- The Washington Times - Monday, July 27, 2009


Hearing Thursday for shooting suspect

A hearing is scheduled Thursday in U.S. District Court for a white supremacist accused of fatally shooting a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington in June.

Earlier this month, the attorney for James von Brunn, 89, told a federal judge that his client was not well enough to come to court. Prosecutors said at the time that doctors told them Mr. von Brunn might be able to be transported to court later in the month.

Mr. Von Brunn faces a first-degree-murder charge in the death of museum guard Stephen T. Johns. Mr. Von Brunn was shot in the face by other guards.

New traffic pattern for Chain Bridge

The D.C. Department of Transportation is making adjustments to the traffic pattern on Chain Bridge to improve traffic flow between the District and Arlington.

Crews will reposition construction barriers and restripe the roadway to create a separate lane for traffic turning right on Route 123. Cars turning on Route 123 and traffic to Glebe Road currently share a single lane.

Officials said the adjustments are scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Monday and end before rush hour Tuesday morning.



Girl’s body found in boating accident

Maryland Natural Resources Police said they have recovered the body of an 11-year-old girl reported missing following a Cecil County boating accident.

Police said the girl’s body was found Sunday morning about a half mile from where the accident was reported Friday on the Sassafras River near Kennedyville.

Police said the body would be taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.


Power transformer on slow journey

A massive power transformer will be making a slow trip through Maryland this week on its way to a nuclear power plant in southern Pennsylvania.

The transformer, which weighs a half-million pounds, is being hauled on a specially designed, 16-foot-wide vehicle. Top speed: 5 miles per hour.

Starting Monday night, it will begin a six-day journey from Havre de Grace to the Pennsylvania state line. Its final destination is Exelon’s Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in Delta, Pa., about a mile across the border. The plant is replacing all six of its transformers.

The transformer will travel between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., escorted by state police and state highway workers. It will stop each morning at a predetermined location.


Health, school leaders at swine flu summit

Health and education officials from across the state are gathering in Annapolis on Monday for a swine flu summit.

Items on the agenda include seasonal influenza immunization; surveillance and reporting of swine flu; emergency preparedness and other topics.

Health Secretary John Colmers and state schools Superintendent Nancy Grasmick are among those scheduled to attend the summit.



Langley spending falls 25 percent

Langley Air Force Base contributed $1.2 billion to the local economy last year, which is down about $400 million from 2005 figures, according to an Air Force study.

The 25 percent drop means the Air Force is spending less in Virginia on payroll, supplies, contracts for services, military housing, construction, education, health-related expenses and the commissary, or base grocery store.

Hampton city officials also are preparing for more job losses at Langley, a net loss of 399 military personnel attributed to F-15 fighter jets being reassigned to other locations.


Two sentenced in toddler slaying

Chesapeake Circuit Judge Randy Smith sentenced Shawn Sir Charles Ward, 23, and Julian Barksdale, 21, to 78 years in prison Friday in the death of a 1-year-old girl.

The two men were convicted on second-degree-murder, armed burglary and other charges related to the death of Ny-Asia Tillmon. The toddler was shot in the head in November 2007 when masked gunmen forced their way into a Chesapeake apartment.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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