Regional roundup: Metro closings; crash in Pr. George’s kills two

May 3, 2013
THE REGION
Nine Metro stations to close for work

Five stations on the Red Line and four on the Green Line will be closed this weekend, and single-tracking will cause delays on the Orange and Blue lines.

The Glenmont, Wheaton, Forest Glen, Silver Spring and Takoma stations on the Red Line will be closed for platform reconstruction, track work and other repairs.

Shuttle buses will replace trains between Glenmont and Fort Totten, with some buses stopping at all of the stations in that stretch and others stopping only at Glenmont and Fort Totten. This will last until the system closes Sunday night.

On the Green Line, the Branch Avenue, Suitland, Naylor Road and Southern Avenue stations will be closed until the system closes Saturday night.

Shuttle buses will run between Congress Heights and Branch Avenue, with some buses running just between those two stations and others stopping at the closed stations.

Green Line trains will single-track between Congress Heights and Branch Avenue on Sunday, so delays will continue even after the closed stations reopen.

Orange Line trains will share a track between Clarendon and Foggy Bottom and between the Stadium-Armory and Cheverly stations. Blue Line trains will single-track between Arlington Cemetery and Foggy Bottom. The single-tracking on these lines will last until the system closes Sunday.

Next weekend, the Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church and East Falls Church stations on the Orange Line will close for switch replacement and Silver Line work.

— Mark Berman

THE DISTRICT
MARYLAND
Two motorcyclists die in Pr. George’s

Two motorcyclists were killed when they collided with a van that turned in front of them on Route 301 in southern Prince George’s County on Thursday night, authorities said.

Maryland State Police said in a news release that Caleb D. Williams and Herby H. Bolick Jr. were headed north on Route 301 when a van going south turned in front of them. The motorcyclists, who were on separate bikes, ran into the side of the van, police said.

The van’s driver was injured and taken to a hospital, authorities said.

— Matt Zapotosky

Joint hearing on jail scandal is planned

Maryland legislative leaders on Friday announced that there will be a joint House and Senate briefing next month to hear about the recent indictments of 25 inmates and corrections guards at a Baltimore city jail.

With that briefing planned, the House Judiciary Committee has canceled a hearing on the corruption probe that was scheduled for Wednesday.

House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) said they would set up a special task force after the briefing to look at legislative and budgetary measures that can be put in place during next year’s session, which starts in January.

The task force, they said, will examine hiring, training and disciplinary processes as well as efforts to combat gang violence.

According to the indictment, the Black Guerilla Family gang essentially took over the jail.

Guards smuggled in cellphones and drugs for gang members and even had sex with them, investigators say.

— John Wagner

Police investigate Silver Spring rape

A 21-year-old woman in Montgomery County trying to take a midafternoon break from her job was attacked by a man armed with a knife who forced her into a residential back yard and raped her, police said Friday.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m. Thursday, police were called to the area of Colesville Road and University Boulevard West in Silver Spring.

The woman, who works at a nearby shopping center, said a man approached her, struck up a conversation, pulled out a knife and forced her into the nearby back yard, according to a police spokesman.

Police described the assailant as a black man, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a medium build, gray and black facial hair, and several missing or broken teeth.

Detectives asked that anyone with information call
240-773-5070.

— Dan Morse

VIRGINIA
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