- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 6, 2008



Frederick County posts water warning

Frederick County officials say they have turned off the water fountains at Old National Pike District Park for the winter, and they hope to improve the water quality by spring.

Signs posted last week at the park east of New Market on Route 144 warned people with compromised immune systems to consult a physician before drinking the water from the park’s fountains.

Solid Waste and Utilities Management Director Michael G. Marschner said a well supplies the water fountains and a heavy rainstorm can contaminate the well with surface water. Crews will have to drill a new well or put in a treatment system, he said.


Seven hospitalized in county bus crash

Seven people were hospitalized Wednesday morning after a crash between a county bus and a tractor-trailer, according to the Howard County Police Department.

The crash occurred at about 7:20 a.m. on southbound Route 1 at Dorsey Road in Elkridge.

The tractor-trailer tried to make a wide right turn into a gas station from the left lane and hit the Howard County transit bus, a police spokeswoman said. The exact circumstances of the crash remain under investigation.

The bus driver and six passengers, including one child, were taken to Howard General Hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The tractor-trailer driver was not injured. Police said no charges have been filed, and the crash is still under investigation.


Police find $20,000 in pot, guns in house

Anne Arundel County police say officers found thousands of dollars worth of marijuana and guns at a Cape St. Claire home.

The search of the home in the 1100 block of Bayview Vista Drive occurred Monday and turned up more than $20,000 in marijuana. Police said they also found two semiautomatic handguns, a shotgun and equipment used to grow marijuana.

Jeffrey Delen Davidson, 38, is charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, two counts of possession of a firearm in a drug-trafficking crime, and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records state. He is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center in Parole.


Police seek suspect in fatal bus shooting

The gunman who fatally shot a boy, 14, on a Montgomery County bus may have left behind a black hooded sweat shirt, according to the Montgomery County Police Department.

The department police released a photo of the sweat shirt, which features an image of the cartoon character Marvin the Martian.

Three teenagers were injured in the shooting. Tai Lam died at a hospital. Two other boys were treated.

Investigators think the shooting suspect was a man in his early 20s with a tattoo of some lettering on his neck.


Naval Academy sets funeral for Ripley

Funeral services with full military honors for retired Marine Col. John W. Ripley are planned for Friday at the Naval Academy.

Col. Ripley died suddenly Oct. 28 at his Annapolis home. He was 69.

Col. Ripley graduated from the academy in 1962 and went on to a 35-year active-duty career.

He was decorated for his heroism during the Vietnam War, which is depicted in a diorama on display in the academy’s Memorial Hall.

Vice Adm. Jeffrey Fowler, the academy superintendent, said in a statement that Col. Ripley was a “genuine American hero,” whose actions in combat at Dong Ha “inspired countless graduates over the years.”

Funeral services will be held at noon at the academy chapel. Burial will take place immediately afterward at the Naval Academy Cemetery.


Police identify man fatally shot by officer

Prince George’s County police have identified a man fatally shot when, they say, he tried to carjack a vehicle from an undercover officer.

Police identified the man on Tuesday as Joshua Sands, 19, of Southeast.

The carjack attempt happened Monday night while a team of plainclothes narcotics officers conducted an operation in the 3200 block of Naylor Road between Suitland and the District. Mr. Sands displayed a gun and demanded an officer’s vehicle, but the officer fired at Mr. Sands, hitting him in the upper body, police said.

Mr. Sands was pronounced dead at the scene and a gun was recovered.

It is the eighth time this year that an officer has fatally shot a suspect. Police Chief Roberto Hylton blames the county’s drug culture.



Jones to replace Wilder as mayor

State Delegate Dwight C. Jones, a Democrat, won a four-way race Tuesday to replace Mayor L. Douglas Wilder, a grandson of slaves who was elected the nation’s first black governor.

Mr. Jones’ leading rival, City Council President William J. Pantele, conceded the contest and pledged to support Mr. Jones.

Elected mayor in 2004 with about 80 percent of the vote, Mr. Wilder’s approval plunged amid poor relations with the City Council and the school board.

Mr. Wilder, a Democrat, became a historic figure with his election as Virginia’s governor in 1989. He was an early and influential backer of Barack Obama’s presidential bid.


Police investigate skydiving accident

State Police are investigating a fatal skydiving accident at the Orange County Airport, the second in less than two months.

April Haag, 40, suffered fatal injuries while skydiving Saturday afternoon, State Police spokesman Sgt. Les Tyler said Tuesday.

The Lynchburg woman was tandem jumping with Douglas Zelbey, 44, of Virginia Beach and they experienced “a hard landing,” Sgt. Tyler said. He would not elaborate.

Ms. Haag and Mr. Zelbey were taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center, he said. Ms. Haag died at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Hospital spokeswoman Megan Rowe said Mr. Zelbey was in fair condition Wednesday morning.

A Ruckersville man died Sept. 23, one day after he collided with another skydiver during a jump at the airport. The other skydiver was injured.


Kaine sets meetings with Tech families

Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, plans to hold two meetings later this month with families of the victims of last year’s shootings at Virginia Tech.

The Roanoke Times reported Wednesday that meetings are set for Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. in Northern Virginia and Nov. 23 at noon in Richmond. The families have not been notified of specific locations. The meetings are not open to the public.

According to the newspaper, families also can listen in to the meetings via conference call.

The meetings are a condition of an $11 million settlement in which the families agreed not to file a lawsuit over the April 16, 2007, shootings by student Seung-Hui Cho, who killed 32 people then took his own life.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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