THE DISTRICT

1 Dead, 1 Hurt in SE Incidents A woman was found dead under what appeared to be suspicious circumstances and a teenager was shot and critically wounded in separate incidents yesterday in Southeast Washington, D.C. police said.

Police said the woman was found in a car about 2:45 p.m. in the 1600 block of Good Hope Road in Anacostia. Police did not say what made them suspicious about her death. They said that no cause was apparent and that they had not yet confirmed her name.

Police said the youth lived in the Benning Terrace/Marshall Heights area near the 4800 block of F Street where he was shot about 1:30 p.m. They did not disclose his name but said he was about 15.

MARYLAND

Fatal Hit-and-Run Investigated Montgomery County police said yesterday that they are investigating a Christmas Eve hit-and-run in Silver Spring in which a woman was killed after her car was struck by a pickup truck whose driver fled the scene on foot.

The collision happened on Norbeck Road near Drury Road at 7:09 p.m. Tuesday. According to police, the GMC pickup truck was eastbound along a curved portion of Norbeck Road when it crossed over the center line and hit a westbound Saturn.

The Saturn's driver, Neris Roldan, 49, of the 2600 block of Antler Court in Silver Spring, was pinned in her vehicle for a short time before she was transported to Prince George's Hospital Center, where she died from injuries suffered in the collision, police said.

Nonprofit Group Formed A group has formed to strengthen the leadership of the state's nonprofit boards. Organizers said the group will be called Business Volunteers Unlimited Maryland, and it will take the place of Volunteer Central, a nine-year-old organization that matched volunteers with projects that piqued their interest.

Business Volunteers Unlimited is modeled after a Cleveland program. While its members will do individual volunteer matching, organizers said, the group will charge companies a yearly membership fee.

The goal is to train employees to be leaders in some of Maryland's 16,000 nonprofit organizations, the organizers said.

VIRGINIA

Man Found Dead at Fire Scene A Centreville man was found dead in his apartment yesterday after firefighters extinguished a small fire there, Fairfax County police said.

Firefighters went to the apartment in the 6400 block of Paddington Court after a fire alarm went off in the building just before 6 p.m. The man was not identified immediately, and no cause of death was known. The fire was put out in a few minutes, and it was not known how it started, police said.

Poultry Loss Funds Budgeted Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) has included $1.5 million in indemnity for Shenandoah Valley poultry farmers who lost flocks to the avian flu.

The General Assembly must approve the provision, which was included in Warner's 2003-04 budget announced Friday. Del. R. Steven Landes (R-Augusta) said legislators wanted $2 million to $3 million in state aid, but he said Warner's decision to include any money was welcome.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to provide $13.9 million in indemnity funding for direct poultry losses, the amount the USDA says the flock is worth.

Almost 200 growers across the valley had more than 4.7 million birds destroyed in an effort to stop the virus from spreading. The Virginia Poultry Federation estimates that the industry lost $130 million.

The USDA also is providing $37.1 million for companies that lost birds, but the state has not budgeted any money for the companies.

"This is decorative snow. The kind you can see in the air, but [won't] stick and cause problems."

-- Takoma Park resident Len Scensny

on yesterday's snowstorm. -- Page A1

Compiled from reports by staff writer Serge Kovaleski, Debbi Wilgoren, Michael Amon and Martin Weil and the Associated Press.