THE DISTRICT

Woman Found Dead After Robbery Report

An elderly woman was found dead early yesterday morning in her Northwest Washington home, police said.

The woman was identified as Clara Carter, 84, of the 1200 block of Shepherd Street NW. A neighbor called to report an attempted burglary on her own home about 3 a.m., according to Sgt. Joe Gentile, a police spokesman. When police arrived, the woman said she had seen someone running from the rear of Carter's home.

Police found Carter's body in a bedroom on the second floor. An autopsy is being performed.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 202-576-6726 or Crimesolvers at 800-673-2777. Crimesolvers offers a $1,000 reward.

Four Libraries to Close for Asbestos

Four District branch libraries will close for asbestos abatement this fall.

The Georgetown branch will be closed from tomorrow until Oct. 1. The Northeast branch will be closed Oct. 4 to Oct. 22. The Southwest branch will be closed Oct. 25 to Nov. 5. The Tenley-Friendship branch will be closed Nov. 8 to Nov. 19.

During the closings, library customers can return library materials to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library at 901 G St. NW or any other branch library. After the libraries reopen, there will be some disruption to public service for two to three weeks as materials removed during the asbestos abatement, such as floor tiles and insulation, are replaced.

30 Enroll in Shaw Training Program

The new Shaw Comprehensive Training Academy has signed up about 30 residents for pre-apprenticeship and job readiness training.

The $1 million program, funded by the Washington Convention Center Authority as part of the development of the new convention center, is designed to prepare residents to enter union apprenticeship programs or other careers.

The number of people who enrolled on Friday, the program's first day, was fewer than the 100 expected, but academy organizers said more people will come as word spreads in the neighborhood.

VIRGINIA

Guard's Stabbing Leads to Lockdown

Inmates at Virginia's Red Onion State Prison, where 88 D.C. prisoners are incarcerated, have been under a lockdown since a prison guard was stabbed there Aug. 22, officials said yesterday.

An inmate at the maximum-security prison stabbed guard Jackie A. McCarty repeatedly, sending McCarty to the hospital, according to Larry Traylor, spokesman for the Virginia Department of Corrections. Traylor said a 24-year-old man who is not from the District is being investigated in connection with the attack.

MARYLAND

Power Line Injures Homeowner

A Silver Spring man suffered burns yesterday when the metal clippers he was using to work on his roof touched a power line coming into his home and shocked him, Montgomery County fire officials said.

Officials did not release the man's identity.

Capt. Eric Ramacciotti, a fire department spokesman, said the man and a friend were working on the roof of his house in the 1300 block of Woodside Parkway around noon. The friend told fire officials he heard a loud bang and turned to see the other man lying unconscious on the roof.

The man was taken to the Burn Unit at Washington Hospital Center and was listed in stable condition, Ramacciotti said.

Volunteers Clean Up on Shore

About 200 volunteers picked up plastic wrappers, rusted fishing hooks, bottle caps, cigarette butts and tires yesterday along the shore of Assateague Island as part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup, a one-day worldwide effort for marine conservation.

Organizers said there was more debris along the shore than in previous years--the result of Hurricane Floyd. Last year, a half-million volunteers around the world, including 150,000 volunteers in the United States, picked up 10 million pieces of trash. They covered 12,000 miles of beaches in 70 countries, according to the Center for Marine Conservation, which organizes the global event with other groups, individuals and commercial sponsors.

"It looks better aesthetically and it's safer for people and wildlife when the beaches are clean," said Denise McNamara, a ranger at Assateague Island State Park who helped in the cleanup effort.

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