- The Washington Times - Monday, January 5, 2009


Street closings set around Hay-Adams

The District Department of Transportation is notifying residents and motorists that street closings and parking restrictions are in effect around the Hay-Adams Hotel, where President-elect Barack Obama and his family moved in this weekend. The following will be in place until midnight on Jan. 15:

- 16th Street Northwest between I Street and H Street will be closed to vehicles, and parking will be restricted.

- Connecticut Avenue Northwest between I Street and H Street will be closed to vehicles, and parking will be restricted.

- H Street Northwest between 17th Street and Vermont Avenue will be closed to vehicles, and parking will be restricted.

- Parking will be restricted on I Street Northwest between 14th and 17th streets.

Pedestrian access also may be restricted on those streets. Residents will have access to their homes, and delivery trucks will be permitted to make deliveries to businesses in the area after they are cleared through security checkpoints, according to the department.

The Obamas will move to Blair House, the traditional dwelling of presidents-elect, on Jan. 15.



City Hall probe set to expire

The grand jury investigating possible corruption at Baltimore’s City Hall, including the financial dealings of Mayor Sheila Dixon, expires at the end of the week.

The investigation by the Maryland State Prosecutor’s office has been going on since March 2006 and has resulted in no indictments of public figures.

The length of the investigation likely means there’s no slam-dunk evidence against Mrs. Dixon, observers said. State Prosecutor Robert Rohrbaugh “wants to satisfy a standard of ‘beyond any doubt,’” Baltimore attorney David Irwin told the Baltimore Sun. Because there have been several grand juries, Mr. Irwin thinks “there is some doubt.”

Mr. Rohrbaugh’s office doesn’t comment on investigations, but the probe has occasionally caught the public eye, as when investigators searched Mrs. Dixon’s home last summer. They’re looking into whether she took bribes from developers while she was City Council president, among other matters.


Two teens injured in crash in ravine

Two teens were injured after the pickup truck in which they were riding fell into a 100-foot-deep ravine, Anne Arundel County fire and rescue officials said.

It happened about 1 a.m. Saturday in the 1400 block of Lavall Drive in Davidsonville.

A boy, 17, was able to get free and walk to a nearby house for help, officials said. He was taken to Shock Trauma in serious condition.

Rescue crews used a basket to lift a man, 18, thrown from the truck, out of the ravine. He was flown to Shock Trauma with critical, life-threatening injuries.



Alexandria man dies in crash

Fairfax County police say they have charged an Alexandria man with driving while intoxicated, after a crash that killed his best friend.

Joshua Buker, 21, was ejected Saturday from a car driven by Steven Kowalik, 22, after Mr. Kowalik lost control, ramming into a tree and utility pole, police said. The pair were traveling eastbound on Fleet Drive in a Franconia neighborhood. Speed and alcohol contributed to the crash, police said.

Mr. Buker was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt, police said. Mr. Kowalik was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Friends of the men said they were best friends who graduated from Thomas Edison High School in 2005.


Residents want fort to become a park

Hampton residents have placed more than 2,300 signatures on a petition asking City Council to make sure Fort Monroe is maintained as a “grand public place for the American people.”

The petitioners want the Fort Monroe Federal Area Development Authority to pursue options that include the possibility of making the 570-acre military installation a national park. The Army plans to vacate Fort Monroe in September 2011.

City officials are reviewing the petition, a proposed amendment to an article in Hampton’s charter regarding the city’s seven appointees to the authority’s 18 seats. If approved, it would direct the actions of the council and its appointees to the authority.


Appomattox man killed while hunting

An Appomattox man, 28, was fatally shot by a member of his hunting party in Campbell County, state game officials said.

Benjamin Lee Mowyer was struck in the head with a single buckshot pellet Saturday afternoon, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Sgt. Chris Thomas said. Mr. Mowyer was pronounced dead at the scene.

The shooter, an 18-year-old in the group, thought he was shooting a deer, Sgt. Thomas said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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