Local Digest: D.C. police probe suspicious death; a new entry in mayor’s race

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Police investigate suspicious death

District police are investigating the suspicious death of a 21-year-old man whom officers found lying unconscious on a Southeast Washington street, according to authorities.

Police said the man, Rayshawn Hailstock of Northeast Washington, was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after they were called to respond to a fight in the 2300 block of Alabama Avenue SE about 8:25 p.m. on Sunday.

Autopsy results were not completed on Tuesday. Police said it is unclear whether the man died as a result of an altercation. It remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to call police at 202-727-9099 or text the department’s tip line at 50411.

— Peter Hermann

Former State official enters mayoral race

A former high-ranking State Department official is a surprise fourth entrant to the 2014 mayoral race.

Reta Jo Lewis, who until recently was Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s special representative for global intergovernmental affairs, unveiled her campaign on a Web page, Facebook page and Twitter account Tuesday.

According to a biography on her campaign Web site, Lewis is a Georgia native who moved to the District 35 years ago and now lives in the NoMa neighborhood. Though she spent time in District government during Mayor Sharon Pratt’s administration, serving as chief of staff to the Department of Public Works, Lewis has spent much of her career in federal service.

In entering the mayoral race, Lewis, who is running as a Democrat, joins a trio of D.C. Council members: Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6). Incumbent Vincent C. Gray (D) has yet to decide whether he will seek reelection.

— Mike DeBonis

MARYLAND

Weak tornado lands in Prince George’s

A tornado did touch down in Prince George’s County Monday evening, but it caused no injuries and little damage.

The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday after making a survey that a tornado was on the ground for 2.3 miles in the Clinton-Brandywine area about 7:30 p.m. Its top winds were estimated at 60 mph.

The twister snapped tree limbs that were between 6 and 12 inches in diameter, the weather service said. Several trees snapped near their tops.

In addition, the weather service said, flashing was pulled from a house near Eilerson Street, and a fence was damaged near Whitaker Park Drive.

The rotating cloud that eventually produced the tornado was seen in northern Charles County before the twister touched down in Prince George’s, the weather service said.

— Martin Weil

VIRGINIA

Alexandria to host national race

About 5,000 of the nation’s top distance runners and everyday joggers are expected at the first nationally certified 12K race Nov. 17 in Alexandria, officials announced Tuesday.

The .US National Road Racing Championships is the first season-ending road race for the USA Running Circuit. Winners will share in $100,000 prize money, with the top man and woman to finish each getting $20,000.

The Nov. 17 date was chosen because the race “needed to be season-ending,” said Jill M. Geer of USA Track & Field, which is the governing body for running events in the United States. That organization will sponsor the race along with top-level domain registrar Neustar, the Alexandria Police Foundation and Pacers Events. “The New York City Marathon is in early November, and we didn’t want to interfere with the Marine Corps or Army marathons.”

The racecourse starts in Old Town, winds into the Del Ray neighborhood and up to Potomac Yard before returning to Old Town. The event also will feature a family 5K run and a children’s fun run. The Alexandria Police Foundation, which will provide community outreach and recruiting, hopes to raise $15,000 from the race toward its plans for a police memorial, said executive director Virginia Hill-Obranovich.

— Patricia Sullivan

 
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