- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Woman hit by Metro bus dies

A woman struck by a Metro bus on Monday has died, police said.

Stephanie Richardson, 61, of Northeast Washington, died Tuesday afternoon at the Washington Hospital Center.

The accident happened about 6:30 p.m. Monday. Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said the woman got off a bus, walked in front of it and into the path of another bus, which hit her, knocking her to the ground.

Mr. Taubenkibel said the driver of the bus that hit the woman was suspended pending completion of drug and alcohol tests, as is routine procedure.

D.C. police said the investigation is continuing and no charges have been filed.



3 county employees charged with theft

Fairfax County police have charged three county employees with embezzling more than $12,000 at a landfill and transfer station.

Gurinder Singh, 61, of Chantilly; Bir Bhogal, 47, of Herndon; and Segundo Ramon Beltran, 52, of Stafford, have each been charged with felony embezzlement. They surrendered to police Monday.

Police say the three men worked with the Division of Solid Waste Disposal and Resource Recovery, at the Interstate 66 transfer station and the I-95 landfill complex. Police say the three kept cash payments from customers for themselves.


Police kill man while serving warrant

Police fatally shot a man in Dinwiddie County while serving a federal search warrant Tuesday.

Virginia State Police Sgt. Thomas Molnar would not say why police were at the home in the 10000 block of Halifax Road because the search warrant is under seal.

Sgt. Molnar said one man was shot as state police troopers and members of the tactical team and special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were serving the search warrant shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday.

No law enforcement personnel was injured.

Sgt. Molnar said police are investigating how many shots were fired and whether the man pulled a weapon.


More lawsuits set in salmonella case

A Houston lawyer representing people sickened by the salmonella outbreak linked to a Virginia-based peanut processor plans to file about 55 claims for compensation.

Ron Simon said he would file his clients’ claims by next week. They will be added to nearly 120 personal-injury claims seeking compensation from a $12 million fund.

Mr. Simon said many more claims could be filed by the Oct. 31 deadline.

The outbreak of salmonella from products traced to Peanut Corp. of America’s plants in Georgia and Texas was linked to the illnesses of about 700 people and the deaths of at least nine.

Peanut Corp. filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy to dissolve amid fallout from this year’s outbreak.

A Bankruptcy Court judge in Lynchburg, Va., last week approved the fund, which will use money from Peanut Corp. insurance policies.



Man sentenced in crucifix beating

A Takoma Park man has been sentenced to life in prison for beating his estranged girlfriend with an 18-pound crucifix, state prosecutors say.

Carlos Ovalle, 33, was sentenced Tuesday. He was convicted in July on numerous charges, including first-degree attempted murder.

Police said that on Dec. 21 Ovalle broke into his estranged girlfriend’s home in Takoma Park, jumped out of a closet when she came home and tried to stab and strangle her. Ovalle hit the woman at least 20 times with the crucifix.

A Takoma Park police officer burst in and shot Ovalle twice. Authorities said one bullet passed through his chest and hit the woman’s arm.


Swine flu outbreak closes high school

A high school in Laurel said that it would be closed Wednesday after confirming there are five cases of swine flu in the student population.

St. Vincent Pallotti High School Principal Stephen Edmonds said in the notice on the school’s Web site that about 100 students were out Tuesday for various reasons. He also said some students are staying home as a precaution.

Mr. Edmonds said a cleaning company will disinfect all common surfaces.


Suspect arrested in bank robbery

Montgomery County police have arrested a man they say robbed a Silver Spring bank and fled in a cab.

Mohammad Reza Johnson, 31, of Silver Spring, has been charged with armed robbery. He is being held without bond.

Police said the robbery occurred about 3:40 p.m. Monday at the Eagle Bank in the 8600 block of Georgia Avenue. A man passed a note implying that he was armed and demanded cash. After getting an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled in a cab.

Officers found the cab and the driver, who did not know the passenger had just robbed a bank, told police where the passenger had been dropped off. Police arrested the suspect.


Sheriff IDs man shot in struggle

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office identified a man fatally shot in a struggle with deputies.

Officials announced Tuesday that Cornelius Warren, 44, of Indian Head, died Friday after the shooting in Pisgah.

Investigators said two deputies made a traffic stop Friday afternoon, asked the driver and passenger to get out of the car and saw a large amount of marijuana in the vehicle.

Officials say Warren tried to drive away and struggled with the deputies when he tried to grab one of their guns. Both deputies fired their weapons, striking Warren.

The deputies were not identified.


Route 90 bridge to close for repairs

The Route 90 bridge into Ocean City will be closed for two months for repairs, the Maryland State Highway Administration said.

The department said Tuesday afternoon that the bridge over the Assawoman Bay would close next week or early the following week to replace an 85-foot section of the bridge.

An exact date for the closing will be announced next week after engineering plans are completed and a contractor is chosen.

Vehicles heavier than pickup trucks aren’t allowed to cross the bridge after inspectors found deterioration in a girder that requires immediate attention.

The bridge, one of two into the resort, is considered safe for passenger vehicles under a 6,000-pound limit. The 1.4-mile bridge is 38 years old and averages 18,000 vehicles a day.


Two charged with thefts at open houses

Two Maryland men have been arrested and charged with a string of thefts during real estate open houses.

Baltimore police arrested John Palmer Jr., 51, of Glen Burnie, and Samuel Goldstein, 22, of Dundalk, on Sunday. They are charged with stealing $10,000 in cash and jewelry from several homes on the market in Baltimore, Montgomery County, Alexandria and Fairfax County.

The men were arrested at a Baltimore open house, and police say one of them had jewelry from that home in his pocket. Police say the men posed as a father and son. One of them would distract a real estate agent with questions while the other would grab the valuables.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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