December 29, 2013
MARYLAND
Multiple-car crashon I-270 injures two

A multiple-car collision on northbound Interstate 270 near Montrose Road on Sunday afternoon left two people injured and several lanes of traffic closed.

Three cars were involved in the early-afternoon collision, Maryland State Police said, and as of 2:30 p.m., two lanes on the busy highway were still closed, snarling traffic.

Two people suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Scott Graham. The injured were taken to local hospitals.

— Michael S. Rosenwald

District
Southeast woman, 71, missing for four days

D.C. police have issued an alert for an elderly woman from Southeast Washington who has been missing since the day after Christmas.

Police say 71-year-old Laura Townsend is a black female who weighs about 120 pounds and may be in need of medical attention. She has short gray dreadlocks and was last seen at 1 p.m. at her home in the 1800 block of Alabama Avenue SE.

Townsend was wearing jogging pants, black gloves and a Washington Redskins jacket. She also was wearing black-and-white eyeglasses. Police said Sunday that anyone with information should call the police at 202-727-9099 or 202-576-6768.

— Hamil Harris

Virginia
Two taken to hospital after fire in Fairfax

Two people were taken to a hospital Saturday night after a fire at a senior-living apartment house in Fairfax County, authorities said.

Capt. William Moreland of the county fire and rescue department said the fire broke out about 7:30 p.m. in a building in the 14400 block of Woodmere Court in the Centreville area.

He said that the injuries did not appear life-threatening and that he expected no residents to be displaced.

Clarence Williams
and Martin Weil

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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