- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Metro chosen for emergency program

Metro is participating in a federal initiative to improve emergency-management methods.

The Federal Transit Administration has chosen the mass-transit agency to be part of its pilot program, intended to create a model for transit systems elsewhere in the country.

Officials say they will review practices, create an emergency-management team and come up with an emergency-operations plan.

Metro says it will build on its experience with handling high-traffic events, such as the Cherry Blossom Festival, and service-related incidents, such as train derailments. The program also seeks to enhance communication between passengers and rail authorities.

Report shows crab decrease

The Chesapeake Bay’s adult, blue-crab population decreased last year.

The report states there were 120 million spawning-age crabs in the Bay this past winter, down from 143 million the winter before. The numbers are based on an annual winter-dredge survey.

Biologists say about 200 million adult crabs are needed to ensure a healthy population.

The report also states that before recent restrictions were put in place, this year’s catch was expected to take about 67 percent of the adult population.

A spokeswoman said the harvest is now expected to take about 46 percent, below the 53 percent level at which biologists think the population is overfished.



Work begins on Blackwater

Maryland and local officials have started restoring wetlands and forest land on state property near the Dorchester County.

The 728 acres of ecologically sensitive land was threatened by development until it was acquired by the state last year.

Gov. Martin O’Malley, Democrat, said the restoration efforts are essential to the Chesapeake Bay’s health.

The work is being done by the Little Blackwater Advisory Committee.

Officials say the project will create flood plains and other systems to better manage runoff into the Little Blackwater River.


Missing boater found dead

Authorities have located the body of the 74-year-old Arlington man who was on a boat that capsized over the weekend in the Chesapeake Bay.

James W. Stone disappeared Saturday evening from a catamaran that capsized off Dares Beach. A second man on the boat was rescued by a passing boater that night.

The Maryland Natural Resource Police say they recovered Mr. Stone’s body Sunday morning.

Authorities also said the 20-year-old kayaker who disappeared Saturday afternoon in Hull Creek, near the mouth of the Virginia, was found in good condition late Sunday afternoon.


Toddler drowns in aboveground pool

A toddler is dead after drowning in a pool, Frederick County police said.

The 15-month-old girl fell into an aboveground pool Monday about 12:30 p.m., Cpl. Jennifer Bailey said.

The accident occurred at a home on Loy Wolfe Road near Wolfsville.

An ambulance took the girl to Hagerstown where the toddler was pronounced dead, Cpl. Bailey said.


DNA connects man to 1987 rape

The Baltimore County Police Department has charged a registered violent sex offender with a 1987 rape near Towson.

Detectives learned DNA evidence at the Lewis Thornton’s DNA to a 1987 rape.

Police have charged Thornton, 38, in connection with raping the 23-year-old woman as she got out of her car in the 6600 block of English Oak Drive. He was arrested last week at his home in Baltimore.

Police say he assaulted the woman, forced her to perform sex acts, raped her and then robbed her. Thornton was convicted in 1988 of first-degree rape.



Man arrested in toddler assault

The Fairfax County Police Department said Monday a 25-year-old male has been arrested for sexually assaulting a toddler.

Police have identified the man as Juan Miguel Sejas Castellon, of Boys and Girls Club on Industrial Road.

Police say the girl’s parents had been cleaning up the club’s banquet hall, following a late-night party celebrating their daughter’s christening.

The girl was left sleeping under the watch of family members in the same room. A family member found the girl crying in the hands of a man they did not know. The girl’s parents rushed her to a hospital after finding she had been injured. Mr. Castellon was charged with one count of animate-object penetration and one count of abducting an infant child with the intent to defile.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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