November 13, 2013
THE REGION
No Metro Yellow Line service this weekend

Metro workers will perform an annual inspection of the Yellow Line bridge over the Potomac River this weekend. As a result, the transit authority will suspend all Yellow Line service.

A shuttle train, scheduled to operate every 10 minutes, will take riders between the Huntington station and the Braddock Road station, where they can transfer to the Blue Line. For a train trip starting or ending at the Huntington or Eisenhower Avenue stations, switch to the Blue Line at Braddock Road.

The Blue Line will be operating on its normal weekend schedule. But every other line has work scheduled that will affect service from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing Sunday.

— Robert Thomson

THE DISTRICT
MedStar Washington lays off 300 workers

MedStar Washington Hospital Center has laid off 300 employees, about 5 percent of its workforce, the hospital said Wednesday.

The hospital has cited mounting financial pressures for the layoffs. Sixty of the positions were in management, according to Donna Arbogast, vice president of public affairs and marketing. None of the positions involve bedside care.

— Lena H. Sun

Teenager is charged
in Southeast killing

A 16-year-old was charged as an adult Wednesday in the killing last week of a man in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Southeast Washington, according to D.C. police and court documents.

Anthony Williams, who lives in Southeast, is charged with second-degree murder in the Nov. 5 shooting of 25-year-old James Edward Booker, also of Southeast.

— Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
Car fire in Laurel area is being investigated

Prince George’s County fire and police officials are investigating a car fire in the Laurel area that led to the discovery of a body.

Firefighters were called to the blaze on Brock Bridge Road about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday. It was not clear whether the person died in the fire.

— Lynh Bui

VIRGINIA
Democrat prepares
run for Herring seat

Leesburg lawyer Jennifer Wexton (D) announced Wednesday that she will run for state Sen. Mark R. Herring’s seat if he is declared Virginia’s next attorney general.

Herring holds a lead of 164 votes over Republican Mark D. Obenshain, according to the State Board of Elections. The results of the attorney general election will be certified Nov. 25, and a recount appears all but inevitable.

Wexton, a partner with the Leesburg law firm Ritenour Paice Mougin-Boal & Wexton, has previously served as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney and substitute judge in Loudoun County. She made an unsuccessful bid for Loudoun commonwealth’s attorney in 2011.

Republicans have not announced a prospective candidate for the Senate seat.

— Caitlin Gibson

Woodbridge man’s death is a homicide

A 78-year-old man found dead in his Woodbridge home Tuesday was the victim of a homicide, Prince William County police said Wednesday.

The man’s identity was not immediately released.

— Dana Hedgpeth

McLean girl’s death is ruled an accident

The death of a 16-year-old McLean girl in August has been ruled an accident caused by the adverse effects of heroin and an over-the-counter antihistamine, according to the state medical examiner’s office.

Fairfax County police found the body of Emylee Lonczak on Aug. 23 in the Vienna area, police said. The McLean High School student left home Aug. 21 with two men, then traveled out of the state to purchase drugs, according to a search warrant.

Members of the group then used the drug before returning to Fairfax early on Aug. 22 after realizing that Lonczak needed medical attention, according to the search warrant. None was sought.

Investigators determined Lonczak died later that morning, and her body was concealed in the 8200 block of Madrillon Estates Drive, police said.

A police spokesman reached Wednesday evening said police had not received word of the medical examiner’s ruling, and he was unsure whether any charges had been filed in the case.

— Justin Jouvenal

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