Trinity Washington University, a Catholic women’s school, will announce Thursday that it plans to build a $40 million academic center with science and health laboratories and classrooms on its campus in Northeast Washington. Construction on the school’s first new academic facility in a half-century is expected to begin in summer 2014.
A $10 million gift from Trinity graduate Joan Payden, described as the largest donation in the school’s history, will help fund the project. Trinity President Patricia McGuire said in a news release that the university will be “at long last able to modernize our core laboratories and instructional spaces for 21st century teaching and learning.”
— Nick Anderson
A 48-year-old Maryland man died Wednesday after his 2009 Hyundai Sonata veered off the road in the Laytonsville area of Montgomery County, struck a large tree and rolled over. Adam J. Gaudreau, of Mount Airy, was taken by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and died there of his injuries.
Gaudreau worked at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. “Our thoughts are with Adam’s relatives as they deal with this tragic loss,” NRC spokesman Scott Burnell said.
Crash investigators on Wednesday were still piecing together what happened. Preliminary findings show that about 8:30 a.m., Gaudreau was driving on Laytonsville Road before Hawkins Creamery Road when the car drifted off the road. No one else was in the car.
— Dan Morse
Del. Brian J. Feldman is expected to be appointed in coming days by Gov. Martin O’Malley to fill a Montgomery County Senate seat vacated by Robert J. Garagiola.
Feldman was the unanimous choice of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee for the District 15 Senate seat at a meeting on Tuesday night. Another candidate vying for the appointment, Bilal Ayyub, a University of Maryland engineering professor, dropped out of contention last month. He had been recruited by a coalition of minority group leaders.
Feldman, 52, was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2002. He is a former chairman of Montgomery’s House delegation and has served more recently as parliamentarian in the chamber. Garagiola, the Senate majority leader, announced his retirement in June, saying he wanted to spend more time with his children.
Under the state Constitution, O’Malley (D) is effectively bound by the central committee’s choice.
Five painters and other contractors were charged in recent months with paying bribes to General Services Administration building managers to win small-time work in a scheme dating back to at least 2008, according to authorities and court records.
The General Services Administration managers and several others pleaded guilty years ago to their involvement in similar crimes, and the latest round of indictments seems to catch more suspected bribers in a wide net.
Federal prosecutors in Maryland identified those charged recently with bribery as Carl Roberts, 48, of Clinton; Ronald Wilkinson, 60, of Brandywine; Robert W. Hales, 52, of Nanjemoy; Darold Patterson, 72, of Derwood; and Daryl Kitchen, 59, of Upper Marlboro. The men, they said, owned various construction, painting and general contracting companies and paid bribes to win jobs at federal facilities in College Park, Silver Spring and the District.
— Matt Zapotosky
Police are looking for a man who allegedly groped a 13-year-old girl in Alexandria on Tuesday afternoon.
The incident happened around 4:10 p.m. near North Van Dorn Street and Sanger Avenue. Police said the girl was walking from a bus stop in that area when a man approached her from behind and sexually assaulted her.
Two witnesses confronted the suspect, who then fled, police said.
The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic man, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-8, with slicked-back hair, a thin mustache and tattoos on both arms.
— Maggie Fazeli Fard