Local Digest

Wednesday, February 24, 2010; B02


Woman finds man stuck under her car

After arriving home in Fairfax County about 7:30 p.m. Monday, a woman discovered a man's body stuck under her vehicle, a body police say she unwittingly dragged from a crash in Prince William County.

Prince William police said Tuesday that Carroll H. Humphries, 39, of Manassas Park apparently was struck on northbound Centreville Road near Patton Lane when he tried to cross through traffic. A Woodbridge man driving a 2003 Toyota Corolla allegedly hit him and then stopped at the scene.

But a second driver traveling northbound in a 2004 Nissan Quest struck Humphries as he lay on the ground, and she continued driving two miles to her home. She didn't realize what had happened until she found the body under her vehicle, police said. She called Fairfax police. Humphries died as he was being taken to the hospital.

Police said no one has been charged in the incident, but an investigation is continuing.

-- Josh White

High-profile bills get shot down

Two of the House of Delegates' most high-profile bills of the year, both sponsored by Del. Mark L. Cole (R-Fredericksburg), died in a Senate subcommittee Tuesday.

A subcommittee of the Senate's Commerce and Labor Committee killed one bill, which would have made it illegal for employers or insurance companies to require that people be implanted with microchips. The subcommittee also killed a bill that was designed to send a message to the federal government by declaring that all commerce that takes place exclusively in Virginia could not be regulated by the federal government.

Cole had said that privacy issues were the chief concern behind the microchip bill. But he also said he shared concerns that the devices could someday be used as the "mark of the beast" described in the Bible's Book of Revelation.

Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax) said that four senators thought the first bill was a solution in search of a problem, and the subcommittee thought the second was unconstitutional.

-- Rosalind S. Helderman

Ceremonies honor Iwo Jima battle

Ceremonies held Tuesday at the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington County marked the 65th anniversary of the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima during the World War II battle there.

The flag raising, on Mount Suribachi, was one of the most famous incidents of the war and the subject of a well-known photograph. Five Marines and a Navy corpsman raised the flag four days after Marines invaded the Pacific island, and the statue at the memorial is based on the photograph.

-- Martin Weil


Police say bloody shirt belongs to youth

Investigators have recovered the bloody shirt of a 13-year-old boy suspected of killing a teacher at a state-run juvenile detention facility in Prince George's County, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation.

One of the sources said investigators had also taken a statement from the boy.

Prince George's prosecutors have not charged the boy in the death of 65-year-old Hannah Wheeling, a Bel Air resident and teacher of general studies at Cheltenham Youth Facility's Murphy Cottage. County State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said Tuesday that prosecutors were moving deliberately because the processes in juvenile court are expedited once a suspect is charged.

Prosecutors would have to charge the boy as a juvenile, then seek a waiver from a juvenile court judge to move the case to adult court, Ivey said.

Wheeling's partially clothed body was found Thursday outside the door of Murphy Cottage, which is outside the perimeter fence at Cheltenham and houses about 20 youths deemed not dangerous to themselves or others, police have said. Law enforcement sources have said Wheeling appeared to have been sexually assaulted and beaten.

The suspect in the case was housed at Murphy Cottage, law enforcement sources have said. Cheltenham Youth Facility is run by the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.

-- Matt Zapotosky

Man badly burned in nursing home fire

A man in his 60s was transported from the Clinton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Stuart Lane on Tuesday after he was critically burned in a fire there, authorities said.

The fire was small and contained to one room, but it did force some evacuations at the facility, said Maj. Tyrone Forby, a spokesman for Prince George's County Fire/EMS.

Emergency responders were alerted to the blaze shortly after 3 p.m. and quickly extinguished it, he said.

Forby said he did not know whether the man's injuries were life-threatening. He said burns of any degree typically are designated as "critical" in patients older than 60.

-- Matt Zapotosky

U-Md. campus gets new president

Jay Perman, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been appointed president of the University of Maryland at Baltimore, the school announced Tuesday.

Perman, 63, will start July 1 at the campus that houses Maryland's medical and law schools. He replaces David J. Ramsay, president since 1994, who announced last summer he would step down.

-- Daniel de Vise


Many D.C. deaths found preventable

Nearly 50 percent of deaths in the District in 2007 were traced back to preventable behavior, according to a report released Tuesday by the city Department of Health.

The leading cause of death, representing 1,367 out of 5,168 deaths of D.C. residents in 2007, was heart disease, followed by cancer (1,159), cerebrovascular disease (200), accidents (200) and HIV/AIDS (188), the report says.

The report links heart disease and cancer to tobacco use, which is preventable.

The Health Department report marks the District as the first city and third jurisdiction to used residential data to complete the study.

-- Nikita Stewart

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