THE REGION

Man Killed by Metro in Rockville

A man was struck and killed on the tracks of an inbound Metro train yesterday morning, and officials said he appeared to have intentionally climbed onto the tracks.

"There was no indication he tried to get out of the way," Metro spokeswoman Cathy Asato said of the man, whose body was found shortly before 8 a.m. between the Red Line train and the track wall at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Station in Rockville.

After the initial report that someone had been hit, officials shut the electrified third-rail that powers the trains and stopped trains running on that inbound track. Those trains were about 15 minutes behind schedule for several hours and were running normally by late afternoon.

Pete Piringer, spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, which was called to the scene, said investigators think, based on the location and position of the body, that the man wanted to kill himself.

MARYLAND

Lasers Aid Waterfront Mapping

Scientists are using a new mapping technique to study the Maryland waterfront. By using laser beams aimed from airplanes, researchers can measure the height of land above sea level.

The highly accurate maps could help state and federal agencies plan for storms, development and flood insurance on the Eastern Shore.

The new maps also could indicate the rate at which rising sea levels are gobbling up waterfront property. The first of the new maps indicates that much of Dorchester County's southern section will be consumed by water over the next century. Some abandoned farmhouses stand on what is now wetlands.

2 Hurt in Card-Game Stabbing

A Frederick man was stabbed in the upper back and another man suffered cuts to his hands during a dispute over a card game early yesterday morning, police said.

Police said Juan Sanchez, 23, of the Brookside Apartments in the 100 block of Willowdale Drive, was playing cards with three other residents of the complex when he stabbed one of them about 2 a.m.

The 27-year-old stabbing victim was taken to the hospital and released yesterday, police said. The other victim, a 30-year-old man, who was slightly injured when he came to the defense of his friend, refused medical treatment, police said.

Rabid Stray Kitten Attacks Two

Two people in Prince George's County are being treated for rabies exposure after coming in contact with a sick stray kitten.

The black-and-white kitten attacked one person Wednesday and another Thursday in the 7300 block of Donnell Place in Forestville. The kitten was caught and the county learned that it tested positive for rabies.

Health officials want to hear from people who might have handled the kitten or whose pets might have come in contact with it. Officials will be in the neighborhood tomorrow, posting signs and handing out information. Anyone concerned that they might have been exposed can call the county Health Department during the week at 301-583-3750 or on the weekends at 301-499-8400.

Three Treated After House Fire

A house fire in Rockville on Friday night sent three people, including two firefighters, to the hospital. About 85 firefighters battled flames at the home on Crawford Drive for almost an hour.

One firefighter suffered an eye injury and another hurt his ankle. A fire department spokesman said both were expected to be treated and released.

A senior citizen who lived in the home suffered an anxiety attack and was taken to a hospital. The fire appears to have been caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. Damage is estimated at about $250,000, authorities said.

VIRGINIA

Man Charged in Fatal Shooting

A 34-year-old Manassas man was being held yesterday on charges that he shot another man to death in what police believe was a fight about drugs and money.

Robert Maurice Williams was charged late Thursday with killing Glenn Corum, 23. Police Lt. Bill Goodman said both men were known to authorities and had criminal records.

Police were notified about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday when someone called in about a dead body in a car, Goodman said.

There was a warrant outstanding for Williams on a drug-related charge from this year. He is being held without bond at the Prince William-Manassas Adult Detention Center.

"Churches used to be able to get someone to come and play out of the kindness of their hearts. But now it's more likely that a church will have to pay a salary."

-- Deborah Bagby, veteran church organist and minister of music at Church of the Holy Communion in Southeast Washington, on the shortage of organists in the area. -- Page C1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Michelle Boorstein and Amit R. Paley and the Associated Press.