MARYLAND

Man Accused of Killing Roommate

A Gaithersburg man was stabbed to death early yesterday during an argument with his roommate, Montgomery County police said.

Police said Edward Machado and Robert Reyna, of the 8800 block of Blue Smoke Drive in Montgomery Village, got into a verbal and physical altercation about 1:30 a.m. A short time later, Reyna, 50, allegedly stabbed Machado, 36, in the chest, police said.

Machado was pronounced dead at the scene. Reyna was arrested at the scene and later charged with first-degree murder.

15-Year-Old Killed in ATV Accident

A 15-year-old youth from Huntington was fatally injured yesterday in Calvert County when he lost control of his all-terrain vehicle and crashed into a large pine tree, Maryland State Police said.

James Eric Baldwin was traveling at an excessive speed on his Yamaha ATV on Willow Way in the Hunter's Ridge subdivision in Prince Frederick about 2:25 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a right curve and lost control, police said.

The vehicle left the road, hit a drainage culvert, became airborne and crashed into the tree, police said. The teen was pronounced dead at the scene.

After the fatal accident, police issued a reminder to parents that it is illegal to ride an ATV on Maryland's public roads and highways.

I-95 Driver Dies After Hitting Barrier

A man was killed early yesterday morning in a single-vehicle accident on Interstate 95 in Beltsville, near the exit to the Capital Beltway.

Maryland State Police said the man, whose identity was not available yesterday, was traveling south when his car left the traveling lane and hit a "crash barrier" about 4 a.m.

The man was ejected from his car, state police said, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

CSX Trains Collide; 2 Workers Injured

A New Jersey-bound CSX train left the tracks and hit another CSX train yesterday morning in south Baltimore, causing two minor injuries.

Kevin Cartwright, a spokesman for the Baltimore Fire Department, said the engine of a 110-car train collided with cars on a 34-car train bound for Cumberland, Md., about 11:45 a.m.

The engineer and conductor on the Cumberland-bound train were transported to the University of Maryland Hospital with minor back and neck injuries, Cartwright said. CSX officials are investigating the cause of the accident, which occurred near Ridgely and West Ostend streets.

Fire Heavily Damages Medical Center

A two-alarm fire yesterday morning caused $3.5 million in damage to Randolph Medical Center in Kensington and left one firefighter slightly injured, according to the Montgomery County fire department.

Fire officials were called to 4701 Randolph Rd. about 11:05 a.m. after a passerby saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the building. It took about 60 firefighters only 20 minutes to bring the fire under control, but officials said that damage to the building and its contents was extensive. One firefighter suffered a minor shoulder injury.

Fire investigators traced the cause of the blaze, which was deemed an accident, to an exhaust fan in a third-floor bathroom.

VIRGINIA

Champagne Bottle Among Titanic Finds

The company that owns the rights to salvage the Titanic discovered new artifacts from one of the ship's first-class restaurants, including a fully intact champagne bottle and a crystal decanter.

Salvagers from RMS Titanic Inc. returned about two weeks ago with 75 artifacts from the wreck site, two miles under the North Atlantic off Nova Scotia. The items will be cleaned and incorporated into the salvage company's traveling exhibitions.

The newly found artifacts were detailed in papers filed in U.S. District Court in Norfolk that will be used to determine how much the company and its shareholders will profit from the 6,000 pieces salvaged from the ship so far and the seven expeditions that collected them.

The wreckage of the luxury liner was discovered in 1985, and the federal court granted RMS Titanic sole salvage rights in 1994.

THE DISTRICT

Man Fatally Shot in Northwest

An unidentified man was fatally shot yesterday morning at 14th and W streets NW, D.C. police said.

The man, who was described as being in his twenties, was shot about 1:30 a.m., police said.

City Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) described the killing as "shocking and upsetting in a neighborhood that is really, really changing for the better."

Graham, who represents the area where the shooting occurred, said police "do have some witnesses." He said that "there were people seen running away."

The council member said he understood that the killing might have been drug-related. The victim, he said, "may have owed some money."

He said that at the time of the shooting, there was a substantial police presence in the area, which is becoming a vibrant dining, entertainment and residential section.

Officers in the area were immediately flagged down, Graham said.

Police said that they are investigating the case and that they had no suspects yesterday afternoon.

"I think people like the idea of having baseball. But they compare it to the absence of quality in the schools, health care, the dereliction of basic public services. And they ask themselves: What's the priority in this city?"

-- Bill Lightfoot, a former at-large D.C. Council member,

on how some view Mayor Anthony A. Williams's success

in bringing baseball to the city. -- Page A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Allan Lengel, Tim Craig, Ylan Q. Mui and Martin Weil and the Associated Press.