Juvenile Justice Training Reviewed
Carl R. Peed, the new director of the state Department of Juvenile Justice, said yesterday that he will suspend a program that trains guards to hit or kick young inmates who attack them.
Peed, the former Fairfax County sheriff, said he will put the program on hold while it is reviewed by four new members of the State Board of Juvenile Justice. He said the board will consider the program's future at next month's meeting.
Last year, Peed's predecessor, Gerald O. Glenn, defied the board's order to halt the program. Glenn said the board did not have authority to dictate the type of self-defense program employed by his department. He later resigned.
Peed, whose appointment was announced by Gov. James S. Gilmore III (R) on Tuesday, indicated that he might be more inclined to follow the board's advice. "I had an extensive meeting with the governor, and he emphasized teamwork," Peed said.
The program trains guards to use offensive techniques with names such as whip kick, elbow strike and shin-raking as a last resort to subdue violent inmates. Glenn and other supporters of the program said guards need to be able to deal with an increasingly violent juvenile prison population.
Alexandria to Sell Birthday Banners
The commemorative banners draped from light poles throughout Alexandria to commemorate the city's 250th birthday will go on sale to the public Jan. 31, according to the city's Office of Historic Alexandria.
The smaller banners, 18 inches by 36 inches, will go for $50, while the 30-by-60-inch size will cost $75. They will be available for purchase at the Office of Historic Alexandria, 405 Cameron St. The banners display a tall ship design on each side and have survived outdoor exposure for a year. They were printed on a weatherproof fabric called Sunbrella using colorfast dyes.
Proceeds from banner sales will help fund a city history book by William Seale, an architectural historian and author of a book on the White House. The book is to be published in June.
Seaplane Flies Between Bay Bridge Spans
A daredevil seaplane pilot flew between the spans of the Bay Bridge during rush hour traffic, a federal aviation official said yesterday.
The experimental Searey aircraft was registered to Aeronautical Systems Associates of Wilmington, Del. The plane flew between the spans, parallel with traffic, and beneath the bridge on Thursday, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Arlene Salac.
The pilot's name will not be released until the FAA concludes the investigation, she said.
When the plane disappeared from view, some motorists thought it crashed and reported that to Maryland Transportation Authority Police. Rescue boats were launched by the United States Coast Guard, Maryland Natural Resources Police and Anne Arundel County Fire and Rescue, but the search was called off about a half-hour later when two watermen reported they saw the plane fly off, said Bay Bridge Airport Manager John Kirby.
FAA officials were able to trace the plane based on the tail numbers reported by witnesses. Kirby said pilots who violate airspace rules may face suspension or revocation of their licenses.
FAA rules specify that pilots must not be within 500 feet of a person or object. Horizontally, pilots must keep a 1,000-foot distance, and vertically they must stay 500 feet away, he said.
Teen Still in Critical Condition
The 16-year-old Montgomery County youth partially thrown from the back seat of a car that struck a school bus Tuesday remained in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore last night, officials said.
The youth, Evan Gruber, was being treated for severe "closed head injuries" and massive facial trauma, said Cindy Rivers, a hospital spokeswoman. Police said Gruber, the only passenger not wearing a seat belt, underwent reconstructive facial surgery.
Montgomery County police said the accident occurred about 2:30 p.m., when a convertible Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Michael Marino, 16, of Olney, crossed the center line of New Hampshire Avenue in Ashton and slammed into the left side of a county school bus.
None of the students aboard the bus was injured. The car's three other passengers, all juniors at Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, suffered minor injuries and were taken to area hospitals. The accident is under investigation.
Properties Win Preservation Grants
Historic properties in Maryland and Virginia were among 37 nationwide to win preservation grants from Save America's Treasures Preservation Fund, according to a National Trust for Historic Preservation spokesman.
Save America's Treasures is a public-private partnership between the White House Millennium Council and the National Trust. The $1 million in grants were funded by the Getty, an international cultural and philanthropic institution in Los Angeles.
In Skyesville, Md., the Warfield Development Corp. received a grant for $24,000 to develop historic district design guidelines for a state public asylum built between 1899 and 1930.
The Hanover Tavern, in Hanover, Va., received a $30,000 grant to study the social history of the late 18th-century tavern, which was a stopping point for travelers between Washington and Richmond.
Christmas Tree Pickups This Week
The city's Department of Public Works reminds D.C. residents that Christmas trees are being collected from the fronts of residents' homes this week and next.
DPW officials said residents should place their trees at the curb to be collected by DPW crews. All ornaments and decorations should be removed.
Trees in Wards 1, 3, 5 and 7 are being collected this week through Friday. Trees in Wards 2, 4, 6 and 8 will be collected Monday through next Friday.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I've been involved with this thing for three years. I've never had the faintest idea what the [heck] is going on, and I still don't."
-- Sausage mogul and country singer Jimmy Dean, who entered a song written by him and his wife, Donna, in the competition to choose a new Virginia state song. A panel charged with picking the winner has decided to wait at least a year before doing so.