- The Washington Times - Monday, November 17, 2008



2 killed, 2 wounded in strip-mall shooting

Two men were killed Sunday during an early morning shooting at a strip mall parking lot, according to the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

A department spokesman said the shootings occurred about 1:30 a.m. in the parking lot of North Odenton Plaza, on Annapolis Road.

The deceased have been identified as Terrance James Covington, 25, and DeMarcus Terrell Beans, 20, both of Annapolis.

Two others were shot. One was found in the parking lot. The other drove a short distance before crashing his car.

Police said they have no suspects or motive in the shootings.


Downtown inspires N.Y. arts officials

Arts representatives from a Cumberland-sized town on Lake Ontario, in New York, recently spent two days studying the arts and entertainment section of Cumberland’s downtown.

Allegany County Arts Council Director Andy Vick said the four guests came to “watch, listen and learn.” They are representatives of the Oswego Arts Collaborative, an initiative focused on economic development and sustainability of the arts.

Mr. Vick organized their itinerary, showed them Cumberland’s historic district and explained how the city transformed its downtown.

He hopes the most valuable lesson they took away is the value of creating partnerships with downtown business groups, the tourism department and local and state economic development agencies.


Bayliner to close plant in Cumberland

Brunswick Corp officials say they will close the U.S. Marine Bayliner plant by the end of this year, eliminating about 115 jobs.

The plant manufactures Trophy offshore fishing boats and its operations will be moved to another Brunswick facility in Ashland City, Tenn.

Allegany County Economic Director Matthew W. Diaz said the county was notified Friday of the closing.

Workers will go on a three-week furlough around Thanksgiving as the production shutdown begins. The company said workers will receive severance and outplacement assistance.

Brunswick Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dustan E. McCoy said the closing is not a reflection upon the work force or product.


Teen charged in office ransacking

The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office says a 16-year-old boy has been charged with ransacking an office at a residential youth facility.

Staff at the facility in Mardela Springs told deputies last week that the teen threw a fax machine and other office equipment and poured juice on furniture and computer equipment.

The teen was arrested and charged with malicious destruction of property. The deputy completed a referral for juvenile charges and released the juvenile to a guardian at the sheriff’s office. Officials did not say what prompted the teen’s outbreak.



City wants to fine feeders

Virginia Beach welcomes those who want to frolic on the beach or watch for whales, but not those who feed the city’s ducks.

For years, the city has posted signs asking people not to feed ducks. Now officials are considering fining those who don’t obey.

The City Council is scheduled to discuss new rules that could include a minimum $100 fine for feeding wildlife on city property at its Nov. 25 meeting.

The rules are aimed at those who feed ducks and geese at Mount Trashmore Park’s lake and those who toss food to sea gulls at the Oceanfront.

The city’s open-space manager Shawn Hopson says human food makes animals aggressive and dependent on handouts, spreads disease, fouls waterways and disrupts migration.


Tech students post documents online

Virginia Tech students have posted about 6,000 pages of documents online that chronicle the mass shootings on campus.

Computer engineering student Justin Harrison led the effort to post the documents, released by the university through a Freedom of Information Act request. He says he wanted everyone to be able to read what happened on April 16, 2007.

The documents include police incident reports and other records of the shootings that left 33 dead, including the shooter.

Mr. Harrison and about 10 volunteers worked in shifts for two days to scan boxes full of documents. He said a Tech alumnus donated three high-speed scanners to the effort.


VDOT prepares for winter weather

The Virginia Department of Transportation plan more extensive efforts this winter to prepare for snow and other potentially dangerous weather conditions.

Before snow or ice has a chance to reach pavement this season, crews will apply salt, chemicals and a liquid brine solution to roads up to 48 hours in advance of storms.

However, the agency has budgeted $75.8 million for snow removal this winter, compared with $80.6 million last year and $82.6 million for the 2006 winter.

Agency officials said a snow event that hits each of its districts costs $10 million a day.

The agency’s top priority in a storm is clearing the interstate first, then primary roads and secondary roads, and lastly subdivision streets.


Police shoot man at Tysons Galleria

A man who refused to put down his weapon was shot over the weekend by an officer at a Tysons Galleria mall parking deck, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

The shooting occurred Saturday at about 12:40 p.m. near the Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant, where a manager said the gunman was a former employee.

A department officer said police arrived at the mall after reports of a disorderly man with a gun. The officers ordered the man to put down his weapon.

When the man refused and moved toward a gun in his waistband, the officers shot him in the lower body, police said.

The man was taken to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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