- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 30, 2008

DISTRICT

Cable fire cuts power downtown

An underground cable fire left nearly 3,000 downtown homes and businesses without electricity for about four hours, Pepco said.

The fire occurred about 3:40 a.m. Monday in the area of 17th and M streets Northwest, cutting power to a five-block area, Pepco spokesman Clay Anderson said.

Power was restored to nearly all buildings shortly before 8 a.m.

The outage knocked out traffic signals along Connecticut Avenue as well as 15th and 17th streets, D.C. transportation officials said. Crews set up portable stop signs to help with traffic.

MARYLAND

WHITE MARSH

Man’s body found on Pulaski Highway

Baltimore County police are investigating a fatal shooting in White Marsh.

A man was found fatally shot late Sunday evening in the 11000 block of Pulaski Highway, near Stevens Road, authorities said. The body was found in the eastbound lanes, and police received a report he had been struck by a vehicle.

The man was not carrying identification, police said.

The case has been ruled a homicide.

FREDERICK

Study of power line alternative sought

A citizen group pushing for an alternative to plans for a multistate power line is getting some support from the Frederick County Commissioners.

The planned Potomac Appalachian Transmission Highline, known as PATH, would cut across 20 miles of the county. The Sugarloaf Conservancy wants Allegheny Power to fund an independent study of the benefits of using high-voltage direct current lines that could be buried underground.

County commissioners voted last week to send a letter to Allegheny expressing their support for the study.

Allegheny spokesman Todd Meyers said he couldn’t comment on the letter because the utility had not yet received it.

The line would run from Charleston, W.Va., to a new substation in Kemptown, passing through portions of Virginia.

CROFTON

Police charge man with posing as cop

Anne Arundel County police arrested a Baltimore man wearing a shirt and hat with “police” written on each after he stopped a driver.

Justin White, 19, was pretending to be an off-duty Baltimore County officer late Sunday night and pulled over a motorist in Crofton, police said.

Anne Arundel County officers stopped to investigate when they saw two cars parked in the left turn lane of Route 3, near Route 424.

Mr. White also had a gold badge hanging around his neck and was wearing a police duty belt with a starter gun, handcuffs and a baton, police said.

Mr. White told the officers he pulled over the car because it had cut him off while speeding, police said. He is charged with impersonating a police officer.

ANNAPOLIS

Converter thefts fall with slump in metals

The slump in the precious metal markets has contributed to a sharp drop in reported thefts of copper wiring and catalytic converters, police in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County say.

The market price of metal is a significant motivation for the thefts, county police Lt. Herbert Hasenpusch said. Prices for some metals have fallen more than 60 percent in the past few months.

County police handled 152 reports of catalytic converter thefts in July, but only 49 this month and only 54 in November. Catalytic converters contain small amounts of platinum and other metals, but scrap yards are paying much less for the devices than they were this summer.

GREENBELT

Woman pleads guilty in abduction, heist

One of four suspects accused of robbing a bank and kidnapping the bank manager and her two young children has pleaded guilty.

Quinita Ennis of Lexington Park entered a plea Monday in federal court to conspiracy, firearms and bank robbery charges in the Sept. 24 robbery in St. Mary’s County.

Ennis and three other suspects are accused of kidnapping the manager, holding her toddler son hostage and forcing her to take $168,000 from the bank.

Investigators later found about $110,000 of the stolen money, much of it in two safes buried in the back yard of one suspect. The rest of the money was gambled in Atlantic City or spent on plane tickets, high-tech gifts and clothes, investigators said.

Ennis is scheduled to be sentenced in March. She faces up to 40 years in prison.

VIRGINIA

RICHMOND

Virginia approves 11 new historic markers

The state Department of Historic Resources has approved 11 historical highway markers in Virginia.

They include four honoring the work of Richmond lawyer Oliver W. Hill Sr., a civil rights pioneer. Mr. Hill died last year at age 100.

The Hill markers reflect his birthplace in Roanoke, his long legal and civic activism in Richmond, his battle against discriminatory wages in Norfolk public schools and, in Prince Edward County, his legal challenge of school segregation.

Other markers approved by the state honor “Mr. Peanut,” the dapper symbol of Virginia’s peanut country, to be located in Suffolk; and the 1939 Alexandria Public Library sit-in against the library’s segregation policies.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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