Death of Girl, 4, Ruled Homicide

The death of a 4-year-old Southeast Washington girl who was taken to a hospital last week with stomach pain has been ruled a homicide, D.C. police said.

A police spokesman said Angel Fleming of the 1100 block of Chicago Street SE died Wednesday at Children's Hospital after being brought there the night before.

According to police, the D.C. medical examiner's office ruled Friday that the girl's death was caused by "multiple blunt trauma" and ruled a homicide.


3 Canoeists Capsize in Potomac

Three people were rescued from the Potomac River yesterday after their canoe tipped over about 200 yards west of the Key Bridge, according to the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.

But soon after rescue workers got the call, department spokesman Alan Etter said, two men and a woman were pulled from the rough waters by people aboard a Washington Canoe Club motorized boat. The rescue took place about 12:30 p.m.

The three people "were holding on to the canoe while in the water. It was very windy, and the waves were quite treacherous," Etter said.

The canoe club is on Water Street NW in Georgetown, and some members there witnessed the capsizing. Club members in a canoe reached the scene first and offered assistance until the motorized boat arrived.

Etter said the people rescued -- a man in his fifties and a man and a woman in their twenties -- were brought to the District side of the river, where EMS workers checked them. There were no injuries.


2-Alarm Fire at Church School

Fire officials in Anne Arundel County said no one was hurt during a two-alarm fire early yesterday in the school section of Capital Baptist Church, south of Lothian.

The fire was reported about 3:50 a.m. in the 900 block of Lower Pindell Road. Flames were visible through the roof of the school, where there was significant damage, officials said. The fire did not damage the church. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Forty-seven firefighters from Anne Arundel, Prince George's and Calvert counties responded.

Judge Wants Chief's File Public

An investigative report about a domestic dispute in Howard County involving Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Clark must be made public, a judge has ruled.

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Joseph H.H. Kaplan decided that the investigation, conducted by Howard police, should not be "shielded from public view." He said he will sign an order compelling Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley to release the records tomorrow, but a spokesman for the mayor said the city plans an immediate appeal.

In his ruling, Kaplan rejected the city's argument that the result of the two-week investigation is a personnel matter. Clark was accused by his fiancee, Blanca Gerena, of assaulting her during an early-morning dispute in May.

Both later denied that any assault occurred.

The Baltimore Sun and WBAL-TV sued the city and O'Malley in June, seeking public disclosure of the documents.

2 Teens Missing in Montgomery

Police in Montgomery County are searching for two teenagers reported missing in separate incidents.

Thuong-Thuong Thi Pham, 16, disappeared from her home in the 13500 block of Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring in July. Pham, who is Asian, is described as five feet tall and about 110 pounds. She has black eyes and black hair.

Montgomery police are also looking for Deeba Rogers, 14, who was last seen in the Germantown area Sept. 1. She is black, about 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds.

Anyone with information on either teenager is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Department's Family Crimes Division at 301-279-8000.

"This was really special. I don't have too many pictures left of my dad. . . . These are the things that really get to me, when people come up to us and offer acts of kindness."

-- Barbara Hepler of Chantilly, whose neighbors helped retrieve and return many of her family's belongings, including a photo of her with her father that had blown throughout the neighborhood when a tornado ripped away the roof of her home Friday. -- Page C1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Serge F. Kovaleski and Martin Weil and the Associated Press.