Three Shot During Deadly Eight Hours

Two men were shot and killed in separate incidents just blocks apart in Southwest late Friday and early yesterday, police said. The killings brought to three the number of men slain in the city in less than eight hours.

A 22-year-old District man, whose name police declined to release, was shot several times in the 1500 block of Second Street SW about 10:40 p.m. Friday, police said.

Less than two hours later--at 12:20 a.m. yesterday--a 24-year-old Annandale man, whose name also was not released, was shot once in the head as he sat in a car in the 100 block of First Street SW, police said.

Police said assailants in both those shootings approached the victims on foot. An investigator said police do not think the killings are linked but declined to discuss motives or suspects in either case.

In the first of the three killings, a man in his twenties was shot in the head about 4:45 p.m. in the 1100 block of I Street NE. In that case, police said, the assailant also approached the man on foot.


Warrant Issued for 'Peeping Tom' Suspect

Prince George's County police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a 42-year-old man wanted in connection with a string of "peeping Tom" incidents in College Park.

Police have offered a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of Marion Edward Pearson. Pearson is charged with indecent exposure.

He is accused of preparing to expose himself outside a bathroom window at 3 a.m. Sept. 13 after watching a female resident. Police said he fled on foot after being confronted by a friend of the woman.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call the Prince George's County Crime Solvers at 301-735-1111 or 1-800-673-2777. All callers can remain anonymous.

Anne Arundel Official Courted by Atlanta

Tom Andrews, a longtime top official in the Anne Arundel County government, has been offered a job managing the biggest county government in Georgia, according to a report last week in an Atlanta newspaper.

The Journal-Constitution reported that the commissioners of Fulton County, which includes much of metropolitan Atlanta, voted Wednesday to make the offer.

Andrews, the land use director for Anne Arundel's Department of Planning and Code Enforcement, said yesterday that he would "certainly look at the opportunity if it offered career advancement" but said he had received no formal notification of a job offer. A career bureaucrat, Andrews also has been Anne Arundel's chief administrative officer.


Second Williamsburg Restoration Urged

A shopping, dining and entertainment mecca would crop up beside Virginia's restored 18th-century capital under a plan by Colonial Williamsburg and the College of William and Mary.

Officials from the college and the foundation that owns much of the tourism-oriented city last week proposed a "Second Restoration" of Williamsburg. It would increase retail and commercial space in and around the picturesque Merchant's Square shopping area by more than 50 percent to at least 250,000 square feet.

A summary of the proposal did not offer specifics about costs.

Officials said they also are negotiating with a donor interested in financing the restoration of the Williamsburg Theatre as a venue for Colonial Williamsburg programs, film series and college-sponsored performing arts events.

D-Day Memorial Overseer Issues Thanks

With a battle looming in the General Assembly over state money for nonprofit projects, the man overseeing construction of the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford has sent thank-you notes to the governor and legislators for past aid.

Richard Burrow, president of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, outlined in a three-page letter last week how more than $3 million in state money has helped construction.

During the past General Assembly session, Gov. James S. Gilmore III (R) vetoed spending surplus money on dozens of non-state agencies, including the D-Day memorial. The memorial still received $450,000 from the state this year. Last month, the governor wrote lawmakers telling them non-state agencies will have to meet certain criteria to receive future funding.

D-Day memorial organizers have raised $8.5 million of their $12 million goal for construction. Nearly half of that has come from state donations, Burrow said.

Va. Told It Cannot Curb 'Tulloch Ditching'

The state has no power to regulate a controversial construction practice that has drained thousands of acres of wetlands in southeastern Virginia, says Attorney General Mark L. Earley (R).

Developers can continue the "Tulloch ditching" practice without a permit unless the General Assembly passes legislation regulating it, members of the Commission on the Future of Virginia's Environment were told Friday.

A panel appointed by Gov. James S. Gilmore III (R) is recommending greater protection of wetlands than federal law requires. Tulloch ditching, in which bulldozers cut trenches across fields so water drains from soil, is increasingly used by builders and developers to avoid costly environmental restrictions.

A federal appeals court threw out government ditching rules in June 1998, saying the Army Corps of Engineers had no authority to use them. Since then, about 2,500 acres of nontidal wetlands have been drained in southeastern Virginia and 6,500 acres are threatened, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Developers are worried any move to impose new regulations would go beyond the Tulloch exception and have a large-scale effect on the affordability of housing.

Aerial Spraying of Pesticide Planned

Aerial pesticide spraying to control mosquitoes will take place between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. today over the Great Dismal Swamp and other parts of the Chesapeake area.

Virginia Department of Health and Department of Defense officials said spraying could continue through tomorrow. If weather forces a flight cancellation, spraying will be rescheduled.

Residents of Franklin, as well as Chesapeake, Suffolk and parts of Sussex, Surry, Southampton and Isle of Wight counties have been plagued by mosquitoes that have bred in standing flood waters left behind by Hurricane Floyd.


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