- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 14, 2009


Boy, 14, killed by car

A 14-year-old boy who was standing on a street corner when he was struck by a car has died, D.C. police said.

Police said James Perkins of Southeast died from his injuries Saturday morning.

Officials said a car traveling south on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Southeast tried to make a left turn when another vehicle going north attempted to swerve around it. The cars collided and the driver of the second car lost control and the vehicle mounted a curb and hit James and a 42-year-old woman who were standing at the corner of Howard Road.

James and the woman were taken to a hospital, where James died. The woman was treated and released. The drivers of both cars also were treated for minor injuries.

Man fatally hit by Metro train

A man who was struck by a train at the Potomac Avenue station died Saturday, Metro said.

Spokeswoman Candace Smith said the incident happened at about 11:45 a.m.

Trains returned to normal service after sharing a single track between the Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory stations after the incident, Miss Smith said.

Officials said crews removed the man from under the train and took him to a hospital, where he died.

Fund created for slain guard’s family

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has created a fund for the family of a security guard who was fatally shot Wednesday by a gunman identified as an anti-Semite.

Museum officials said people can make contributions online to the special fund to benefit Stephen T. Johns’ family. Donations also are being accepted by phone and mail.

On Wednesday, authorities said, James W. von Brunn, 88, of Annapolis, fatally shot Mr. Johns, who opened the door for him at the museum. Mr. Johns, 39, lived in Temple Hills.

The museum said it had received an “outpouring of support and messages of condolence” from concerned individuals and organizations.

Donations can be made online via the museum’s Web site, www.ushmm.org.

Also, checks payable to USHMM Officer Johns Family Fund may be mailed to USHMM, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, Washington, D.C. 20024.



Morrison to head schools in Nevada

The community superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools was selected Saturday as Washoe County, Nev., schools superintendent.

Heath Morrison, 43, accepted the offer pending contract negotiations.

His salary and benefits will be announced later by officials in Nevada’s second-largest school district.

Mr. Morrison was a high school teacher and principal before assuming his current position in 2006.


Man charged with counterfeiting

Authorities have charged a man with manufacturing money.

John Robert Scott Jr., 33, of Hagerstown was charged Thursday with manufacturing counterfeit U.S. currency with intent to defraud and knowingly possessing forged, counterfeited and altered U.S. currency with intent to defraud.

Hagerstown police and the U.S. Secret Service searched Mr. Scott’s home after counterfeit money was passed around Hagerstown. Investigators said they discovered that people in the home were making false bills.


Historic house needs a home

A small, historic Greensboro house donated to the town’s historical society is looking for a home.

William and Stacey Strotman own the property where the 1895 house now sits. But the Greensboro Historical Society wants to move it to an abandoned Methodist cemetery in the heart of town.

Town officials would have to become owners of the cemetery, and they’re against doing so because of liability. The town maintains the cemetery.

The house also could be placed in a town park.



Officials probe ethanol levels

State officials are investigating complaints from southeast Virginia residents who have reported car problems that they suspect were caused by excessive ethanol levels in gasoline.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs has received more than 150 complaints, prompting officials to investigate gas stations in Isle of Wight, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Suffolk.

Spokeswoman Elaine Lidholm said the agency will inspect stations listed in the complaints in an attempt to track down the source of the bad gasoline.

Ethanol is blended with gas at terminals before it’s distributed. Most car engines are equipped to handle fuel that’s no more than 10 percent ethanol. Too much ethanol may cause cars to backfire and stall, and prompt warning lights to come on.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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