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MARYLAND
Montgomery Gazette endorses Andrews

Montgomery County Council member Phil Andrews (D-Gaithersburg-Rockville), who has been short on endorsements in his underdog bid for county executive, got one from the Montgomery Gazette on Wednesday.

The Gazette, part of the suburban newspaper group owned by Nash Holdings, which also owns The Washington Post, withdrew its past support of incumbent Isiah Leggett (D), saying he must be held accountable for the “debacle” of the Silver Spring Transit Center. (The Gazette editorial board operates independently of The Post, which has endorsed Leggett.)

The Gazette praised Leggett’s fiscal management during the recession but said that as the county emerges from the economic downturn, Andrews’s fiscal conservatism is the right fit for the job.

— Bill Turque

VIRGINIA
Victim in Springfield homicide identified

Fairfax County police have identified a man killed Saturday in the Springfield area as Juan Abel Flores, 24.

Officers found the Springfield area man lying in the roadway near Backlick Road and Highland Street shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday. They had received a report about someone in the street, possibly struck by a vehicle.

Flores had a wound to his upper body that was inconsistent with a car crash, and he was taken to a hospital, where he died, police said. No arrests had been made in the case.

— Justin Jouvenal

Woman killed in Lorton fire identified

A woman killed in a massive four-alarm fire in Fairfax County on Tuesday has been identified as 34-year-old Mary Ann Brookie of Lorton.

The fire in the 8200 block of Catbird Circle destroyed a condominium building called Gunston Corner, displacing 36 residents and causing about $1 million worth of damage. Brookie was a resident of the complex. Several people had to be rescued.

Fire officials said the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

— Justin Jouvenal

Woodbridge woman reports rape in home

A Prince William County woman reported that she was raped Wednesday morning by an armed stranger who entered her apartment about 4:30 a.m.

Prince William police are searching for a man whom residents of the apartment complex had complained about for a month, saying that his presence on the grounds seemed suspicious.

The victim, a 34-year-old woman, said she awoke to find the man in her bedroom with a handgun. Two children, who were sleeping in the apartment during the attack, were not harmed, and police said there were no signs of forced entry.

— Julie Zauzmer

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