- The Washington Times - Monday, July 14, 2008


Second victim dies in shuttle accident

The names were released Sunday of the two men who died in an accident while on an open-air bus to the Washington Nationals game.

Police identified one as Michael Feiock, 35, of Centreville. He died at a hospital Saturday. The other is Joshua Stoll, 24, of Sterling, Va. He died after the accident Friday night.

Authorities say the men were either standing on the upper deck of the bus or standing on upper-deck seats when their heads struck the bottom of the 11th Street overpass.

The bus is owned by Open Top Sightseeing, a private company. It’s part of a fleet contracted by the Nationals to carry fans to Nationals Park from the parking lot at the team’s old home, RFK Stadium. The service was implemented when the new ballpark opened this season because of a lack of sufficient parking spaces in the area.

No charges have been filed. There were 16 people onboard the bus. None of the other fans was injured. The Nationals held a moment of silence Sunday for the men.

Man shot in leg in Adams Morgan

An unidentified man was shot in the leg midday Sunday in the busy Adams Morgan neighborhood, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

A police official said the incident occurred at 11:20 a.m. in the 1700 block of Columbia Road Northwest and that the victim was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

The officials did not have the names of the shooter or the victim or know what prompted the incident. Witnesses chased the suspect as police closed off 18th Street and Columbia Road along with Belmont and Kalorama roads. The man was caught at Kalorama Road and 18th Street, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported.

Dead ducks in Capitol pool

Authorities say that they have no clear clue about what killed 17 ducks found Saturday in the Capitol Reflecting Pool and that they are awaiting test results to know whether hazardous materials were involved, said Assistant Police Chief Patrick A. Burke of the Metropolitan Police Department.

The pool is on the east end of the Mall, near the edge of the Capitol lawn.

Car strikes woman, children

A woman and two children were hit Saturday by a car as they walked down a sidewalk, D.C police said.

The car struck the woman and children just before 1 p.m., then hit a building on H Street Northwest. One child was in serious condition. Two passengers in the vehicle were taken to a hospital.



Search postponed for new police chief

Annapolis officials have put on hold the search for a permanent police chief, allowing interim Chief Michael Pristoop a chance to manage and improve the department.

Mayor Ellen O. Moyer wrote in a memo to the City Council’s public safety committee that a national search for a police chief “may be detrimental to reorganization of the police department.”

Chief Pristoop is a 20-year veteran of the Baltimore City Police Department and has been serving as interim chief since May. He replaced Chief Joseph S. Johnson, who retired.

There were eight homicides in Annapolis last year, and there have been six this year, most of them in low-income housing communities.

A recent study from a District-based consulting firm indicated that Annapolis police should devote a special team of officers to public housing communities.


Cummings, Mfume skipped meetings

Records show several prominent members of the Morgan State board of regents routinely miss meetings.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and former Rep. Kweisi Mfume, both Democrats, have missed dozens of meetings, according to minutes obtained by the Baltimore Sun.

Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican, declined to reappoint Mr. Cummings because of his attendance, and the seat remained vacant until he was reappointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat.

Mr. Cummings has missed about 60 percent of meetings since 1999. Under Maryland law, state board and commission members are considered to have resigned if they do not attend at least 50 percent of meetings in a 12-month period.

Critics say the absences are costing the school needed oversight at a time when its fiscal practices are being investigated by the attorney general.


Teen charged in stabbings

A teenager was charged with stabbing six people, including five who tried to help the first victim, police said.

Ernesto Enoc Contreras, 19, of Annapolis, was arrested and charged with six counts of attempted first-degree murder early Saturday.

Police say the argument began at about 1 a.m. when Santiago Serrano was stabbed in the left arm. Police say five others were then stabbed when they tried to intervene.

The most seriously injured victim was reported in serious but stable condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after surgery for a chest wound.


Body found In water

The Ocean City Police Department is assisting Delaware state police in the investigation of a body found floating in a canal along the Maryland-Delaware line.

A boater found the body near Route 54 in Fenwick Island, Del., and pulled it to the Maryland side of the canal. The body was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Baltimore for an autopsy and identification.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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