- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Students in buses hurt in crash

A three-vehicle accident in Northwest has injured two dozen children on a school trip.

D.C. fire department spokesman Ken Crosswhite said the accident happened about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday at 1st Street and New York Avenue.

Mr. Crosswhite said 24 children from a school in Anne Arundel County and six adults suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. One of the adults suffered a broken arm. He said the children were riding in two motor coach buses.

New York Avenue reopened at about 3:30 p.m.

Ex-school worker pleads guilty to theft

A former D.C. schools employee pleaded guilty to stealing computer equipment worth more than $30,000 from the school system.

Hakeem Blaize, 27, of Hyattsville, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to interstate transportation of stolen goods.

Prosecutors said Blaize stole the equipment while working for D.C. Public Schools from December 2006 to October 2008. They said he sold the equipment to two pawnshops in Maryland and to a man in Virginia.

The man in Virginia later became a cooperating witness for the FBI, which recorded how Blaize sold him stolen laptop computers.

Blaize’s sentencing is set for Aug. 4.



Stimulus funds to help bases

More than $17 million from the economic stimulus package will go toward maintenance and repair projects at two Northern Virginia military bases, Rep. James P. Moran said.

The Virginia Democrat said Tuesday that the Defense Department had released the funds for Fort Myer in Arlington and Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County.

At Fort Myer, the money will pay for renovations, barrack repairs and a fire alarm transmitter system.

At Fort Belvoir, funds will help improve buildings, including repairs at the fort’s religious education center.


VDOT to lay off 230 workers

Two-hundred-thirty hourly Virginia Department of Transportation workers are getting the word that their jobs are being eliminated June 6.

The cuts announced Tuesday are part of the department’s effort to address a $2.6 billion shortfall in transportation revenues over six years.

VDOT employed a total of 9,000 workers at the start of the year, and it aims to reduce the number of classified employees to 7,500 by July 2010. Attrition and seasonal reductions are part of that belt-tightening.

The department also is looking at organizational restructuring, the elimination of some rest areas and ferry services and reductions in grass cutting and interstate maintenance.


Frederick won’t seek husband’s House seat

The wife of ousted Republican Party Chairman Jeff Frederick has decided not to run for his House of Delegates seat.

Amy Frederick told supporters in an e-mail Tuesday that she was withdrawing from the race for the Prince William County seat.

Mrs. Frederick said she was not interested in serving under Republican House Speaker William J. Howell, who along with other party leaders helped orchestrate her husband’s ouster.

Republicans removed Mr. Frederick as party chairman earlier this month less than a year after he was elected.

Mrs. Frederick had begun campaigning. Mr. Frederick could run again for his seat.


Robertson to retire from college post

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson plans to retire next summer as president of Regent University, the private Christian college he founded in 1978, the school said Tuesday.

The 79-year-old, who became the university’s sixth president in 2000, will retire as president effective July 1, 2010. He will continue to serve as chancellor and on the board of trustees at the Virginia Beach school known for its evangelical Christian perspective.

Regent started as a Christian graduate school with 77 students and seven faculty members. It now has more than 4,500 students studying on its campus and online, and offers more than 30 graduate and undergraduate programs.



Child abuse suspect found dead

A man wanted for child sexual abuse was found dead in New Carrollton, Howard County police said.

George Kiriacon, 50, of Laurel, was found Tuesday morning inside his truck in a garage on the 57000 block of 85th Avenue.

Howard County police said Mr. Kiriacon was sought in the abuse of a family friend for four years from the time the boy was 8 years old.


Day care provider’s husband charged

The husband of a day care provider was charged with abusing one of the children in his wife’s care, Maryland State Police said.

Robert W. Fry, 67, is charged with sexual abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense and second-degree assault. He was arrested Monday.

Troopers said the victim is a 4-year-old. The child’s mother contacted state police April 14 and told troopers the child said the alleged sexual abuse took place one day from March 25 to April 12 in Mr. Fry’s home.

The day care license was put on emergency suspension April 14.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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