- The Washington Times - Monday, August 17, 2009


Police investigate multiple shooting

Metropolitan Police Officer Israel James said authorities were investigating a multiple shooting in the 4100 block of Minnesota Avenue Southeast. The shooting occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday.

City fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said six males were taken to area hospitals and that an ambulance was on its way to pick up a seventh person about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. He said none of the wounds were life-threatening,

Officer Piringer said two of the males were 14, and four were 18 and he did not have an age of the seventh person.



No suspects yet in Harbor shooting

Police on Sunday continued to investigate a double shooting inside one of the shopping pavilions at the city’s Inner Harbor.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said a 20-year-old man was shot in the leg and a 17-year-old boy was shot in the forearm Saturday night after someone pulled a gun during a fight inside the Light Street Pavilion. Some bystanders also were injured as they tried to flee the scene, police said.

The Baltimore Sun reported that the two wounded men were found in front of the Phillips Seafood Express carryout restaurant.

Officer Guglielmi said officers were interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance camera footage and were confident that they will identify a suspect “fairly soon.”

Gun violence is rare in the harbor, which is popular with tourists, although police deployed additional officers downtown after a series of seemingly random beatings by groups of young people earlier this year.


Welcome center change unwelcome

Some local officials are wary of taking over a highway welcome center at a rest stop on U.S. 301 that the state plans to close.

The state announced in July that it would close the Bay Country welcome center in a money-saving move, but later offered to turn over operation of the welcome center to five Upper Shore counties. Queen Anne’s County Commission President Gene Ransom said he doesn’t think that’s a good idea because he doesn’t want to raise taxes so that the county can afford to staff and maintain the building.

The center has been operated and staffed by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. It contains information about area attractions.


Officials examining gas detectors law

Officials of this resort city said they’re looking at tweaking the law requiring carbon-monoxide detectors in hotels to ensure compliance.

Three people were hospitalized and many others were sickened after a carbon monoxide leak last week at the seven-story Americana Hotel. The hotel did not have carbon-monoxide detectors.

Passed in 2007 in the aftermath of a carbon-monoxide leak that killed two people, the law applies to hotels, condominiums and other multi-unit dwellings.

Mayor Rick Meehan said the law is strong as written, but some measures could be added to help ensure that building owners comply.

Ocean City Council President Joe Mitrecic said he doesn’t want to start inspections because of the cost, but he said he’s not sure what else can be done to make people comply.



Guard facility named for fallen soldiers

Gov. Tim Kaine said a new National Guard facility - the Cherry-Beasley Readiness Center - in Winchester will be named in honor of two Virginia soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

Virginia National Guard Staff Sgt. Craig Cherry and Sgt. Bobby Beasley died when a roadside bomb destroyed their vehicle in 2004. Sgt. Cherry was a native of Winchester, and Sgt. Beasley was born in Inwood, W.Va.

A formal dedication ceremony for the new facility is set for Oct. 4.


Easement to protect rare area plants

Land known as Sweet Springs - about 235 acres in Montgomery County - is home to several rare plants and now is Virginia’s 58th Natural Area Preserve.

The New River Land Trust said Friday the property’s owners, Mary and Ron Rordam, placed an easement on their Sweet Springs property to protect its globally rare woodlands. The land is home to rare species that include Cooper’s milkvetch and Addison’s leatherflower, which is found only in Virginia.

The state and the land trust will hold the easement. They received a $110,000 Virginia Land Conservation Foundation grant to protect the site.


4 Guard units being relocated

Four Roanoke-based Virginia National Guard units are being relocated because the armory that has been the Guard’s home in Roanoke since 1954 is being demolished as part of the city parks and recreation department’s plans.

The units being relocated:

c About 40 soldiers with the 29th Army Band, who are being sent to Petersburg.

c About 60 soldiers with the 229th Chemical Company, who are going to Danville.

c About 125 soldiers with Company E of the 429 Brigade Support Battalion, who are relocating to Lynchburg.

c About 50 soldiers with Detachment 1 of the 229th Military Police Company, who are moving to Virginia Beach and consolidating with the rest of its company.

The Guard says it hopes to build a new armory in the Roanoke area.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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