Local digest: Weekend work to affect all Metro lines


Weekend work to affect all Metro lines

Reconstruction work will shut down Red Line service at four stations this weekend and lead to lengthy waits on the other four lines. The Red Line will not serve the Brookland, Fort Totten, Takoma and Silver Spring stations; Fort Totten will be open only for Green Line trains.

Buses will replace trains between the Rhode Island Avenue and Forest Glen stations. Some buses will stop only at Rhode Island Avenue, Silver Spring and Forest Glen, while other buses will stop at all of the affected stations.

Red Line trains will run every 10 minutes during daylight hours and every 15 to 20 minutes at other times, according to the transit agency.

While no other stations will be closed, maintenance work on the other four lines will result in these trains running every 20 minutes.

— Mark Berman


70-year-old man struck, killed by car

A 70-year old Maryland man who was hit by a Dodge Caravan while crossing a street near downtown Washington on Wednesday died at a hospital Thursday, D.C. police said.

The victim was identified as Benjamin Arquines Soriano of Bladensburg.

The accident occurred about 3:10 p.m. in the 1100 block of 17th Street NW. Police said Soriano was on Desales Street, walking across 17th Street, when he was struck.

Police did not say whether the driver or Soriano had the right of way.

Authorities said that the accident remains under investigation and that the driver stopped at the scene.

— Peter Hermann


Police seek driver

in fatal accident

Prince George’s County police said they are searching for a woman who allegedly ran a red light and struck a minivan, killing a child, and then fled from the scene on foot.

Police said the woman was driving an SUV that struck a minivan carrying a woman and two children.

All three occupants of the van were transported to a hospital, where 7-year-old Azarya Johnson of Temple Hills was pronounced dead.

The woman and the other child were treated for injuries and released, police said.

The hit-and-run occurred about 9:45 p.m. at St. Barnabas and Temple Hills roads.

Police described the woman who fled as a short and Hispanic; she was wearing a blue shirt and goes by the name Rosa. She was driving a Mitsubishi SUV.

As of Wednesday evening, police said the woman remained at large and that they were seeking the public’s help locating her.

— Aaron C. Davis


Guilty plea in killing of 94-year-old man

An Alexandria woman on Thursday admitted that she fatally stabbed and beat a 94-year-old retired optician who had once been her landlord, authorities said.

Marie M. Johnson, 45, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the February slaying of Elmer “Joe” Roehrs, authorities said.

Public defender Melinda Douglas, her attorney, did not immediately return phone and e-mail messages seeking comment.

— Matt Zapotosky

Suit challenges new abortion clinic rules

Falls Church Healthcare Center has filed the first lawsuit challenging Virginia’s new abortion clinic regulations, which require existing facilities to meet the same building standards as newly constructed hospitals.

The lawsuit, filed this week in Arlington County Circuit Court, alleges that there is no medical justification for requiring clinics to meet those standards, which cover such matters as hallway widths and closet sizes.

It also says Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli II, an anti-abortion Republican, erroneously advised the Virginia Board of Health that it lacked legal authority to exempt existing clinics from the new-hospital construction standards.

The attorney general’s office is reviewing the lawsuit and had no immediate comment, spokesman Brian Gottstein said.

The Republican-controlled General Assembly in 2011 passed legislation requiring the regulation and licensure of abortion clinics.

Supporters say the regulations are intended to protect women’s health, but opponents say the aim is to put clinics out of business by mandating renovations they cannot afford.

— Associated Press

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