- The Washington Times - Monday, October 12, 2009


Hit by crossfire, 17-year-old dies

Kenyetta Nicholson-Stanley, 17, died Friday, a day after she apparently was caught in a crossfire between a security guard and a masked gunman.

Metropolitan Police said Miss Nicholson-Stanley was talking to a security guard at the Edgewood Terrace housing complex in Northeast Washington on Thursday night when the gunman started shooting, and the guard returned fire. She died Friday in a hospital.

Police said it was not immediately clear who fired the fatal shot.

Metro closings through Monday

Metro riders should expect big delays on parts of the rail system through Monday.

The Waterfront and Archives stations will be closed until Tuesday morning. The Green Line also will be closed at the L’Enfant Plaza station.

To help people get around those stations, Metro is rerouting its Yellow Line. Through Monday, it will follow the Blue Line route between the Pentagon and Stadium-Armory stations, with a stop at L’Enfant Plaza. Shuttle buses also will be available.

The Yellow Line will be closed between Archives and Fort Totten, and the Green Line will be closed between the Navy Yard and Gallery Place stations.



Fire disrupts service at Buddhist temple

Montgomery County fire officials said a fire disrupted services at a Silver Spring Buddhist temple Sunday, prompting the evacuation of 220 people. No injuries were reported.

Fire officials said the blaze was reported shortly after noon, and the fire in the roof area was put out in about 20 minutes.

Fire spokesman Capt. Oscar Garcia said the cause of the fire was under investigation.


Multiple vehicles hit, kill pedestrian

U.S. Park Police said a pedestrian died after being struck by multiple vehicles early Saturday on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

The crash occurred shortly after 1 a.m. Officials said the vehicles that struck the man remained on the scene.

Police have asked for the public’s help in identifying the man, described as Hispanic and in his mid-30s. They released images of the T-shirt he was wearing. It is white with images of blue crossed axes and says “Semper Paratus” on the front and “Royal Ruthlessness” on the back.

Police would also like to talk to anyone who witnessed the incident.


Card skimmer put on ATM machine

The Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office said that a card-skimming device was attached to an ATM in Stevensville and that 88 people have reported unauthorized transactions..

The device has not been found, but investigators think it was on the ATM at the Bank of America branch at 1114 Shopping Center Road between Sept. 26 and Oct. 9.

Card skimmers are used to capture personal identification numbers, account numbers and other personal information from ATM cards.

The sheriff’s office said affected customers have been issued new cards.


Marathon runner collapses, dies

Union Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Debra Schindler said a runner in the Baltimore Marathon collapsed about 11:20 a.m. Sunday and was pronounced dead at the hospital about 1:10 p.m.

Miss Schindler says doctors were not able to revive the 23-year-old, whose identity was not released.

The runner, who collapsed at the 25-mile mark, was the second person to die in the race’s nine-year history.



Webb wants more battlefield funds

With a milestone approaching, Sen. Jim Webb, Virginia Democrat, is seeking more federal dollars for Civil War battlefield preservation.

Mr. Webb has asked the chairman of four Senate committees to match the $9 million funding proposal of their counterparts in the House.

In making his case, Mr. Webb cited the upcoming 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, in 2011.

He also noted that the battlefield-preservation program already has drained its fiscal 2009 appropriation.

The American Battlefield Preservation Program has helped set aside more than 15,300 acres on Civil War battlefields in 14 states.


Settlement set in price-gouging case

A Montgomery County gas station has agreed to make restitution to customers to settle allegations that it violated the Virginia Post-Disaster Anti-Price Gouging Act during Hurricane Ike in September 2008.

Virginia Attorney General Bill Mims on Friday announced the settlement with 7 Hills Inc., doing business as Shawnee Mini-Mart. The settlement was filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Southwest Virginia.

Mr. Mims alleged in a complaint filed with the settlement that Shawnee Mini-Mart’s price for a regular gallon of gas on the evening of Sept. 12, 2008, and the two days after that was 36 percent higher than on Sept. 9.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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