Local Digest

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


CSX settles lawsuit for $7.5 million

CSX Transportation will pay the District $7.5 million to help clean up sites along the Anacostia River after petroleum products spilled from its Benning Road rail yard into a stream that flows into the river.

The company will also pay a $500,000 penalty to the city under a consent decree signed this month by the company and the District to settle a lawsuit filed in Superior Court.

The consent decree is open to public comment before it is finalized March 4, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) said Tuesday.

- Nikita Stewart

Gray nominates friend for board seat

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray nominated Lorraine Green on Tuesday to be a member of the Washington Convention and Sports Authority, the independent agency that owns the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Nationals Park and RFK Stadium.

Gray (D) also nominated City Administrator Allen Y. Lew, who formerly oversaw construction and renovation of the facilities, to join the 11-member board.

When Gray was chairman of the D.C. Council, he and other council members criticized then-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) for nominating friends and fraternity brothers to boards and commissions.

Gray said that Green, a friend of his and an executive at Amtrak, is "eminently qualified."

- Nikita Stewart


Officials identify inmate found slain

Maryland State Police on Tuesday identified Blas Ramon Mata Aguilar, 41, as the inmate found slain Feb. 2 in his cell at the Western Correctional Institution near Cumberland.

Prison officials said Aguilar had been jailed since 2004 and was serving an 11-year sentence for sexual assault and other charges. State court records show that he was convicted of rape in Montgomery County in 2005 and of assaulting a state prison employee in a 2007 case filed by the state in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.

His identity had been withheld pending notification of relatives and was released after state police said they had found his ex-wife and daughter in New York.

His death was ruled a homicide based on autopsy results, and Maryland State Police were investigating the killing.

- Mary Pat Flaherty


Crackdown on cell use while driving

The Virginia Senate has passed three measures to crack down on cellphone use in cars.

One bill would make texting while driving a primary violation for which a driver can be pulled over by police. A separate measure would make using a cellphone while driving a primary offense for provisional license holders - teenagers with restricted licenses.

The bills will be considered by the House, which has typically killed such measures.

- Rosalind S. Helderman

Man charged with using stun gun, rape

A 73-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of using a stun gun to incapacitate a woman and then raping her, Prince William County police said.

The woman, 52, told police that she and the man, whom she knew, got into an argument that escalated. He used a stun gun on her and sexually assaulted her, police said.

She called police Monday to report the incident.

James P. Ireton of the 13500 block of Tallyrand Way in Gainesville was charged with abduction with intent to defile, forcible sodomy and malicious wounding.

- Allison Klein

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