- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 13, 2008


Wilson Bridge lanes to close

Motorists can expect lanes to close as work connected to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge continues, transportation officials said.

The Interstate 495 Inner Loop will be reduced to one lane west of Maryland 210 to the Wilson Bridge, starting at 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday. The lane closures are scheduled again for 9 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Crews are working to mill and pave portions of the Capital Beltway.


1 killed, 1 hurt in open-top bus

One man was killed and another was critically injured Friday night when they stood up while riding on the open-topped upper deck of a bus and their heads struck a highway overpass, Metropolitan Police said.

The victims, both believed to be in their 20s, were heading to a Washington Nationals baseball game.

The incident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. The bus carrying 16 people was westbound on the Southeast Freeway and passed beneath the 11th Street overpass.

Police have not identified the victims. Both were taken to local hospitals, where one died and the other was in critical condition. No other passenger was injured.

Open Top Sightseeing, a private bus company in Tuxedo, Md., owns the bus, police said.



Body of child found in harbor

Police were investigating Saturday to determine whether a child’s body recovered from Baltimore Harbor belonged to a 3-year-old whose father confessed to throwing the boy off the Francis Scott Key Bridge in February.

The body was taken to the state Medical Examiner’s office for identification after it was recovered Saturday morning by fire crews.

Detectives with the Maryland Transportation Authority police responded as part of their investigation into the death of Turner Jordan Nelson.

The boy’s father, Stephen Nelson, 37, has been charged with first-degree murder. Court documents show Mr. Nelson told police he threw his son off the Key Bridge and that demons made him do it. Mr. Nelson had been involved in a custody dispute with the child’s mother.

After the boy disappeared, Mr. Nelson tried to commit suicide and was hospitalized for more than a week.


Firefighters hurt in warehouse blaze

It took five hours to control a massive warehouse fire that included several propane tank explosions, Baltimore County firefighters said.

Two firefighters were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries from fighting the four-alarm blaze.

The fire broke out at about 9:20 p.m. Friday in an industrial warehouse on Whitestone Road in Woodlawn. More than 100 firefighters and 25 pieces of equipment were called in. They managed to get the fire under control at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

The cause is under investigation.



17 snakes found in motel room

Seventeen snakes, some venomous, were found inside a Fairfax motel, authorities said.

At bout 9:30 p.m. Thursday, officials responded to a call of a suspicious odor coming from a room at Hy-Way Motel on Fairfax Boulevard. Officers found containers filled with snakes in the room.

An animal control officer removed the snakes and took them to an exotic animal zoo in central Virginia.

Officials say venomous species, including rhinoceros vipers, speckled rattlesnakes and a black-headed python were among those recovered.

Authorities are searching for the person who was renting the room.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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