- The Washington Times - Monday, November 10, 2008


Police arrest officer in prostitution sting

A Secret Service officer was arrested over the weekend during a prostitution sting, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

The agency was conducting the sting around 11th and K streets Northwest when a marked Secret Service Uniformed Division patrol car pulled up to speak with an undercover female officer posing as a prostitute, officials said.

The Secret Service sergeant, who was in uniform, purportedly inquired what sex acts the undercover officer would perform. They agreed on a price of $20, and he drove to meet her. Police then arrested and charged him with solicitation for the propose of prostitution, according to WUSA-TV, Channel 9.

A Secret Service spokesman said that the internal affairs division is investigating the matter and that the officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome.

Teen fatally shot in Petworth

A male teenager was fatally shot Saturday night in the Northwest neighborhood of Petworth, D.C. police said.

The incident occurred at about 9 p.m. in the 4500 block of Georgia Avenue Northwest. Police identified the victim as Bryant Washington, 19, of Northwest. He was found with multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Taxi commission to offer applications

The D.C. Taxicab Commission is allowing prospective cabdrivers to apply for licenses for the first time in three years.

The agency began issuing applications for new licenses Saturday. The city stopped issuing applications in 2005 after the answers to the licensing exam became public.

Officials will start offering the exam in January. Roughly 2,000 people have taken the training course for the exam in the past few years.

Some cabdrivers are worried about the change, saying an influx of new drivers will make it difficult for them to make a living, given the faltering economy and this year’s move to fare meters, which they say keep rates too low.



Trooper killed while jogging in N.C.

A State Police officer was killed while jogging on a rural North Carolina road, officials said Monday.

The officer has been identified as 1st Sgt. Tobin Triebel, 39, of New Market. He was a flight paramedic and training supervisor at the state police’s Aviation Headquarters at Martin State Airport. Sgt. Triebel, a 13-year state police veteran, was struck Friday morning by a tree-trimming truck in Hillsborough, N.C.

Investigators say Sgt. Triebel was on vacation and was taken to the University of North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, where he died Friday evening. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and daughters Hanna, 16 and Erika, 13.


Amtrak train kills pedestrian

An Amtrak train struck and killed a pedestrian early Sunday outside Baltimore, according to company officials.

An Amtrak spokeswoman said the pedestrian was struck at about 2:30 a.m. in Middle River, about 10 miles north of Baltimore’s Penn Station. Nobody was injured aboard the Boston-to-Washington train, which was delayed about three hours by the accident.

The spokeswoman also said the victim was trespassing on railroad property.


Two firefighters hurt in house fire

Two Baltimore County firefighters were injured early Sunday morning in a house fire in Woodlawn, according to officials.

The firefighters have been identified as Lt. William Allenbaugh and Fire Specialist Kaaren Priester. Officials said the firefighters were injured upon entering a burning home on Lorraine Avenue to search for victims, then falling through the first floor into the basement.

They were taken to Shock Trauma, in Baltimore, with injuries that are not life-threatening.

Investigators think the fire started in the basement but continue their investigation.


Students prepped for law enforcement

The success of Mount St. Mary’s University’s criminal justice classes has resulted in aggressive direct recruiting efforts by the FBI, the Secret Service and other law-enforcement agencies, officials say.

Professor Joseph Vince Jr. frequently sees full rooms in all the eight courses he teaches on criminal justice and intelligence. The retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent says the Catholic institution hopes to make its program among the top in the country.

Criminal justice majors who join the Criminal Justice Student Association must sign an ethical conduct code, agreeing not to lie, cheat, steal or tolerate it when others do.



Firefighter dies during training

A volunteer firefighter died Sunday afternoon after collapsing during a routine training exercise, the Dale City fire department said.

Cecilia Turnbough, 42, collapsed at the Prince William Safety Training Center in Nokesville, officials said. She was taken to Prince William Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Fire officials said that the exercise involved maneuvering through a maze and that smoke or fire was not part of the training.

Miss Turnbough was a certified emergency medical technician who volunteered for the past eight years with the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department. She recently began training to expand her capabilities to include firefighting.


County crew helps in Haiti search

Nearly 40 members of Fairfax County’s search-and-rescue team have been deployed to Haiti to help search for victims in the rubble of a collapsed school.

The crews arrived Saturday with their dogs. They planned to work 12-hour shifts to find more people.

At least 88 people have been found dead since the three-story school, which normally holds 500 students and teachers, collapsed Friday.


Slaying of Mormons headed for trial

A trial is scheduled to begin Monday for a man accused of killing one Mormon missionary and wounding another in 2006.

James Boughton Jr. is charged with first-degree murder, malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding and three firearms violations.

Missionaries Morgan W. Young and Joshua Heidbrink were shot while knocking on doors in Chesapeake in January 2006.

Mr. Young, of Bountiful, Utah, died of his injuries. Mr. Heidbrink, of Greeley, Colo., recovered from the shooting.

Mr. Boughton is being held in jail.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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