Local Digest: Woman sexually assaulted in D.C.

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Woman is assaulted after accepting a ride

A woman walking along a street in Northeast Washington early Thursday was sexually assaulted at gunpoint after accepting a ride from a man, according to D.C. police.

The woman told authorities that she accepted the ride about midnight while on Clay Terrace NE. Police said the man threatened her with a gun and drove about two miles to Southeast Washington. Police said the man then sexually assaulted the woman.

— Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
Equine encephalitis case in Maryland

Maryland officials said Friday that a case of Eastern equine encephalitis has been confirmed in a horse in Worcester County, and they urged horse owners to consult with their veterinarians about vaccinations.

The horse, which had not been vaccinated, tested positive for the virus, which, like West Nile virus, is spread by mosquitoes. The disease can cause a swelling of the brain. Although it is rare in humans, the disease can occur when an infected mosquito bites a person. The last confirmed human case in Maryland was in 1989. The last confirmed case in a horse in the state was in 2009 in Wicomico County.

Although Eastern equine encephalitis occurs in humans less frequently than West Nile virus, it can be more serious. Typical symptoms in humans include fever, headache, mental confusion, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, joint pain and sometimes seizure and coma. There is neither a specific treatment nor a vaccine available for humans infected with the virus.

— Lena H. Sun

Man sentenced in wife’s 2011 shooting

A Prince George’s County man was sentenced to 50 years in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to the shooting of his estranged wife and attempted shooting of his son.

Edward Vincent McRavin, 51, had pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and two counts of first-degree assault.

On Mother’s Day in 2011, McRavin, of Colmar Manor, arrived by bicycle at the Family Crisis Center in Brentwood, where he was allowed supervised visits with his son. He shot his wife of 10 years before his gun jammed and he fled the scene. Hours later, he was shot by police when he pointed his gun at officers.

— Aaron C. Davis

VIRGINIA
Moped driver killed in Woodbridge crash

A 53-year-old Woodbridge man driving a moped was killed when he collided Thursday with the driver of a small SUV in a strip mall parking lot, according to Prince William County police.

Ray A. Daugherty was riding through a parking lot at Woodbridge Shopping Center when a man driving a 2005 Hyundai Tucson turned left into the path of the moped, police say. Daugherty was unable to stop. He died at an area hospital, police said

The Hyundai driver’s name was not released.

— Jeremy Borden

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