An item in the Jan. 30 Metro in Brief column incorrectly reported the date for the primary elections for Fairfax County sheriff. The vote will be held June 10. (Published 1/31/03)
Police Being Compensated for Overtime Virginia police agencies will receive $1.2 million from the Justice Department to reimburse them for overtime costs stemming from the October sniper shootings. Maryland will get about $985,000 out of the $1.7 million in overtime it requested. The District will get $293,500 of its requested $509,000.
The 21 Virginia agencies receiving funds had requested $2.1 million, according to U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.). All were reimbursed for 58 percent of their costs.
Fairfax County police received the largest reimbursement -- $349,000 out of a requested $605,000. The Fairfax County Sheriff's Department got $17,085; Virginia State Police, $26,000; Falls Church, $5,839; Alexandria, $101,372; and Arlington, $124,361. Prince William, Spotyslvania and other jurisdictions also got funds.
The federal government has agreed to pay a total of $4.3 million to affected jurisdictions.
Moran Calls for Summit on Generators Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) asked Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) to convene a regional summit with Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) and District Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) to crack down on coal- and oil-fired electric power generators.
In letters sent to the three executives Tuesday and released yesterday, Moran called for "coordinated action response plans" to bring unhealthy air quality in the metropolitan area into compliance with Environmental Protection Agency pollution guidelines.
Moran identified Potomac Power Resources' Benning and Buzzard Point plants in the District; Mirant Corp.'s Chalk Point plant in Prince George's County, Dickerson plant in Montgomery County, Morgantown plant in Charles County and Potomac River plant in Alexandria; and Virginia Power Co.'s Possum Point plant in Prince William County.
Mayor to Reveal Plan for St. Elizabeths D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams (D) has scheduled a public meeting tonight in the chapel of St. Elizabeths Hospital in Southeast Washington to reveal his vision and time frame for redeveloping the historic 300-acre campus.
The event will open a nine-month process of public meetings and planning exercises to create a guide for redevelopment of the site, which was built as a hospital for the mentally ill but is now mostly vacant.
City officials say the scenic campus could accommodate research institutions, government or corporate offices and hundreds of units of housing. Their goal is to create a neighborhood that would spur economic revival along nearby commercial strips. The entrance to the campus is at 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE.
Van Hollen Joins Education, Work Panel Freshman Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced yesterday that he has been named to the House Education and Workforce Committee, where he said he would work to increase access to education and fair treatment for workers.
The Montgomery County congressman had said that his top choices were the Appropriations and the Energy and Commerce panels, powerful committees whose members enjoy easy access to campaign donors.
But his defeat of a high-profile Republican incumbent, Constance A. Morella, and his attacks on the House GOP leadership probably is not helping his chances for the highly competitive seats.
Farm Added to Register of Historic Sites A Frederick County farm that played a role in the Battle of Monocacy has been named to the National Register of Historic Places, county officials said yesterday.
The George Markell Farmstead, owned by the county, was used by Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early as the primary approach route to the Monocacy battlefield, south of the City of Frederick, where he met with Union troops under Gen. Lew Wallace on July 9, 1864.
The Confederates won, but were waylaid on their way to Washington long enough to allow the Union to bolster the capital's defenses. The day-long skirmish has been called "The Battle That Saved Washington."
The National Park Service's National Register office this week told the county commissioners in Frederick, which owns the farm, that the property would be listed, said Frederick County historic preservation planner Janet Davis.
Veteran Officers Challenging Sheriff Two veteran Fairfax County law enforcement officers have launched campaigns to unseat Sheriff Stan G. Barry (D), declaring their intentions to face off in an August Republican primary for the right to challenge Barry in November.
Last week, Maj. Tyrone Morrow, a Fairfax police commander who oversees three patrol stations, launched his candidacy. Yesterday, James A. Vickery, the former chief deputy of the sheriff's office for seven years under Sheriff Carl R. Peed, filed his paperwork as a Republican candidate. Barry defeated Peed in 1999, and Vickery left the office soon after.
Vickery, 47, a deputy for 22 years, said Fairfax deputies should not be running traffic radar and that Barry had misused county funds. Barry responded that the radar enforcement began under Peed and Vickery, and the number of tickets written had dropped from 822 in 1999 to 257 last year. He said deputies no longer do patrol work and had given their radar units to the police department. Barry has not yet filed his candidacy but said he would run again as a Democrat.
Morrow, 39, has been a Fairfax officer for 18 years. He said he has reached an agreement with county officials to allow him to remain on the job through the primary.
Worker Crushed by Slab Is Identified A man who was killed when a granite slab fell on him Tuesday evening was identified by Fairfax County police yesterday as Mustafa Boyraz, 34, of the 8300 block of Tobin Road in Annandale.
Police said Boyraz was working at NEKA Marble and Granite Inc., 2810 Juniper St., in the Merrifield area about 5 p.m. Tuesday. Boyraz was trying to move a granite slab, but the slab fell over and crushed him, killing him instantly, police said. A 21-year-old Woodbridge man also was hurt, but his injuries were not life-threatening.
"Over the last few days, what I've been hearing reminds me of my children: Sayin' it's so don't make it so, and that's what I have to tell my children all the time."
-- State Sen. Kenneth W. Stolle (R-Virginia Beach), on tension in the Virginia General Assembly over judicial appointments. -- Page B1
Compiled from reports by staff writers Debbi Wilgoren, Spencer S. Hsu, David Snyder and Tom Jackman and the Associated Press.