- The Washington Times - Friday, August 21, 2009


Window washer stranded on scaffold

A window washer had to be rescued Thursday morning after his support scaffolding came loose, stranding him above the ninth story of a D.C. office building.

Deputy Fire Chief Kenneth Crosswhite said the man was working between the ninth and 11th floors in an inner atrium of the building on Connecticut Avenue in Northwest. He said the scaffolding was hanging vertically when rescuers arrived.

Fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said the man was not injured.

Building evacuated after small explosion

Workers were evacuated from the Department of Health and Human Services building Thursday after a small electrical explosion.

D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said crews arrived at the Independence Avenue building in Southwest about 9:45 a.m. They determined there was a small explosion in a penthouse mechanical room, involving a transformer associated with the air-conditioning system.

He said there was no fire and no one was injured. The air conditioning went out, and as a precaution officials evacuated about 300 people from the building for about an hour.

People were allowed to re-enter after the air conditioning was restored.



Coulter chosen new VITA chief

A former Fortune 200 information systems executive has been chosen to head Virginia’s troubled computer superagency.

George Coulter of Purcellville was selected Thursday by the Information Technology Investment Board as the state’s new chief information officer.

That makes Mr. Coulter, with more than 30 years of experience in the field, responsible for addressing missed deadlines and chronic complaints of high prices and poor service by the Virginia Information Technologies Agency.

The 6-year-old agency, formed to consolidate state information technology systems, and its corporate partner, Northrop Grumman, are under the scrutiny of two General Assembly panels and the legislature’s investigative arm, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission.


Kings Dominion to build coaster

Kings Dominion officials said Thursday that their $25 million Intimidator 305 “Giga-coaster” will debut next spring.

Vice President and General Manager Pat Jones said the new roller coaster is the largest single capital investment in the park’s history.

The 5,100-foot-long steel roller coaster is named for NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt and its 305-foot-high lift hill.

Officials said the Intimidator 305 would be the highest and fastest of its type on the East Coast. The roller coaster was designed by Intamin AG of Wollerau, Switzerland.

Kings Dominion’s owner, Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., is partnering with Dale Earnhardt Inc. on the project.



Helicopter moving to Montgomery Co.

A helicopter that has been stirring up controversy on the lower Eastern Shore has left for a new home in Montgomery County.

Princess Anne Police Department Chief Scott Keller said police officials from Montgomery County loaded the helicopter onto a flatbed truck Wednesday for a trip across the Chesapeake Bay.

The helicopter was awarded to the Princess Anne police in 2005 through a program that hands out excess military property to law enforcement agencies. But officials in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties were reluctant to pay for a helicopter program.

In Montgomery County, the county executive and police department are pushing to a program with two helicopters, but council members say the county doesn’t have the money to pay for it.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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