MARYLAND

2nd Driver Sought in Montgomery Crash

Montgomery County police are looking for the driver of a second vehicle that may have been involved in a weekend car crash that killed two people and seriously injured a third.

The car that crashed may have been traveling alongside a dark green or black Honda with a spoiler on the back, said Capt. John Fitzgerald, a police spokesman.

"It's unclear if it was a drag race or if they were just traveling together at excessive speeds," he said. "Either way, we certainly want to hear from the occupants."

Carlos Brenes, 21, who was in the Army and based in New York state, was killed when the car he was driving at a high speed hit a pole in Silver Spring early Saturday, police said. A front-seat passenger, Nelly A. Mursal, 21, of Rockville, also died. A back-seat passenger, Elizabeth E. Balcazar, 21, of Silver Spring, was critically injured, police said.

The accident was the latest in a series of deadly crashes in Montgomery County, and police think some may have been related to drag racing.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call Montgomery police at 301-840-2435.

Electric Shock Injures Pepco Worker

A Pepco worker was seriously injured yesterday when he received an electric jolt while atop a utility pole in Landover Hills, Pepco and fire officials said.

Michael Boxley, 47, of Prince George's County underwent surgery last night at Washington Hospital Center, said Pepco spokeswoman Debbi Jarvis. Boxley, a senior line mechanic who has worked at Pepco for 17 years, was making repairs in the 3800 block of 64th Avenue when he came into contact with a current, Jarvis said.

Chauncey Bowers, a spokesman for Prince George's fire and rescue services, said a call went out about 11 a.m. He said it took firefighters and paramedics about 30 minutes to remove him from the pole.

Jarvis said Boxley was conscious and speaking with his wife before surgery. Pepco officials are investigating how he came in contact with the current, she said.

VIRGINIA

Leesburg Man, 21, Killed in Car Accident

A 21-year-old Leesburg man died early yesterday after his Chevrolet Camaro hit a utility pole, a Loudoun County sheriff's office spokesman said.

Neil David Dubois was driving east on Lost Corner Road near Tarara Lane about 12:15 a.m. when he drove off the right shoulder and struck the pole, said sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell. Dubois, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle when it rolled and was pronounced dead at the scene, Troxell said.

Investigators have not determined whether the accident was alcohol-related, but Troxell said they thought speed was a factor. No other vehicles were involved, and Dubois was alone in his car, Troxell said.

Teen Accused of Bringing Gun to Bus Stop

A 15-year-old Battlefield High School student was charged with four weapons-related offenses after he allegedly brandished a gun at a school bus stop Friday afternoon, Prince William County police said.

The student, who was not identified, apparently had been suspended after an incident at school, police spokeswoman Kim Chinn said. She said the youth went to a school bus stop with a gun after dismissal at 2 p.m. and was spotted by adults, who called police.

The teen was arrested 15 to 20 minutes later, and police found an unloaded gun and a baseball bat, Chinn said. She said she did not know whether the gun was loaded at the time of the incident or what caliber weapon it was. No one was harmed, she said.

The youth was charged with two counts of brandishing a weapon, one count of possession of firearms by a minor and one count of possession of a weapon within 3,000 feet of a school. He was held in the county's juvenile detention center.

Woman Assaulted During Break-In

Fredericksburg police are investigating a home invasion yesterday in which a man broke into an apartment and sexually touched a woman while she slept, police said.

Police said a man broke in through a sliding glass window of an apartment in the 1700 block of Lafayette Boulevard about 7 a.m. and touched a woman sleeping on the couch. The man ran off after the woman woke up and ran to a bedroom to alert her husband, Sgt. Gregory Wigglesworth said.

No arrest has been made. No one was seriously injured, Wigglesworth said.

Tornado Aid Ruled Out for Pr. William

The tornadoes that ripped through Prince William County last month caused severe damage, but not enough to merit a disaster declaration from the president.

County officials were hoping to tap into federal disaster assistance, though the damage from the Sept. 17 storms was estimated at $1.1 million dollars, below the threshold for federal relief.

Those whose property was damaged by the storms will have to rely on their homeowners insurance for help.

Man Accused of Eluding Va. Charges

Federal authorities in Raleigh, N.C., have arrested a man in connection with molestation charges stemming from incidents in Fairfax County five years ago.

U.S. marshals found John Wesley Hearne, 71, of Raleigh on Thursday at a storage facility where he was staying in his parked recreational vehicle, authorities said. Hearne was arrested on a charge of being a fugitive from justice, according to arrest warrants. He was being held at the Wake County Jail on $1 million bail.

Charles Reavis, U.S. marshal for the Eastern District of North Carolina, said the charge stems from incidents that occurred in Fairfax County in 1999. Virginia authorities say Hearne sexually assaulted his step-granddaughter.

An arrest in Wake County last month contributed to the new charge against Hearne.

Wake investigators had charged Hearne with three counts of indecent liberties with a child, according to court records. Details in that case were unavailable.

Authorities investigated Hearne's background and learned of the Virginia charges, Reavis said. About the same time, Fairfax County authorities contacted the U.S. marshal's office and asked agents to conduct a fugitive investigation.

"Ultimately, if there's not an answer, doctors will end up leaving Maryland."

-- George Schweitzer, an emergency physician at Montgomery General Hospital, on the need for the Maryland General Assembly to come up with a solution to escalating rates for medical malpractice insurance. -- Page B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Amit R. Paley, Christina A. Samuels and Katherine Shaver and the Associated Press.