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Fatal Shooting in Pr. George's

A man was found shot to death yesterday afternoon in a Prince George's County parking lot, police said. Authorities released few details and said the man's identity would not be disclosed until his relatives were contacted.

The body was found in the 5200 block of Marlboro Pike in Capitol Heights. Prince George's police ask anyone with information to call 301-772-4925.

Pedestrian Killed on Route 4

A man was killed early yesterday when he walked into a lane of northbound traffic on Route 4 in Prince George's County and was hit by a car, Maryland State Police said.

The pedestrian, Dennis James Frostbutter, 45, of Morningside, died at the scene, police said.

The driver, Juan Edgardo Rivera, 55, of Suitland, was taken to Southern Maryland Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries. A police spokesman said it is unlikely the driver will face charges.

VIRGINIA

Surplus Eyed for State Pay Raise

State government workers, whose salaries lag behind their private-sector counterparts, say they want a piece of a Virginia budget surplus that probably will be $1 billion.

"An across-the-board salary increase of at least 6 percent is needed to help close the growing gap in salaries between the commonwealth and the private sector, and federal and local governments," the 18,000-member Virginia Governmental Employees Association said.

The principal lobbying organization for state employees says the proposed pay raise for the 100,000-member workforce is at the top of its wish list for the General Assembly's election-year session, which will open Jan. 12.

SUV Accident Snarls I-95 Traffic

A rollover yesterday morning involving an SUV led to two medical evacuations by helicopter and tied up traffic on southbound Interstate 95 for miles, authorities said.

Emergency officials did not have information about those injured. The 8:45 a.m. accident near Old Mine Road in Dumfries caused delays as helicopters landed on the interstate.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We don't get that firefighting experience anymore. Rookies don't have any fires."

-- District firefighter Joey Baka, a 13-year department veteran, discussing Engine 11's lack of practice after a newcomer tangled hose lines while responding to a fire. -- Page A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Rebecca Dana, Nicole Fuller, Allison Klein and Eric M. Weiss and the Associated Press.


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