- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 5, 2007



Dangerous-dog list takes effect

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has created a dangerous-dog registry that was passed by the General Assembly in 2006.

The registry allows users to search by locality or ZIP code to find dogs that have been found to be dangerous either by the courts or other local officials.

The office of the state veterinarian will maintain the registry, and owners of the dangerous dogs will also have to heed other rules to be able to keep their pet.

A check Tuesday found only nine dogs registered.


Bacteria in water prohibits swimming

For the third time since the middle of May, bacteria has closed the public swimming area at Fairview Beach, meaning no swimming for visitors on the Fourth of July.

Tests this week show high levels of enterococcus. The closure seemed to indicate that a recently repaired septic tank is not the only cause on contamination near the beach area.

Officials plan to test the water again after the holiday.



Worker gets stuck in split tree

A tree worker survived getting stuck about 40 feet above the ground when a tree he was working on split down the middle.

Rescue workers found Adolfo Ceriano, 27, lodged between two broken halves of the tree at Wendy and Eldon streets at about 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Fire officials said Mr. Ceriano had been properly harnessed, but the tree broke below the harness.

It took an hour and a half for rescue workers to use a rope and basket to get him down into a stretcher. Meanwhile, rescue workers treated Mr. Ceriano for severe pain and hip and chest injuries before taking him to a hospital.


Man crashes, dies while evading police

A man sought for a parole violation and drug distribution was killed in a crash Tuesday after leading state police on a chase through Washington County.

State police said Lewis Pfeltz, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash south of Interstate 70. They said Pfeltz apparently hit a tree after losing control on a turn.

Pfeltz was wanted by the Maryland Division of Correction on a parole violation and by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on a felony warrant for drug distribution.

State police said the chase began after Pfeltz was pulled over by a trooper about 2 a.m.


City eases traffic with free bikes

Just a handful of bicycles will help alleviate traffic woes this summer, city officials hope.

Free Wheelin’ Annapolis, a program that allows residents to use free bikes for 24 hours, is designed to give people an alternative to cars and ease the congestion commonly found downtown.

Volunteers stationed at the Annapolis and Anne Arundel Conference and Visitors Center kiosk at City Dock will give the bikes to people after having them fill out an application and reviewing their driver’s licenses.

Borrowers simply return the bikes to the kiosk. After hours, they can use a combination lock to secure the bikes at the Harbormaster’s Office.

Users who do not return the bikes will be billed for them.

The program will run through Aug. 25. City police also will give out helmets.

If it is successful, the Department of Transportation may start a more extensive trial during the boat shows.


Drug suspect shot after slashing officer

A Baltimore police officer shot a drug suspect yesterday afternoon after the man slashed an officer with a razor blade, police said.

Four undercover officers were conducting a drug investigation in West Baltimore when they spotted a man acting suspiciously at Bloomingdale Road and Belmont Avenue about 3 p.m. They approached him, and the man slashed at one of the officers with a razor blade, cutting the officer’s face, police said. After a brief chase, the man attacked the officers again, and an officer opened fire, shooting the man in the calf.

The officer and the suspect were taken to hospitals and are expected to recover.


Prison converts to maximum security

The Western Correctional Institution has begun the transition from medium security to maximum security.

The change will allow 25 inmates to be moved from prisons in Hagerstown. It is part of a strategy by state correctional officials to break up prison gangs and reduce violence.

Officials signed a document Tuesday to begin the changeover.

Jon Galley, acting assistant commissioner of the Division of Correction’s Western Region, said there are 152 inmates on lockdown status who will be integrated with the general population as part of the transition.

Maryland lost a maximum-security prison when the troubled Maryland House of Correction in Jessup was closed in March.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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