- The Washington Times - Monday, April 13, 2009

VIRGINIA

FAIRFAX

Woman killed crawling out of car

A Lorton woman was struck and killed after her car overturned on Interstate 495, Virginia State Police said.

The incident happened about 4:30 a.m. Sunday after Ann Unmongkol-Thavong's car overturned in the travel lane, authorities said.

Police said Miss Unmongkol-Thavong, 22, crawled out of her car, and according to witnesses, sat down in the travel lane.

Minutes later, a car struck her. She died at the scene.

The driver, a 55-year-old man from Charlotte, N.C., was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Police said no charges have been filed. They are investigating both incidents.

NEWPORT NEWS

Apartment fire displaces about 70

Officials suspect a discarded cigarette or cigar may have sparked a fire that displaced about 70 people at an apartment building in Newport News.

Assistant Fire Chief David Layman said Sunday that the early morning blaze at the Featherstone Apartments was ruled accidental.

It was most likely started by “discarded smoking material.”

Chief Layman said smoke alarms enabled all tenants to escape without injury.

MARYLAND

BALTIMORE

City to buy theater's mortgage

The city of Baltimore will buy the mortgage of the financially ailing Senator Theater, a historic single-screen movie house facing foreclosure auction, Mayor Sheila Dixon announced Sunday.

The 70-year-old theater stopped showing first-run movies last month after its owner failed to meet payroll. The theater owes $1.2 million to 1st Mariner Bank, which had scheduled a foreclosure auction for April 20.

The city said it would foreclose and auction the theater. If no one buys it, the city would seek a new operator.

“The Senator Theater is the cornerstone of the vibrant Belvedere Square community. It would be a mistake for the city to sit idle and let a Baltimore landmark have an unknown future,” the mayor said.

A task force had recommended that Baltimore officials purchase the theater, which opened doors to the public Oct. 5, 1939, and was added to the National List of Historic Places in 1999.

Deputy Mayor Andrew Frank said there was a “a substantial amount of interest” in the theater.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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