Sunday, August 23, 2009


Police crack down on prostitution

Metropolitan Police say they are cracking down on prostitution in the downtown area around Fifth and K streets Northwest.

Police say they will focus efforts on that area through Aug. 30 and that prostitutes working in that zone will receive a warning, and could face a $500 fine or 180 days in jail, or both, according to the WRC (Channel 4) report.

A 2006 law enacted by the D.C. Council gives officers 10 days of broader authority to go after people they suspect of solicitation.

Police Capt. Mike Gottert said officers can tell congregating prostitutes to leave.



Makeovers begin on local structures

The television series “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is in the Washington area to tackle two projects in one week.

The show’s design crew and hundreds of volunteers on Saturday surprised Nikema and Tamara Tripp at their Hyattsville home, which will be rebuilt. The show also will transform the Fishing School, a nonprofit youth development organization in Northeast Washington.

Burch Builders Group, which has offices in Warrenton and Alexandria, and Vienna’s G&M Contracting are donating their services to the projects.

Derek LaVallee, a local spokesman for the show, said both structures would be demolished Sunday.



Canoe capsizes; fisherman drowns

A 78-year-old Cumberland County man died after the canoe in which he was fishing with another man capsized on a Goochland County farm pond.

Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew said Harold Sutton of Cartersville and the other man were fishing in a 17-foot canoe on the private pond about 8 a.m. Saturday when it overturned about 25 yards from shore. Neither man was wearing a life jacket.

Mr. Sutton attempted to swim to shore but struggled. His 20-year-old companion tried but couldn’t prevent him from going under, the sheriff said.


Vote set Monday on Wal-Mart site

Wal-Mart’s plan to build a Supercenter in the shadow of one of the nation’s most important Civil War sites has been reduced to one question: How do you define a battlefield?

The world’s biggest retailer said it does not include the 55 acres near the Wilderness Battlefield where it plans to build a 138,000-square-foot store.

Preservationists say a battlefield encompasses more than the epicenter of fighting, and they contend that if Wal-Mart’s big-box store is built, it will smudge a window into the nation’s past.

Orange County supervisors will decide Monday which history lesson to believe.

The Planning Commission’s 4-4 vote Thursday amounts to a recommendation against a special permit.

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