Local digest

Saturday, August 28, 2010; B04


Metrorail work will slow weekend travel

Maintenance work on the Red, Blue and Green lines will complicate Metro rides this weekend, even as riders deal with crowds headed to rallies and marches around the Mall and the Nationals games this weekend.

Red Line

Trains will share one track between the Shady Grove and Twinbrook stations through closing Sunday night. Crews will be repairing the platform at Rockville Station. Add at least 30 minutes.

Blue Line

-- Trains will be single-tracking between the Stadium-Armory and Addison Road stations through the Sunday close as crews replace concrete slabs beneath the rails. Add at least 30 minutes. From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, every other Blue Line train traveling toward Largo Town Center will terminate at Stadium-Armory and return to Huntington or Franconia-Springfield stations.

-- Trains will be single-tracking between the Braddock Road and Van Dorn stations from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday as Metro trims weeds along the tracks. Add at least 30 minutes. During these times, all Blue Line trains will be rerouted to operate between Largo and Huntington. If you use Franconia or Van Dorn, you'll need to take a Blue Line "shuttle train" to the King Street Station and catch another Blue or Yellow line train headed toward Washington. The shuttle will run about every 18 minutes Saturday from Franconia to King Street and about every 15 minutes Sunday.

Green Line

-- Trains will be single-tracking between the Greenbelt and College Park stations from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday as crews weld new rails. Add at least 20 minutes.

-- Staff reports


8-year-term in Pepco worker's shooting

A D.C. Superior Court judge sentenced a Northwest Washington man to eight years in prison Friday for the 2009 shooting of a Pepco worker as the employee was working near Rhode Island Avenue and First Street NW.

Judge Ronna L. Beck's sentencing of Marlo Johnson, 18, follows Johnson's guilty plea in May to shooting Eric Thompson as Thompson and several co-workers were trying to restore power to residences and businesses in the neighborhood Dec. 3.

Thompson, who was shot in the back of the head with a .22-caliber pistol, continues to recover.

Johnson, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, was charged as an adult.

-- Keith L. Alexander


U.S. 50 east work will cause delays

Expect major delays on U.S. 50 east this weekend as crews finish repairs along a nine-mile stretch of highway between the Anne Arundel County line and the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County. Crews should be out of the area by 5 a.m. Monday.

Alternate routes include the Capital Beltway to Md. 32 to Interstate 97 or Md. 450, which runs parallel to U.S. 50 through Prince George's.

-- Ovetta Wiggins

Man, 31, found fatally shot in Riverdale

A 31-year-old man was fatally shot early Friday in the Riverdale area of Prince George's County, authorities said.

The incident occurred just before 1:30 a.m. in the 5400 block of 56th Place, authorities said.

Officers called to the scene for a reported shooting found Larry Williams Jr. of Riverdale suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, authorities said.

He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died. Police have no suspects or motive in the case, authorities said.

-- Matt Zapotosky


Weekend work planned on I-66 east

Two of the three lanes of eastbound Interstate 66 will be closed this weekend as construction crews prepare to shift traffic onto new bridges that carry the highway over the Capital Beltway. The work is part of the high-occupancy toll lanes project.

Motorists can expect delays of as much as 35 minutes during peak hours Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., from Route 50 to just past the work zone.

By 5 a.m. Monday, the three I-66 east lanes will be shifted to the new bridges over Interstate 495.

-- Ashley Halsey III

Woman, in-laws killed in I-95 wreck

A married couple in their 70s from Stafford County and their 47-year-old daughter-in-law were killed early Friday when the minivan they were in struck another vehicle and veered out of control on Interstate 95 near Garrisonville, Virginia State Police said.

Melvin L. Miller, 73; his wife, Marilyn H. Miller, 70; and daughter-in-law Tina M. Miller, 47, all of the 200 block of Oak Grove Lane in Stafford, were traveling south in a Dodge Caravan when the vehicle struck a southbound Chevrolet Impala from behind at 6:17 a.m., police said.

The Impala, whose 29-year-old driver was not injured, struck a guardrail after the collision, police said. The Caravan veered off the highway, rolled over, struck a tree and came to rest on its roof, according to police.

Melvin Miller, who was driving; his wife, who was in the front seat; and their daughter-in-law, a passenger in the rear seat, were wearing seat belts, police said. Police said alcohol was not a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

-- Paul Duggan

Ex-FBI worker gets 4 years for child porn

A 65-year-old former FBI employee from Prince William County was sentenced to almost four years in prison Friday for possessing child pornography.

Samuel I. Kaplan of Gainesville pleaded guilty June 2 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria and received 46 months behind bars.

Kaplan was an information technology program manager at an FBI facility in Chantilly when authorities discovered that he had used the FBI's computer network to "facilitate sexually explicit communications," the Justice Department said.

Investigators said they later found 10 to 20 images on Kaplan's home computer showing juveniles involved in sex acts.

-- Paul Duggan

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