- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 25, 2008



Robbers kidnap woman, children

Two men kidnapped a woman and her two young children, then forced the woman to steal money from a bank where she worked, authorities say.

Two men clad in camouflage and ski masks approached a woman, 27, as she was leaving her home in Lusby on Wednesday about 7 a.m., St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Allen said. The men showed a gun and forced her and her two young children into her sport utility vehicle.

They drove about 10 miles to a PNC Bank and forced the woman to take an undisclosed amount of cash. The men then dropped the woman and her children at a nearby school, where the woman called authorities.

The men abandoned the vehicle at a nearby drugstore.

Officials are searching for a black Nissan Sentra with tinted windows that had been seen near the bank. Officials are also searching for a possible third suspect.

The bank wasn’t open at the time, authorities said. It’s unclear whether the men knew the woman.



Trooper’s assailant may have slain wife

An Arlington man who shot an Alexandria police officer during a traffic stop before committing suicide might also have killed his wife.

The body of Sarah Tredop, 19, was found in a home she shared with her husband, Robert K. Hui, 22, Arlington Police said Wednesday. Her body showed gunshot wounds.

On Tuesday evening, police in Alexandria stopped Mr. Hui for driving erratically on the highway, and Mr. Hui shot the officer and fled.

The officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries because of a bullet-resistant vest he was wearing.

Mr. Hui shot himself in his car at some point after he fled from the initial traffic stop, police said.


State gets more transport funding

Highway and bridge projects in Virginia are getting a financial boost from other states that didn’t obligate all their federal transportation dollars for projects.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said Wednesday that $32 million in federal transportation spending authority has been redistributed from other states to Virginia.

The funding will be used to accelerate the Gilmerton Bridge replacement in Hampton Roads, the Dulles Rail extension, the Virginia Railway Express and other projects, VDOT said.

States that don’t obligate their federal dollars have to return that spending authority to the Federal Highway Administration. The agency then redistributes the spending authority to states that have obligated all their federal dollars and have other eligible projects.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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