- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 22, 2009



Troopers hurt in chase, crashes

Two Maryland State Police troopers were injured Saturday in a crash on the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway, authorities said.

State police said the troopers were pursuing an erratic driver in Prince George’s County when the suspect swerved into the side of one patrol car, which then hit another cruiser. Both patrol cars spun out of control and crashed. Another vehicle, driven by Ellen Sistare of Mitchellville, also was struck.

Authorities said the troopers, Michael O’Brien and Alphrin Norman, were hospitalized with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening. Ms. Sistare also was treated for minor injuries.

County fire department spokesman Mark Brady said the Outer Loop remained closed for hours as authorities made rescues and investigated.

The suspect also struck two Prince George’s County police cars during the chase, but neither officer was injured. Police said charges are pending against the 30-year-old man, who was caught after the pursuit continued into the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95.


Trucker accused of displaying gun

Maryland State Police have arrested a tractor-trailer driver suspected of pointing what looked like a handgun at a dump-truck driver.

Police said state troopers received a call Friday about a reported road-rage incident on Interstate 695. The dump-truck driver told dispatchers that another trucker had displayed a handgun.

Troopers stopped the tractor-trailer and found an air-charged pellet gun, which they first thought was a black semiautomatic handgun. Police arrested the driver, Johnathan Maniah Adams, of Fort Worth, Texas.

Mr. Adams was being held at the Baltimore County Jail.


Woman’s body, car found in harbor

A Baltimore city dive team found and recovered a woman’s body inside a submerged car, authorities said.

They said a station wagon apparently lost control and crashed into the Inner Harbor early Saturday near Pier 5.

Officials said witnesses reported that the car was in the pier driveway when it suddenly accelerated and drove into the harbor.

The woman was not identified.



Regulators question black-owned insurer

State regulators are seeking to suspend the nation’s oldest black-owned insurance company from doing business in Virginia, saying its finances are in a hazardous condition.

The State Corporation Commission said the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance’s surplus dropped by more than a third during the 12 months that ended June 30, leaving it too close to the minimum required by law.

The company, based in Durham, N.C., said it is working to raise capital and boost its balance sheet.

Officials also said it is reducing expenses and has cut back on signing up new business.

The commission recommended suspending the company’s license. The company has asked for a hearing on the matter.


Kaine requests disaster relief

Gov. Tim Kaine is asking the federal government for disaster assistance for Virginia localities that suffered damage from recent heavy storms.

The request calls for low-interest loans for homeowners and renters and funds to assist local governments in making repairs.

Mr. Kaine said he has seen the damage firsthand and that it is critical that the state receive federal relief to help businesses and residents recover as quickly as possible.

The governor is asking for assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Hazard Mitigation Assistance program.

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