March 27, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Firms chosen for health-care contracts

City officials have chosen three companies to receive contracts to provide health care to low-income residents enrolled in Medicaid and other government programs. The contracts are among the District’s largest.

The firms named Wednesday — AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Cos., MedStar Family Choice and Thrive Health Plan Inc. — are the same three that appeared in a draft news release that leaked this month. The contracts — worth as much as $668 million a year to each company — now go to the D.C. Council for approval.

Mike DeBonis

Diamond rings stolen from shop window

A man used a hammer to break an outside display window at a downtown jewelry store Wednesday and escaped with three trays of white-diamond rings, D.C. police said.

The midmorning burglary occurred four blocks from the White House and across the street from a Macy’s department store. “It was a bold, brazen move,” said officer Araz Alali, a department spokesman.

— Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
Pedestrian killed
in Beltway hit-run

A 53-year-old Capitol Heights man was killed in a hit-and-run incident on the Capital Beltway in Maryland early Wednesday, state police said.

According to police, Douglas Edward Diggs was struck shortly after 3 a.m. on northbound Interstate 495 in Prince George’s County. Police said that Diggs was in a travel lane when he was hit and that the vehicle did not remain at the scene.

— Maggie Fazeli Fard

and Matt Zapotosky

Wounded inmate
dies at state prison

A 22-year-old man serving a four-year sentence for burglary was killed in a Maryland prison Tuesday, and state police are working to identify whoever is responsible.

Police said an officer at the Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown was getting ready to count inmates about 10:30 p.m. when he saw an inmate bleeding. The inmate — later identified as 22-year-old Deavel M. Johnson — soon collapsed with what appeared to be at least one wound to his upper body, police said. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

— Matt Zapotosky

Speed limit to rise
to 60 mph on ICC

Travel on the Intercounty Connector is about to speed up. The Maryland Transportation Authority plans to install new speed limit signs Friday and Saturday, officially increasing the speed limit to 60 mph from 55 mph.

New signs will be placed along the westbound lanes Friday and the eastbound lanes Saturday. In addition, drivers will see new warning signs for curves.

The authority announced the change last month after a study found that the speed limit could be safely increased.

— Mark Berman

VIRGINIA
Teen driver charged in Ashburn accident

A 15-year-old Ashburn girl who accidentally drove onto a sidewalk this month and struck three children has been charged with reckless driving, authorities said Wednesday.

The teen, who had a learner’s permit, was receiving a driving lesson from her father about 6:45 p.m. March 14 when she hit the accelerator by mistake, causing the car to jump a curb and strike three girls, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

A 7-year-old girl remains hospitalized in stable condition, authorities said. The other girls, sisters ages 8 and 10, were treated for less serious injuries and released.

— Caitlin Gibson

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