- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 10, 2008


Fire evacuates Union Station

Union Station was evacuated yesterday afternoon for a small fire in the basement food court.

A fire department spokesman said a fryer used to prepare french fries caught fire about 3:40 p.m., filling the area with smoke.

Most of the smoke was in the basement, and the main concourse was reopened to Amtrak passengers and other visitors after about an hour.

A similar incident at the same Boardwalk Fries restaurant occurred Jan. 1, which also forced the evacuation of the station near Capitol Hill and resulted in Amtrak delaying several trains .



Suspect detained in shooting

A suspect in a fatal Rockville shooting surrendered to police in Fairfax County.

Montgomery County Police say they have a warrant to arrest Michael Wayne Adams, of Rockville, in the fatal shooting Friday night of Jason David Hadeed, 33.

The shooting was reported Friday at about 10:15 p.m. in the King Farm area of Rockville. Mr. Adams, 44, later turned himself in to police. Police say the men knew each other but the motive for the killing is not clear.


Court upholds 17-year-olds voting

Maryland’s highest court has found no conflict between the voter-eligibility requirements of the state constitution and a state law that allows some 17-year-olds to vote in nonpartisan primary elections.

The decision upholds a lower-court decision allowing teenagers who will turn 18 before the November election and who registered to vote by last month’s deadline to cast ballots Tuesday in primary races for county school boards and district judges.

However, the court ruled those voters may not vote in “special or municipal” elections, including on a referendum Tuesday in Washington County on charter-home rule.

The State Board of Elections has previously ruled that registered 17-year-olds could cast ballots in party primaries, including the races Tuesday for presidential and congressional nominations.



Stolen tankers both recovered

Two tanker trucks stolen from a Northern Virginia construction company have been recovered.

They were reported stolen Friday morning, then found separately later in the day in Baltimore.

Prince William County police say the fuel trucks were reported stolen Friday at 6 a.m. and were likely taken overnight from the gated lot of construction company S.W. Rodgers, on Wellington Road, in the Gainesville area.


Board mum on Nichols contract

The College of William & Mary’s Board of Visitors says it will have no immediate announcement about the decision to renew school President Gene R. Nichol’s contract.

The board previously had indicated it planned to decide this semester whether it would retain the president.

Mr. Nichol has been criticized for removing a cross in 2006 from the altar of the school’s Wren Chapel, which contributed to the loss of $12 million in donations, and allowing a traveling sex-worker art show to be held last week on campus. His contract expires June 30.

The pressure of the board to consider Mr. Nichol’s future intensified after a House committee Thursday questioned four nominees for positions on the board about the president and the controversies. However, the board unanimously approved the four nominees.


Former SEAL faces explosives charges

A former Navy SEAL is facing federal charges of illegally having explosives, firearms and steroids at his home in Suffolk.

A grand jury in U.S. District Court late last week indicted Elbert Tillman Jr., 35, on five felonies including possessing firearms and explosives by a drug user.

He was arrested in December after a cache of weapons and C-4 explosives were discovered at his home.

Court records state Mr. Tillman took the explosives and guns from the Navy when he left in 2001, after serving for 10 years.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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