Va. Man Struck and Killed on Route 50

A 19-year-old Virginia man standing beside a disabled car on a highway shoulder was struck and killed by an oncoming vehicle yesterday on Route 50 near Bowie, Maryland State Police said. They identified the dead man as Robert Joseph Shaw, of Springfield. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

No arrests or citations were issued in connection with the accident, but the investigation is continuing, said Sgt. Herman Bethel, a spokesman for the state police in College Park.

The accident was reported at 11:30 a.m. on the westbound side of Route 50, west of Route 197, police said.

They said Shaw was standing on the passenger side of a 1984 Thunderbird in which he had been riding that was parked on the left shoulder of the six-lane highway. Police did not identify the driver of the Thunderbird.

Police said Shaw tried to avoid being hit by a 1998 Lexus, traveling west, that had veered to the left shoulder, but he was struck as he ran along the shoulder.

They said Helene Manos, 34, of Annapolis, the driver of the Lexus, then swung her car right and struck another westbound vehicle, a 1996 Acura, driven by Robert Finizio, 28, of Rockville. Neither Finizio nor Manos was injured, Bethel said.

3 Armed Men Rob Silver Spring Store

Three armed men walked into an Ames store in Silver Spring yesterday afternoon, fired a few shots and fled with an undisclosed amount of jewelry and cash, Montgomery County police said. No customers inside the store, in the Hillandale area of Silver Spring, were injured.

Police said the three men walked into the store together about 1 p.m., then split up. One man, who wore sunglasses, walked to the jewelry counter. A second man, wearing a bandanna over his face, positioned himself at the customer service counter, and a third man, whose face was not covered, went to one of the cashiers at the checkout counter, according to police.

The three men announced a robbery, then the man at the jewelry counter fired two shots, apparently to get attention, police said. One of the shots struck a display case, police said.

Police ask that anyone with information about the robbery call the Montgomery County police robbery section at 301-217-4500.

Man Struck by Plane Propeller Is Stable

A Reston man, who was struck by the propeller of a vintage plane he was working on in Ocean City, remains in serious but stable condition at a Baltimore hospital.

Michael Filluci, 50, nearly severed his legs and suffered deep lacerations to his body. A spokeswoman for the Maryland Shock Trauma Center said Filluci's legs were not amputated but declined to discuss details of the surgery.

Filluci was working on a two-seat Korean War era fighter plane on Sunday afternoon at the Ocean City Municipal Airport. One of the starters was improperly set and triggered the engine to start while Filluci was trying to turn the propeller by hand.

Jay Hancock, a spokesman for the Ocean City police, said that the police investigation has been concluded and that an additional investigation will be conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration. Airport officials have notified the FAA of the accident, Hancock said.


Divers Fail to Find Man in Occoquan River

Fairfax County divers suspended a search last night for a man who fell overboard while boating yesterday afternoon on Pohick Bay on the Occoquan River.

Witnesses told police they saw the unidentified man, who was alone, fall overboard about 4:15 p.m. He appeared to be in his late teens or early twenties, they said. The man surfaced once, but was struck in the head by the boat and then disappeared below the surface, police said.

Divers planned to resume searching at 9 a.m. today.

Shipyard Completes Commercial Work

The last of six tankers built by Newport News Shipbuilding in a failed venture into commercial building has finished its sea trials and will be christened this month.

The delivery of the double-hulled commercial tanker HMI Brenton Reef, to be delivered to the buyer, Hvide Marine Inc., by midyear, will complete the shipyard's exit from commercial shipbuilding, a segment of the market it reentered in 1994 after a 15-year hiatus. It lost as much as $300 million on the venture.

No Jail for Teen in Counterfeiting Case

One of two Bedford teenagers caught printing counterfeit money on their computers has been sentenced to community service and made to give up his computer.

Bedford County Judge Philip Wallace spared the 17-year-old a felony conviction during a hearing in Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations County last week. He said he was giving the teenager a chance to stay out of trouble.

The youth was charged last year with helping a 14-year-old classmate print out fake $1, $5 and $10 bills. Police say the younger boy produced the bills using a scanner at the library of Jefferson Forest High School and his home computer. The 14-year-old then gave the 17-year-old a floppy disk and asked him to print more bills, police said. The older boy printed three bills.

The older boy pleaded not guilty, saying he didn't know his actions were illegal. The 14-year-old pleaded guilty in February but has not been sentenced.

Man Seriously Hurt When Hit by Car

A 51-year-old pedestrian of no fixed address was seriously injured on Richmond Highway in Fairfax County late Friday when he crossed the highway in front of a moving car.

The injured man, Gregory T. Hall, was in critical condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital last night with leg and internal injuries.

Police did not charge the driver who hit Hall. Hall, police said, had been drinking.

Fairfax Man Badly Burned in House Fire

A Fairfax County man was seriously injured yesterday morning in a house fire in the 6400 block of Hillview Avenue in the Penn Daw area, fire officials said.

The fire began in the basement and was reported about 10 a.m. An occupant of the house was found on the front lawn with second- and third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body. He was flown to the burn unit of Washington Hospital Center.

Fairfax fire officials did not release the name of the victim or his age. The amount of damage done by the fire had not been determined yesterday afternoon, fire officials said.


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