Metro Track Repairs to Disrupt Service
Metro will close two Orange Line stations this weekend to repair aging track, transit officials said. The Vienna/Fairfax-GMU and Dunn Loring-Merrifield stations will close at 10 tonight and reopen at 5 a.m. Monday.
Orange Line trains that normally serve the two stations will terminate service at the West Falls Church Station. Metro will operate free shuttle bus service every five minutes between the two closed stations and West Falls Church. The parking lots at Vienna and Dunn Loring will remain open. Parking is free at all Metro stations on weekends.
The shuttle bus will pick up and drop off passengers at these locations: at Vienna, in Bus Bay G at the Nutley Street entrance; at Dunn Loring, in Bus Bay C at the Gallows Road entrance; and at West Falls Church, in Bus Bay E at the Haycock Road entrance.
In addition, Metro trains will share a single track on the Red Line between the Fort Totten and Takoma stations from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday.
Between 7 and 10 a.m. both days, trains will also share a track between the Huntington and Braddock Road stations on the Yellow Line and between the Van Dorn Street and Braddock Road stations on the Blue Line.
Permit Processing to Resume in 2 Weeks
Building permit applications in areas of Montgomery County regulated by site plans will begin to be processed within two weeks, officials said yesterday. County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) halted the issuance of the permits more than a week ago in response to widespread building violations in Clarksburg.
The Duncan administration and county Planning Board told builders and developers yesterday that pending applications will be processed quickly once they are refiled with information on building heights and setbacks.
The 200 pending applications also must be certified by a licensed engineer before submission. New applications, which must also include height and setback information, will take at least a month to process, officials said.
Fox Attacks Girl, 11, Mother in Charles
A three-legged fox bit an 11-year-old girl, her mother and the ambulance sent to treat them yesterday in Charles County.
The attack occurred at 2:53 p.m. at the family's Waldorf home in the 10900 block of Madison Place. The small gray fox came out of the woods and tore a flip-flop off the foot of 11-year-old Katelyn Riker. When Teresa Riker tried to protect her daughter, the fox bit her repeatedly, neighbors said.
"It was chasing her around the yard, and then she got ahold of it by the muzzle and the tail and tossed it," said Kyle Christiansen, Riker's husband. "But it immediately lunged back and attacked her."
Teresa Riker was bitten on the leg, ankle, hand and stomach, according to C. Edward Tucker, Charles County's animal control chief. The fox then fled into the woods.
But when an ambulance arrived to treat Riker, the fox reappeared and started biting one of the ambulance tires.
A deputy of the Charles County Sheriff's Office shot and killed the fox. Its carcass was being sent to the state's rabies laboratory in Baltimore for testing.
2 Children Injured by Cars in Pr. George's
Two children were struck and injured last night in separate incidents in Prince George's County, police said. Neither injury was believed to be life-threatening, police said, but both victims were flown to area hospitals as a precaution.
A 21-month-old was playing outside, with adult supervision, when he darted into the 5600 block of Woodland Drive in the Forest Heights area about 6 p.m. and was struck by a van, said Cpl. Diane Richardson, a police spokeswoman.
Nearly two hours later, a 7-year-old boy was hit by a car in the 8600 block of Ritchboro Road in the Forestville area, Richardson said. The boy was conscious and talking but complained of pain in his head, police said.
1 Hurt, 2 Charged as Warrant Is Served
A D.C. police narcotics officer shot and wounded a 21-year-old Northwest Washington man yesterday after authorities burst through his front door to execute a search warrant, officials said.
Major Narcotics Unit officers and Drug Enforcement Administration agents forced their way into a home in the 700 block of Harvard Street about 9 a.m. as part of continuing drug investigations, police said.
Ray Salvatera, who lives in the house, was wounded in the stomach and taken to Washington Hospital Center, where he was admitted in stable condition.
Inside the home, a DEA agent shot and killed a charging pit bull, police said. D.C. police officer Allee Ramadhan, 39, a 15-year police veteran, fired his service weapon after breaking down a basement door, where police officials said he was confronted by Salvatera. Investigators said they recovered three handguns, marijuana, cash and drug paraphernalia.
Salvatera was charged with assaulting a police officer while armed. Jasime Jackson, 23, who also lives in the home, was charged with marijuana possession. Officials placed Ramadhan on paid administrative leave, which is routine procedure after a shooting.
State GOP Assailed Over Insurance Suit
Virginia Democrats criticized the Republican Party of Virginia yesterday for seeking insurance reimbursement for a $750,000 settlement the GOP paid in a case involving eavesdropping by the party's former executive director.
The GOP announced this week that it is suing its insurance company for refusing to reimburse the party for the settlement. Last year, the party agreed to pay $750,000 to Democratic lawmakers after former executive director Edmund A. Matricardi pleaded guilty to eavesdropping on a conference call among Democrats.
The Democratic lawmakers said yesterday they would not have settled the case before trial had they known the GOP might be reimbursed for the payment, which they saw as a form of punishment. The lawmakers released a document that they said the GOP produced last year in which the Republican Party said it was not covered by an insurance policy.
Shawn Smith, the GOP's executive director, said that when the party made that statement, it had been denied coverage by the insurance company.
"It's like passing the hat to keep the Washington Monument open."
-- Metro Board Chairman T. Dana Kauffman, on the transit system's
reliance on operating subsidies from area governments. Other major
U.S. transit systems have a dedicated source of funding. -- B1
Compiled from reports by staff writers Lyndsey Layton, Tim Craig, Jonathan Abel, Clarence Williams and Michael D. Shear.