I-95 Crash Kills 8-Year-Old
An 8-year-old girl was killed yesterday in an early morning accident involving a car and a motor home on Interstate 95, police said.
Maryland State Police said the accident happened about 5 a.m. north of Ritchie Marlboro Road in Prince George's County. Police said the driver of a 2001 Dodge Neon lost control of his car and hit a guardrail in the median. The car came back onto the roadway and was struck by a 1998 motor home.
The occupants of the motor home, who were not identified by police, were not injured. The driver of the Dodge, Robert T. Wallace of Quantico, and the girl, who was not identified, were taken to Prince George's Hospital Center.
Buildings Burn on Eastern Shore
Six buildings in the warehouse district of the Eastern Shore city of Cambridge caught fire last night in a spectacular multi-alarm blaze that took more than 400 firefighters hours to control and could be seen for miles, authorities said.
The fire broke out about 6:30 p.m. in a former seafood warehouse that held stacks of wooden shipping pallets and spread through the warehouse district around Washington Street near the Chesapeake Bay and Route 50. The road was shut down for about five hours in both directions.
Five structures were destroyed and a sixth damaged, officials said. Minor injuries were reported, and homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution, said Bruce McWilliams, a spokesman for the Dorchester County emergency management agency.
Pr. George's Event Honors King
Marching bands, high-stepping dancers and cars filled with politicians paraded up Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Prince George's County yesterday to commemorate the life of the civil rights leader.
"This Easter, as Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Prince of Peace, what better time to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King?" asked the Rev. Wallace Charles Smith, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in the District. Smith was grand marshal of the ninth annual parade, which was sponsored by Global Developmental Services for Youth Inc. and the Prince George's County Police Department.
The parade and festival take place in April, the month in which King was assassinated. Eugene Grant, president of Global Development Services, a nonprofit organization that mentors youth, said that "at a time of war, we need a moment of introspection to resurrect the teachings of Dr. King as it relates to nonviolence, peace and harmony."
Alexandria Officer Wounds Man
A man who began firing a handgun after a traffic accident near Inova Alexandria Hospital last night was shot and wounded by an off-duty Alexandria police officer, authorities said.
The wounded man was taken by helicopter to Washington Hospital Center, where he was reported to be in surgery. No other injuries were reported.
Alexandria police said it appeared that the man began shooting when he got out of a Lexus that had crashed into the back of a Toyota pickup truck about 6:45 p.m. in the 700 block of North Jordan Street. The block is in a residential area in Alexandria's West End about a half-mile south of the hospital.
The officer, a member of the force for 33 years, was in the area and, after seeing the suspect with a gun, fired his .40-caliber service pistol, police said. They said the suspect's weapon was seized.
JMU to Drop 'Morning-After' Pill
James Madison University will stop providing the so-called morning-after pill at its campus health center following a complaint from a Northern Virginia legislator.
The Board of Visitors at the Harrisonburg college voted Friday to stop dispensing the emergency contraceptive after receiving a letter from Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) criticizing the practice.
Board member Mark Obenshain, who is running for the state Senate in the 26th District, characterized the pill as a type of abortion. "We don't provide a full range of abortion services," he said, adding that students can still get the pill from off-campus sources. JMU President Linwood Rose said the health center has dispensed the drug since 1995.
Fairfax City Girl, 13, Missing
A 13-year-old Fairfax City girl has been reported missing by her parents, police said yesterday.
Brittany Havenner, of the 10700 block of Scott Drive, was last seen at 3 or 4 p.m. Thursday at a neighbor's house, police said.
She was wearing a dark sweat shirt or sweat pants. She is white, 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 110 pounds and has blond hair, blue eyes and a scar on her left arm, Fairfax City Detective Jeff Hunt said.
Anyone with information should call 703-385-7924.
"One of the nicest and neatest things is to be on top of that hill and watch the sun come up Sunday morning. It's really, like the kids say, awesome."
-- Marye Elizabeth Thomas, 64, who has attended the sunrise service on the grounds of Woodlawn Plantation since 1985. The event is sponsored by a consortium of churches and social service agencies. -- Page C1
Compiled from reports by staff writers Martin Weil, Clarence Williams, Michael H. Cottman, Hamil R. Harris, S. Mitra Kalita and Ian Shapira and the Associated Press.