- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 19, 2007


Officer, bystander hurt during police chase

A U.S. Park Police officer was injured after a police chase that ended early yesterday morning downtown.

Authorities said two plainclothes officers thought they saw a drug transaction under way at about midnight Tuesday in the Logan Circle area in Northwest. They approached the suspects, but they fled in a car, striking one of the officers.

Another Park Police car chased the vehicle.

The car being chased struck two parked vehicles before stopping on the sidewalk at the door of a Domino”s Pizza store in the 1300 block of L Street Northwest.

Two suspects were arrested in the case.

The officer is expected to recover. One person in a parked car was also injured but is expected to recover.



4 men arrested in Metro lot thefts

Metro Transit Police have arrested four men suspected of breaking into more than 50 vehicles parked last month at the Franconia-Springfield station.

Police said the men broke into 52 cars and stole more than 100 items, including a sport utility vehicle, Global Positioning System devices and car televisions.

A Metro police commander said two officers spotted three of the suspects breaking into cars in late June.

Police arrested Maurice Conyers, 22, Randy Smith, 19, and Kevin Wilson, 22, all of the District; and Darryl Walker, 20, of Hagerstown, Md.


Herbicide sprayed on children at day care

Children at a day care center were sprayed accidentally with herbicide Tuesday when a train sprayed herbicide on weeds along a track near the building.

Four children were playing by a fence at Miss Amy”s Child Care, when the train passed by. Two children complained of irritation in their eyes and itching.

The children were taken to a grassy area away from the tracks. The four who were sprayed were taken inside, washed off and their clothes were changed.

Robin Chapman, a Norfolk Southern spokesman, said that the incident will be investigated but that a wind shift caused the spray to blow away from the tracks to the day care center.

NatureChem, the company contracted to spray the herbicide, did not comment.

Railroad workers washed the day care center”s outdoor toys and began removing 105 tons of sand from the play area so it can be replaced.


Acid spill closes southbound I-95

All southbound lanes of Interstate 95 were closed yesterday afternoon for about three hours in Stafford County after a truck carrying nitric acid started leaking.

The tractor-trailer was traveling through Stafford County when the driver had to brake abruptly to keep from hitting a vehicle. The load in his trailer shifted, causing the nitric acid to leak. Officials said most of the spill stayed in the trailer and was absorbed in the flooring.

There were no injuries or property damage reported.

The interstate opened about 4:30 p.m.



Judge hears case on raw milk sales

A dispute over consumption of unpasteurized milk reached a courtroom in Frederick yesterday.

A Frederick County Circuit Court judge said she will rule at a later date on whether state public-health regulators can prohibit cow-sharing agreements aimed at skirting a state ban on retail sales of raw milk.

An attorney for Buckeystown farmer Kevin Oyarzo argued that agreements enabling people to own part of Mr. Oyarzo”s herd and receive raw milk in return do not violate the sales ban.

But the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said the agreement is a “sham” designed to get around the ban.

Proponents say pasteurization kills healthful components in raw milk along with the pathogens that prompted the sales ban.


City to consider vicious-dog laws

The City Council plans to talk tonight night about regulating vicious dogs.

Public Safety Commissioner John Ralston suggested an ordinance after a 62-year-old man was attacked by a pit bull last month while walking his dog on the Frostburg State University campus.

The city already prohibits dogs running loose.

Public comments will be taken the meeting and the council”s August meeting, with an eye toward preparing an ordinance for consideration in September.


Bus crash injures 13 campers, 1 adult

A Randallstown woman pulled in front of a school bus yesterday morning resulting in a crash that injured 13 children, Baltimore County police said.

Cpl. Mike Hill said Martha Barnes, 21, pulled out in front of the school bus driving on Windsor Mill Road though no charges have been filed. He said no drugs or alcohol were involved.

Miss Barnes was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with serious but not life-threatening injuries. She was released around 3 p.m.

The children were taken to area hospitals and were released about noon.

The bus was on its way to McDonough Day Camp with 33 children aboard.


Boys, 11 and 12, accused of arson

Two boys, 11 and 12, set fire to homes under construction in a suburban subdivision, destroying two of the structures, authorities said.

The boys, whose names were not released, were charged as juveniles with arson, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said.

The three-alarm blaze at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday brought more than 50 firefighters from Frederick and Washington counties to the scene. It took them 30 minutes to bring the fire under control, the fire marshal said.

Fire crews also put out a fire at another unoccupied house around the corner from the two houses.

The heat melted the vinyl siding on two other homes more than 100 feet away, the fire marshal said.


Ex-Raven player questioned in hit-run

A former player for the Baltimore Ravens was the driver of a car that struck and killed a man riding a motor scooter early Tuesday on U.S. 40 near Joppa Road, then traveled on without stopping, state police said.

Former Ravens wide receiver Javin Hunter, 27, of Orchard Lake, Mich., went to state police barracks yesterday and was questioned about the accident in which Ellis George Spencer Jr., 53, of Baltimore, was killed, 1st Sgt. Russ Newell said. The vehicle involved in the crash was recovered and police obtained a search warrant to examine it for evidence.

Mr. Hunter has not been charged.

Witnesses said Mr. Spencer was struck by a black Chrysler 300 with Michigan plates at about 5 a.m. Tuesday. He died several hours later at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, officials said.

Mr. Spencer was riding a 2006 Eurostrada scooter on the shoulder of Route 40 when he was struck from behind by a passing vehicle, troopers said.

Mr. Hunter was a sixth-round draft pick of the Ravens in 2002 after attending Notre Dame. He did not play for an NFL team last year.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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