- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 27, 2009



Girl, 5, dies in swimming accident

A 5-year-old girl died Friday after being found unconscious at the bottom of a public pool.

Prince George’s County Fire and Rescue spokesman Mark Brady said rescuers responded to a 911 call at about 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Ellen Linson Aquatics Center in College Park.

Mr. Brady said a 10-year-old boy pulled the girl, who was not breathing, from the shallow end of the pool. Lifeguards started CPR, and paramedics continued to try to resuscitate her. She was taken to a hospital in “extremely critical” condition, but the fire department said she was pronounced dead at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park.

The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which runs the center, said 250 people were at the pool. The commission’s police officers will investigate the death.


Part of tree falls on minivan, 2 killed

Montgomery County fire officials say two people were killed when part of a large tree fell on a minivan in Bethesda.

The accident occurred about 7:20 p.m. Friday in windy and rainy weather on southbound Connecticut Avenue near East-West Highway.

Capt. Oscar Garcia of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue says part of the tree, about 2 1/2 to 3 feet in diameter, fell on the minivan, which had eight occupants.

Capt. Garcia said an adult and a child were killed. He said a second child sustained life-threatening injuries.


1 killed, 1 injured in hit-and-run crash

Maryland state police say one bicyclist was killed and another was injured in a hit-and-run crash near Ocean City.

State police said 41-year-old Edward Zisk and 20-year-old Maxim Matuzov, both of Ocean City, were riding on the Route 50 bridge west of Ocean City when they were hit around 2:30 a.m. Friday.

Police said Mr. Zisk was pronounced dead on the scene and Mr. Matuzov is being treated at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

The truck did not stop, and police say a witness followed the truck, updating police on its location. Police later pulled over the truck.

Daniel Bren, 34, of Berlin, was charged with negligent homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence, driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to remain at the scene of an accident involving the death of another.



Kaine denies request for travel records

Virginia’s Democratic governor, who doubles as Democratic National Committee chairman, has rejected a Republican bid to obtain records of his travel.

Virginia Republican Party chairman Pat Mullins requested copies of the governor’s internal scheduling and travel records under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

Mr. Mullins contends Gov. Tim Kaine has spent more time on party politics than state work, and in the process used taxpayer dollars in support of it.

Mr. Kaine’s communications director, Lynda Tran, wrote in a three-page reply to Mr. Mullins that the state FOI law exempts a “governor’s working papers.”

She also cited a 1991 state Supreme Court ruling that said then-Gov. L. Douglas Wilder need not turn over telephone records.


Kaine announces safety grants

Gov. Tim Kaine on Friday announced $33 million in public safety grants that will support programs designed to improve criminal justice services. Mr. Kaine said the 162 grants will allow localities and state agencies to help programs that keep the criminal justice system effective.

The grants will fund local community corrections and pretrial services programs, offender re-entry and transition services. They also will fund sexual assault victims’ services and juvenile justice and delinquency prevention programs.

The resources for the grants were provided by federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and state funds appropriated by the General Assembly.


Bay group wants EPA power plant review

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says air pollution from a proposed coal-fired power plant in Virginia would worsen the Bay’s poor health.

Joseph Tannery, the foundation’s Virginia deputy director, said Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency should be directly involved in a review of the proposed plant’s environmental impact.

The foundation also asked the Army Corps of Engineers to hold more public hearings on the plant.

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative wants to build the 1,500 megawatt plant in Surry County. The Glen Dale-based cooperative has said it needs a new plant to meet an estimated doubling of energy demand in the next two decades.

The cooperative generates, buys and transmits power for 12 community utilities in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.


Regulators seek comment on plan

Virginia regulators are seeking public comment on an energy conservation plan from Columbia Gas.

The company’s proposed plan includes energy conservation and efficiency programs for residential and small-business customers. The plan includes an alternative rate mechanism under a law adopted by the General Assembly in 2008.

Columbia Gas says that over a three-year period beginning in January, it proposes to spend $9 million on conservation initiatives. The company expects the plan to save customers an estimated $22 million.

The State Corporation Commission has scheduled a hearing in Richmond for Oct. 19 on the plan.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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