- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 14, 2008


Pepco crews head to Texas for Ike

Pepco will be helping out the Texas coast in the wake of Hurricane Ike.

The utility is sending more than 100 employees and contractors to help restore power there.

They include more than 50 employees from Pepco Holding’s three operating utilities - Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric - making the 1,300-mile trip in 24 line repair trucks and 12 support vehicles.

Twenty contract lineman and 40 contract tree clearance personnel will also go to Texas.

The workers will be gone for two weeks.

City pays big fine for misuse of funds

The District agreed to pay more than $1.7 million to the U.S. government after allegations the city fraudulently misused federal funding for its public schools.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the settlement Friday.

An internal D.C. Public Schools audit in 2005 showed that none of the children the city had counted for the Migrant Education Program in 2003 were eligible to participate. The program provides federal grants to address special needs of migrant children.

Investigators say the city also submitted false certifications of its migrant child count from 2001 to 2003. At that time, the D.C. Board of Education oversaw public schools - before Mayor Adrian M. Fenty took over the schools.

As part of the settlement, the city denied liability.



Teen gets 80 years for killing student

A Capitol Heights teenager has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for fatally shooting a college student last year.

A jury convicted Khiry Montay Moore earlier this year of first-degree murder, attempted robbery and other charges in the death of Maurice Thomas Powell, 19. Moore was 16 at the time of the slaying.

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said Moore was sentenced Friday.

Authorities said Moore and two co-defendants followed Mr. Powell and his friends from the Addison Road Metro station, planning to rob them. As Mr. Powell tried to run away, Moore fired three shots from a handgun. Mr. Powell, who was a student at TESST College of Technology, died at the scene.

The two co-defendants, Charles Dutch and Steven Scott, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.


Elderly man dies after truck hit

Montgomery County police said an 80-year-old man died from injuries after being struck by a pickup truck.

Police said the man was walking across a gas station parking lot at about 6:15 a.m. Saturday at Quince Orchard Road in Gaithersburg when he was hit.

The man, who was not identified, died at a hospital.

The driver of the pickup truck, Miguel A. Padron of Germantown, stayed at the scene. He was not injured.

The Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.



Hanna ended drought in parts of state

Some parts of Virginia are now drought-free thanks to Tropical Storm Hanna.

Before the storm rolled through the state last week, nearly all of Virginia was suffering from drought or abnormally dry conditions.

The U.S. Drought Monitor, a weekly report by federal and academic scientists, now says moisture in about half the state is normal.

Hannah dropped 2 to 6 inches of rain on central Virginia. Part of Prince William County in Northern Virginia received more than 8 inches.

Drought or dryness persists in extreme southern Virginia, Hampton Roads and much of western and southwestern Virginia.


Three Navy ships readied for relief

Three Norfolk-based ships are being readied for possibly hurricane relief duties.

The Navy said Saturday that the amphibious assault ship Nassau, amphibious transport ship Ponce and the amphibious assault ship Bataan were ordered to readiness.

The Nassau already was at sea and was directed to operate off the Florida coast to provide assistance to civilian authorities if needed.

The Navy said the Bataan and Ponce would be ready to go as early as Sunday.

The Bataan was the first Navy ship to reach the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Its crew of 1,100 sailors practiced humanitarian efforts during hurricane relief exercises at sea earlier this month.


Police probe killing in Lake Ridge area

Prince William County Police are investigating an early morning homicide in Lake Ridge.

Police responded to the 11000 block of Bacon Race Road at about 3:45 a.m. Saturday after receiving a call about gunshots in the area.

When they arrived, police say they found Corey B. Best, 25, in front of his residence, fatally wounded from gunshots to his upper body.

Police said they had no information on a suspect.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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