Man Killed, Another Injured in Crash

A man was killed and another was seriously injured when their cars collided on Route 109 near the Howard and Montgomery county line yesterday, authorities said.

A 1995 Mercury Mystique traveling west on Route 108 crossed over into the path of a 1987 BMW about 8:30 a.m., Howard County police said.

The driver of the BMW, Henry Godfrey Alley III, 52, of the 17000 block of Shotley Bridge Place in Olney, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Mercury, Manuel Antonio Miranda, 20, of the 5800 block of Harness Court in Columbia, was taken to the University of Maryland Hospital Center, where he was listed in serious condition.

Police said that the road surface was wet but that the exact cause of the accident is under investigation.


Man Accused of Accosting Teen in Bed

A McLean area man was arrested early Thursday after breaking into a house and climbing into bed with a 17-year-old girl, Fairfax County police said yesterday.

The incident occurred about 3:45 a.m. on Fisher Drive in the Pimmit Hills area. Police said the man entered the house, then went to the girl's bedroom and got into her bed. The man told her to be quiet and rubbed his face against hers, the girl told police.

She left the room and woke her father, who detained the man until police arrived, authorities said. The girl was not injured, police said. Police charged Castro J. Rodriquez, 23, of Fay Place, with one count of burglary with the intent to rape. He was being held yesterday in the Fairfax County jail without bond.

Business Groups Push Transit Agenda

Virginia's largest chambers of commerce, joining forces on the state's pressing transportation needs, are scheduled to release a set of "principles" Monday as part of a plan to prod the General Assembly into action in the session that starts in January.

Business leaders from Fairfax County and elsewhere plan to unveil the principles at the state Capitol after a meeting Monday morning of Gov. James S. Gilmore III's Commission on Transportation Policy. Other groups participating in the effort include the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and chambers in Hampton Roads, Richmond and Roanoke.


Council to Probe Water Rate Request

The D.C. Council will hold an oversight hearing Wednesday to question officials of the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority about their proposal for an 18 percent rate increase.

Council member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large), chairman of the Public Works Committee, said she is concerned about the amount of the proposed increase. "You're talking about an 18 percent increase over four years, which is a pretty dramatic increase," she said. "We want an opportunity for [the authority] to justify such a large increase and an opportunity for the public to comment on it."

Earlier this year, Schwartz's committee said the authority should not seek a rate increase until it figures out why it is routinely losing 25 percent of the water in its system. Schwartz's committee also will review an authority proposal to set up a payment program for residents on fixed incomes and a special fund to help nonprofit agencies pay their water bills.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. in the council chambers at One Judiciary Square. People who want to testify should contact the committee at 202-724-8105 by Monday.

Teen Killed in Rock Creek Parkway Crash

A 14-year-old boy was killed when two cars collided yesterday on Rock Creek Parkway in Northwest Washington, authorities said.

The boy, whose identity was unavailable, was sitting in the front passenger seat of a Honda when the southbound car spun out of control about 2 p.m. and was hit by a Ford Taurus station wagon traveling north between Calvert Street and Shoreham Drive, said Lt. Stacey Collins, of the U.S. Park Police. The boy was pronounced dead at Children's Hospital about 2:40 p.m., a hospital spokeswoman said.

A man who was sitting in the back seat of the Honda was in stable condition at George Washington University Hospital, Collins said. The driver of the Honda and two women in the Ford Taurus were treated at hospitals and released, Collins said.

Collins said rain may have been a factor in the accident, which was still under investigation. Traffic was blocked in both directions for five hours, police said.

Howard U. to Display AIDS Quilt Panels

Howard University will display panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt as part of a conference it is hosting Tuesday and Wednesday to commemorate World AIDS Day.

The conference, "AIDS: End the Silence . . . Listen, Learn, Live," will include workshops, exhibits and confidential HIV/AIDS counseling and testing. The panels will be on display from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Blackburn University Center on Howard's main campus.

Massachusetts Hunting for Teachers

Employment recruiters from the Massachusetts Department of Education will be visiting four colleges in the District on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and offering $20,000 signing bonuses to college seniors and mid-career professionals it wants to hire as teachers.

Massachusetts, which has one of the most aggressive state teacher recruitment campaigns in the nation, is looking for as many as 500 new teachers. Its recruiters will hold an information session at 6 p.m. Monday at Georgetown University's Leavey Center, Leavey Program Room, 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW. A second information session will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at American University's Butler Pavilion, sixth-floor conference room, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Final sessions will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Howard University's School of Education, Room 216, 2441 Fourth St. NW, and at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at George Washington University's Career Center Resource Room, Suite P509, 801 22nd St. NW.


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