- The Washington Times - Friday, March 21, 2008


D.C. medic hurt in hit-and-run

A D.C. medic was injured yesterday when he was hit by a minivan while standing outside his ambulance.

D.C. fire department spokesman Alan Etter said the veteran medic was at a home in Northwest helping a patient who was having a diabetic seizure.

Mr. Etter said witnesses think a woman driving a blue Chrysler minivan struck the medic on his hip and back, knocking him into the ambulance. The driver stopped briefly, then drove off.

The medic’s injuries are not considered life threatening. His name was not released.



Local landfill blamed for tainted water

A Loudoun County landfill blamed for contaminating drinking wells is on a federal registry of the nation’s most hazardous sites.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency added the Hidden Lane Landfill to its priorities list for Superfund sites Wednesday. The designation allows the EPA to begin evaluating the extent of the pollution and develop a plan to remove it.

Officials said the landfill is likely the source of the toxic chemical trichloroethylene that has contaminated more than 25 wells. The chemical agent is linked to several types of cancer.

The landfill operated from 1971 to 1984 while Loudoun was one of the fastest-growing areas of the country.


State reminds drivers to ‘move over’

Virginia is boosting its “Move Over” law with new signs reminding drivers that they are required by state law to slow down and move over when they see police or rescue vehicles ahead.

A state trooper who was seriously injured when he was struck during a traffic stop joined fellow law-enforcement officials from across the state in Bristol on Wednesday to unveil three new “Move Over” signs.

Trooper Kristopher Chapman was critically injured Feb. 2 after he was struck by a driver in Smyth County.

The signs will be posted along Interstates 81 and 77 where traffic enters Virginia from Tennessee, North Carolina and West Virginia.

Virginia’s Move Over law has been on the books for six years. Violators face a $2,500 fine and up to a year in jail.



Baby elephant becomes zoo’s first

A 290-pound male elephant calf was born about 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Baltimore Zoo, the first elephant birth in the zoo’s 132-year history.

The zoo said his 24-year-old mother, named Felix, delivered the baby after about an hour of hard labor.

The zoo said the new arrival stood up just minutes after he was born and is 42 inches tall. He appears to be in excellent health.

Zoo officials said the calf and his mom will not be on public display for a while so they will have time to bond.


Baby in stroller OK after hit by van

An 11-month old girl received only minor injuries when a van that collided with a light rail train was sent spinning into her baby stroller yesterday morning, Baltimore fire officials said.

Maryland Transit Administration spokeswoman Jawauna Greene said the van was being driven by a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman. Miss Greene said the midshipman was the only occupant of the van and was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

The baby girl was sent to the pediatric center at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The accident happened about 6:20 a.m. at Howard and Lombard streets.

Miss Greene said the midshipman apparently went through a red light.


Toll violator caught; owes $110,00

New technology helped catch a chronic toll violator who had accrued more than $110,000 in tolls and other fees, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was cited March 10 during a truck inspection initiative near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Route 50. Police said the license plate recognition technology matched the tags on the truck to a database of vehicle operators with three or more toll violations.

Police said the truck was being driven by Ronnie Jones, 53, of Baltimore, and is registered to TT Trucking Co. owned by Ellwood Trapp of Linthicum.

Police said Mr. Trapp and other drivers at the company are chronic toll violators.

The MTA said about 38 violators each owe the state more than $10,000.


School board member admits to racial slur

Carroll County school board member Jeff Morse admitted using a racial slur during a visit this month to the Manchester Valley High School construction site.

He said he used a racial term to describe layers of black rock being removed by a contractor. Mr. Morse said the remark was “bad” and “stupid.”

Superintendent Charles I. Ecker said he received a complaint about the comment from the staff members who were with Mr. Morse. Mr. Ecker said the board has taken appropriate action, but he said he is prevented by privacy laws from describing that action in detail.

Mr. Morse was appointed to his seat last year by Gov. Martin O’Malley and is running for re-election in November. He said he has apologized personally to the staff members.


Gag order imposed in family slaying case

A Baltimore County judge has imposed a gag order in the case of a teenager accused of killing his parents and two younger brothers and scheduled a hearing on whether the case should be transferred to juvenile court.

Nicholas Browning of Cockeysville, who appeared in court yesterday, is charged as an adult in the Feb. 2 fatal shootings. The shootings occurred a week before the boy turned 16. If he had been 16 at the time of the shootings, the case would not be eligible for a transfer to the juvenile system.

A court order directs juvenile service workers to prepare a report about the teen, his family, his environment and other matters relevant to the case. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for June.

In a court filing, defense attorney Joshua Treem said a transfer would be in the best interest of the boy and society.


Three zebras escape from circus

Three zebras from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus escaped from their downtown venue but were quickly corralled by their trainer and two handlers.

Mali, Giza and Lima spotted an open door at the 1st Mariner Arena yesterday and dashed onto Hopkins Place, but they were rounded up a half-block away.

Carrie Coleman, a veterinary technician for the circus, said the animals were in traffic lanes before returning to the sidewalk.

“They may have thought they were headed home,” Miss Coleman said, adding that the zebras were not hurt.

The same three zebras, plus a fourth, made a similar escape in June during the circus’ visit to Colorado Springs.


PSC approves light-bulb refund

Allegheny Power’s plan to refund a surcharge has been approved by the Public Service Commission.

The commission agreed Wednesday to Allegheny’s proposal to credit customers who paid the surcharge in a light-bulb distribution program.

The surcharge was 96 cents a month. For the 12-month program, it would have meant a total of $11.52 per customer for two energy-efficient bulbs.



Text message adds to man’s troubles

A Dover man’s text message to his girlfriend led to his arrest on drug charges.

Authorities said Vaughn Williams, 20, was attending a scheduled probation appointment Monday when he sent a message to his girlfriend telling her to remove drugs from their home. Police said a probation officer saw the message, leading to a police raid at the home on West Division Street.

Officers seized 118 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $1,700 in cash.

Williams and his girlfriend, Kelsie Ward, 19, face charges that include possession with intent to deliver, intent to distribute near a church and near a school, and other charges.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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