- The Washington Times - Friday, August 28, 2009


Train hits train in Metro yard

Metro officials Thursday said two employees were injured after a rail car struck another train in the West Falls Church rail yard.

A train traveling at a low speed hit a stationary train about 6 p.m. Wednesday. The two unidentified workers’ injuries were not life-threatening ones.

Spokeswoman Angela Gates said the damage to the rail cars was minor.

She said the injured employees will take alcohol and drug tests, which is standard procedure.

Officer shoots, kills gunman

A D.C. police officer fatally shot a man in Northeast early Thursday after the man reportedly refused to drop a gun he was carrying.

The incident unfolded about 3:40 a.m., after officers went to the 3300 block of Benning Road in Northeast in response to reports of a man with a gun.

Police said an officer was confronted by an adult male. The officer reportedly ordered the suspect to drop his gun and fired when the man failed to do so.

The man was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 5 a.m., police said. The man was not immediately identified.

Police said the officer involved in the incident is 38 years old and a five-year veteran assigned to the 6th Police District. He was placed on routine administrative leave with pay while the incident is being investigated.



Legislators roll out furlough plan

Maryland legislative leaders Thursday announced a furlough plan mirroring one that affects the executive branch.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Michael E. Busch announced the plan.

Legislative offices will close for five days around holiday weekends. The plan includes additional furlough days based on salary that could add up to five additional days.

The plan affects 633 Maryland General Assembly and Department of Legislative Services employees and will save $1.1 million.

Salaries of state lawmakers cannot be reduced, but they can give back up to 10 days of pay. Mr. Busch and Mr. Miller are contributing the maximum.

Last year, 85 percent of lawmakers participated in a voluntary giveback when furloughs were implemented.


Change in slots split expected

The head of the organization that owns the Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort in Western Maryland says lawmakers understand the need to change the revenue split for slots at the site.

Bob Brennan, Maryland Economic Development Corp. executive director, told local business leaders Wednesday he expects the state slots commission to issue a second request for proposals after the 2010 legislative session.

Mr. Brennan said the bid request will likely feature a lower tax rate than the 67 percent levy that apparently curbed interest in Rocky Gap earlier this year.

The Western Maryland site emerged without a potential qualified operator during an initial round of bidding.



Ex-pastor gets probation in porn case

A former Charlottesville pastor will lose his counseling license and get a year of supervised probation under the terms of an agreement reached in a child pornography case.

Gregory Briehl, 55, entered an Alford plea Wednesday in Albemarle County Circuit Court to possession of child pornography.

An Alford plea means a defendant doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict.

In addition to the other terms of the agreement, Briehl has a five-year prison sentence suspended on the condition of good behavior.

Briehl was charged with possessing images of child pornography on a computer, but prosecutors were hindered when the females’ ages could not be clearly determined.

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