- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 21, 2008


Residents urged to go ‘car free’

D.C. officials are encouraging residents to participate in “Car Free D.C. Day” Monday.

The project promotes using sustainable means of transportation and raising awareness about cars’ impact on people’s quality of life. Organizers say the District is among dozens of other cities hosting car-free events.

Among the efforts encouraging people to join in, D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser plans to distribute free SmarTrip cards with $1.25 each for those riding the Metro Extra bus route 79, and the Metrobus routes 70 and 71 at Kennedy and Georgia avenues in Northwest.

The D.C. Circulator also will offer free rides Monday. Other events include a street festival at 7th and F streets Northwest, where people can get free bike tuneups.

Donohoe Cos. picked for hotel project

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, a Democrat, has named the company that will oversee development of a new luxury hotel and retail complex in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood.

Mr. Fenty said Friday that the city has chosen Donohoe Cos. to build the 475,000-square-foot project dubbed, “Arts at 5th & I.” It will include a high-end hotel, jazz club, shops and restaurants at the city-owned site at Fifth and I streets Northwest Washington.

In addition, plans call for 166 apartments, with 50 units allotted for affordable housing.

Holland Development Group, Harris Development and Spectrum Management also will contribute to the project.

2 fatal shootings probed by police

Metropolitan Police are investigating two shootings that have left a woman and a man dead.

Deloris Persha, 44, of the 300 block of V Street Northwest was shot multiple times on Sept. 13, not far from her home, police said. She died Thursday from her injuries.

In a separate incident, Phillip C. Jackson, 18, of Bryans Road, Md., was shot in the chest early Saturday in Southeast, police said. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.



Police arrest six in burglary ring

State police said they’ve arrested six people and recovered thousands of dollars in property stolen in a series of burglaries and vehicle break-ins in Harford County.

Troopers said they arrested three youths early Thursday in Abingdon and Harford County sheriff’s deputies helped arrest three men in Edgewood.

The adults charged are D’Andre Feaster, 24, of Joppa, John Newsome Jr., 20, of Edgewood and John Watkins, 28, of Edgewood. The juveniles were not identified.

Among the items recovered was an assault rifle stolen from an unlocked garage. Police are asking victims of the break-ins in Abingdon and Edgewood to come to the Bel Air barracks Monday through Saturday to identify recovered property.



Dead suspect driver of victim’s car

An abduction suspect who died after a crash that killed an Alexandria woman was the driver of the victim’s car, Prince William County police said.

Two men forced Barbara Bosworth, 60, into her car at Springfield Mall last week, police said. She was killed after they drove her to Prince William County, tried to use her ATM card to withdraw money and then crashed the car as they fled the area.

Lutchman Chandler of Woodbridge was driving the car, with Mrs. Bosworth in the front passenger seat, police said. Mr. Chandler died from injuries.

Police had earlier identified the other man, Keith Baskerville, as the driver. Mr. Baskerville, who was in the back seat during the crash, remained in critical condition on Friday.


Fort plan could cost nearly $500 million

A consultant estimates that it would cost hundreds of millions of dollars to rehabilitate historic Fort Monroe once the military leaves the Hampton base.

A plan approved by Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, last month would cost nearly $500 million to achieve. Most of that money would come from the private sector.

The money would be needed to rehabilitate historic buildings and develop cultural attractions such as a museum, among other improvements. The estimate was provided Friday by Bay Area Economics, a company hired by a state-appointed authority to prepare for the Army’s exit in three years.

The 570-acre waterfront base sits on a historic peninsula in Hampton Roads. Former Confederate President Jefferson Davis was jailed there after the Civil War.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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