D.C. Inmate Charged in Assaults

A 23-year-old District man arrested in a sexual assault in the city has been charged with two sexual assaults in Prince George's County and is a suspect in three more attacks, Prince George's police said yesterday.

Police have obtained arrest warrants charging Antonio Donnell Oesby, of the 600 block of L Street NE, in connection with two sexual assaults in Laurel in recent weeks, police said.

Oesby was arrested Wednesday night by District police inside Union Station in connection with the sexual assault of a 29-year-old woman Oct. 28 in the stairwell of her apartment.

Cpl. Tim Estes, Prince George's County spokesman, said yesterday that he did not know the dates, times or circumstances of the two attacks in Laurel that Oesby has been charged with, nor could he detail what the actual charges against Oesby were.

But police did say Oesby is considered a suspect in three other attacks, including a third in the Laurel area and two rapes in the New Carrollton area on Oct. 31 and Nov. 15.

Laurel Man Killed in Hit-and-Run

A Laurel man was struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident while he tried to cross Route 1 in Laurel, Maryland State Police said yesterday.

Michael Chrobak, 41, was crossing the highway about 11:30 p.m. Friday when he was struck by a car driving north. Witnesses told police that the driver of the car--possibly a green Chevrolet Cavalier--did not stop at the scene of the accident. After the car hit the pedestrian, the driver made a U-turn and drove south on Route 1, witnesses said.

Chrobak was pronounced dead at the scene. State police are searching for the driver of the car.

At Malls, Early Shopping--for Charity

Holiday shoppers looking for after-hours bargains and a way to help the needy can find both at three shopping malls this evening from 6:30 to 9:30.

Tickets costing $5 buy entry to three malls owned by Westfield Shoppingtowns: Montgomery and Annapolis malls and Wheaton Plaza. Money from ticket sales goes to one of 125 charities, which shoppers can designate.

For their part, the malls are providing after-hours shopping, one-night-only discounts, free gift wrap, free photos with Santa, live music, celebrity appearances and prizes, including a two-year lease on a Mercury Sable and a $1,000 shopping spree.

Death at Laurel Party

A young man was shot to death late last night at a party in a townhouse in Laurel, Laurel police said. The death was described as a homicide.

Police said the man, who appeared to be in his late teens, was found about 11:30 p.m. at a party in the 7600 block of Erica Lane. He had been shot in the head, police said.


Families Displaced by Fire in Vienna

Twelve families were displaced by a two-alarm fire that caused an estimated $250,000 in damage to a Vienna apartment building Friday night.

Fairfax County fire officials say the fire was reported shortly before 8 p.m. in a garden apartment in the 100 block of Patrick Street SE. The fire was quickly brought under control, officials said. One firefighter was injured fighting the blaze. He was treated and released from Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Estate Donates $5.2 Million to NVCC

The estate of an Iowa woman has donated $5.2 million to the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation. The gift from the estate of Mary Collier Baker is the largest donation in the history of both Northern Virginia Community College and the Virginia Community College System, school officials said.

Baker was a lifelong resident of Iowa and has family connections to NVCC. She earned a degree in math and science from Des Moines University and spent much of her life working to expand educational opportunities for women, NVCC officials said. She died this year.

Woman Offered Her Cousin, 12, for Sex

A Danville woman has been convicted of offering her 12-year-old cousin for prostitution in exchange for cash.

District Judge James Ingram on Thursday found Marie Elizabeth Craft guilty of three charges of accepting money in exchange for allowing several boys to have sex with the girl. The incidents took place on or around July 23.


Clinton Appoints Parole Commissioner

President Clinton has appointed Janie L. Jeffers of the District as a commissioner of the U.S. Parole Commission. The five-member commission recently assumed the duties of the D.C. Board of Parole.

Jeffers, a Howard University graduate, most recently was executive deputy director of a federal task force that coordinates technical assistance to the District government on economic development, education, child care and public-private partnerships. She also has been deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Corrections.

Thanksgiving Dinner in Dupont Circle

Thanksgiving dinner for gay men and lesbians ages 18 to 29 will be held today at the Whitman-Walker Clinic's Dupont Circle office.

The second annual "Queer Thanksgiving" will be held at 2 p.m. at 1407 S St. NW as a way to reach out to young adults who may be struggling with sexuality issues, organizers said. The event is sponsored by Whitman-Walker, the primary community-based provider of HIV and AIDS services in metro Washington, and the D.C. chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. For more information or a ride to the event, call the clinic at 202-939-7867.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It was a hard sell. Some just looked at me like I had three heads." -- D.C. United fan Kim Klyberg describing her attempt to recruit people in her apartment building to attend a game. Page B1.