Local Digest: D.C. area news briefs

April 19
THE DISTRICT
Man arrested in fatal stabbing of woman

A Southeast man was arrested Saturday in the fatal stabbing of a woman earlier in the morning in the 2500 block of Pomery Road in Southeast, D.C. police said.

Officers were called to the block shortly after 2 a.m., where they found India Chapple, 26, of Southeast suffering from a stab wound. Chapple was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

About 10:45 a.m., homicide detectives arrested Tracy Mathis, 30, and charged him with second-degree murder while armed in the stabbing death of Chapple.

— T. Rees Shapiro

D.C. officer found
dead in apartment

A D.C. police officer was found dead Saturday in an apartment in Southeast Washington after he failed to show up for work, according to sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

No cause of death could be learned.

A D.C, police spokesman said a man was found dead about3:15 p.m. in the2600 block of Martin Luther King Avenue SE. But the spokesman, Officer Paul Metcalf, said he could not confirm Saturday night that the man was a police officer.

He said the matter was being listed as an undetermined death.

Homicide detectives were investigating, Metcalf said.

— Keith Alexander

and Clarence Williams

Injured snowy owl released into wild

A rare snowy owl that was apparently hit by a bus in the nation’s capital flew back into the wild Saturday after weeks of rehabilitation in Minnesota and procedures to replace its flight feathers.

Officials with the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota released the owl about noon Saturday outside Superior, Wis., near the Minnesota and Wisconsin state border. That location was chosen by a biologist because snowy owls have been spotted there in recent winters, indicating there is good habitat for hunting.

The owl was found injured in downtown Washington in late January and taken to the National Zoo before being transferred to a wildlife rehabilitation center in the District. It was then sent to The Raptor Center, which has expertise in replacing damaged feathers. It has since completed about a three-week exercise program and regained physical fitness before it was deemed ready for release.

— Associated Press

MARYLAND
Man dies while boating in tributary

Authorities are investigating the death of a boater in Anne Arundel County.

About 5:30 p.m. Friday, police from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources were called to Plum Creek, which is off the Severn River in Crownsville. Spokeswoman Candy Thomson said the 66-year-old man was piloting a 33-foot center-console boat back from a trip through Middle River to Plum Creek when he suffered a medical emergency and fell in the water. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have not released the man’s name.

A spokesman for the Natural Resources Police, Sgt. Brian Albert, said the man might have suffered a heart attack.

— Associated Press

VIRGINIA
Pickup driver killed
in Loudoun crash

A man driving a pickup truck was killed in a crash in the Round Hill area Saturday, Virginia State Police said.

The pickup was traveling along Route 7 near Yellow Schoolhouse Road about midnight when it ran off the road and into a ditch. The vehicle overturned, and the driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers responded at 12:18 a.m., police said. Authorities are withholding the man’s identity until the next of kin can be notified.

Police said that speed was a factor in the crash.

No one else was in the car at the time of the wreck.

— Justin Jouvenal

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