Passenger Dies in Alcohol-Related Crash
A 22-year-old passenger was killed Saturday in a drunken-driving incident after the car he was riding in flipped and hit a utility pole on Blackburn Road in Woodbridge, Prince William County police said.
Randy Tamba Davis, of the 2200 block of Stone Wheel Drive in Reston, died from severe head injuries at Potomac Hospital in Woodbridge.
Police said Davis was riding in the back seat of a Pontiac Grand Am heading east on Blackburn Road near Jefferson Davis Highway about 1 p.m. when the car's driver, Warren E. Shelton Jr., lost control of the car and struck the pole. Alcohol and speed were factors in the accident, police said.
Davis and another back-seat passenger were not wearing seat belts. Shelton and another passenger in the front seat were wearing safety belts and were treated for minor injuries at Potomac Hospital, said Sgt. Kim Chinn, a police spokeswoman.
Shelton, 24, of the 2400 block of Rosedown Drive in Reston, was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving on a revoked license, Chinn said.
Teen Still Critical After Lunchtime Crash
Mikhail Barg, the 17-year-old Seneca Valley High School senior who was injured in a lunch-hour crash Thursday, remains in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, according to a center spokesman. Barg suffered severe injuries to his brain and chest and multiple bone fractures when he lost control of the car he was driving to a fast-food restaurant and struck a steel pole in Germantown.
Also injured in the crash was Boris Parris, 14, who was listed in good condition yesterday by a Children's Hospital spokesman. A second passenger was treated and released.
D.C. Man Charged in Pr. George's Chase
A 32-year-old District man has been charged in connection with a high-speed chase Saturday night that resulted in injuries to him, another driver and two Prince George's County police officers, Cpl. Tim Estes of the police department said.
All parties were treated at hospitals.
Joseph Fitzgerald has been charged with assault on a police officer, theft and numerous traffic violations, police said.
Estes said officers spotted Fitzgerald talking with another man at Walker Mill and Addison roads "in what appeared to be a drug transaction."
The other man vanished on foot, and Fitzgerald sped off in his 1983 Oldsmobile with stolen tags, police said. During the chase, Fitzgerald "rammed a police officer and tried to run him off the road," Estes said. Fitzgerald's vehicle hit at least two other cars in minor incidents, and a police cruiser pursuing the suspect collided with a civilian-driven Mazda at Alton Street, sending both drivers to hospitals.
Shortly after that collision, another officer who was called to direct traffic at the scene was hit by another vehicle and was taken to a hospital.
The pursuit ended when Fitzgerald's car struck a pole at Pennsylvania Avenue and 30th Street in Southeast Washington. After treatment at a hospital, he was released to police in the District, where he was being held pending extradition to Prince George's.
Arundel Rabies Program a Success
Anne Arundel County health officials pronounced their rabies vaccination program on the Annapolis Neck Peninsula a success.
The number of rabid raccoons found fell from 14 last year to just one this year, said Joseph Horman, a county veterinarian and consultant to the Health Department.
Last year, the department deposited food containing a plastic bag of liquid rabies vaccine designed to attract raccoons.
Today, teams of volunteers are scheduled to deposit 3,000 pieces of vaccinated bait across the peninsula. The bait drop will continue tomorrow, with 9,000 pieces dropped from the air.
Annapolis to Waive Holiday Parking Fees
Annapolis officials will waive parking meter fees from the day after Thanksgiving through Jan. 3 to lure shoppers.
Mayor Dean L. Johnson announced the waiver at the City Council meeting Oct. 11. The city has waived the parking meter fees for the past several years during the holidays.
College Fair Targets Latino Students
American University will host a college fair tomorrow aimed at Latino high school students from the metropolitan area who will not have the opportunity to visit campuses.
The aim of the Alcanza! College Fair is to increase the number of Latino college students, which has been declining recently according to U.S. Census data, said Michelle Taylor, of American's Office of Enrollment Services.
The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bender Arena, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. There will be 58 college recruiters from schools including Yale University, Wellesley College, the College of William and Mary, Virginia Military Institute and the University of Maryland. At least six of the schools have established competitive scholarships for Latino students who attend the fair and submit applications that will be distributed there, said American spokeswoman Kathy Thompson.
Those schools are American; Oberlin College in Ohio; Washington College in Chestertown, Md.; Hood College in Frederick, Md.; Western Maryland College in Westminster; and Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. Scholarships range from $1,000 a year to full tuition.
High school students from the District and Montgomery, Prince George's, Fairfax and Prince William counties were invited to the fair through their school guidance departments. The fair, which is open to all Latino high school students in the area, is expected to draw about 1,500 high school students, Thompson said.
Covenant House to Hold Job Fair
Covenant House Washington will host a job fair Thursday for youths and adults ages 17 to 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its Community Service Center, 3400 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE.
Employers recruiting at the fair will include Bank of America, Bell Atlantic, Career Blazers, Chevy Chase Bank, Safeway, Giant Food, Far Southeast Strengthening Collaborative, Coca-Cola Co., Pepsi Cola Co., Marriott Corp. and Clark Construction Co.
Applicants should bring resumes for on-the-spot interviewing. For details, call Chrisshawn Calmese at 202-610-9630 or Sean M. Sullivan at 202-610-9681.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Virginia has led the nation in setting an example of how not to run a horse industry."
--Sen. Kenneth W. Stolle (R-Virginia Beach), who is helping to craft bills to give the state more power to control Colonial Downs.