- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 30, 2008



Fire damages author’s house

Author Tom Clancy’s home was damaged by a fire that burned a second-floor deck yesterday, a spokesman for the Maryland fire marshal’s office said.

Mr. Clancy, the author of popular thrillers such as “The Hunt for Red October,” “Patriot Games,” and “Clear and Present Danger,” was home at the time, but was not injured in the noon blaze, spokesman Joe Zurolo said.

“The smoke alarms are what alerted him to the fact there was a fire,” Mr. Zurolo said.

The cause of the fire, which caused about $10,000 in damage to the rear of the three-story stone home, has not been determined, Mr. Zurolo said.

About 50 firefighters battled the fire for about 10 minutes before bringing it under control. No other injuries were reported, the spokesman said.

The home is located on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay about 30 miles southeast of the District.


Teen killed in hit-and-run

Prince George’s County police yesterday were looking for information about a fatal hit-and-run Friday night in Accokeek.

Calvin Ford, 17, was struck at about 10:25 p.m. The accident occurred on the same block of Livingston Road where Calvin lived.

The teenager died later in the hospital.

Investigators are looking for a vehicle with damage to the right front headlight.


Concrete plant fire causes collapse

A fire that roared through a Maryland concrete plant early yesterday caused a small building to collapse.

Anne Arundel County Fire Department Battalion Chief Matthew Tobia said no one was reported injured in the three-alarm blaze at Concrete Works Inc. in Glen Burnie. The fire was brought under control about 7:40 a.m., but crews remained on the scene to ensure the blaze did not rekindle.

The fire spokesman said there was no indication of any hazardous chemicals burned in the blaze, but environmental and hazardous materials crews were monitoring runoff.

Nearly 80 firefighters fought the blaze in a concrete-mixing structure and a conveyor system in an adjacent building.


State opens trout season

State waters opened yesterday morning for recreational trout fishing. The state Department of Natural Resources invited anglers to try trout fishing in creeks in Cecil County, at a recreational area in Fair Hill popular with trout fishermen.

Opening day for trout won’t compare with the state’s biggest fishing kickoff, though. In three weeks, spring trophy season for striped bass, or rockfish, opens across the Chesapeake and its tributaries. Rockfish trophy season opens April 19.



Teen charged in stabbing

Authorities have charged a 17-year-old with stabbing another teenager in a high school parking lot.

A Prince William County police officer also suffered minor injuries in the fight, which broke out Friday night as people were leaving a basketball competition at Gar-Field High School.

The wounded boy was taken to a hospital by helicopter, but police said his injuries were not life-threatening. He is a 17-year-old student at Gar-Field.

The boy accused of stabbing him is from Dale City and does not go to Gar-Field. He was charged with aggravated malicious wounding and was being held without bond at the county’s juvenile detention center.


Man found dead in Northwest

A 19-year-old Takoma Park man was found dead early yesterday in Northwest, police said.

Emidore Nkol, of the 8300 block of Roanoke Avenue, was found shortly after midnight in the 1200 block of Kennedy Street NW by officers investigating the sounds of gunshots in the area.

Police said Mr. Nkol was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The case was being investigation yesterday by members of the Homicide and Sexual Offenses Branch, and anyone with information was asked to call police at 202/727-9099.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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