- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 25, 2009


Street closings set for Corps marathon

Travelers to Washington should expect street closures on Sunday as the city hosts the Marine Corps Marathon.

More than 22,000 runners are expected to participate in the 34th annual race, which begins at 8:15 a.m. and passes the Washington Monument and Lincoln and Jefferson memorials as well as the Pentagon.

Metro officials said that the transit system will open at 5 a.m., two hours earlier than usual, for the event.

A total of 24 Metrobus routes in Virginia and the District were rerouted for the event.



Proposed wind farm testimony continues

Attorneys for the developers of a proposed West Virginia wind farm questioned all but their last witness in a trial over whether the project will harm an endangered bat.

The defense witnesses said Friday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt that netting has not captured any Indiana bats and disputed audio recordings that witnesses for the plaintiffs say show the endangered bats are at the site. The plaintiffs are seeking to force the developers to obtain permits under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The Washington-based Animal Welfare Institute and the Williamsburg, W.Va.-based Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy filed suit against Rockville-based Beech Ridge Energy and Chicago-based Invenergy Wind over the proposed Greenbrier County, W.Va., wind farm.

District Court Judge Roger W. Titus said the final witness and closing arguments in the bench trial would be heard on Thursday.



Soldier killed in crash based in Georgia

Army officials say a soldier killed when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed on a Navy ship during training was based in Georgia.

The soldier, whose name will not be released until next of kin are notified, was assigned to Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. Three of the eight soldiers injured in the crash were also assigned to Hunter Army Airfield. None had life-threatening injuries.

The service members were rappelling down a rope from the helicopter to the USNS Arctic around 8 p.m. Thursday off the Virginia coast near Fort Story when the crash happened.

The cause of the crash was being investigated.

The Arctic was damaged and will be repaired quickly. Officials said the ship has no official home port but frequents naval stations in Norfolk and Earle, N.J.


Zoo has new baby giraffe

The Virginia Zoo has a new baby Masai giraffe, the first such animal born at the zoo.

The giraffe was born Wednesday to 7-year-old Imara and 8-year-old Billy, first-time parents.

Zoo director Greg Bockheim said the survival rate is 50 percent for first-time births, but the as-yet unnamed baby giraffe is faring well so far, having passed milestones such as walking, nursing and bonding with Imara.


Woman sentenced for animal cruelty

A King George County woman has been sentenced to nine months in jail on animal cruelty and neglect charges after dozens of dead or severely malnourished animals were found at her home.

Iris Marie Hedrick was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison with all but nine months suspended. A judge also ordered the 40-year-old to pay thousands of dollars in fines and restitution and ruled that she could never own or care for any type of animal.

Hedrick pleaded guilty this summer to 16 misdemeanor counts. In return for the pleas, four felony charges were reduced.

Authorities went to Hedrick’s home Jan. 2 in response to an anonymous tip and found dead or dying dogs, cats, birds, goats, rabbits, pigs, sheep and a cow.

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