- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 18, 2009



Water main break repaired

A large water main break in Alexandria that disrupted some commutes has been repaired, officials said.

David Barney, a spokesman for Virginia American Water, said the 12-inch main was fixed about noon Wednesday. Mr. Barney said crews have refilled a hole leading to the main and have repaired the roadway, which included pouring new asphalt.

Earlier in the day, North Quaker Lane, which many drivers use to get to the Capital Beltway or Interstate 395, was closed between Duke Street and the intersection of Janneys Lane and Seminary Road.

A detour was set up using Fort Williams Parkway.


Ex-Regent official sentenced in sex case

A former assistant dean at Regent University’s law school has been sentenced to 16 years in prison on sex charges involving underage girls.

Stephen L. McPherson of Chesapeake pleaded guilty in January to forcible sodomy and object sexual penetration involving two girls from 2000 to 2002. He was sentenced Monday in Chesapeake Circuit Court to 80 years but the judge suspended 64 years of the term.

Prosecutor Karen Brown said McPherson, 40, and his wife, Melina, had adopted the girls from Hope Haven Children’s Home in Virginia Beach.

The couple served as house parents from August 1996 to August 2000. Each is charged in Virginia Beach with indecent liberties involving three girls. Those cases have been continued to Sept. 2.



Baltimore Ravens to partner with lottery

Maryland officials have approved an $810,000 contract to form a partnership between the Baltimore Ravens football team and the Maryland Lottery.

The Board of Public Works approved the deal Wednesday.

The scratch-off game will feature the team’s logo on $5 game cards, which will be sold at Ravens home games and other lottery outlets.

Maryland Lottery Director Buddy Roogow said the state stands to gain $3 million in net revenue from the game.

NFL owners voted to allow teams to sign licensing deals with state-sponsored lotteries in May. The New England Patriots, Washington Redskins and Houston Texans have already announced deals.


Probation office fire brings jail time

A Hyattsville man was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for setting a federal probation office on fire, federal prosecutors said.

Harry Easterday, 28, pleaded guilty to setting a fire on the first floor of the probation office building in Greenbelt. Authorities said Easterday broke into the building and started the fire, which was extinguished by a sprinkler system. Damage was minor.

Easterday was on probation at the time of the Jan. 26, 2008, fire and a U.S. probation officer assigned to that office was supervising Easterday’s probation.


Energy firm touts nuke deal benefits

A Constellation Energy Group spokesman said a proposal to sell half of its nuclear assets to a French company is good for Maryland because the state would benefit from thousands of jobs, private investment and new energy sources.

Spokesman Rob Gould made the comments as the Public Service Commission met to schedule its review of the $4.5 billion deal.

Constellation immediately appealed after the commission ruled last week that it has the right to sign off on the acquisition by France’s EdF. Constellation is not regulated by the commission, but the commission does have authority over its Baltimore Gas and Electric subsidiary.

Mr. Gould said the deal is clearly permitted under an agreement passed by state lawmakers last year.


Girl charged in hobo stabbing

A 17-year-old girl from Washington state was charged as an adult with attempted murder in the stabbing of a man at a hobo camp in Maryland.

Police said Jessika Brown of Arlington, Wash., stabbed Jimmy Lee Blank, 22, of Tacoma, Wash., nine times in the abdomen during a drunken altercation near the CSX railroad tracks Tuesday night.

A spokeswoman for the Western Maryland Health System refused to release Mr. Blank’s condition.

Investigators said Miss Brown and Mr. Blank traveled to Cumberland from Chicago by hopping trains.

Police said that after the stabbing, a 19-year-old hobo from Iselin, N.J., helped Miss Brown flag down a motorist to get Mr. Blank to a hospital.


Police find 23 damaged cars

Police are looking for the vandal or vandals who shot out the windows of 23 cars with a BB gun.

Police said the damage occurred sometime after 2:15 a.m. in neighborhoods from the city’s northeastern corner to the downtown area.

Investigators said the incidents appear to be related.


Council votes for Purple Line

Transportation leaders voted unanimously to add the Purple Line to the region’s long-term plans.

Wednesday’s vote by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board helps clear the way for officials to seek federal funding and start construction on the proposed 16-mile transit line in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Plans call for 21 stations between New Carrollton and Bethesda.

The $1.4 billion proposal calls for work to start in 2012, with the Purple Line running by 2017. Maryland officials haven’t decided whether the transit line would be light rail or bus rapid transit.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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