- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Marijuana likely found in ambulance

D.C. fire department Chief Dennis L. Rubin said the agency will conduct a full investigation into the discovery Monday morning of what appears to be a small bag of marijuana.

The bag was found by a firefighter/paramedic at about 8:30 a.m. in the “patient treatment compartment” of D.C. fire and EMS ambulance No. 33. Chief Rubin said the discovery was made while emergency medical technicians and at least one member of Paramedic Engine 15 were attending to a patient. The person who found it immediately notified his supervisor, as he is required to do, and the police department and the fire department’s internal affairs division.

Chief Rubin said the Metropolitan Police Department will be included in the investigation.

Small fire closes McPherson station

The Metro station at McPherson Square in downtown was temporarily closed Monday because of heavy smoke coming from an underground equipment room.

The fire was detected at about noon. A Metro spokeswoman said Blue and Orange line trains were turning back in each direction and shuttle bus service was provided to passengers.

A D.C. fire department spokesman said the fire was in the tunnel power room. No injuries were reported. Firefighters left the scene at about 12:15 p.m.



Man, parents try to stab officers

A man and his parents assaulted and tried to stab officers when they responded to a report of the family arguing, according to the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

Police said Jeremy Glodek, 20, of Severn, and his parents, Jerald and Debra Glodek, were arguing in a car in the 1400 block of Severn Road at about 11 a.m. Sunday.

When officers approached the car Jeremy Glodek assaulted the officers. And when two more officers arrived, his father pulled out a butcher knife and tried to stab an officer, according to police.

Police drew their weapons and the man dropped the knife. However, Mrs. Glodek then tried to grab the knife before assaulting the fourth officer.

Jeremy Glodek and his mother are charged with assault. Jerald Glodek is charged with attempted murder and assault.


Off-duty firefighter saves man in river

An off-duty Prince George’s County firefighter jumped into the South River near Edgewater to rescue a 61-year-old man who had fallen into the frigid water.

Anne Arundel County Fire officials say witnesses saw the man lose his balance and fall into the water about 1 a.m. Sunday. One witness helped the man to a nearby piling in the river while the second call 911.

Officials say off-duty firefighter Rachel Edney ran to the pier and jumped in the water. She swam to the man and lifted him onto a boat before other witnesses helped the man up onto the pier.

Anne Arundel County firefighters treated the man on the pier before he was taken to Shock Trauma in Baltimore in critical condition. His name has not been released.



Man faces carjacking charges

A Sterling man who led police on a car chase is facing several charges, according to Loudoun County authorities.

The county sheriff’s office said Victor Quinteros, 21, stole a car Saturday night that was parked in front of a store in Sterling. Officials say he displayed a knife and ordered three children and another person to exit the car.

A sheriff’s deputy later noticed Mr. Quinteros driving erratically and tried to stop him.

Authorities caught Mr. Quinteros after he lost control of the car, ran into a median and traveled into opposing traffic lanes. Mr. Quinteros tried to flee on foot but was apprehended by the county sheriff’s K-9 unit.


Shenandoah park attendance drops

Attendance at Shenandoah National Park decreased by 2.8 percent in 2008, continuing a decade-long slide.

A park spokeswoman said Shenandoah had about 1.09 million visitors last year. She says weather was the primary reason for the decline.

The spokeswoman said no visitor studies have been conducted to determine whether the economy also was a factor.

According to records, park attendance from 1996 to 2007 decreased by 27 percent.

Park officials are working with the Shenandoah Valley Travel Association to promote the park. They also plan to hold a “Neighbors Day” on June 20, during which residents of the eight counties adjoining the park will receive free admission.


Released butterfly reaches Texas

A monarch butterfly released at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News has reached Texas.

The museum says the butterfly traveled more than 1,300 miles in three weeks, going all the way to Austin, Texas. It was spotted by a 6-year-old boy doing a science project on monarch migration.

The butterfly was tagged by the museum as part of a program designed to study the migratory patterns and population data with butterflies.

Officials say 22 butterflies were tagged and released last year.

The museum has participated in the Monarch Watch program since 1996, but it is only the third time a butterfly tagged at the museum has been located. One was found in Mexico in the spring of 2001, and another was found near the museum in the fall of 2001.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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