Manassas Man Killed in One-Car Crash

A Manassas man was fatally injured early yesterday when he was thrown from his sport-utility vehicle after he lost control of it on Old Centreville Road, Prince William County police said.

Frank R. Jillson III, 24, was heading south on Old Centreville Road near the Fairfax County line about 1:20 a.m. when his GMC Jimmy veered off the right side of the road, police said. Jillson attempted to return to the two-lane road, police said, but the vehicle spun across the roadway and into the guardrail on the northbound side. The vehicle then rolled, and Jillson, who was not wearing his seat belt, was ejected, police said.

Jillson was flown to Washington Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:17 a.m.


One Killed, Seven Injured in Accident

A 25-year-old man died and seven other people were injured early yesterday when when two cars collided on Queens Chapel Road, Prince George's County police said.

The dead man, identified as Peter Dziwornooh of Alexandria, and the most seriously injured person, an unidentified 22-year-old woman, were in the Lincoln that Dziwornooh was driving, police said. Two other passengers in the Lincoln also were injured.

Police spokesman Joe Merkel said the accident occurred just after 4 a.m. in the 3000 block of Queens Chapel Road but provided no other details.

Three passengers in the other car, a Dodge Intrepid, were treated for injuries and released, police said.

Starr Defends Tripp's Immunity Deal

Former independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr said yesterday that he believes the immunity deal Linda R. Tripp struck with his office should have protected her against prosecution on state charges in Maryland.

"It is unusual for an individual who has been assisting a federal investigation to then find herself, or himself, caught up in a state criminal prosecution," Starr said on CNN's "Late Edition."

Tripp has been indicted in Howard County on two charges: illegally taping a Dec. 22, 1997, conversation with former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky and disclosing the contents of that tape to Newsweek magazine. Each charge carries a maximum of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Starr said his office did not err when it allowed a month to pass between receiving tapes of telephone conversations with Lewinsky and filing its immunity agreement with a judge. The delay was cited by a Maryland judge as grounds to deny Tripp immunity from the state charges.

"Our understanding of the law," he said, was that "there was in fact immunity in the act of production." The filing of the deal, he said, was merely an administrative task.

Howard County Circuit Court Judge Diane O. Leasure is considering what, if any, evidence against Tripp must be excluded from her trial because it came from Tripp's federal immunity agreement.

4 Accused of National Guard Jet Damage

Four people were arrested yesterday morning in Essex, Md., and charged with trespassing and destruction of property after they allegedly broke through a fence at a Maryland Air National Guard base, sprayed two planes with what they said was their own blood and hammered on the engine of one of the planes, authorities reported. The Maryland Air National Guard said damage to the aircraft appeared to be minimal.

Among those arrested was Philip Berrigan, a former priest who has been arrested for civil disobedience more than 100 times, according to a statement from Jonah House in Baltimore, where Berrigan and other members of an anti-war group called Plowshares live. Baltimore County police would not release the identities of those arrested.

The four allegedly used bolt-cutters to get on the base about 4 a.m. and vandalized one A-10 Thunderbolt jet, the Maryland Air National Guard said.


Education Groups Seek Budget Action

A broad coalition of education advocacy groups has written a letter to top D.C. officials demanding that this year's public school budget be clarified and that all public schools receive the per-pupil funding they are entitled to by law.

Funding for traditional and public charter schools remains up in the air because school enrollment is higher than expected. Several of the groups are threatening legal action against the city if the schools are not fully funded.

The coalition -- including the D.C. Congress of PTAs, Parents United for D.C. Public Schools and several special-education groups and charter organizations -- said schools still should receive the mandated $5,588 per pupil, plus extra funds for special-education and language needs.

The coalition's Dec. 6 letter was sent to Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D), D.C. financial control board Chairman Alice M. Rivlin, Chief Financial Officer Valerie Holt and D.C. Council member Kevin P. Chavous (D-Ward 7), the education committee chairman.

Toxic Gas Removed From NE Warehouse

D.C. fire inspectors and a private contractor yesterday removed six 200-gallon containers of a toxic refrigeration gas from an abandoned warehouse in the Capitol Market area of Northeast Washington, closing several streets in the area for more than five hours, authorities said.

Peter G. LaPorte, director of the city's Emergency Management Agency, said the hazardous material was removed without incident during an operation that began at 7 a.m. to minimize impact on traffic and commerce. The containers were discovered this month by D.C. building inspectors responding to reports of homeless people and drug activity in an abandoned warehouse in the 1200 block of Morse Street NE.

The substance, anhydrous ammonia, can irritate the eyes and cause stomach cramps. It never leaked out or presented an imminent threat to the neighborhood, but city officials were worried that a fire at the warehouse might release it into the air, LaPorte said.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "We thought about going out; it is the millennium after all. But we have champagne tastes on a Diet Coke budget. If we did it, we'd want to go to Paris or something. Otherwise, we decided we might as well stay home." -- Sherry Santana, federal worker from Waldorf.