MARYLAND

Fatal race: A Prince George's County jury has convicted a Forestville man of two counts of manslaughter by automobile for an incident in which he crashed a car during a street race, killing two passengers.

The Circuit Court jury on Thursday also convicted Richard M. English, 19, of one count of reckless driving and one count of negligent driving, officials said.

According to Prince George's prosecutors, the crash occurred about 3 a.m. Jan. 20, 2003, on Route 4 between Shady Side and Quarter avenues in Capitol Heights. English raced a 1994 Chevrolet Caprice Classic against another motorist.

English was driving north when he lost control of the car, crossed into oncoming lanes of traffic and slammed into trees. On impact, Phillip Trowell, 18, of Suitland and Dwight E. Parker, 18, of Capitol Heights were thrown from the car and killed, officials said. Neither was wearing a seat belt, officials said. Police said English was going at least 110 mph.

English is scheduled to be sentenced July 30, officials said.

THE DISTRICT

Graffiti arrests: D.C. police arrested two Virginia men on graffiti charges after an off-duty officer on his way to work spotted the pair spray painting symbols on a building in Northwest Washington early yesterday, said Cmdr. Larry McCoy of the 3rd Police District.

McCoy said Officer Michael Wright was driving his personal car about 5 a.m. when he saw the two men painting a building at 14th and U streets NW. After a brief chase, the men were arrested and charged with defacing private property, McCoy said.

The men were identified as John P. Fragale, 22, of Great Falls and Jason T. Hurbers, 23, of Richmond.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.