- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 14, 2007


Closures planned around World Bank

Motorists should anticipate traffic restrictions today and tomorrow because of meetings at the World Bank.

Several streets around the World Bank in the 1800 block of H Street Northwest, will be closed and have parking restrictions until tomorrow evening.

Fuel spill prompts containment, cleanup

A portion of the Washington Channel has been blocked off to contain what firefighters are calling an accidental spill of diesel fuel.

D.C. fire department spokesman Alan Etter said workers were performing maintenance on the Odyssey excursion ship moored in the 400 block of Water Street Southwest when about 30 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the channel.

Mr. Etter said a containment boom was deployed immediately to keep the fuel from spreading and the Environmental Protection Agency was notified.



Man sentenced for punching girl

A man who punched an 11-year-old girl in the head, knocking her unconscious after a traffic accident, will spend two years in prison.

Steven Gossard, 23, pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to two counts of second-degree assault. He received two five-year sentences with all but two years suspended.

Gossard was a passenger in a car driven by Alisha Nicewarner when she pulled into the path of another car. During the ensuing fight, Gossard punched the girl, who was riding in the other car, leaving her lying in the middle of the road.

Nicewarner also pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and driving while intoxicated. She is pregnant and due in July, and she will serve her four-month sentence on home detention.


Cave myth debunked; construction proceeds

A low-income housing project in downtown Frederick is back on track after specialists failed to find a cave beneath the site.

The Frederick Historic Preservation Commission approved by a 2-1 vote Thursday a developer’s plan for 36 residential units in the Cannon Hill neighborhood. Four of the homes will be sold at market rates and the others will be subsidized under a scattered-site, public-housing plan.

Some neighbors had called the site unsuitable for construction, citing newspaper reports from 1892 about an apparent cave beneath the area. But developer Joe Venezia said an engineering firm he hired to investigate the reports found no evidence of a cave.



Truck fire backs up I-95

Traffic on Interstate 95 in Fredericksburg backed up for miles yesterday after a tractor-trailer carrying tomatoes crashed and caught fire at an overpass.

The accident happened at 6 a.m. All three southbound lanes were shut down for about two hours just south of the Rappahannock River at mile marker 131.

Fredericksburg police said the 18-wheeler struck a guardrail on I-95 and rode the rail for about 100 yards. It stopped under the Fall Hill Avenue bridge in Fredericksburg, where the truck burned.

Virginia State Police charged the truck driver with reckless driving.

Tina Bundy with the Virginia Department of Transportation said the bridge was damaged in the accident.

Ms. Bundy said emergency repairs were expected to begin on the overpass yesterday and that the bridge could reopen with weight limits restricted at 15 tons.

There were no reports of injuries in the crash.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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