- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 26, 2006

MARYLAND

COLUMBIA

Car crash kills teen

A 17-year-old male from Columbia was killed early yesterday morning when the vehicle in which he was a passenger veered off Broken Land Parkway and crashed.

The Howard County Police Department identified the victim as Dessalines Jean Jacques and said the accident occurred about 5:30 a.m. The car left the road, knocked down a light pole, struck a tree, then went down an embankment, police said.

Dessalines was one of five persons in the car. The driver, Brian Ellis, 18, of Columbia, was flown to Shock Trauma and was in critical condition. The other occupants were treated at an area hospital and released.

ANNAPOLIS

Lawmakers ban Internet hunting

Internet hunting would be a crime in Maryland under a bill unanimously approved yesterday by the House.

The bill makes it a misdemeanor to shoot at a bird or animal through a Web connection. If the bill is approved by the Senate and signed into law, Maryland would join at least 10 other states that ban the practice.

Internet hunting is considered inhumane by some and unsporting by many hunters. It allows people to click a computer mouse and cause a gun to be fired at game many miles away. No such services exist in Maryland.

BALTIMORE

Brush firess till worrisome

Maryland foresters have responded to 292 wildfires that have scorched 640 acres this month, which could become the driest March since record-keeping began in 1871.

The number is more than double the normal amount for this time of year and the most since the mid-1980s, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service.

Significant fires have broken out in recent weeks in Anne Arundel, Frederick, Harford and Prince George’s counties.

Officials blame warm weather, windy conditions and little rain. As of Friday, Maryland had received just 0.18 inch of precipitation for the month. The state usually records nearly 4 inches in March. The record low of 0.46 inch was set in 1910.

VIRGINIA

HAMPTON

Langley engineers work on Mars orbiter

NASA Langley Research Center engineers will play a key role beginning tomorrow in positioning the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

They will oversee the orbiter’s aero-braking, which NASA engineer Scott Striepe described as “like putting your arm out of the window of your car to feel the wind.”

Slowing the orbiter will help it move close enough to take detailed photos and collect data that eventually will help pinpoint a site where human explorers could land. Earlier this month, the $450 million spacecraft moved into position to orbit Mars, after a seven-month, 310 million-mile trip from Earth.

RICHMOND

Two persons dead in home stabbings

Two persons were killed and two critically injured in a stabbing attack yesterday in a Henrico County home.

Herbert Sharpe Jr., 51, and his daughter, Angel Jackson, 25, were pronounced dead at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Lt. Doug Perry said. Mr. Sharpe’s 48-year-old wife and 19-year-old son were also stabbed and were listed in stable condition last night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Lt. Perry said the attack was reported to police shortly before 5 a.m.

Police were looking for Jason A. James, 20, who faces two first-degree murder charges, police said. Mr. James is described as a black male, 6-foot-2 and about 240 pounds. He is thought to be driving a burgundy 1996 Mazda 626 with the license plate JYL 8307.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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