Local digest: A roundup of D.C.-area news briefs

July 14
THE DISTRICT
Drivers face fines for blocking streetcars

You still can’t board a streetcar in the District, but as of Monday you can get a ticket for blocking one’s path.

The D.C. Department of Public Works will begin ticketing and sometimes towing vehicles on H Street and Benning Road NE that are parked in a way that obstructs the path of the streetcars, which are undergoing testing.

The District has yet to announce a start date for the service. The fine for blocking the path of a streetcar is $100.

— Robert Thomson

MARYLAND
Teen in youth group
accused of child abuse

Anne Arundel County police arrested a 15-year-old squad leader in the Annapolis chapter of the Young Marines in connection with a child-abuse investigation.

The teen, who was not identified by authorities, was charged with second-degree child abuse and third- and fourth-degree sex offenses.

Police said a child told investigators he was sexually abused over the past two years while attending the Annapolis chapter of Young Marines, a youth education and service organization.

The 15-year-old had been a squad leader, overseeing younger children, the release said. The chapter’s commander, Dallas Cooper, declined to comment.

— Victoria St. Martin

VIRGINIA
Arlington may regulate pub crawls

Arlington’s pub crawls may soon be less freewheeling. The county is preparing to establish regulations that would require bars to obtain special-event permits before holding the popular and controversial events.

The County Board is scheduled to vote Saturday on whether to require taverns to get a permit to hold open-air parties likely to attract more than 500 patrons. Pub crawls encourage patrons to travel from one business to another and offer specially priced drinks during a set time.

If, as expected, the board members approve the change, bars could be charged for police patrols and trash cleanup.

— Patricia Sullivan

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile

Mosquitoes collected this month by the Prince William Mosquito Control Program have tested positive for West Nile Virus, the first time the virus has been documented in the county this year, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Mosquitoes carrying the virus were collected from test areas in Woodbridge, authorities said, and people were being urged to eliminate standing water — where mosquitoes breed — and guard against mosquito bites.

West Nile Virus, which infects birds as well as humans and other mammals, is spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes. Most people bitten by an infected mosquito do not get sick, and those who get sick usually suffer mild, flu-like symptoms, the statement said. Those older than age 50 are at greatest risk of serious illness.

— Caitlin Gibson

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