New 9/11 memorial, security improvements in schools, a cannibal in MD

Stand out stories from today for Prince William county, Loudoun County, Prince Georges and Hartford County, Maryland. Photo: PWCgov/ 9/11 beam

WASHINGTON, August 19, 2013 — The daily local news round-up in the Washington D.C. metro region.

Prince William County:

Prince William County has started the construction of a new 9/11 memorial that will be created out of pieces of the World Trade Center debris.

The construction of the memorial started today and will be completed by September 11, 2013.

The monument will be located at the Prince William County Government Complex near the 9/11 Liberty Memorial.

Architectural Preservation Services in Baltimore have spent the past few weeks preserving beams that range from 18 feet to 23 feet and all together weigh 60,000 pounds for use in the memorial.

“People are going to walk through it, people walk underneath it. It has concrete. So we really had to design it in such a way so that it was safe,” says Brendon Hanafin, historic preservation chief for Prince William County.  

The beams are going to be used in the monument in such a way that it will appear as if the viewer is standing at the origional site right after the buildings colapsed on September 11. 

Loudoun County:

Crystal McKain of Leesburg is suing a helicopter company over a crash last month in Pennsylvania that killed her three year old son, Noah, and four others.

The lawsuit is a wrongful death claim over what McKain calls a lack of training of the pilot, David Jenny, Jr, 30.

The preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board revealed that Jenny was not certified for instrument only flights and did not receive a weather briefing before the flight.

McKain is asking for $550,000 in damages. The boy’s father Carl Robert Woodland, 29 of Lovettsville, Virginia also died in the crash.

The Robinson Helicopter, Co., which owns the aircraft, believes the helicopter was caught in a thunderstorm. The pilot had asked air traffic controllers in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to be directed to the nearest airport just prior to experiencing problems and then losing communications.

Prince George’s County:

The Prince Georges public school system has spent almost $8 million in security upgrades over the summer to help keep county children secure.

The new head of Prince Georges schools, Kevin Maxwell, says that the improvements include “hardening the access to our schools, so you now need a card or code to gain access.”

Soon every school will have close circuit cameras and a panic button located in the schools.

Harford County, Maryland:

Alex Kinyua, 22,  told a Harford County Circuit Court Monday that he did kill a man and eat his heart and parts of his brain, but said he is not criminally responsible for the killing.

The former Morgan State University student entered a not guilty plea for the 2012 slaying of a 37-year-old man from Ghana who had been staying with the Kinyua family.

In accepting the plea, Judge Stephen Waldron said he had no choice but to accept a psychiatrist’s determination that Kinyua could not be held criminally responsible.

Kinyua had made passionate statements about human sacrifices on his Facebook page before the killing.


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Susan L. Ruth is a long-time Washington, DC resident with extensive ties throughout the community.  She is a genealogical researcher and writer, and is an active volunteer in the Northern Virginia competitive swimming community.  Susan previously worked providing life-skills to head injured adults. 

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