- The Washington Times - Monday, December 1, 2008


Police install speed cameras

Eleven new speed-radar cameras have been deployed across the city, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

The cameras will be along Eastern Avenue, the Southeast-Southwest Freeway, Military Road Northwest, 14th Street Northwest and Suitland Parkway.

Police will issue warnings until Dec. 26, then drivers will receive fines if caught speeding by the cameras. The fines range from $30 to $200.

Officials said they determined the new locations in part by reviewing accident data and recommendations or requests from transportation officials and civic associations.



Woman walking dog falls into trench

Montgomery County authorities rescued a 47-year-old woman who fell into a construction ditch Sunday evening.

The woman was out with family members, walking their dog after dark when she fell, fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said. As she fell, a couple feet of the dirt wall gave way, with some coming down on her.

Mr. Piringer said the trench, dug for utility work, runs parallel to a sidewalk and is 6 to 8 feet deep and a couple hundred feet long. There is no barrier between the sidewalk and ditch.

Rescue personnel treated the woman for mild hypothermia and took her to a hospital with possible leg and spinal injuries.


Man charged in father’s shooting

A 26-year-old Millersville man has been charged with shooting his father during a disagreement over the weekend, according to the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

The incident occurred at about 1:15 p.m. Saturday at a home in the 800 block of Oakdale Circle, in Millersville.

Police said the shooter, Eric Radford, pulled out a handgun during a fight with his father, Marshall, and shot him in the upper torso.

Marshall Radford was taken to Shock Trauma with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Eric Radford was charged with attempted first-degree murder and related offenses.


D.C. man slain after leaving club

Prince George’s police Department are investigating the fatal shooting of a Southeast man.

Police have identified the victim as Kordero Howard, 21, and said he was shot in the upper body early Saturday.

Mr. Howard was part of a group that had gone to Icon Nightclub, in Waldorf. On their way home, as they reached Branch Avenue and Coventry Way in Clinton, an unknown motorist pulled up and fired a single shot at the car, hitting and killing Mr. Howard.

Acting Police Chief Roberto L. Hylton is asking residents to help police monitor late-night activities of nightclubs. He says violence emanating from nightclubs is a problem for several jurisdictions in the area.


Yacht found sunk far from its marina

Natural Resources Police are investigating how a yacht kept at a private marina in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor ended up submerged near the Key Bridge miles away.

A Maryland Transportation Authority maintenance worker spotted the 37-foot yacht partially submerged near Fort Armistead and the Key Bridge at about 9 a.m. Sunday.

Natural Resources Police spokesman Cpl. Ken Turner said divers searched the yacht, but found no bodies inside.

Cpl. Turner said the owner was contacted and that no one in his family is missing. He said the incident is being investigated as a boating accident and a possible boat theft.


Fugitive arrested along Interstate 68

A man wanted in three states is in custody in Allegany County after he was arrested Friday on the side of Interstate 68, east of Cumberland.

Allegany County authorities responded to the side of the highway for a report of a domestic assault. They found Jerome Barney arguing with a woman. He gave police a false name, and a check of his driver’s license revealed it was a fake.

Police sent a fingerprint scan to the FBI, at which point they discovered Mr. Barney’s real name. He’s wanted on fraud, grand larceny, forgery and false-documentation charges.

Mr. Barney now faces additional charges stemming from his arrest. He was being held on $30,000 bail.



Council reports on state’s future

A report on the quality-of-life in Virginia shows the state has improved its rates of high-school graduation and is on its way to preserving an additional 400,000 acres of land by 2010.

But the infant-death rate is increasing and consumer fraud, obesity and traffic congestion are serious problems.

The 2008 Virginia Report was produced by the Council on Virginia’s Future, a bipartisan advisory group led by Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat.

The group monitors the state’s progress on 46 quality-of-life indicators and identifies long-term goals for the future.


Farm Bureau meets at the Homestead

Gov. Tim Kaine is among the featured speakers at the 2008 Virginia Farm Bureau convention, which started Sunday at the Homestead, in Hot Springs.

More than 800 Virginia farmers are expected for the convention. The theme this year will be “locally grown.”

More than 300 delegates will craft the Farm Bureau’s legislative agenda for the 2009 General Assembly.

The convention ends Wednesday.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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