalized after fall into pool

Quick-thinking adults might have saved a 2-year-old from drowning in a backyard pool, authorities said.

Fairfax County police said the boy was missing from a children’s party Saturday evening in the 300 block of Canterwood Court in Great Falls. When he was found in the pool, some adults at the party started cardiopulmonary resuscitation and called paramedics and police.

The child was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition. He is expected to survive.


Judge revokes bond in boating deaths

A judge has revoked the bond of a man charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of a couple who were boating last summer on Smith Mountain Lake.

Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz said Mark de Tournillon Sr. was charged April 19 with driving while intoxicated in Florida’s Broward County. That revelation led Bedford County Circuit Judge James Updike to revoke Mr. de Tournillon’s $50,000 bond on Friday.

Mr. de Tournillon will remain in the Bedford City Jail until his trial starts June 20. Mr. de Tournillon, of Moneta, Va., was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter after his speedboat crashed into the rear of a cabin cruiser on Aug. 20, killing Judith and Lawrence Lewis.

Two civil cases totaling $12 million have been filed against Mr. de Tournillon by the couple’s estates.


Two men drown in Lake Anna

Two men drowned at Lake Anna State Park yesterday after their canoe capsized while they were fishing.

Spotsylvania County Sheriff Howard Smith said his office was alerted that some people were in the water about 7 p.m. Rescue divers recovered the bodies about 10 p.m.

Witnesses who spoke Spanish told a sheriff’s deputy that one of the men managed to save himself by grabbing the canoe but that when the other started to struggle a family member on shore swam out to help. It is not clear which two men drowned.

Sheriff Smith said neither man was wearing a flotation device.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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