THE DISTRICT

Public Forum Set on Crime Prevention D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) plans to hold a public forum on crime and crime prevention Saturday that will include police officials, prosecutors, judges and community leaders.

The forum is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the auditorium of Eastern Senior High School, 1700 East Capitol St. NE. Williams and D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey are scheduled to address the gathering.

Sharon Gang, a spokeswoman for the mayor, said members of the public will have a chance to discuss crime prevention and quality-of-life issues with city officials. There will be opportunities for residents to talk one-on-one with their neighborhood police commanders, to report crimes and to take part in a "crime prevention marketplace" on reducing crime in the District.

Wounded Man Dies After Shooting A Bladensburg man died in a hospital yesterday after being wounded by gunfire Sunday in the Dupont Circle area, D.C. police said.

Stephen Turner, 22, was shot in the stomach about 12:30 a.m. Sunday at 20th and N streets NW outside an apartment complex, police said. A 21-year-old man who also was shot remains hospitalized, police said. Police would not identify him.

The motive for the shooting is unclear, police said. Authorities said they were following up on leads.

A woman who lives in the apartment complex where the shooting occurred said she heard several gunshots. The woman said blood covered the sidewalk at the building's entrance.

MARYLAND

Man Charged With Assault in Shootout A man who was wounded in the leg Sunday during a shootout involving him, another gunman and two off-duty Prince George's law enforcement officers has been charged with assault and a handgun violation, police said yesterday.

Police were trying to determine whether the wounded man, whom authorities would not identify, was shot by a Prince George's police officer, a Prince George's sheriff's deputy or by the other gunman, said Cpl. Robert Clark, a Prince George's police spokesman.

Cpl. Robert Acevedo, an eight-year member of the police force, and Deputy Alex Maldonado, a sheriff's department rookie, were working security at the Millennium nightclub about 3 a.m. when the incident occurred, Clark said.

A man standing in the parking lot was exchanging gunfire with a man in a car, police said. Acevedo and Maldonado opened fire on the gunman on foot after he pointed his gun at them, police said. The gunman in the car escaped, police said.

The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation is conducted.

Rescued Boy Is Released From Hospital A 10-year-old boy was released from a Baltimore hospital yesterday, a day after he and another boy fell through the ice on a lake in Ocean City and the other boy was fatally injured, authorities said.

Nicholas McLoota left Maryland Shock Trauma Center at 3 p.m. yesterday, said Bill Seiler, a hospital spokesman. Seiler said Nicholas was released in "excellent condition."

Nicholas and Sam Wilkinson, 8, fell into a man-made lagoon at Northside Park in Ocean City about 5:30 p.m. Sam was pronounced dead about an hour later, Ocean City police said. The boys had been playing lacrosse, and when the ball rolled onto the thin ice, they tried to retrieve it, police said.

Police officers and firefighters were able to pull Nicholas out of the water, but they were unable to reach Sam in time, police said.

Realty Salesman Accused of Child Abuse A real estate salesman faces charges after being accused of sexually abusing one boy and asking another boy sexual questions while he baby-sat for him at a model home, the Charles County sheriff's office said yesterday.

Thomas R. Koucky, 40, of Arlington County was investigated for two months after one of the boys' mothers complained to the sheriff's office, authorities said. He was charged Jan. 15 with child abuse and fourth-degree sex-offense and released on $3,500 bond.

Authorities said Koucky sexually abused one of the boys, whose age was not available, in a model home for the Berry Valley subdivision in Waldorf, where Koucky sold townhouses. He also asked sexually explicit questions of a 12-year-old boy whom he was baby-sitting regularly after school, authorities said.

VIRGINIA

Economist Bolsters Case for Ballpark An analysis made public yesterday by the Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority predicated that a major league team playing in a proposed $300 million ballpark in Northern Virginia would generate $11 billion for the area's economy and $828 million in state and local tax revenue during its first 30 years of operation.

The report, prepared by economist Stephen Fuller of George Mason University, also warns of adverse consequences for Virginia if a team locates permanently in the District instead. In that case, according to the analysis, Virginia residents would spend $71.5 million annually in Washington that they otherwise might have spent in Virginia.

Groups from Northern Virginia and the District are competing with several other cities to be the new home of the Montreal Expos, a National League franchise that Major League Baseball plans to move after the 2003 season. The groups expect to present their cases to baseball owners in late February or March.

If either won the franchise, the team would play at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in the District until a new stadium was built at a yet-to-be-determined site. The state would pay two-thirds of a Virginia stadium's cost and private investors the remainder.

"I continue to believe that a responsible investment in baseball would be good business for the commonwealth," Del. Vincent F. Callahan Jr. (R-Fairfax), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said in a statement yesterday. "The new George Mason figures provide strong support for that position.

"Thousands of Virginians now cross the Potomac to spend millions of Virginia dollars on the Redskins, the Wizards, Capitals, Mystics and professional soccer," Callahan said. "That spending produces tax revenue for the District and Maryland, not Virginia."

"I always believed in the criminal justice system, and I always believed this would be taken care of. I never would have believed it would have lasted 20 years."

-- Phyllis Bricker, who has attended every trial and appeal for Maryland death row inmate John Booth-El, convicted of killing her parents, Irvin and Rose Bronstein, in 1983. -- Page A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Michael Amon and Sylvia Moreno and the Associated Press.