- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 16, 2009

DISTRICT

Ferry is possible with local money

A report says a commuter ferry service on the Potomac River between Virginia’s Prince William County and Washington’s Southwest quadrant could be possible but would require startup costs of between $22 million and $30 million from local governments.

Officials in Prince William County were to meet Tuesday night to review the report and decide whether to endorse its findings.

Released last month, the report follows test ferry runs made in spring. Officials predict ridership of 340,000 trips a year if the service were to be implemented. The trip from Virginia to the District would take about an hour.

Development eyed for Hine site

The shuttered Hine Junior High School on Capitol Hill will be transformed into 150 apartments, along with retail and office space for the Shakespeare Theatre Company and another nonprofit group.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced redevelopment plans Tuesday for the prime piece of real estate near Eastern Market. Mr. Fenty said Stanton Development Corp. and EastBanc development won the project in a competitive bidding process.

Their plan calls for more than 500,000 square feet of housing, office space, restaurants and neighborhood-oriented retail.

In addition to the Shakespeare Theatre Company, the site will serve as a new headquarters for the nonprofit International Relief and Development. The Arlington group will move its 200 employees to Washington.

The project could break ground by 2011.

VIRGINIA

TAZEWELL

County officials eye trail connection

Tazewell County officials say connecting the county with an all-terrain-vehicle trail system in southern West Virginia could be an economic plus for the region.

Tazewell County Board of Supervisors Chairman David Anderson said the county is uniquely situated to take advantage of West Virginia’s Hatfield-McCoy Trail system and the proposed Spearhead Trail. That trail is expected to cross seven Southwest Virginia counties.

Mr. Anderson said the West Virginia system has resulted in an economic boom for communities along the route. The system has more than 500 miles of trails.

County Administrator Jim Spencer said a proposed Hatfield-McCoy trailhead in Bramwell, W.Va., would make a trail system connection between the two states easy to make.

ARLINGTON

Virginia department gets mines grant

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy is among the recipients of $500,000 in grants to help make America’s mines safer.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration announced funding through the Brookwood-Sago grants program Tuesday. It’s named for 13 men who died at the Jim Walter Resources mine in Brookwood, Ala., in 2001, and for 12 who died at the Sago Mine near Buckhannon, W.Va., in 2006.

Virginia gets $54,000 for a firefighter-training program, while other states share in the grants.

LYNCHBURG

Inmate sentenced for aiding escape

Joseph Edward Vesley, 20, of Urbanna, pleaded guilty Monday to helping another prisoner escape and was sentenced in Lynchburg Circuit Court to six months in jail.

Vesley also pleaded guilty to unrelated charges of drug possession and theft. Those convictions added three months to his sentence.

Vesley was accused of helping 20-year-old Larry Wayne Dodson Jr., 20, escape from the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg on March 10. Dodson was captured April 5 in Georgia.

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Felmlee said other inmates saw Vesley take bedsheets and give them to Dodson. Dodson used the sheets to lower himself down a wall at the jail’s recreation yard.

NORFOLK

2 get probation in cigarette case

Senel Cuce, 29, of Melfa, and Ali Riza Zulam, 41, of Pocomoke City, Md., received probation in their sentencing Monday in federal court after pleaded guilty to selling contraband cigarettes.

U.S. District Court Judge Raymond A. Jackson placed both men on five months of home detention with electronic monitoring.

They also must pay $38,000 in restitution for tax losses in New York and Pennsylvania.

Cuce is co-owner of the Sunrise Family Market and Pizzeria in Exmore. Zulam is manager of the business.

According to court records, the pair sold 2,300 cartons of contraband cigarettes from the store between last September and March.

MARYLAND

GRANTSVILLE

State issues permit for new coal mine

The Maryland Department of the Environment has issued a permit for a new underground coal mine that would tunnel beneath the Casselman River in Garrett County.

Spokesman Jay Apperson said Tuesday that the permit has been issued to Maryland Energy Resources LLC, a company controlled by the Joseph Peles Coal Co. of Indiana, Pa.

Mr. Apperson said the company must post a bond of $25,000 for each well of drinking water it approaches. That is in addition to a $205,000 general performance bond.

The mine would extract an estimated 360,000 tons of coal annually for 20 years from deposits beneath about 3,000 acres south of Grantsville. It would be Maryland’s largest working deep mine.

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