REGION BRIEFS: Snowfall breaks records in Mid-Atlantic
WASHINGTON—The National Weather Service says snowfall records have been broken at the Washington area three airports and there are reports of up to 11 inches of snowfall in some parts of the mid-Atlantic region.
Dulles International Airport received 8.5 inches of snow during Tuesday’s storm, breaking a 2001 record of 3.2 inches and Reagan National Airport received 3.8 inches, breaking a 3.5-inch record set in 1982. More than 5 inches of snow fell at Baltimore–Washington International Airport, breaking a 1982 record of 2 inches. The exact new record for BWI is still being confirmed.
A spotter in Washington measured 6 inches and in Cecil County, Md., a spotter measured 11 inches Tuesday night. In Delaware, the Wilmington Airport received 10.5 inches by midnight, but snowfall continued into the early morning.
Virginia flu cases still numerous; child dies
RICHMOND—State surveillance data show that flu activity is still widespread across Virginia.
The Virginia Department of Health’s most recent data shows between 3 percent and 4-and-a-half percent of patient visits to emergency rooms and urgent care centers were for flu-like illness. State epidemiologist David Trump one pediatric death, in Northern Virginia, has been reported. The child was in the 0–4 age group.
Virginia doesn’t report adult flu-related deaths.
In addition to children, Trump says most people seeking treatment are in the young- to middle-aged adult group. The rates of visits for people 65 and older are low.
Emergency vehicles free from tunnel tolls
RICHMOND—Emergency vehicles and school buses will not be charged tolls that take effect on two Hampton Roads tunnels on Feb. 1.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe made the announcement Wednesday. He said it’s important for police and other emergency responders to have unfettered access to the Midtown and Downtown tunnels. Last week, McAuliffe announced that the tunnels’ initial tolls will be cut by about half.
—The Associated Press
Judge: Release CNN, CBS tapes
WASHINGTON—A military judge is ordering release of unaired parts of interviews CBS and CNN did with a woman in a sexual assault case that involved three Naval Academy football players.
Attorneys for the one ex-player now facing charges requested the footage, arguing it is relevant to his March trial.
Prosecutors initially accused three Naval Academy students of sexually assaulting a female student in 2012 at an off-campus house in Annapolis, Md.
Woman’s body found on Maryland golf course
ARNOLD, Md.—Anne Arundel County police say a woman’s body has been found on a snowy golf course. A man walking his dog Wednesday morning found the body of 49-year-old Diana Kapnistos Hester of Arnold lying near the 15th hole tee box at Bay Hills Golf Club in Arnold.
Police say there is no indication of foul play and no obvious signs of trauma. The body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy. It appears that the body was in that location for several hours before it was discovered, but it is not clear exactly how long.
Maryland bus driver arrested on sexual assault charges
ROCKVILLE, Md.—Montgomery County Police say they have charged a bus driver with sexually assaulting a passenger.
Police said Wednesday that they arrested Rigoberto Adonay Galindo Lemus, 47, of Olney on Jan. 9.
Police say that an adult woman told police in December she was assaulted by the driver of a Ride On bus in the area of the Shady Grove Metro station. Police say that on Dec. 12 the woman passed an out-of-service bus while walking. The driver, Lemus, allegedly invited her on the bus to stay warm and inappropriately touched her while she was on the bus.
Lemus is charged with two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of committing a fourth-degree sex offense.
Lemus’ attorney did not immediately return a telephone message Wednesday.
Police identify victims in Landover crash
LANDOVER, Md.—Prince George’s County police have identified the two people who were killed in a crash between a car and a taxi in Landover.
O’Sha Marquis Allen, 21, of White Plains andDaryl Deon Davis, 18, of Landover were killed in Tuesday morning’s crash on Pennsy Drive. Authorities said the taxi remained on the roadway, but the other car split in half. The part of the car with two people inside traveled about 25 feet into a ditch.
Police said a preliminary investigation showed wet conditions and speed played a role in a crash.
USAF: Fall victim used own equipment
NORFOLK—A California man who led volunteers through the Sierra Nevada mountains cleaning up marijuana-growing sites was not properly equipped when he fell to his death from a helicopter, an Air Force report says.
Shane Krogen, 57, of Fresno was killed last September after falling 40 feet from a helicopter flown by the California Air National Guard in a counterdrug operation in Sequoia National Forest.
Krogen was founder of the High Sierra Trail Crew, which worked with state and federal agencies to remove trash and contaminants from remote marijuana gardens.
A report by the Virginia-based Air Combat Command found that an improper harness connection was just one of several missteps that led to the accident.
Krogen was a civilian who wasn’t authorized to be on the helicopter. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife mischaracterized Krogen as a department employee when he was a contract employee whose contract didn’t allow for helicopter transportation.
And only law enforcement personnel should be allowed on counterdrug flights.
Virginia awards farmland preservation grants
RICHMOND—Seven counties, including Stafford, and Virginia Beach have received nearly $1.1 million in grants to preserve farmland within their boundaries.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the grants from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Participating farmland must be placed under permanent conservation easements. Grants of about $150,000 each were given to the counties of Albemarle, Clarke, Fauquier, Isle of Wight, James City, and Stafford, along with Virginia Beach. Rappahannock County will receive an $11,000 grant.