- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 21, 2007


Wards 1, 2 voters face election deadline

The deadline for D.C. voters in Wards 1 and 2 to register for the Aug. 21 special election is Monday, officials with the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics said.

The election is being held to fill the State Board of Education slot left open when former school board representative Jeff Smith left because of his disagreement with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s school takeover plan.

Ward residents can register in person at the elections board office at 441 Fourth Street NW, Room 250, or by mailing in an application, which is available at D.C. public libraries, firehouses and police stations. The applications must be postmarked no later than Monday.

Voters also can complete an online registration form at www.dcboee.org, but must send in a printed and signed application as well. Registration also is available when voters renew their driver’s licenses at the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.



4 teenage girls held with 33 pounds of pot

State police in Frederick say four teenage girls were caught with 33 pounds of marijuana in the rear hatch of a car that was weaving down Interstate 70 early yesterday morning.

Police estimated the value of the marijuana at $100,000.

The driver, Summer Rockenbaugh, 19, of Thurmont, was charged with possession and intent to distribute. She also was charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child.

The unidentified minors are a 16-year-old from Thurmont, a 17-year-old from Hagerstown and a 14-year-old from Hagerstown. The girls were charged as juveniles with possession and intent to distribute marijuana.


Woman back in jail for violating probation

A Hagerstown woman convicted of forcing an 11-year-old boy to have sex with her is heading back behind bars.

Danielle Frye, 21, was sentenced Thursday to 3½ years in prison for violating her probation. She was accused of leaving the state without permission in May to travel to Harrisburg, Pa.

She was on probation as part of her guilty plea to second-degree assault in the November 2004 assault of the boy. Frye was given a 10-year suspended sentence and was released on probation after serving 18 months in jail.


Tougher ordinance to save forests OK’d

The Frederick County Commissioners approved a tougher ordinance that they hope will preserve forested land.

The county’s existing reforestation ordinance requires developers to replant trees if they clear them, or else pay a 35-cent-per-square-foot fee. The new ordinance raises the fee by 8 cents and by an additional 10 cents on the first of next year. In some cases, developers could be required under the new measure to replant more trees.

Supporters say the ordinance will protect ecosystems and improve water quality.


Fox bites manager at steakhouse

A bizarre fox attack at a Salisbury steakhouse had patrons and employees jumping and scrambling for cover.

The attack happened near closing time Thursday, when customers encountered a wild fox in the parking lot. Feeling threatened, they ran inside the slow-release door at Chef Fred’s Chesapeake Steakhouse, Bar & Grill. The fox followed them inside.

“It was a bizarre thing,” said Sara Hall, a manager at Chef Fred’s Chesapeake Steakhouse, Bar & Grill. “I’ve never been so scared in my life.”

Once inside the building, the fox scampered into the dining room area, into the bar area and back to the dining area, causing employees and patrons to take cover. Several jumped onto tables or chairs.

Miss Hall told the Salisbury Daily Times that when she went to discover what was causing the ruckus, the fox lunged and bit her hand.

“One of the bouncers at the bar starts to choke the fox, and it still wouldn’t let go,” Miss Hall said.

Employees eventually steered the fox outside, where it ran off.

“My first response was, ‘Are you kidding me?’ ” said co-owner Fred Briggeman, who was called to the restaurant at 2 a.m. and arrived just after the fox left.

Miss Hall received shots at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in case the animal was rabid.

“Thank goodness it was close to closing time or it could have been a lot worse,” she told the newspaper.

Animal control officers found the fox near the restaurant and put it down yesterday, said manager Vicki Torney.



Student charged with dumping baby’s body

A college student from Baltimore faces charges in the case of an infant’s body left in a trash bin in Harrisonburg.

Sarah Wolf, 20, a student at Bridgewater College, is charged with improper disposal of a dead body, a misdemeanor. If convicted, she could face up to twelve months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

Rockingham County Sheriff Donald Farley said yesterday that his office was waiting for her to turn herself in.

Deputies combed the county landfill in late January looking for the baby after getting a report that a woman gave birth in a public restroom and put the newborn’s body in a trash container.

Sheriff Farley said more charges could be filed in the case.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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