- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 11, 2008

MARYLAND

COLUMBIA

Driver charged in manslaughter

A Columbia man has been charged with manslaughter after he abandoned a passenger ejected from his vehicle who was alive but unconscious with grave injuries, according to the Howard County Police Department.

Police said Alexander Camorali, 23, fled early Saturday morning after Roger Bartrug, 22, of Columbia, was thrown from his truck. A police spokeswoman said Mr. Bartrug was unconscious with critical injuries when he was taken to Shock Trauma. He was pronounced dead Saturday.

The accident occurred about 2:30 a.m. Mr. Camorali’s truck crashed into a tree on Harpers Farm Road at Twin Rivers Road. He was arrested hours later at his home.

Police said the investigation shows Mr. Camorali lost control of his truck, then drove into the median before hitting the tree. Mr. Camorali is charged with vehicular manslaughter and other traffic offenses.

TOWSON

County lists requests for influx of workers

Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith wants the state transportation department to make improvements to prepare for the influx of residents expected as a result of military base realignments.

Mr. Smith was expected late Monday night to tell State Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari that a section of U.S. Route 40 in the county should get the same improvements that the road did in Harford County. The state’s project in Harford County removed concrete barriers, resurfaced the pavement and added a tree-lined median and pedestrian crosswalks.

Mr. Smith’s other requests include the addition of an interchange for Interstate 795, in Owings Mills, and the relocation of a MARC station, across White Marsh Boulevard, to facilitate a redevelopment project.

MIDDLE RIVER

Teen charged in August slaying

A White Marsh teen has been charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a Middle River man in August, according to the Baltimore County Police Department.

Police said Monday Avar Tunstall, 18, was arrested late Saturday night in the fatal shooting of Terrell Scott, 23, of Middle River. Mr. Tunstall is charged with first-degree murder.

Mr. Scott was fatally shot Aug. 25 at his home on Maple Drive. Witnesses helped police identify Mr. Tunstall as the suspect. A motive in the killing has not been determined.

COLLEGE PARK

UMd. gets status with Asian-Americans

The University of Maryland says it has been granted status as a “minority-serving institution” for Asian-Americans, a distinction that opens the way for federal support for scholarships and other academic programs.

School officials also said the U.S. Education Department has granted them $2.4 million over two years under the program. The grant is one of only six nationwide, and Maryland is the only major public research university to be funded under the program.

Asian-Americans are the university’s largest minority group, representing more than 14 percent of the student body. The designation covers Asian-Americans, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders.

GRANTSVILLE

Frostburg students want to restore trail

Nine Frostburg State University forest science students are studying the future of the 17-mile Big Savage hiking trail in Western Maryland.

The trail, in Savage River State Forest, runs from St. John’s Rock to a whitewater campground along Savage River Road. Forest Supervisor Larry Maxim said few people hike the trail, which is now overgrown with weeds, thorns and saplings and is growing faster than crews can clear.

The students are studying options for clearing the trail or sections of it and alternatives to the trail. The group plans to present Mr. Maxim with a report in December.

GREENSBORO

Man dies in head-on crash

A Denton man was killed in a head-on crash on Route 313 near Greensboro late Sunday morning, according to state police.

The victim has been identified as Christopher Pridgen, 28. Police said Mr. Pridgen drove his car across the center line and onto the shoulder, then swerved into the path of an oncoming pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup and his passenger, both 16, were taken to area hospitals. The passenger has been released, and the driver is in fair condition at Shock Trauma, in Baltimore. Police have ruled out speed and alcohol as possible factors in the crash.

VIRGINIA

RICHMOND

State budget up by 80% since 1999

A legislative study says Virginia’s operating budget has ballooned by about 80 percent over the past decade.

When the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission adjusted for 29 percent inflation since 1999, the general-fund budget increased by 23 percent through this year.

The study, released Monday, shows operating-fund appropriations have grown from about $20 million in fiscal 1999 to $36 million in the fiscal year that ended in June.

Most of the growth has been in a few state agencies and programs. Direct aid to public schools was consistently No. 1, accounting for 19 percent of the state operating budget.

The Department of Medical Assistance Services was second, followed by the Department of Transportation.

RICHMOND

Date moved in McCain case

A court date for a federal lawsuit filed by the campaign of Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain against Virginia elections officials has been postponed until next week.

The suit filed in Richmond asks the court to order that late-arriving absentee ballots from overseas be counted.

Though the election is over and Mr. McCain lost to President-elect Barack Obama, Democrat, lawyers for the campaign say it is not the lawsuit’s intent to challenge the Illinois senator’s victory.

”Whether those voters supported Senator McCain or President-elect Obama, their ballots ought not to be thrown in the dust bin on the theory that they are no longer needed,” a filing in the case from the plaintiffs states.

The case was expected to be heard Monday, but the judge last week continued it until next Monday.

NORFOLK

Boater in ocean saved by Navy

A Canadian man drifted for as long as four days in a disabled sailboat about 200 miles off the Virginia coast before he was rescued by the crew of a Navy destroyer.

The destroyer Gonzalez’s captain, Cmd. Brian Fort, says the 64-year-old man was traveling to Charleston, S.C., when a storm damaged the 56-foot Gypsy Dane.

Cmd. Fort told the Virginian-Pilot that a passing merchant shipping vessel alerted the destroyer about 9:30 a.m. Saturday that a sailboat was in distress about 10 miles away. The Gonzalez was on a two-week training mission in the Atlantic.

Sailors from the Gonzalez repaired the ship’s rudder and cut a line that had twisted around the propeller and shaft.

Cmd. Fort said the man had food and water. The Navy declined to identify the man.

REGION

Metro limits runs on Veterans Day

Metrorail will operate Tuesday on a modified Saturday schedule, from 5 a.m. until midnight, because government workers and others in the region will be off work for Veterans Day. Reduced fares will be in effect all day, and parking will be free at lots run by the transit authority. Metrobus and MetroAccess will operate on a weekday schedule.

The transit agency encourages customers to plan for trips Tuesday, including finding information on connecting regional transit companies, by going to the Web site www.metroopensdoors.com.

From wire dispatches and staff reports


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