- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 8, 2007


Two dead after crashing stolen cab

Metropolitan Police yesterday were investigating the early morning crash of a stolen taxicab that killed two persons.

Police said the driver of a cab, which was reportedly stolen from Maryland, was speeding southbound on Interstate 295 at 3:02 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, hitting a Jersey wall, a sign and a tree before crashing into the garage of a house in the rear of 4251 Lane Place SE.

One of the occupants of the vehicle was ejected. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. A second occupant of the vehicle was taken to the Office of the D.C. Medical Examiner and pronounced dead.

The police department’s Major Crash Investigation Unit is investigating the cause of the crash.

Police had not released the names of the victims yesterday.



Police investigate lifeguard’s death

Maryland State Police yesterday were investigating the death of a 19-year-old lifeguard from Colombia found dead Thursday morning in his apartment in Braddock Heights.

Police think alcohol caused the man’s death, either by choking on his vomit or through alcohol poisoning.

Maryland State Police Sgt. Chris Sasse said the teen was not being named pending notification of his family. He said the victim was a 19-year-old male from Bogota, Colombia, who was in Maryland on a summer work visa to work as a lifeguard.

The man’s roommates found him unresponsive Thursday and tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him. A neighbor told the Frederick News-Post that the man and his roommates had a small party the night before.

No charges have been filed in connection with the death.


FBI to settle 2002 shooting case

The federal government will pay $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from an accidental FBI shooting in 2002, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun.

Joseph Schultz was shot in the head when an agent confused him with a bank robber.

Mr. Schultz, who survived the shooting, was riding in his girlfriend’s car. The girl was uninjured but awarded $350,000 in the settlement.

A grand jury cleared the agent, Christopher Braga, of criminal wrongdoing. He now works in the FBI’s New York City office.


High school trashes students’ AP exams

All students who took Advanced Placement exams this year at Wicomico High School may have to retake them since the school accidentally recycled them.

School administrators told several families Friday that this spring’s AP exams were inadvertently destroyed. It appeared they were accidentally recycled along with some old algebra assessments.

The school has asked the College Board to let the students retake the exams. If the College Board agrees, the school will pay for the new tests and provide tutors to help the children get ready.

The school will also refund the test fees already paid. The school lost 63 exams taken by 46 students. The tests can help students get credit for college courses.



Traffic woes likely with base expansion

The Army is acknowledging that its plan to relocate 22,000 federal employees to Fort Belvoir could create serious traffic headaches.

In a final environmental review issued Friday, the Army affirmed its intention to put most of the new jobs on an old training range off Interstate 95 instead of at the main post. Fairfax County officials said that plan will cause catastrophic traffic congestion without improvements to the road system.

Army officials said that unless nearly half a billion dollars in road improvements are completed the transfer will have “unavoidable impacts on traffic.” County officials said the improvements could actually cost $1.5 billion.

County Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, a Democrat, said the critical issue is what the Pentagon is willing to spend on transportation.

Fort Belvoir spokesman Don Dees said the Pentagon can’t do it all and that someone else will have to pony up.

From staff reports and wire dispatches.

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