- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 31, 2009

VIRGINIA

RICHMOND

Inmate attacks sheriff’s deputies

Authorities said Wednesday an inmate shot a deputy and stabbed another in a holding cell at a Northern Virginia courthouse.

Fauquier County sheriff’s Lt. James Hartman said George Golder Phillips II, 30, of Warrenton shot one deputy in the leg and stabbed the other in the face at about 1 p.m.

Mr. Phillips is suspected of robbing banks in the area and was taken to the Fauquier County courthouse for a hearing.

Deputy County Administrator Catherine Heritage said the deputies were taken to hospitals in stable condition.

Lt. Hartman said the inmate took the gun from one of the deputies, but it’s not clear what he used to inflict the stab wound.

WOODBRIDGE

Indictment against bus driver dropped

State prosecutors have dropped a murder indictment against a bus driver charged in the slaying of a fellow driver.

Glenn Wade, 40, of Woodbridge was charged in the June 15 slaying of Darnell McPherson, 32, of Dale City. Both worked for the Potomac-Rappahannock Transportation Commission.

Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert said authorities didn’t have sufficient evidence to prosecute and some witnesses were uncooperative.

Mr. Wade is now out of jail after the charge was nolle prossed on Dec. 23. That means if new evidence comes up, the charge can be brought again.

Another man, William Anderson Jr., 35, of Woodbridge, also died in the bus terminal shooting. Police say said it appears McPherson and Anderson fatally shot each other.

DISTRICT

Man struck by train dies from injuries

Metro officials said Wednesday a 48-year-old blind man from Rockville who was injured after he fell onto the tracks and was struck by a train has died.

Spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said earlier in the week that the man apparently lost his footing on the edge of the platform at the Gallery Place-Chinatown station on Sunday morning and tumbled onto the tracks as the train pulled in.

MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS

Coalition proposes tougher EPA plan

A coalition of former governors, congressmen, scientists and others are sending the Obama administration their proposed Chesapeake Bay restoration strategy.

The plan is tougher than one being developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. One EPA official said it includes measures that would require new legislation.

The 24-point plan unveiled Wednesday in Annapolis calls for significantly expanding farming regulations. Nearly all animal feeding operations would be regulated and the spreading of animal manure would be regulated the same as sludge from sewage treatment plants.

The plan also calls on the EPA to require new development to offset any pollution it causes through reductions elsewhere.

HAGERSTOWN

Gender policy change temporarily halted

Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration says it has temporarily halted a policy change that would have required people living as the opposite sex to get an amended birth certificate before applying to change their gender on their driver’s license.

The gay-rights group Equality Maryland said Wednesday that the change would have put a financial burden on many people who are struggling with money. The policy would have taken effect Friday.

The current policy demands only written confirmation from a physician or psychologist that the applicant is under supervision for a gender change.

BALTIMORE

Man with dementia missing with car

Baltimore police say a 73-year-old man with dementia is missing after he drove off in his daughter’s car.

Officers said a woman reported Wednesday afternoon that she had gone to the Veterans hospital in Baltimore to visit a patient. She left her father, James Guy, in the car with the keys in the ignition because he was listening to the radio.

When the woman returned to the car several minutes later, it was gone.

Police, who initially said the man had been abducted, later said Mr. Guy drove away in the vehicle.

The car is a green, four-door 1996 Buick Regal with the temporary tag 45232K.

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