Sunday, February 3, 2008


Pedestrian struck by fire engine

A pedestrian was in critical condition yesterday after being struck by a fire engine responding to a report of a house fire.

It happened shortly after midnight in Northwest.

Police said the 43-year-old man was standing on the double yellow line when Engine 11 approached with its lights and siren on. They said the man darted in front of the fire engine in an attempt to cross before it passed.

Police said the pedestrian, who was not identified, had been drinking.



Series of shootings leaves three wounded

Three persons were in the hospital yesterday after a series of shootings near a Fairfax County police station.

Police said officers responding to a 911 call at about 3:30 a.m. found two men in the front parking lot of the Franconia District Police Station with apparent gunshot wounds.

The two were hospitalized, but their injuries were not life-threatening.

Police said that at about the same time a state trooper tried to stop a vehicle nearby. The driver wouldn’t stop, but crashed a short time later during a chase.

Authorities said the driver got out, pointed a gun at a police officer and was wounded in a brief exchange of gunfire. The driver was taken into custody and hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.


Cab driver shot at intersection

A cab driver was in critical condition after he was shot early yesterday.

Police said the shooting happened at about 3 a.m. at Beauregard Street and Seminary Road.

WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported that the taxi driver, a 35-year-old Maryland man, was stopped westbound on Seminary Road at the intersection when the gunman approached and fired several shots into the driver’s side.

The victim was flown by helicopter to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. He remained in critical condition after surgery Saturday.

The gunman was described as white and driving a dark-colored SUV.



Carbon monoxide leak sickens 12

A restaurant in Laurel was shut down after a dozen persons suffered carbon monoxide poisoning there.

Authorities said the high level of carbon monoxide found at Don Pablo’s Restaurant Friday night was caused by a malfunctioning heating unit in the kitchen.

Twelve persons — all restaurant employees — were treated at the scene, and 10 of them were taken to a hospital.

A health inspector for the city of Laurel closed the restaurant until repairs can be made to eliminate the problem.


City records drop in January killings

Baltimore police are reporting a sharp decline in homicides in January, compared with last year.

Police say there were 14 slayings last month, the city’s lowest number since 1978.

There were 26 homicides in January 2007, 29 in January 2006 and 32 in January 2005.

City officials said the downward trend has been encouraging, but warn that now is not the time to get complacent.

Mayor Sheila Dixon, a Democrat, attributed at least part of the decline to greater cooperation between law-enforcement agencies.

Some criminologists note, however, that homicides are dropping in many major cities.


WYPR-FM cancels ‘Mark Steiner Show’

“The Mark Steiner Show,” a Baltimore mainstay for many years, has been canceled.

Public radio station WYPR-88.1 FM attributed the move to declining ratings for the civic-affairs discussion program, which airs weekdays from noon to 2 p.m.

But Mr. Steiner blamed the cancellation on long-standing philosophical differences with WYPR President Anthony Brandon.

The station said Mr. Steiner’s time slot will be filled by a locally produced program called “Statewide.” It will be hosted by WYPR Vice President Andy Beinstock and guest hosts until a permanent host is found.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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