- The Washington Times - Monday, May 25, 2009


Late pizza parlors irk council member

D.C. Council member Jim Graham is proposing legislation to crack down on selling pizza slices in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, which he represents.

Mr. Graham said pizza parlors on 18th Street Northwest are part of the problem with neighborhood crime. These eateries stay open until 4:30 a.m., and although they are operating legally, he says such restaurants have become a nuisance.

“Behaving the way they do in terms of music, in terms of letting people hang out and also in terms of tolerating a certain level of violence,” Mr. Graham said.

Mr. Graham said he is drafting legislation and already has discussed the issue with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, WJLA-TV (Channel 7) reports.

Abdul Souada, a manager at one of the jumbo pizza slice restaurants, said he is being unfairly targeted just because his business is popular.

A hidden WJLA camera captured an example of what Mr. Graham is talking about a couple weeks ago, the station reports: Two girls began arguing in front of one of the jumbo-slice businesses, the altercation turned physical when punches were thrown and people wrestled to the ground. The melee went on for 10 minutes before police arrived, WJLA reported.



Swastikas painted on elementary school

Prince George’s County police said swastikas have been spray-painted on an elementary school.

Cpl. Mike Rodriguez said police were alerted to the vandalism about 9:30 a.m. Saturday and found swastikas painted in black on the Yorktown Elementary School building and on an off-duty police officer’s cruiser parked behind the school.

Cpl. Rodriguez said numbers that authorities think represent Adolf Hitler’s birthday were also painted on the school.


Teen to be tried as an adult

Timothy Oxendine, 15, charged with first-degree murder, will be tried as an adult in the fatal stabbing of a classmate at a West Baltimore middle school last year.

The defendant claims he was bullied by the victim, 15-year-old Markel Williams, whose relatives say the attack was because of a girl.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Wanda Heard told Timothy on Friday that the offense is too serious for him to be sent to juvenile court. She said he remains a public-safety risk until authorities figure out what happened. Judge Heard also told Timothy that she’s not sure whether his fear of Markel was justified.

Prosecutors say Timothy wasn’t afraid of a bully - instead, they say he was a bully.



Man drowns while body boarding

Virginia Beach Police Officer Adam Bernstein said 32-year-old Brodie Frederick III of Greenbelt was pulled offshore by the current while body boarding Saturday and drowned.

Officer Bernstein said Mr. Frederick was one of several people dragged offshore Saturday.

Mr. Frederick was found about 100 yards from the beach and was pronounced dead about 1:30 p.m.

Body boarding is similar to surfing.


Appalachian Power seeks higher rates

Virginia regulators are calling public comment on a request by Appalachian Power to increase its electricity rates. The utility hopes to increase the portion of the electric bill that pays for the fuel used to generate electricity.

Under the proposal, the monthly bill of a typical residential customer would increase by about 13 percent. An alternative proposal would result in a 9.6 percent increase through August 2010. The remainder would be recovered after that.

The State Corporation Commission will hold a hearing June 30 in Richmond to discuss the proposed increase.


Woman dies after fall from car

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office authorities said a woman died early Saturday after falling out of a car.

The woman, identified as Sofia Taj, 35, of Ashburn, was a passenger in a moving car on Route 7 when for unknown reasons, she fell out, authorities said, adding that she possibly was struck by several other vehicles.

Route 7 westbound was closed for several hours after the incident.

Deputies said the driver of the car that Miss Taj was in returned to the scene and was cooperating with law enforcement officials.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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