Frances Cuts Train Travel

Amtrak is continuing its suspension of north- and southbound service between New York and Miami today because of Hurricane Frances. No alternative transportation was being provided by Amtrak.

The Auto Train from Lorton to Sanford, Fla., was canceled, and that service from Sanford to Lorton was suspended yesterday and today.

Other train service is not affected. Amtrak also was adding capacity to its Carolinian trains between New York and Charlotte to accommodate passengers who would have used the Florida services.

Passengers can obtain updates on the Amtrak Web site,, or by calling 800-USA-RAIL.


Teen Rape Suspect Arrested

A 17-year-old wanted in a rape in Prince William County was picked up yesterday, police said.

Tashaun Vickers of Woodbridge was apprehended at 10:45 a.m. at a house in Temple Hills, according to Detective Dennis Mangan, a Prince William police spokesman.

Mangan said a detention order, the equivalent of an arrest warrant in juvenile cases, was issued Friday for Vickers, alleging burglary, rape and grand larceny in connection with an Aug. 30 incident in Woodbridge in which a woman was attacked in a house.

Mangan said a Prince William judge issued an order Friday permitting release of the suspect's name, despite his age, for public safety reasons. Mangan said Vickers is being held as a fugitive.

Child Dies After Finding Gun

Roanoke police said they believe that a 4-year-old boy left alone in his father's Cadillac fatally shot himself after finding a gun in the car.

The boy was found dead in the front seat of the car early Friday evening, police said.

The child was sitting in the car while his father stood outside it and talked with someone, Capt. Rusty Ross said. No charges have been filed.


Man Wounded in Traffic Stop

A 34-year-old Greenbelt man was arrested early yesterday after brandishing a handgun at a Greenbelt police officer during a traffic stop, prompting the officer to shoot him in the arm, according to the Greenbelt police department.

The officer, a five-year member of the force, pulled the man over in the 7900 block of Mandan Road about 4 a.m. after noticing the man driving recklessly, a police official said. The officer got out of his patrol car and repeatedly told the man to show his hands, but he refused, police said. The driver then got out of his vehicle, brandishing a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol, prompting the officer to draw his weapon and fire, police said.

The man fled into a nearby apartment building, where he was taken into custody. He was treated at Prince George's Hospital Center.

Mother, Son in Murder-Suicide

Louis J. Lincoln Jr., 46, of Waldorf fatally shot his mother, Rita V. Lincoln, 66, then shot himself Friday, according to the Charles County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said that at 11:16 a.m., officers responded to the 3100 block of Apple Creek Lane in Waldorf for a report of a domestic disturbance. The officers found Lincoln and his mother. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.


Woman Found Dead in SE Home

A 78-year-old woman was found dead yesterday in her house in Southeast Washington, and police said it appeared that she had been killed.

Police said Martha Byrd was found about 11 a.m. by a relative who went upstairs in the woman's house in the 500 block of Hilltop Terrace. They said it appeared that she had suffered one or more wounds to the body.

Shooting Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Hurt

A 35-year-old Temple Hills man was found dead late Friday by police responding to a report of a shooting in the 4800 block of Lebaum Street SE.

The victim was identified as Terrence Britt of Dallas Place. Investigators later learned that a 19-year-old man was also wounded. He was taken to a hospital in a private vehicle, and his wounds did not appear to be life-threatening, police said.

D.C. police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call them at 202-727-9099. A reward of as much as $25,000 is being offered in the case.

"When it comes down to watermen having to threaten to sue, it's pretty bad, because watermen don't sue anybody."

-- Larry Simns, president of the Maryland Watermen's Association, on strong support for a class-action lawsuit against Chesapeake Bay polluters. -- Page C1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Lena H. Sun, Martin Weil, Clarence Williams, Arthur Santana and Henri E. Cauvin and the Associated Press.