Friday, September 4, 2009


Woman hit by Metrobus

A Metrobus hit and critically injured a woman who was jogging Thursday morning in Northwest Washington.

The bus was traveling eastbound at 8:31 a.m. on Florida Avenue crossing Connecticut Avenue, said officials with the Metropolitan Police Department, which is leading the investigation.

There were no passengers on the bus, which was headed to a bus garage, said Angela Gates, a Metro spokeswoman.

Authorities said the woman, who was not carrying identification at the time of the accident, was jogging northbound on Connecticut Avenue, crossing Florida Avenue in the east crosswalk. She was in critical condition at George Washington University Hospital last night. Authorities had not identified the woman last night but said she was about 25 years old and about 5 feet 5 inches tall.

The woman was described as wearing a white T-shirt, faded gray jogging shorts with white trim, white sneakers and white ankle socks at the time of the accident.

Murder suspect walks out of hospital

Montgomery County police say a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Silver Spring man has walked out of a Washington hospital.

Police are searching for Winston Dillon, 39, one of two men they think shot 63-year-old Clarence Rankine multiple times on Sunday.

Mr. Dillon was shot in the leg that day, too, and was being treated at Washington Hospital Center. Lt. Paul Starks said that before police could serve an arrest warrant, Mr. Dillon signed himself out of the hospital Wednesday.

Lt. Starks said a guard was not by Mr. Dillon’s room because he had yet to be charged with a crime.

Police also are searching for Vincent Minto, 39, who was last seen at the time of the slaying.

Authorities have obtained first-degree-murder warrants for both men.



McDonnell addresses working-women issue

A new television ad Republican Robert F. McDonnell’s gubernatorial bid is airing makes an overture toward women in leadership posts in a bid to blunt criticism over a conservative thesis he wrote in 1989.

Mr. McDonnell is spending about $200,000 to run the upbeat spot for a week in downstate markets. It comes after news reports about the thesis, which called working women a detriment to the family.

The ad shows Mr. McDonnell strolling through a middle-income suburb and touting his business, military and educational experience. It features his two grown working daughters.

Midway through, daughter and Iraq war veteran Jeanine high-fives her father and exclaims, “The Army taught us leadership, dad.”


Va. Tech offers reward in 2 slayings

Virginia Tech is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the slayings of a student couple in the Jefferson National Forest.

University President Charles W. Steger said Thursday the school wants to assist Montgomery County authorities seeking the killer or killers.

Officials said the reward money came from gifts by the Board of Visitors and administration.

A passer-by found the bodies of David Lee Metzler, 19, and Heidi Lynn Childs, 18, on Aug. 27 at Caldwell Fields, a day-use and campground area about 15 miles from campus.

Police said the students apparently were shot.

A student group, Hokies United, scheduled an informal ceremony on the main lawn Thursday evening in remembrance of the two sophomores.



Former trooper charged in sex crime

Maryland State Police said Thursday that a trooper who resigned in April after being disciplined for a personnel issue has been arrested for sexually assaulting a woman.

State police said Marlon Iglesias, 42, of Silver Spring, was charged Wednesday night at his home with sexual offenses.

Police said Mr. Iglesias squeezed a woman’s thigh after he arrested her in July 2008 on I-270. The woman told police in May that the former trooper sexually assaulted her and fondled and kissed her while she was handcuffed.

Maryland State Police hired Mr. Iglesias in 1994 to patrol roads out of the Rockville barracks. In January, his police powers were suspended because of a personnel issue.

He has been released on bond.

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