THE REGION

Arrest in arsons: A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in a series of recent arsons at a Southeast Washington apartment building, D.C. fire officials said.

D.C. fire investigators and Prince George's County deputy sheriffs arrested the youth at his home in Landover on Thursday, said Alan Etter, a D.C. fire department spokesman. The youth was charged as a juvenile with arson after authorities linked him to at least six fires since October at the Parkside Terrace complex in the 3700 block of Ninth Street SE, Etter said. The fires caused mostly minor damage and no one was injured, Etter said.

Guilty plea: A former employee of The Washington Post has pleaded guilty to wire fraud in connection with a theft from the newspaper, the U.S. attorney's office in the District said yesterday.

The prosecutor's office said Lameko D. Williams, 33, of Glen Burnie, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in connection with the theft of $51,509. According to prosecutors, Williams processed refunds owed to classified advertising customers to accounts under her control.

VIRGINIA

Arson charge: A 15-year-old student at C.D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge was charged with three counts of arson yesterday after he allegedly set three small fires at his school Wednesday during school hours, said Matt Smolsky, battalion chief of the Prince William County fire marshal's office.

The three fires, set in two bathrooms and a locker room, caused minimal damage and no injuries. The youth's name was not released because he is a juvenile.

THE DISTRICT

Arrest in killing: A District man was charged yesterday afternoon with murder in the strangulation of a man whose body was found yesterday in the same block where the suspect lives, D.C. police said.

Benjamin Carney, 51, of the 400 block of Oneida Street NW, was found strangled about 5:15 a.m. in the 700 block of Kenyon Street NW by paramedics responding to a report of an unconscious person. He was dead at the scene, police said.

About 5 p.m., police arrested Josephus Hill, 50, at his Kenyon Street home and charged him with murder in Carney's killing. He will be arraigned today in D.C. Superior Court, police said.

MARYLAND

HOMICIDES

* Prince George's County police responding to a reported shooting in Landover early yesterday found Gary McGregor, 54, of the 100 block of Washington Street in Leesburg, in a vehicle in the 7000 block of Kent Town Drive. He had been shot in the body and was dead at the scene. Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide unit at 301-772-4925 or Crime Solvers at 800-673-2777.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.