Events to Honor Battle of Fort Stevens

The National Park Service will host a day of programs tomorrow to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens, the only Civil War clash that took place in the District.

A Civil War group will gather from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fort Stevens, where members will wear Civil War-era uniforms and display guns and other equipment from the period. Other events include a craft tent for children, featuring Civil War-era games and activities, lectures, stories and musical performances.

Fort Stevens is on Quackenbos Street NW, just west of Georgia Avenue NW.


Teen Struck, Injured by Police Cruiser

A 15-year-old youth was injured yesterday when he stepped from behind a car onto a busy Bethesda street and was struck by a Montgomery County police cruiser, police said.

Shortly before 5:30 p.m., Alexander Li of Potomac stepped onto Old Georgetown Road at Woodmont Avenue into the path of the car being driven by Sgt. Michael Hartnett, who was responding to the report of a struck bicyclist, police said.

Li, of the 8700 block of Sleepy Hollow Lane, was being treated last night at Suburban Hospital for serious injuries to his head and other areas of his body. They were not believed to be life threatening, said Capt. Oscar Garcia, a county Fire and Rescue Service spokesman.

Hartnett, a 20-year veteran, was driving north on Old Georgetown Road with the cruiser's lights flashing and siren sounding when the vehicle struck Li. Hartnett, who was working as shift supervisor, administered first aid at the scene before rescue units arrived, said county police spokesman Derek Baliles. Hartnett was not injured.

The collision remains under investigation.

Snakehead Caught in Potomac Tributary

A well-known fishing guide and outdoor writer caught another northern snakehead yesterday in a Maryland tributary of the Potomac River.

Ken Penrod, the author of several fishing books and a member of the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, caught an 18-inch snakehead in the mouth of the Pomonkey Creek in Charles County, said John Odenkirk, a fisheries biologist at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. It was the 12th snakehead found in the Potomac or its tributaries in the past two months.

Environmental authorities are worried that the northern snakehead, a predatory species from Asia, could disrupt the Potomac's ecosystem. Maryland officials have recently proposed a ban on possessing 29 species of snakeheads.

Penrod caught the snakehead in shallow water while fishing for bass, Odenkirk said. Two snakeheads were caught in the past week in the Dogue Creek canal, on the Virginia side of the Potomac.

U-Md. Students Face Bonfire Charges

Two University of Maryland students have been charged with participating in a disturbance on Route 1 that broke out in March after the school's basketball team beat Duke to win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, officials said.

David Mulock, 19, of Murrysville, Pa., and James Creegan, 19, of Damascus are each charged with malicious burning, failure to obey a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace, said Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for Prince George's State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey. Students set a bonfire on Route 1 following the victory March 14.


Edison Students Retake SOL Exams

Edison High School students whose Standards of Learning tests were lost on a conveyor belt spent Wednesday and yesterday retaking the exams. More makeup exams are scheduled for Tuesday and Aug. 18.

Last month, more than 270 students at the Fairfax County school learned that a box containing their completed answer sheets for the standardized state tests disappeared at a United Parcel Service sorting facility in Louisville.

The state refused to waive the test requirement for those students but gave the school $20,000 to help students prepare again to take the tests in English, Geometry, World History I and World History II.

Review courses are offered throughout the summer, and parents who are paying tutors to help their children retake the exams may contact the school for reimbursement.

The makeups mark the second in two years for the school in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. More than 90 students retook tests last fall because a box of answer sheets was accidentally delivered to a private residence.

Loudoun Sheriff Injured in Car Accident

Loudoun County Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson is recovering from a bruised neck and back after his unmarked car was rear-ended on eastbound Route 7 Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Jordan Valenzuela, 20, of Leesburg was charged with reckless driving in the incident. Sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell said Simpson was stopped in traffic on his way to the department's Sterling office when Valenzuela's 1999 Ford Explorer hit his county-owned 2003 Crown Victoria.

Simpson, in uniform at the time, was treated at Loudoun Hospital Center and released later that day, and Troxell said Simpson will be recuperating at home for the rest of the week. Troxell said speed may have been a factor in the crash.

Jefferson Admissions Poll Put on Web Site

The Fairfax County school system added a survey to its Web site yesterday to gauge community input on the admissions policy at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

The questionnaire asks respondents how strongly they agree or disagree with five recommendations made by a panel of admissions experts who studied Jefferson's admissions procedures, which currently narrows a pool of 3,000 applicants to 800 semifinalists on the basis of a multiple-choice test of math and verbal skills. A link to the questionnaire can be found by going to and clicking on the Thomas Jefferson High School link near the top.

The panel recommends that the magnet school do away with the cutoff score on the test and consider factors such as teacher recommendations, extracurricular activities and essays. The School Board considered the recommendations last night for the first time and unveiled its summer timeline for changing the admissions process. A work session is scheduled for Monday.

"You're not going to hear us complaining about locking up bad people. We just need the money to do it."

-- John W. Jones, executive director of the Virginia Sheriffs' Association, on staff shortages that could complicate a new law requiring more drunk drivers to spend time in jail. -- Page B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Arielle Levin Becker, David Snyder, Ruben Castaneda, Joshua Partlow, S. Mitra Kalita and Rosalind S. Helderman and staff researcher Bobbye Pratt.