N.J. Trucker Charged in I-95 Crash
A New Jersey man was charged with reckless driving yesterday after the tractor-trailer he was driving north on Interstate 95 struck another big rig and the two vehicles crashed near the Prince William County Parkway. The accident caused a 10-mile backup that snarled morning rush-hour traffic for almost three hours.
James Gaskill, 51, of Pemberton, was cited by Virginia State Police after he slammed on his brakes to avoid rear-ending a Chevy Blazer that police said he was tailgating. Gaskill then swerved right, striking a tractor-trailer driven by Karl Guthke, 43, of Wilmington, N.C.
Police said both trucks struck the right Jersey barrier and bounded back across the interstate, where Gaskill's rig was crushed against the left retaining wall and Guthke's truck jackknifed across the roadway.
Both men were treated for broken bones at Potomac Hospital. The 5:35 a.m. crash closed the highway until about 7 a.m., when all but the left lane was opened. Police allowed motorists to use the HOV lanes, and completely reopened the roadway at 8 a.m.
Ministry Worker Charged With Abuse
A 34-year-old director of a youth ministry at a McLean church was charged yesterday with sexually abusing a teenage boy who was a member of the congregation, police said.
Jeffrey R. Neal, of the 2200 block of Coppersmith Square in Reston, was charged with sexual battery after an investigation into an incident that occurred between February and May, Fairfax County police said.
Neal was the director of youth ministries at the Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, where the boy was a member, police said.
Abduction of Bowie Woman Probed
FBI agents are investigating an incident yesterday in which a Bowie woman was abducted from the parking lot of a strip mall in District Heights and forced into a van before she was released unharmed about two hours later in the District.
A little after 10 a.m., a witness called Prince George's County police to report that two men had forced a woman into a van with Delaware tags in the parking lot of a strip mall in the 5400 block of Marlboro Pike, said FBI Special Agent Peter A. Gullota Jr., a bureau spokesman.
About that time, the woman's husband, Michael Brewington, called Prince George's police to report that he was worried his wife had not made it to the bank, Gulotta said. Brewington called police again and said he had just received a phone call, possibly from his wife's cellular phone, in which a man demanded $60,000 for her release, Gulotta said. No ransom was paid, officials said.
Shortly after noon, Brewington's wife, Robin Renee Brewington, was seen with her hands bound by the side of Route 295 near Overlook Avenue SE, Gullota said. A passerby alerted U.S. Park Police, who went to the scene and found Brewington unharmed. She declined an offer of medical treatment. Brewington and her husband were being interviewed by FBI agents last night.
The van that investigators believe was used in the abduction was found within a few blocks of where Robin Brewington was found, and the FBI was inspecting it for fingerprints and other clues.
D.C. Worker Sentenced for Moonlighting
A D.C. Water and Sewer Authority employee was sentenced yesterday to 120 days in custody for moonlighting illegally on city time with city supplies.
Roland D. Jones also must do 360 hours of community service, pay $400 and serve three years' probation, D.C. Superior Court Judge Truman Morrison decided.
Jones, 35, a District resident, was one of three water and sewer agency employees convicted by Morrison of a misdemeanor fraud charge in a September nonjury trial. A plumber also was convicted. Five agency employees, including two supervisors, pleaded guilty to fraud or conspiracy charges in D.C. federal court.