- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 26, 2009



N.J. man critically burned in boat fire

Authorities said a New Jersey man is in critical condition after a boat fire in eastern Maryland. Deputy state fire marshals said Jim Stillwaugh, 57, of Broadway, N.J., had been adjusting the engine on his friend’s 31-foot boat at the Hacks Point Marina in Earleville on Friday when fuel vapors built up, ignited and caused a flash fire.

Mr. Stillwaugh was hospitalized with first-, second- and third-degree burns across his body.


Stimulus funds to repave Route 50

The Maryland State Highway Administration says $2.9 million in federal economic stimulus funding will pay to repave Route 50 in Talbot County. State officials say the project between Longwoods Road and Cordova Road will begin Monday and should be complete by this fall. Officials say more than 31,000 vehicles travel each day on that portion of the highway.

The state highway administration awarded resurfacing work and upgraded guardrails on the four-mile stretch of road to David A. Bramble Inc. The administration says construction is planned for Sundays through Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. There will be single-lane closures on Route 50 during construction hours.


Girl missing in boating accident

Authorities are continuing to search for an 11-year-old girl who went missing after a boating accident. Maryland Natural Resources Police say they received a call from Cecil County about a boat accident on the Sassafras River in Kennedyville on Friday afternoon.

Police said searchers resumed their efforts to locate the girl on Saturday with help from the U.S. Coast Guard, volunteer fire companies and other authorities. Officials also are investigating the accident.


County to get agriculture center

Construction on a $9 million agriculture center in Baltimore County is scheduled to begin next week.

Officials say they will break ground on the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture in Hunt Valley on Wednesday. Plans call for creating office space, classrooms, greenhouses and cropland on the 149-acre property west of Interstate 83. County Executive James Smith Jr. says the center will educate people about the value and importance of agriculture. Officials say visitors will be able to see pastures and rotating crop fields in an ongoing exhibit of farm activities. The county has 800 working farms and more than 70,000 acres set aside for commercial agriculture. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of next summer.



Woman’s body found in home

Fairfax County police are investigating a homicide in Annandale, where they found a woman’s body inside her home.

Police said they found 53-year-old Chung Auh at her home in the 4100 block of Hummer Road on Friday afternoon. They said she suffered trauma to her upper body. An autopsy is planned to determine the cause and manner of Ms. Auh’s death. Detectives continued to work at the scene on Saturday to gather evidence from the home. No suspect has been identified.


Ex-Army captain pleads guilty in theft

Federal prosecutors said a former U.S. Army captain has pleaded guilty to taking part in a plot to steal $39 million worth of fuel from the Army in Iraq.

Robert Young, 56, a U.S. citizen who lived in the Philippines, pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy and theft of government property. He will be sentenced on Oct. 30. In his plea, Young admitted that between October 2007 and May 2008, he and his conspirators, claiming to represent Defense Department contractors in Iraq, used fraudulent documents to steal aviation and diesel fuel from Camp Liberty in Iraq. Prosecutors say that as a result of the scheme, Young received about $1 million in personal profits.


Resort protects 1,400 acres

Wintergreen Resort has dedicated a 1,400-acre natural preserve, protecting the area from development in exchange for about $3 million in state tax credits.

The Crawford’s Knob Natural Preserve Area sits 3,000 feet above sea level along the Nelson County resort’s northwest boundary. It’s home to the rare purple-fringed orchid and nesting wood warblers and hawks. The resort held a dedication ceremony Friday for Crawford’s Knob. Roughly half of Wintergreen is now under conservation easement, safeguarding that land from development.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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