- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 26, 2008



Wilson library plans expansion

Officials for the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library are buying a building to house its expanding collection of Wilson papers.

Executive Director Eric Vettel says the building is next to the museum and will serve as an archive. Roughly $2 million in private money is being used to acquire and renovate the building.

Mr. Vettel says the library’s collection has grown from 10,000 to 1 million papers in the past two years, and there’s an opportunity to acquire another 1 million papers. But Mr. Vettel says the new documents cannot be acquired until the archive is ready.

Library officials hope the U.S. Senate will approve a bill that would authorize up to $5 million for organizations that preserve presidential papers.



Child’s death ruled accident

Authorities have determined that the death of a 3-year-old child on a dark road in Montgomery County last month was an accident, and no charges will be filed.

Jasmine Afolabi, of Gaithersburg, was with her mother and 4-year-old brother on River Road in Potomac when their car ran out of gas. A passing motorist gave the family a ride to a nearby gas station, and a second motorist drove them back to their vehicle.

The second driver, a 16-year-old boy, dropped them off on River Road and was making a U-turn when he struck the 3-year-old girl. Police say the boy was unaware he had hit the girl and came forward voluntarily when detectives announced they were looking for people who had given rides to the family that night.


Couple plans derby wedding

What’s a destination wedding when you could have a demolition wedding?

A couple whose love blossomed over the crunch of cars at the Cecil County Fair’s demolition derby plans to marry at this year’s derby Saturday, with wedding-themed cars that will collide after the vows.

Donald Veasey proposed to Tina Holcombe at last year’s derby, and his bride thought getting married at this year’s derby would be fitting.

Mr. Veasey will drive a black Pontiac Bonneville while wearing a top hat made of sheet metal. Miss Holcombe has a white Chevy station wagon with pink hub caps and a large tiara. Instead of numbers, both cars have gold bands on their doors.


2 die in crash after shooting

Two people in a sport utility vehicle were killed Friday in Northwest Baltimore when someone in a car fired shots at them and their SUV plowed into another car, according to the Baltimore City Police Department.

The shooting was reported at 9 a.m. on Wabash Avenue. Police said the incident started when a white compact car pulled alongside the SUV while it was stopped at a light at Northern Parkway. The shooting continued as the SUV traveled through the intersection. It then struck a Ford Taurus and a light pole near Rogers Avenue.

Police say one occupant of the SUV died at the scene and a second was pronounced dead at a hospital. A 75-year-old woman in the Taurus suffered injuries that are not considered life-threatening. Police are looking for the white compact.


State, county agree on hospitals

An agreement has been reached to rescue the Prince George’s Hospital System, officials said Friday.

They said the deal was made last week between the state and county to split a total commitment of $150 million in grant support over five years. The deal attempts to overcome years of fiscal challenges for the hospital, which serves a great number of uninsured patients.

The plan starts in 2010, once a new owner is found for the medical network that operates Maryland’s second-busiest trauma center.


Officer acquitted of raping woman

A Worcester County jury Thursday has acquitted a Fairfax County sheriff’s deputy who was accused of raping an intoxicated woman in Ocean City.

Zachary Taylor, 32, was charged with second-degree rape and assault in the purported incident at the Princess Bayside Hotel in February. The trial lasted two days.

The case focused on the credibility of the accuser, characterized by both sides as having a drinking problem. According to court testimony, Officer Taylor and the woman met at Seacrets nightclub and left to go to his hotel room. A hotel employee later found the woman crying on a couch in the lobby and called police.

After he was confronted with the woman’s statement to police, Officer Taylor told police he had consensual sex with the woman.


Teen mother released early

An Anne Arundel County judge released a 19-year-old woman Thursday who served eight months in a juvenile detention facility for the death of her newborn baby.

The judge ruled the woman had been rehabilitated and the woman was released to her father’s custody. The woman had been sentenced in December to stay at a juvenile facility until she was 21, but the juvenile services department asked for the sentence modification.

The former Broadneck High School student was 17 in December 2005 when she delivered the full-term baby boy in a bathroom at her home in Arnold, then put him in a trash can. An autopsy showed the baby was born alive but died from asphyxiation.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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