THE DISTRICT

Man Shot to Death in Northwest

A 25-year-old man was slain Friday night after an altercation in Northwest Washington, D.C. police said yesterday.

Police said gunshots were fired after a fight at 10:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of First Street NW. The victim, whose identity was not released, was shot in the chest.

Authorities said they chased a suspect, who drove away from the scene and fired shots at the car. They later arrested Montez Franklin, 28, of Temple Hills when he sought treatment at George Washington University Hospital for injuries suffered in the altercation.

Officials discovered he was carrying a gun and called police.

City Tows Abandoned Vehicles

The D.C. Department of Public Works towed about 70 abandoned vehicles from city streets during a crackdown yesterday, officials said.

The efforts targeted vehicles with expired tags, registration and inspection stickers in Ward 4, including Kennedy, Varnum, Upshur and other Northwest streets.

Unclaimed vehicles are sold at auction or used for scrap, city officials said.

VIRGINIA

Congressman's Son a Suicide

The 16-year-old son of Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) died in an apparent suicide yesterday at the family's home in Fairfax County, according to a statement released by the congressman's office.

Fairfax police said they responded to an emergency call about 4:30 a.m. from the congressman's home in the 9300 block of Tovito Drive, in the Fairfax City area.

Police would not disclose how Tiahrt's youngest son, Luke, had died. An investigation is continuing, police said.

Luke Tiahrt attended W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, where he had been a starting linebacker and played lacrosse as a sophomore, according to the statement.

MARYLAND

Howard Police Cruiser Crashes

A patrol car driven by a Howard County police officer crashed into a tree early yesterday after the officer lost control while responding to a call, according to a police report.

Officer Kevin Shavatt, 26, was driving east while responding to a call about 3 a.m. on Harpers Farm Road in Columbia and swerved to the right as he rounded a curve, the report said. His car jumped the curb and hit a tree.

A police spokeswoman said the accident is under investigation, and she did not know how fast Shavatt was driving.

Shavatt was taken by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was released yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

He has been with the department since 2000, police said.

Greenbelt Man Fatally Stabbed

A Greenbelt man was stabbed to death outside a Bennigan's restaurant early yesterday, police said.

Charles E. Felton Jr., 43, had been inside the restaurant in the 6000 block of Greenbelt Road with three or four friends about 2 a.m., police spokesman George Mathews said.

Restaurant management ordered them to leave after Felton and his friends got into an argument with some other customers, police said. Mathews said police did not know what the fight was about.

Shortly after he walked outside, Felton was stabbed to death in front of the restaurant.

Three Charged in Rape of Girl

An Anne Arundel County grand jury has indicted three Glen Burnie men on charges of raping a 12-year-old girl.

Michael D'Annunzio, 45, David Divers, 43, and James Welsh, 44, were indicted last week on first-degree rape charges.

Authorities said shortly after 1 a.m. June 28, police stopped the girl and her older sister walking in Glen Burnie, and the younger girl told police she had been raped. The three men were then arrested.

Rags, Paint Spark Bethesda Fire

Spontaneous combustion was blamed for a two-alarm fire that damaged a house in Bethesda yesterday, Montgomery County fire officials said.

Fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said oily rags and oil-based paint stored beneath a deck by a contractor apparently ignited at a house in the 4900 block of Bradley Boulevard. Piringer said a woman who was in the house grabbed the family cat and escaped. No one was injured in the 4:30 p.m. fire.

"I don't go out. I stay home on weekends and watch TV. Before, I'd hang out with friends. I don't know if they understand. I tell them I don't have a license, so I can't see them."

-- Muktar Ali Yahia, 27, commenting on the aftermath of his arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol in Virginia. -- Page A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Nicole Fuller, Martin Weil and Ylan Q. Mui and the Associated Press.