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

July 15
MARYLAND
D.C. driver, 25, dies
days after car crash

A 25-year-old D.C. man died days after a single-car crash in Chevy Chase, Md., police said Tuesday.

Authorities said Malcolm Lawrence Gardner succumbed Monday to injuries from a July 11 accident. Gardner, who was being treated in a Maryland hospital, was seriously injured in an 8:40 p.m. crash at Beach Drive and Wyndale Road.

Investigators from the police department’s collision reconstruction unit believe Gardner’s 2005 Mini Cooper was traveling south on Beach Drive when it crossed a double yellow line, according to a news release. The car struck a tree near the westbound shoulder, the release said.

— Victoria St. Martin

Montgomery cancels
CashKey program

If you use CashKey to pay for parking in Montgomery County, you need to start thinking about an alternative.

The county is discontinuing the system that allows customers to add money to a key and use it to pay for parking at electronic meters in county-owned garages, lots and on-street locations.

CashKey maker, Duncan Solutions, recently announced that it will stop manufacturing the keys and developing the supporting software and hardware, Montgomery County officials said.

The payment system has been around since 2000, and tens of thousands of keys were sold. It is unclear how many are still active. County officials say CashKey holders can continue to use their keys until they run out of money. CashKey users can return the keys to parking sales stores in Bethesda and Silver Spring to receive their $15 refunds for the keys. They also will receive any balance left in their accounts.

— Luz Lazo

VIRGINIA
Probe continues for
Alexandria slayings

A man Alexandria police say is the focus of their investigation into three high-profile homicides will face trial this fall on an unrelated gun charge out of Loudoun County.

Charles Severance, 53, was indicted by a Loudoun grand jury Monday on a single count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. A date was set Tuesday for Oct. 27 for the trial, which is expected to last two days.

At a preliminary D.C. court hearing in June, Severance’s girlfriend, Linda Robra, testified that he encouraged her to buy two .22-caliber revolvers for her own protection and showed her how to load them.

Police in Alexandria have said Severance was the “primary focus” of their investigation of the slayings of Nancy Dunning in 2003, Ronald Kirby in 2013 and Ruthanne Lodato in February.

— Rachel Weiner

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