- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Body found in row house fire

The body of an unidentified adult was recovered Tuesday morning inside a Northwest row house that caught fire, according to the D.C. fire department.

A department spokesman said the body was found on the second floor of the home on Quebec Place Northwest. He also said the fire destroyed the home and damaged at least two others.

Firefighters rescued a dog, which was being treated for severe burns. Officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation.



County lifts alert on water after tests

A boil-water advisory in Largo has been lifted after a water main break raised concerns about contaminants in the water supply, Prince George’s County officials said.

Orders to boil tap water were lifted at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday after a second round of tests found no harmful bacteria in the supply, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission spokesman Mike McGill said.

A water main rupture on Saturday reduced water across large areas of the county near Largo, which Mr. McGill said could have allowed contaminants into the pipes. Tens of thousands of residents were affected, as were schools, where water had to be boiled to prepare food and drinking from water fountains was restricted.

The order to boil water was only the second in the sanitation agency’s 90-year history.


Academy identifies student who died

The Naval Academy identified the first-year student who died Monday from complications from the bacteria associated with bacterial meningitis as Midshipman 4th Class Frederick H. Eissler, 20, of West Chester, Pa., an academy spokeswoman said.

Midshipman Eissler died Monday at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. He was a member of the 22nd Company and took part in intramural sports.


Smoking ban mulled for outside hospitals

The City Council is considering a bill that would ban smoking on the sidewalks next to the city’s 17 hospitals.

If approved, smokers would have to cross the street to light up or risk a $50 fine.

Council member Robert Curran introduced the bill Monday night. He also led the fight last year to ban smoking in city bars and restaurants. Mr. Curran said secondhand smoke near hospitals is unhealthy for patients.

He also said the law could be enforced by the Health Department instead of police officers.

Other council members say the sidewalk smoking ban infringes on the rights of people in public spaces.


Snow caused traffic accident

At least four vehicles slid off a country road Tuesday in Western Maryland during a winter snowstorm, state police said.

The agency said the incident occurred about 6 a.m. east of Cumberland and no injuries were reported.

At least 5 inches of snow fell in McHenry, west of Cumberland.

The highest elevations of Western Maryland were expected to get as much as 12 inches of snow, the National Weather Service said.


Gunshot sensors placed at Hopkins

A sensor network has been installed at Johns Hopkins University that will allow police to pinpoint the source of gunfire.

In a memo to students, the university said 93 detector boxes have been installed across the campus. Baltimore police tested the system Monday by firing shots into a dump truck filled with sand.

The university will be one of the first colleges in the country with the sensor network. It was developed by Reston-based Planning Systems Inc. The university said the system was donated by the company to help it garner interest from other colleges.

Similar gunshot-sensing technology is being used by more than 30 cities nationwide.



Puppy seller indicted on cruelty charges

A Tazewell County woman accused of operating a puppy mill has been indicted on a dozen counts of cruelty to animals.

Linda L. Linowski, 64, of Jewel Ridge, also faces one count of failure of an animal dealer to provide adequate care.

Tazewell County Commonwealth Attorney Dennis H. Lee said county animal officers obtained a search warrant and inspected Miss Linowski’s residence Oct. 16 after receiving a complaint.

Mr. Lee said Monday that officers found more than 50 dogs of various breeds in a small, confined area.

The dogs were confiscated and placed with an animal rescue agency.

Mr. Lee said Miss Linowski sold dogs through the Internet.


Sentence suspended for in doctor sex case

A Norfolk doctor received a suspended sentence and 10 years of probation after admitting that he traded prescription drugs for sex with a female patient.

Ehteshamul Haque, 42, pleaded guilty Monday to three felony charges of prescription fraud and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and six misdemeanor charges of possession with intent to distribute prescription drugs and solicitation of prostitution.

Under a plea agreement, Circuit Judge Junius P. Fulton III sentenced Haque to four years and five months in prison but suspended the term.

The state Board of Medicine suspended Haque’s medical license in September. His attorney, Bob St. Clair, said the board will hold a hearing on the suspension in February.


Murder appeal slated for SEAL trainee

The Virginia Court of Appeals has decided to hear oral arguments in a former Navy SEAL trainee’s bid to be exonerated after spending 13 years in prison for a murder he says he didn’t commit.

Dustin Turner is seeking a so-called “writ of actual innocence” based on a fellow trainee’s sworn testimony that he alone killed college student Jennifer Evans in Virginia Beach in 1995. A Circuit Court judge in June found Billy Joe Brown’s confession credible, putting the matter before the appeals court.

In a recent order, the appeals court directed Turner’s attorney and the attorney general’s office to file briefs. After that’s done, the court will schedule oral arguments.


Tech to become Kids’ Tech, too

Virginia Tech is starting a program to introduce children to scientific research in a university setting.

The goal of Kids’ Tech University is to expose children 8 to 12 to research in science, math, engineering and technology in a way that engages and entertains them.

The initiative is spearheaded by the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and Virginia Tech mathematics professor Reinhard Laubenbacher, who learned about a similar program in Europe.

The first semester of KTU is scheduled to begin in January. Children who live within a three-hour drive of the Blacksburg campus can enroll in the program.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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