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-- Martin Weil


Columbia Driver Charged in Crash

Howard County police have charged a Columbia man with traffic violations in connection with a July 19 crash that killed a 19-year-old man.

Police on Saturday charged Robert N. Mecklenburg, 79, of Upwoods Lane with failure to yield the right of way and negligent driving in the crash, in which motorcyclist Andrew Noel died.

-- Ruben Castaneda


Politicians Urged to Target Poverty

More than 2,000 people representing 40 church, synagogue and mosque congregations packed into First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries yesterday to present elected officials with a list of priorities to help the poor in Northern Virginia.

About 20 public officials attended the service to hear the demands of the newly formed organization Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, or VOICE. It wants increased funding for affordable housing and dental care and a reduction in the backlog of U.S. citizenship applications in Northern Virginia.

Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large) was answered with boos when he asked the group to also help eliminate the "scourge of abortion."

-- Jacqueline L. Salmon


2 Men Found Slain in SE, NE

A 22-year-old District man was found shot to death early yesterday in Southeast when police responded to reports of gunshots at 1:37 a.m.

Phillip Palmer Jr. of the 3600 block of Brothers Pl. SE was pronounced dead at the scene in the area of the 3300 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. Police said he had multiple gunshot wounds.

In another incident, a 40-year-old District man was found stabbed Saturday night on a sidewalk outside his Northeast home when police responded to "investigate trouble at that location," according to a news release issued by police yesterday.

Police found Paul Simmons of the 3500 block of Clay Pl. NE about 8:55 p.m. Less than an hour later, he was pronounced dead at a hospital, apparently from multiple stab wounds.

Police are investigating both incidents. To provide information in either case, call police at 202-727-9099 or 888-919-2746 or text 50411.

-- Nikita Stewart

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