- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2009



Light-rail train strikes man

Anne Arundel County fire officials say a man has been struck by a light-rail train.

Battalion Chief Matthew Tobia of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department says firefighters Saturday evening found a 22-year-old man with his legs trapped under a train in the 400 block of Camp Meade Road.

Chief Tobia says crews used high-pressure air bags to lift the train off the man. He says the man was transported to a hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

Light-rail service was closed for about an hour. Maryland Transit Administration is investigating.


Prisoners help in charity walk

Eighteen female inmates at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center recently participated in a walk to help the hungry.

It was part of the Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, or CROP walk, which collects donations from local church groups and community members to sponsor the walkers.

Barb Foster, vice president of Church Women United-Frederick, volunteers at the center, teaching parenting classes. She says the walk gives the woman an opportunity to feel useful and give back to the community.

A quarter of the money raised - about $113 from about 20 people - will go to the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs. The rest will go to the Church World Service, a multidenominational Christian nonprofit that provides emergency relief and other services in 80 countries.


Woman injured when hit by propeller

Maryland state police say a Silver Spring woman was hospitalized after walking into a plane’s propeller.

State Police say 41-year-old Cynthia Lynn Connelly Ryan suffered a severe head laceration Sunday in an accident at the Bay Bridge Airport in Stevensville.

She was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center after the accident, where she was listed in fair condition.


Catholic diocese sees more converts

The Archdiocese of Baltimore says the number of people converting to Catholicism is up this year.

The archdiocese says 984 adults are preparing to become Catholics during Holy Week this year, the most this decade.

Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien says the reasons are not clear, but the increase comes amid a decline nationwide. A survey released last month found that the number of Americans identifying themselves as Christians has fallen over the past two decades.

Archbishop O’Brien says the economy, Pope Benedict XVI’s visit last year to Washington and the vibrancy of individual parishes all could be playing a part in the surge.



Hampton U. team in truck accident

Virginia authorities say 15 people, including 11 riding in a van carrying Hampton University’s track team, were injured in an accident on Interstate 64.

Virginia State Police say none of the injuries is considered life-threatening. Police say the van was involved in a six-vehicle, chain-reaction accident Saturday in Virginia’s Peninsula region.

Sgt. Scott Edelman says three drivers were charged with driving offenses after the late-morning accident near Hampton.


Couple plans drive-in theater

A couple of Virginia entrepreneurs say they are planning to open a drive-in movie theater.

John Heidel said he and his wife have been dreaming about opening a drive-in for years and finally decided to go for it. Mr. Heidel said the Goochland Drive-In will open in June or July on a 10-acre site just off Interstate 64 in Hadensville.

Mr. Heidel said the theater will have about 340 parking spaces and will play first-run movies on a 90-foot screen. Viewers will be able to tune in the sound on their FM radios.

The Heidels plan to start nightly double features at dusk. They haven’t set prices, but Mr. Heidel said tickets likely will be $6 to $7 for adults and about $3 for children.


City looks to put inmates to work

The city manager of Chesapeake wants to put state prisoners to work.

William Harrell thinks Chesapeake Correctional Center inmates could work on private properties that have become public nuisances or on community-improvement projects. The city is seeking a court order that would allow inmates to work on private property removing litter, old appliances and debris and trimming weeds and grass, among other things.

Chief Deputy Chesapeake Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan said inmates would be screened before being allowed to work on private property. The sheriff’s department has long used inmates for cleaning up public property.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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