- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Student pilot strays into D.C. airspace

A student pilot who apparently wandered into Washington’s restricted airspace was forced to land in Gaithersburg on Tuesday.

Secret Service spokesman Darrin Blackford said the plane was identified about 2:15 p.m. and landed about 25 minutes later in Maryland. He said the flight originated in Pennsylvania, but did not know the exact location.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Diane Spitaliere said the pilot of the small Cessna plane was alone on a first cross-country flight.

Authorities said fighter jets escorted the pilot from the restricted airspace.

Mr. Blackford said officials do not think the pilot meant to do any harm to the White House or nearby facilities.



Park Police officer hurt in crash

A U.S. Park Police officer was hospitalized Tuesday with serious injuries after a crash on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

Park Police spokesman Lt. Dennis Maroney said the incident occurred early Tuesday on southbound lanes of the parkway near Route 197.

Lt. Maroney said the officer had pulled over a car for a traffic stop, and it’s thought he was standing on the shoulder outside of his cruiser when a pickup truck struck his patrol car from behind.

The pickup pushed the cruiser and the other vehicle about 40 feet. Lt. Maroney said the officer was pulled under his vehicle during the impact.

The officer’s and two drivers’ injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Southbound lanes of the parkway that had been shut down were reopened to traffic Tuesday.



Teens arrested in vandalism

Prince William County police on Tuesday charged four teenagers with vandalizing an elementary school with racially charged words and symbols.

First Sgt. Kim Chinn said police received a call about 7:30 a.m. that some sod had been pulled from a pallet and used to write “White Power,” “KKK” and form a swastika at Sinclair Elementary School. The incident may have occurred overnight.

Sgt. Chinn said the four Manassas youths, blacks and whites ages 14 to 17, attend Stonewall Jackson High School. She called the incident an effort to garner attention.

No students were at Sinclair Elementary School at the time.


City names first black chief

City officials Tuesday named Alexandria’s first black police chief in its 260-year history.

City Manager James K. Hartmann appointed acting Police Chief Earl L. Cook as head of the department. Chief Cook joined the department in 1979, and has served as executive deputy chief.

Chief Cook became acting chief last month when former Chief David Baker was charged with drunken driving after he was involved in a car accident.

Chief Cook was a member of the T.C. Williams High School football team depicted in the 2000 movie, “Remember the Titans.” A black coach took over the racially divided team in 1971, leading it to the state championship with the help of a white assistant coach.


Woman, child treated for stabs

Fairfax County police on Tuesday evening were investigating a multiple stabbing at a Falls Church apartment.

Authorities said they responded about 2 p.m. Tuesday to a report of attacks in the 3400 block of Glen Carlyn Drive, where they discovered a woman and a girl with apparent stab wounds.

Both victims were taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Police said they took a male suspect into custody after finding him in a nearby apartment building. He was treated for injuries possibly suffered during the incident.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.



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