- The Washington Times - Monday, January 22, 2007



Timber catches fire at sawmill

Firefighters from three counties were called to put out a fire at a sawmill Saturday evening.

The call came in about 6:50 for a fire at 10600 Gas House Pike.

Frederick County Battalion Chief Doug Brown said several piles of timber caught fire.

Because the fire was in a rural area, water tankers were needed. Firefighters from Montgomery and Carroll counties also helped extinguish the fire.

There was no word on a cause or damage estimate this evening. Damage was limited to the timber.


Teen held in shooting that wounded officer

A teenager has been charged with attempted murder in a shooting Friday that killed a drug suspect and wounded an undercover police detective, Montgomery County police said.

David L. Cao, 17, of Burtonsville, also faces assault, handgun and drug charges. He was being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center.

Detective D.H. Oaks, a 6-year veteran of the department, was sitting in a vehicle at a park-and-ride lot as part of an undercover drug operation when Mr. Cao and another youth approached him, police said. There was an argument during an attempted transaction, and the second person drew a gun and shot the officer.

Detective Oaks suffered head and shoulder wounds and was flown to a hospital, where he was treated and released, police said.

Marquies D. Timberlake, 16, also of Burtonsville, was shot in the torso by an officer who was providing backup at the scene. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.


Boater missing in Choptank River

A man disappeared yesterday afternoon in the Choptank River.

Two men were testing a boat off Rooster Island when the boat ran aground and began to take in mud, Sgt. Ken Turner of the Maryland Natural Resources Police said.

One man got out of the boat and began to push it back into the water. The other man started the motor, and when he turned around, the man was gone.

Several boats were involved in the search after the incident was reported about 2:15 p.m.



Norovirus cited in students’ illness

The highly contagious norovirus was what has caused dozens of students to get sick at Radford University since Friday, health officials said.

Nearly 70 students sought treatment at the hospital after experiencing symptoms that included vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps and fever, officials said.

“Anything that people touch and someone else touches can transmit the virus,” said Bobby Parker of the Virginia Department of Health, adding that frequent hand washing is recommended to keep the virus from spreading.

After students started getting sick, two of the four restaurants in the university’s Dalton Hall food court were closed temporarily, the school said. The student health center also remained open Saturday and saw 15 patients with the virus.


Woman dies in kitchen fire

A woman died in a house fire Saturday morning in the Franconia section of Fairfax County.

Investigators think the woman’s clothes caught fire while she was cooking in the kitchen about 11:30 a.m., said Lt. Raul Castillo, a Fairfax fire spokesman.

Damage to the single-story home on York Road is estimated at $100,000.


Five killed in crash, including toddler

A sport utility vehicle swerved into the opposite lane and collided with a pickup truck, killing five persons and seriously injuring two others, state police said Saturday.

The crash on Virginia’s Eastern Shore occurred at 10:20 p.m. Friday when the SUV drifted to the right on Route 179, then overcorrected into oncoming traffic and landed on top of the pickup, police said.

Four men in the SUV and a 2-year-old boy in the pickup were killed, police said. The child’s mother survived, as did one man in the SUV.

The weather was clear at the time of the crash, and police declined to speculate on the cause. The two survivors were hospitalized.

The woman, identified as Angela Jean Moore, 28, of Onancock, was the only passenger in either vehicle wearing a seat belt, state police said. Her son, Jose Antonio Chapa, was not in a child seat restraint and was killed, investigators said.

Miss Moore was in fair condition at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, a spokeswoman said. The other survivor, Tomas Justin Hrubbs, 24, was in critical condition.

State police identified those killed in the SUV as the driver, Jared Randolph Atkinson, 21, of Wachapreague, Va.; Justin Carter Bradshaw, 21, of Harborton, Va.; Jonathon Paul Nolz, 21, of Onancock; and Jereme James Parks, 20, of Melfa, Va.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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