- The Washington Times - Monday, September 15, 2008


One dead, two hurt in weekend shooting

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a triple shooting Sunday in Northeast in which one person was killed.

The shootings occurred at about 3 a.m. in the 3700 block of Hayes Street.

Police have identified one of the victims as Anthony Maurice, 24, of Northeast.

The other victims were taken to a hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Their identities are being withheld because they are witnesses.



University teaches solar installation

A Frostburg State University program is teaching adults from the mid-Atlantic region how to install solar panels and wind-power generation systems.

The class prepares students to take the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Inc. test. The eight-week online course includes four days of on-site workshops.

The 31 students - from Maryland, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Barbados - are learning about system components, sizing, wiring, controls, and building and zoning codes.



Democrats to hold primary in 2009

State Democrats will hold a primary next year to choose a candidate for governor, Jared Leopold, a Virginia Democratic Party spokesman, said Sunday.

He said that the Democratic State Central Committee voted Saturday in favor of the primary and that the idea has support from gubernatorial candidates Delegate Brian J. Moran of Alexandria and Sen. R. Creigh Deeds of Bath. The vote also follows increasing speculation that Terry McAuliffe, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will enter the race.

Mr. McAuliffe has not said whether he will run for governor.


Woman killed in abduction

An Alexandria women was abducted from a mall over the weekend, then killed in a car crash as police pursued the suspects, according to Prince William County police.

Officials said Barbara Jean Bosworth, 61, of Alexandria, was kidnapped by two men at about 3 p.m. Saturday from Springfield Mall. The men forced her to use her ATM card at a Woodbridge convenience store.

Police say a witness saw Mrs. Bosworth being escorted by the men in the store and suspected something was wrong. Another witness hugged Mrs. Bosworth, pretending to know her, and whispered to her asking if she needed help. Mrs. Bosworth said she did.

The witness called police, who later pursued the suspects in Mrs. Bosworth’s car. The driver lost control, crashing into some trees.

Police said Mrs. Bosworth was found dead in the car. A fake weapon was found at the scene.

The suspects were taken to a nearby hospital and remain in critical condition.


Gas explosion injures at least one

A natural-gas line explosion and fire Sunday in Appomattox County injured at least one person and destroyed two homes.

The incident occurred at about 7:45 a.m. when a pipeline ruptured in a rural area along state Route 26, near Appomattox, a police official said. About 50 people were forced from their homes, and the ensuing explosion and fire consumed two homes.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control about an hour later. Authorities say the blast created a large crater in the ground and traffic was diverted from the area. A shelter was set up at a nearby high school. Details of the victim’s injuries were not available.

State Police and Williams Gas officials are investigating the accident.


Holton to campaign for Obama

Virginia’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction plans to endorse and campaign for Democratic president candidate Barack Obama.

Former Gov. Linwood Holton is the father-in-law of Gov. Tim Kaine, Democrat and the first governor outside of Mr. Obama’s home state of Illinois to endorse the senator.

Mr. Holton, Virginia governor from 1970 to 1974, will campaign on Mr. Obama’s behalf Monday and Tuesday with his wife, Anne Holton. They will visit Abingdon, Christiansburg, Galax, Roanoke, Wise and Wytheville.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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