- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 24, 2006


Two deer rescued from Tidal Basin

Two white-tail deer were pulled from the Tidal Basin yesterday morning.

U.S. Park Police were called to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial about 8:30 a.m., after passers-by saw two eight-point bucks roaming the grounds. By the time animal-control officers got there, the deer had jumped into the water.

Boats from the Harbor Patrol and fire department cruised up the Potomac River to help corral the animals. Both bucks were tranquilized and hauled to safety.

U.S. Park Police Lt. Scott Fear said the animals will be checked out and then released in Rock Creek Park.



Young boy killed, another injured by car

A car struck two children last night near Georgia Avenue and Bel Pre Road, killing one, officials said.

The two brothers, 6 and 8, were crossing the road with their mother at about 5:45 p.m. near the entrance to an apartment complex on Bel Pre Road and had reached the median when the boys ran out into traffic, police said.

Their 2-year-old brother was with them, but was not hit. There was no crosswalk in the area, said Pete Piringer, a fire department spokesman.

A nearby rescue unit arrived quickly and took both boys to Children’s Hospital, where the 6-year-old died. His brother had some broken bones, but his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

The 21-year-old driver was not injured. He stopped and cooperated with the police investigation, Mr. Piringer said.


State confirms fifth E. coli case

Public health officials have confirmed the fifth Maryland case associated with spinach contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

The personis among nearly 200 people nationwide known to have had digestive ailments after eating prepackaged, fresh spinach from California’s Salinas Valley this past summer. At least three persons died.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said two more suspected Maryland cases are pending, including that of an elderly woman who died.


School fight leads to pepper spray

A police officer used pepper spray to break up a fight between two students yesterday at New Town High School, Baltimore County police said.

The fight was reported at about 11:15 a.m. in a second-floor hallway. Cpl. Mike Hill said the officer was unable to physically separate the students and used pepper spray to end the fight.

Ten students complained of effects from the pepper spray and six were taken to hospitals. The school was evacuated while the fire department ventilated the building. The students were allowed to return to class at about 12:20 p.m.

The two boys fighting, 17 and 18, were arrested.


Bear hunt opens in mountain counties

Maryland’s black bear hunting season opened yester-day with snow in the mountains and a protest in Baltimore.

Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said snow showers throughout the day left a dusting on the ground in far western Garrett County, where hunters had checked in five animals by 2:30 p.m.

This is the third annual hunt since bear hunting returned to Maryland in 2004 after a 51-year ban. The season runs through Saturday, but will end once the objective of 35 to 55 bears is reached.

In Baltimore, meanwhile, the Humane Society Legislative Fund announced a campaign opposing the re-election of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republi-can. Unlike his predecessor, Democrat Parris N. Glendening, Mr. Ehrlich took no action to stop the hunt, the group said.


Man sentenced in seven burglaries

A man who prosecutors called a “virtual one-man crime wave” was sentenced yesterday for seven burglaries he committed in December and January.

Wesley R. Yao, 18, of Gaithersburg, was sentenced to five years in jail with all but 18 months suspended. He also was ordered by Judge DeLawrence Beard to pay almost $350,000 in restitution to the victims.

Yao was arrested Jan. 26 and pleaded guilty Aug. 25.

The burglaries were all committed during the day at unoccupied homes in Gaithers-burg, Rockville, North Potomac and Potomac. Yao took items including Chinese currency and passports, guitars, alcoholic beverages and two Prince George’s County police badges.

At four homes, he also took a set of keys and stole a car. The cars were later recovered in good condition.


Two sisters rescued after boat capsizes

Three persons helped rescue two sisters whose sailboat overturned yesterday afternoon in the Gunpowder River, authorities said.

The rescuers drove a powerboat to the capsized vessel and pulled the two women to safety after seeing that one of them was too cold and weak to lift herself into a basket lowered by a Maryland State Police helicopter, Balti-more County fire officials said.

A strong gust of wind overturned the boat at about 2:30 p.m. off Gunpowder Falls State Park. The unidentified women, 48 and 46, were in the water for about an hour, said Sgt. Ken Turner of the Mary-land Natural Resources police.

The younger woman, who owned the boat, managed to keep a cell phone dry and called 911 after she was thrown into the water, Sgt. Turner said.

Both were treated for hypothermia, and their conditions were not life-threatening, Sgt. Turner said.



Police investigate attempted abduction

Fairfax County police are trying to determine whether two incidents involving young children in the Hybla Valley area are related. The most recent incident involved the attempted abduction of a 7-year-old girl Saturday afternoon.

Police said a masked man walked into the back yard of a home in the 7500 block of Grey Goose Way. He reportedly grabbed the girl from behind, but she broke free and ran away.

Five days earlier, a 6-year-old girl was awakened in her bedroom by a man in the 7200 block of Fairchild Drive.

Police were investigating the earlier incident as a possible burglary.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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