MARYLAND

Police Probe Fatal Shooting

Prince George's County police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found with multiple gunshot wounds early yesterday in a vehicle in the 9000 block of Lanham Severn Road. Police identified the victim as Paul Green, 25, of Lanham.

Police said they know of no suspects or motive. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department homicide unit at 301-772-4925 or Crime Solvers at 800-673-2777.

Blaze Shuts Three Businesses

Fire prevented three Aspen Hill businesses from opening yesterday. The blaze started about 8:30 a.m. in El Amigo Mercado Latino, in the Randolph Crossing shopping center.

Firefighters said they extinguished the small fire, in a rear storage area of the grocery store, in about 15 minutes.

A pizza parlor and a Portuguese restaurant on each side of the store were damaged and were without electricity.

The fire caused $250,000 in damage. Investigators said they believe a hot plate accidentally left on caused the blaze.

Hospital, Union Reach Deal

Johns Hopkins Hospital has reached a tentative agreement with the union that represents 1,700 of its workers, averting a strike by housekeeping, maintenance and food service workers.

The Service Employees International Union still is trying to reach an agreement at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Sinai Hospital, where it represents about 1,000 workers who are planning a two-day strike to begin Tuesday.

THE DISTRICT

Man Arrested on Drug Charges

D.C. police arrested a 25-year-old man on drug charges after finding more than two pounds of crack and powder cocaine and three handguns in his Northwest Washington apartment during a probation check, authorities said yesterday.

Officer Jose Morales and probation agents visited Alejandro Diaz about 3:30 p.m. Friday at his basement apartment in the 1600 block of Oak Street NW, police said.

After opening his door, Diaz ran and tried to hide but was arrested by Morales, police said.

Detectives said they seized the cocaine and a .38-caliber revolver, a 9mm handgun and a .40-caliber handgun, as well as about 100 rounds of ammunition and more than $6,000.

Diaz, who was on probation for drug possession, was being held yesterday on charges of possessing and intending to sell drugs, police said.

NE Shooting Death Investigated

D.C. police are investigating the shooting death of a man found Friday morning in an apartment in the 2900 block of Seventh Street NE.

Officers were called to the apartment about 6 a.m. to investigate a shooting and found a 37-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds.

The man was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 p.m., police said. Police did not release the victim's name.

VIRGINIA

Park Police Identify Body

U.S. Park Police have identified the body found along the George Washington Memorial Parkway, police said.

The body of Roslyn Whitehead, 47, was found Friday in the parking lot of a scenic overlook, Lt. Dennis Maroney said. She had been stabbed multiple times in the torso, authorities said.

Police used fingerprints to identify Whitehead, who was believed to have been homeless and living in the Rosslyn area.

The case is being investigated as a homicide. Investigators ask anyone with information about Whitehead, or about her whereabouts before she was found, to contact the U.S. Park Police tip line at 202-610-8737.

THE REGION

Area Patients Have Shorter Waits

Patients in the Washington area have the shortest waits to see medical specialists compared with 14 other metropolitan areas.

The 2004 Survey of Physician Appointment Wait Times found that Washington area patients waited an average of eight to 15 days to see specialists.

Boston area patients had the longest waits for non-emergency visits -- an average of 24 to 50 days.

"If this ambassador finds out I'm the guy who sent back his . . . medals, well, when this plane gets to 30,000 feet, they're going to turn to me and say, 'Hey pal, why don't you step outside and grab a smoke.' "

-- Arthur Van Cook, a retired Army officer from Springfield, on his decision to return his military decorations to France in protest of that country's position on Iraq. -- Page C1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Jason Ukman, Del Quentin Wilber, Clarence Williams and Elizabeth Williamson and the Associated Press.