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REGIONAL BRIEFING

Monday, October 6, 2008

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Senior Safety Meeting Moved

Citing overwhelming response from the public, Montgomery County police have moved a "Safety for Seniors" presentation scheduled for this afternoon to a larger venue. The event will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. in the auditorium of Walter Johnson High School, 6400 Rock Spring Dr. in Bethesda, instead of at the Davis Library as previously announced.

On Sept. 4, a 63-year-old Bethesda woman was killed in a home invasion, police said. There has been a series of home invasion robberies targeting older residents that began last year in Montgomery and Northwest Washington, police said.

Today's meeting, police said, will include presentations about locks, windows, alarm systems, landscaping, reporting suspicious activity and when it is appropriate to call police.

-- Dan Morse

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY

Woman's Death Investigated

Prince George's County police are investigating the death of a woman in Forestville, police said.

About 7:40 a.m. yesterday, a person called authorities to report the death of the woman, whose body was inside a condominium in the 6300 block of Hil Mar Drive, said Cpl. Stephen Pacheco, a police spokesman. Pacheco said trauma was apparent on the woman's body, but he declined to be specific.

The victim's name was not released pending notification of relatives, Pacheco said. He said anyone with information should call homicide detectives at 301-772-4925 or Crime Solvers at 866-411-8477.

-- Ruben Castaneda

Man Killed in Shooting Identified

Prince George's County police yesterday identified a man who was fatally shot Saturday night in Glenarden. Three other people were wounded by gunshots.

The slain man was Antwan Sorrell, 21, of the 8400 block of Hamlin Street, where the shootings occurred about 9:15 p.m. The other victims were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, authorities said.

-- Ruben Castaneda

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

Two at Festival Bitten by Snake

A man and woman were bitten by a snake while attending a festival in the Annapolis area yesterday, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said.

Division Chief Michael Cox, a department spokesman, said he was told that the two, thought to be in their 20s, were at the Maryland Renaissance Festival on Crownsville Road when the woman found a wild snake and was teasing the man with it.

Both were bitten, Cox said. He said they were taken to a hospital for evaluation. Additional details were not available.

-- Martin Weil

HOWARD COUNTY

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

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY

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

THE DISTRICT

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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