THE REGION

Rain Not Enough to Relieve Drought

A brief downpour dumped more than an inch of rain at Dulles International Airport yesterday, but other showers in the area were too short and too spotty to relieve regional drought conditions, a National Weather Service official said.

Dulles got 1.23 inches of rain in about 30 minutes, while Reagan National Airport registered 0.07 inches, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport received 0.11 inches, said Andy Woodcock, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

The area, Woodcock said, is still 13.5 inches short of normal rainfall for the last 12 months. "This was spitting in the ocean," he said.

VIRGINIA

Parents of Abandoned Baby Still Sought

Arlington County police said yesterday that they have received several adoption offers for a newborn found Friday in the basement bathroom of a church but that they are continuing the search for the baby's parents. The infant girl, baptized Mary Agnes, remained in good condition at Arlington Hospital.

Detectives are tracking tips but have not found the person who left the infant in a basket in the basement of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington, said Cpl. Justin McNaull, a police spokesman.

Police officials hope someone will come forward with information--even with suspicions about a girl who missed a couple of days of school late last week or a woman who was wearing baggy clothing and suddenly is wearing tighter clothes, McNaull said.

Anyone with information can reach Arlington police at 703-558-2222.

Volunteers Clean Up Bay Near Hampton

Hundreds of volunteers pulled trash and debris from the Chesapeake Bay near Hampton on Saturday as part of Clean the Bay Day '99.

The event spanned South Hampton Roads and the Peninsula. In Hampton alone, it involved 19 sites, nearly 500 volunteers and 17 miles of shoreline.

Last year's effort yielded 13 tons of trash and debris in Hampton. The results of Saturday's work were not available, but it was clearly a bumper crop of filth.

At Newmarket Creek behind a local Kmart, a team headed by volunteer Penny Ingram posed for a picture in front of 24 bags of trash, more than 20 car tires, a few metal shelving units and old wooden pallets.

"I'm basically seeing huge quantities of things people have no business throwing in the bay," volunteer John Finch said. Motor oil containers. Old toys. Shoes. Last year, volunteers found a futon.

Collector Convicted of Stealing Fossils

An amateur fossil collector has been convicted of a felony for gathering 50-million-year-old fossils and taking them back to Virginia without a permit.

David A. Hutchison, 51, of Powhatan, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Richmond to stealing government property. He said he collected fossils in southwestern Wyoming over a 20-year span and took them home even though he knew it was illegal.

U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer sentenced him Thursday to two years of probation, 100 hours of community service, a $5,000 fine and $10,000 restitution. Prosecuting attorneys had agreed not to seek a prison term.

Hutchison, a chemist, said he collected the fossils because they would be destroyed if left out in the elements. But prosecutors and trained paleontologists said amateurs should not disturb excavation sites because it takes away from professional research.

"Scientific knowledge that is gained from properly supervised excavation is lost forever on the specimens stolen from the public lands," Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara E. Flannery said in court documents. "Fossil vertebrates are usually unique or rare and are nonrenewable resources of our natural heritage."

MARYLAND

Man Drowns Off Ocean City Beach

A Harford County man drowned yesterday in Ocean City after he fell off an inflatable surf mat in rough waters, Ocean City police said.

Roger L. Harrell Jr., 22, of Bel Air, fell off the raft at 2:45 p.m. about 50 yards from shore in the 47th Street area, police said. Lifeguards pulled him to shore and administered CPR, but Harrell was pronounced dead at 3:50 p.m. at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, police said.

Harrell and a 17-year-old friend were visiting Ocean City on a day trip, police said.

Hyattsville Man Found Shot to Death

A Hyattsville man was found shot to death a few blocks from his home early yesterday, Prince George's County police said.

They said Jamaul Martinez Pettaway, 18, of the 3600 block of 55th Avenue, was found about 12:30 a.m. outside an apartment house in the 3400 block of 54th Avenue. He had been shot once in the upper body, police said.

Police said they knew of no motive or suspects.

5 N.Va. Men Held in Wheaton Shooting

Five Northern Virginia men were held without bond yesterday in the shooting of two men in a Wheaton restaurant and parking lot Saturday night. Montgomery County detectives are investigating whether the shooting was gang-related, police said.

Montgomery police said the shootings occurred about 5 p.m. when two men, ages 19 and 20, were among a group inside Pho Hiep Hoa restaurant in the 2200 block of University Boulevard West. Some of the men went to the parking lot, where a fight ensued, police said.

One of the men was shot outside, and another was shot after he ran back inside the restaurant. One was shot in the hand and the other in the leg, police said. The injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The alleged assailants were found in a Honda after police stopped it on the Capital Beltway near Route 355, police said. Police identified the men arrested on charges of attempted first-degree murder and reckless endangerment as Hoang Anh Tran, 21, of the 2700 block of Hyson Lane in Falls Church; Nghia Phanh Hoang, 20, of the 5100 block of South Seventh Street in Arlington; Tuah Anh Hoang, 19, of the 8400 block of Van Court in Annandale; and Long Dae Tran, 24, of Alexandria. A 17-year-old male was charged as a juvenile.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"She says, 'No, Mom, she has to find a prince!' My own child does not make the leap that Cinderella could find another Cinderella."

-- American University history professor Vanessa Schwartz, parent with Rebecca Isaacs of Rachel, 4, remarking that she probably couldn't influence her daughter's sexual orientation even if she wanted to.