Local digest: Car hits bear; woman stabbed in D.C.; power outages

July 7, 2013
The District
Woman stabbed after altercation in club

A woman was stabbed in the U Street corridor in Northwest Washington early Sunday, D.C. police said. The stabbing followed an altercation between two women that began in a nightclub and continued outside. One of the women allegedly stabbed the other about 2:50 a.m. in the 1300 block of U Street NW.

The case remained under investigation, said Officer Paul Metcalf, a police spokesman.

— Luz Lazo

Police investigate carjacking, robberies

Three men carjacked a vehicle Saturday in the 5000 block of Jay Street NE, and one suspect was arrested, police said.

Several robberies occurred overnight, three within a one-mile radius, in the Petworth-
Columbia Heights neighborhoods in Northwest.Police said there is no indication of a connection in the incidents. Police made an arrest in one.

— Luz Lazo

Power outage hits three neighborhoods

Thousands of Northwest Washington residents suffered through high heat and humidity Sunday after a power outage left them in the dark for hours.

About 3,500 Pepco customers remained without power in the District Sunday evening, on a day when temperatures topped 90 degrees. Some customers were not expected to get their service restored until early Monday, according to the utility company.

Many of those customers were in or near the Logan Circle neighborhood, an area served by two affected power lines from Pepco’s Benning Road substation.

Pepco spokesman Bob Hainey said the outage was caused by a malfunction at a switch at Third Street NW. The switch malfunction caused some equipment to fail at the substation.

The outage affected parts of the Logan Circle, Shaw and Bloomingdale neighborhoods. A total of about 5,600 people were affected Sunday afternoon, according to the Pepco Web site.

— Luz Lazo

Maryland
Car strikes bear in Montgomery County

A bear was struck by a car in Montgomery County near Father Hurley Boulevard on Interstate 270 just after 9 a.m. Sunday, police said.

No motorists were injured, officials said, but the bear had to be put down by the police because of the extent of its injuries. Police said the bear did not weigh more than 150 pounds.

— Trishula Patel

Boy injured by falling concrete slab

An 8-year-old boy was injured Saturday in Gaithersburg when a slab of concrete fell on him, pinning him from the waist down, a family friend and neighbor said.

The boy and his younger brother were sitting on a stone wall in the Waterstone residential association where they live, at Father Hurley Boulevard and Crystal Rock Drive. When they jumped off the wall, which is about 4 feet high and 16 feet long, the stone came loose, falling on top of the child, according to the family friend, Lori Sommers.

His mother and grandfather lifted the slab, which was about 8 feet by 2 feet, and called an ambulance, Sommers said. The boy suffered two broken legs.

— Trishula Patel

Car accident victims identified

Montgomery County police have identified the victims of a Thursday morning crash in Gaithersburg.

Police said Sunday that Shayne R. Johnson, 24, of Gaithersburg was killed. Jean Marie Pollard, 28, of Silver Spring was seriously injured in the incident on East Diamond Avenue.

The incident occurred after an officer tried to stop the driver for failing to dim the vehicle’s high-beam headlights. The car sped away, ran a red light and ran off the road, according to police. Both occupants were thrown from the vehicle. Police said the investigation was continuing.

— Luz Lazo

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