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January 16, 2014
The District
Police identify man
slain in Southeast

D.C. police identified a man who was found fatally shot near a Southeast Washington recreation center Wednesday afternoon.

Officials said Vincent Purvis, 20, of Southeast was shot in the 600 block of Yuma Street about 3:30 p.m., near the Ferebee-Hope recreation center in the Washington Highlands neighborhood. Investigators were searching for four males who were seen getting into a silver car after the shooting.

Police have not released a motive in the killing.

— Clarence Williams

Maryland
Construction worker
dies in parkway crash

A construction worker was killed in a car crash Wednesday night on Suitland Parkway, D.C. police said.

As a driver was heading east on the parkway at about 11:25 p.m. near Stanton Road, she lost control of her SUV and hit a parked vehicle with a portable light trailer attached to it, according to police. Authorities said the light trailer then spun, striking the construction worker, who had been standing next to the parked vehicle.

Police identified the construction worker as Travis Jackson, 34, of Alexandria.

The driver of the SUV was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released, authorities said. Police did not name her.

The D.C. police Major Crash Unit is investigating the incident.

— Patrick Svitek

Apartment fire kills
Rockville resident

A Rockville man died in an apartment fire early Thursday in Montgomery County.

Scott Graham, a spokesman for the county’s fire department, said the fire started about midnight in a unit in the 5200 block of Crossfield Court.

When firefighters entered the apartment, Graham said, they found the man in the unit. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities identified the man as Michael Francis Mercurio, 52. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

— Dana Hedgpeth

Fire department warns
of inspection scam

Prince George’s County fire officials are warning residents and business owners about a scam that promises an official fire inspection for $25.

The department is investigating a flier that claims to be from the county’s “Fire Prevention Office.” At least one person has been soliciting homes and businesses in the county with the flier, which lists the official address of the fire department but is full of poor grammar. The department does not solicit residents or businesses through fliers for inspections, spokesman Mark Brady said.

— Lynh Bui

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