MARYLAND

1 Killed, 1 Injured in Beltway Crash

A 22-year-old Alabama man who was driving the wrong way on the Capital Beltway yesterday morning was killed and his passenger critically injured when his Toyota Corolla smashed head-on into a Chevrolet van.

Maryland State Police said the Corolla driven by Mark Joseph Savage, of Birmingham, was headed the wrong direction on the inner loop of the Beltway about 4:15 a.m. when it collided with the van just east of the Connecticut Avenue exit in Kensington. Sgt. Kevin Lewis of the state police said that investigators did not know where or how Savage entered the Beltway but that alcohol appeared to be a factor.

Savage and his passenger, Derek Robin Inman, 23, of Washington Grove, were taken to Suburban Hospital, where Savage died at 7:58 a.m. Inman was listed in critical condition last night. Savage's body was taken to Baltimore yesterday for an autopsy, which would determine his blood alcohol content, Lewis said.

The driver of the van, John Peter Walker, 52, of Hyattsville, was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was treated and released.

2nd D.C. Man Charged in Shooting

A second D.C. man has been arrested and charged in the shooting death of a man whose body was found in a cornfield in southern Anne Arundel County last month.

Terrence Evellit Casey, 23, of the 1100 block of F Street NE, was arrested near his home about 6 p.m. Thursday, Anne Arundel County police said. He was charged in Anne Arundel with first-degree murder and with using a handgun to commit a felony.

Another District man, Darron Terrell Williams, 29, of the unit block of Riggs Road NE, was arrested on the same two charges July 24.

The dead man, Curtis Ray Rawlings, 35, of the 1900 block of Naylor Road SE, was found July 9 in the 5700 block of Plummer Lane in Lothian.

Although detectives believe there are no other suspects, the investigation is ongoing, police said.

THE DISTRICT

Hearings Set for Charter Schools

The D.C. Public Charter School Board will hold public hearings tomorrow and Tuesday on 18 applications it has received to create charter schools in the District.

Panels of technical experts have reviewed the proposals, and the board is soliciting public comment. Those wishing to testify should call the board at 202-887-5011 by 3 p.m. Monday.

The appointed charter school board is one of two panels legally allowed to approve as many as 10 charter applications each year. The other is the elected D.C. Board of Education.

In its first two rounds of applications, the board approved 12 of 39 proposals submitted. The first eight schools approved through the process opened during the past school year, with the remaining four set to open next month.

The hearing will be held at Hannan Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave., NE.

VIRGINIA

Two Die in Pa. Plane Crash

A Vienna couple who had been flying to the Pocono Mountains for a weekend visit were identified yesterday as the victims of a Friday morning plane crash in a wooded area not far from the Pennsylvania airport.

Police identified the pilot as Richard J. Morgner, 72, and his passenger as Eleonore D. Morgner, 76, of the 9300 block of Campbell Road. The Morgners lifted off from Manassas Regional Airport on Friday morning in their single-engine Cessna, and hadn't radioed any problems.

There was thick early morning fog around the Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport in Mount Pocono, airport spokesman Eric Moyer said. Though authorities said Richard Morgner had more than 30 years of flying experience, the fog severely limited visibility, Moyer said. Residents of Coolbaugh Township northeast of the airport heard the plane circling before it crashed at 10:05 a.m. The plan disintegrated on impact, said Detective Harry Lewis, of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police.

Arlington Cable Rate to Fall 2 Cents

Arlington County cable television users will see a 2-cent decrease in their basic cable rate, despite a request by the county's sole cable operator to increase rates by 48 cents.

The Arlington County Board voted 4 to 0 yesterday to deny Prime Communications Potomac a rate increase from $13.77 to $14.25 a month. Prime Communications contended that franchise-related costs and depreciation of assets called for the rate hike. An analysis by county staff and outside consultants differed, leading them to recommend the 2-cent decrease, which will take effect in September.

Under federal law, Arlington County is certified to regulate basic cable service costs. The rate for the more premium cable programming service, however, is unregulated and will increase by $1.91, Prime Communications announced yesterday. Nearly 60,000 Arlington households subscribe to cable.

Marine Patrol Probe Nets Violations

A year-long undercover investigation by the Virginia Marine Patrol has netted 18 fishermen and seafood dealers accused of more than 250 criminal violations, from poaching to selling moonshine.

Operation Gill Net is continuing, but the investigation already is one of the largest and most successful of its kind, said Col. Steven G. Bowman, chief of the marine patrol. The operation began in May 1998 in response to tips about illegal fishing.

"Once we became aware of the magnitude of the problem, we immediately took action," he said. Nearly all alleged poaching occurred on the James and Poquoson rivers, both Chesapeake Bay tributaries, and mostly involved the unlicensed taking of striped bass, oysters and Atlantic sturgeon, records show.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I just want to know who is going to have the job of digitally taking out all of the people without shirts. It sure doesn't look or feel like fall out here."

-- Rob West, 19, an engineering student at Catholic University sweating yesterday as a volunteer extra on the set of a football movie being filmed in Baltimore.