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Woman charged after hitting officer with snowball

Thursday, February 11, 2010

THE DISTRICT

Woman charged after clobbering officer

Maria Lewis, 21, of the District was charged with felony assault on a police officer after a District officer was hit in the face with an "ice ball" during a large snowball fight early Wednesday near the Wonderland Ballroom at 11th and Kenyon streets NW, according to Sgt. Nicholas Breul, a police spokesman.

Breul said 3rd Police District officers has been called to "a disorderly snowball fight" about 2 a.m.

-- Mary Pat Flaherty

Gas leak at school traced to falling ice

Winter weather was the underlying cause of Tuesday's break in a natural-gas line in Northwest Washington, according to Washington Gas.

A chunk of ice fell from the roof of Lafayette Elementary School, striking a gas meter outside the school and disconnecting the line, utility company spokesman Ruben Rodriguez said Wednesday.

Residents of the area heard what they said sounded like an explosion, followed by the hiss of escaping gas.

Rodriguez said workers from the utility went to the scene promptly and shut off the gas.

-- Martin Weil


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