- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 22, 2008



FBI takes over bank robbery case

The FBI is taking the lead in the investigation of a Howard County bank robbery that led to a chase and the fatal shooting of one of three suspects in the Burtonsville area of Montgomery County.

A second suspect, arrested in Silver Spring on Thursday evening, is expected to face bank robbery charges in federal court, Special Agent Rich Wolf of the FBI’s Baltimore field office said. A third person is still being sought.

A Bank of America employee was shot in the hand during the robbery Thursday morning in Clarksville, Howard County police said.

Montgomery County police said they are investigating the fatal shooting of one of the fleeing suspects during an exchange of gunfire with officers from several jurisdictions.


Two firefighters injured in blaze

Two firefighters have been injured in a house fire, Prince George’s County authorities said.

A 27-year-old firefighter suffered significant burns to his upper body while battling a blaze at a Riverdale Heights home Friday morning, county fire department spokesman Mark Brady said.

Another firefighter incurred minor burns. Both were taken to hospitals.

When crews entered the house, a “flashover” occurred, which happens when a fire causes smoke and gas in the air to ignite, said Mr. Brady.

The house was vacant, he said. Damage is estimated at $25,000.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.


Light-rail shutdown called preventable

This week’s shutdown of a major portion of Baltimore’s light-rail line was preventable, a senior official at the Maryland Transit Administration said.

MTA engineers decided in 2000 not to buy a $4 million electronic system that prevents trains from sliding on slippery tracks, Deputy Administrator Henry Kay said. The Baltimore light-rail line is one of only a few across the country that don’t use the technology.

Some rail cars had to be taken out of service this week for repairs to wheels that were damaged when slippery leaves on the rails caused frequent automatic braking. The shortage of cars in service forced the MTA to halt service north of North Avenue.


Middle-school boy stabbed to death

A student at a Baltimore middle school is dead after a fight in the school’s parking lot.

The boy, 15, was found with a stab wound just outside a rear entrance to the school shortly after 1 p.m. Friday, city police spokesman Donny Moses said. He was pronounced dead at Sinai Hospital.

Police think the teen got into a fight with one other person, Mr. Moses said. He did not reveal whether the assailant was a student, but said police expect to have a suspect in custody within a few days.

The victim was attending school Friday, said Mr. Moses. His name will be released after relatives are notified.


Gunman on train out of hospital

The man arrested at a commuter rail station, after a cabbie told police he had been acting suspiciously had a gun and mentioned the White House, has been released from the hospital, prison officials said Friday.

Asa Seeley, 25, is being held without bail at the Metropolitan Transition Center’s infirmary, authorities said.

Mr. Seeley was arrested Wednesday after a foot chase at the station at Franklin and Mulberry streets about 7 a.m.



Cops: Triple slaying was ‘not random’

Detectives think the fatal stabbing of three men during an altercation at a Springfield-area home was not a random act, Fairfax County police said.

But other details of the triple slaying are being withheld to protect the integrity of the investigation, police said Friday.

Terence Strope, 38, Ryan Strope, 26, and Andres Yelicie, 26, all of Springfield, were stabbed multiple times Wednesday night before they died, authorities said.

One of the men was found outside the home in the 5400 block of Moultrie Road while the other two were found in a home across the street. The men died at Inova Fairfax Hospital.


Va. Tech gets grant for women in science

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $2.4 million grant to Virginia Tech to encourage women in four states to consider careers in information technology.

The five-year project will target women in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. It will be led by Peggy S. Meszaros, director of the Center for Technology Impacts on Children, Youth and Families, and Elizabeth Creamer, professor in the School of Education.

Studies by Virginia Tech researchers show that skilled women with an interest in technology don’t view information technology as a career choice, Ms. Meszaros said.

Several factors deter women from considering the field, including lack of parental encouragement and stereotypical views held by parents and teachers, she said.


Randolph-Macon professor honored

A psychology professor at Randolph-Macon College has been named Virginia’s 2008 Professor of the Year.

Kelly Lambert received the award at a luncheon Thursday in Washington. The award was announced by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Ms. Lambert recently was named the first recipient of the Macon and Joan Brock Professorship in Psychology at Randolph-Macon. She also recently was awarded a $640,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the paternal brain circuit in a mouse model.

Next year she will begin a two-year term as president of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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