THE REGION

Reston Man Charged in Stabbing

A Fairfax County man was arrested and charged with malicious wounding early yesterday after an incident at his home in which he stabbed an acquaintance several times, according to Fairfax County police.

According to police, an unidentified 22-year-old Falls Church woman was visiting Richard Yergovich, 21, in the 12300 block of Lima Lane in Reston, when a dispute broke out between the two.

Yergovich attacked the woman and stabbed her numerous times in her upper body, said Lt. Amy Lucas, a police spokeswoman, but the woman eventually escaped and fled to a neighbor's house.

The woman was taken by medical helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where she was in stable condition yesterday, hospital officials said.

Yergovich was treated for minor injuries and was arrested at the scene, police officials said. He is being held without bond at the county's adult detention center.

Man Feared Drowned in Fairfax Creek

Fairfax County police continued to search last night for a man who is believed to have drowned while swimming in Little Hunting Creek on Saturday evening.

Marciano Cruz, 33, of Fairfax County, went for a swim while fishing with friends on the creek bank in Riverside Park under the bridge of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, police said.

The current pulled Cruz into Little Hunting Creek, where he was able to grab a bridge support. A short time later, he let go of the support and was pulled underwater out of the sight of his friends, authorities said.

Man Dies in Crash Near Warrenton

A 20-year-old Fauquier County man was killed over the weekend when the car he was riding in went out of control on a curve at Green and Old Hurleytown roads near Warrenton and crashed into a tree head-on, authorities said.

Shaun Alexander Edmonds, of the 6200 block of Edmonds Lane in Midland, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Virginia State Police in Richmond. Shane Jones, the driver, suffered bruises and minor cuts to his wrists, Fauquier County sheriff's officials said.

Jones was driving a 1997 Mazda east on Green Road around midnight Friday, police said, when he came upon a curve and then ran off the left shoulder of the road and struck a tree.

Whooping Cough Reported in Petersburg

The state Health Department has told doctors and hospitals in the Petersburg area to watch for cases of whooping cough.

Four cases of whooping cough have been confirmed in that area, said Grayson B. Miller Jr., director of the Crater Health District. Another case from Fluvanna County is believed to be linked to those four. Up to a dozen other people who are being investigated may also be infected, Miller said.

Whooping cough, a bacterial infection, causes coughing bursts that can last for several weeks and can cause pneumonia, seizures and inflammation of the brain. Children under a year old are most severely affected; half with the disease must be hospitalized, and one in 200 dies from it.

Vaccination against the disease must take place before age 7, but even those who have been vaccinated can get the moderately contagious disease.

THE DISTRICT

Suspect Is Arrested in SE Shooting

A police officer patrolling the Benning Heights section of Southeast Washington opened fire on an armed man yesterday after the man reportedly shot a second man who was driving a car, authorities said.

Officer Malcolm Gaines, of the 6th District, was driving north on Alabama Avenue SE at 4:48 p.m. when he saw a man shooting the driver of a gray Nissan Altima in the 4800 block, according to Cmdr. Tommy C. Musgrove.

Witnesses said that when the driver was shot, he was trying to make a U-turn and escape from his assailant, who was on foot. Gaines ran after the shooter, who turned toward the officer with his gun. Gaines then withdrew his service weapon and fired at least two shots, Musgrove said. Neither shot hit the armed man, who fled and was caught in the 4400 block of Falls Terrace SE, Musgrove said.

The gunman, whom Musgrove identified as Gerard Green, was charged with assault with intent to kill. Police did not know his age or address. The driver of the Altima, whom police did not identify because he is a witness, was in stable condition at D.C. General Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, Musgrove said.

Green knew the victim, Musgrove said. It was not clear last night what provoked the confrontation.

The shooting occurred near the Benning Terrace housing development, where 12-year-old Darryl Dayan Hall was abducted and killed in 1997 during a feud between two factions of a gang.

Residents on the block said gunfire is still a common occurrence. "I'm so used to hearing gunshots, it don't bother me," said a woman who lives yards from the site of the shooting. "I just duck down and make sure nothing comes through my window."

Shooting Victim in Stable Condition

A District cabdriver who was shot in the head in an apparent robbery Aug. 2 is in stable condition and is expected to live, police and family members say.

John Olukayode Phillips, 48, of New Carrollton, was in a coma after being critically wounded while driving his taxicab at 44th and P streets NW, a few blocks from Georgetown University.

Although money apparently was not taken from the cab, police believe that robbery was the motive for the attack, Sgt. Joe Gentile, a police spokesman, said last week. No arrest has been made.

Phillips, who came to the Washington area from Nigeria, is a part-time civil engineering student at the University of the District of Columbia.

Elizabeth Omoyeni Phillips said her husband was paralyzed in some areas on the left side of his body and will need extensive physical therapy.

"I'm happy with his progress," she said. "The doctor said [that] for his amount of injuries, we are very blessed."

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"My kids get to go to camp every summer. Why shouldn't I? Exercise here is not drudgery. I really enjoy the no-pressure atmosphere. No one gets mad if I miss a shot or 'run like a girl.' "

-- Dianne Phillips, 41, mother of two teenage daughters and a participant in Camp A.W.O.L., a West Virginia program for women over 30.