VIRGINIA

High-Caliber Weapons Found

A raid at a Spotsylvania County couple's home netted 26 high-caliber weapons, including a grenade launcher, police said.

The guns seized included a Tec-9, an AK-47 and a fully automatic military rifle with an attached M203 40mm grenade launcher, county Sheriff Howard D. Smith said.

Officers conducting Thursday's raid, based on a tip, also found about 60 Rottweilers. Animal control officers left the dogs because the owners said someone would care for them while they are in jail.

Willy Tydings, the county's animal control warden, said there is no law limiting the number of dogs residents can have in their home.

Curtis C. Moore, 45, and Racine M. Moore, 57, are being held in Rappahannock Regional Jail on charges of possessing firearms after having been convicted of a felony.

The Moores own tattoo parlors locally, elsewhere in Virginia and in California.

MARYLAND

Upper Marlboro Fire Kills Man

An Upper Marlboro man died yesterday in a fire at a townhouse in the 4700 block of Governor Ogle Court, Prince George's County authorities said.

Firefighters found the victim, who was about 30 years old, unconscious in a second-floor bedroom shortly after 4 a.m., said Mark Brady, a fire department spokesman.

The man was pronounced dead at Prince George's Hospital Center.

Brady said the man's name was being withheld pending notification of relatives.

Firefighters arrived after a neighbor saw the fire and called 911.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation yesterday, Brady said.

Ex-Employee Charged in Death

A former nursing home employee in Baltimore has been charged with neglect in connection with the death of an 89-year-old woman whose feeding tube was left running overnight until food exploded from her mouth and nose.

Augustine Okafor of Baltimore was charged with two counts of neglect.

He is accused of not providing necessary assistance and resources for Bertha Small, who died in November 2002 at the Villa St. Michael nursing and retirement center.

In a statement, the center said it spent a great deal of time and resources cooperating with the attorney general's office.

"The facility was cleared in the investigation," the statement said. "It was found that the facility did not commit any wrongdoing."

Okafor could not be reached for comment. He could be sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000 on the first count, first-degree neglect of a vulnerable adult.

The second count, a misdemeanor charge of second-degree neglect of a vulnerable adult, carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

THE DISTRICT

2 Slain in Unrelated Shootings

Police are investigating the gunshot killings of two men Friday night in separate parts of the District.

Police identified a man found in a parked car in the 400 block of Lamont Street NW as Ricky Dobbins, 37.

He was found less than two miles from where he lived. Police said they know of no motive.

Police identified Scott Guimond, 22, of Alexandria as the victim of a shooting in a parking lot near Benning Road and F Street SE.

Police said they are offering rewards of up to $25,000 for information leading to arrests and indictments in the cases.

Va. Man Injured in NE Crash

A Virginia man was hospitalized in critical condition after an accident in Northeast Washington early yesterday.

Ozell Leathers, 51, of Rochelle drove his 1989 Dodge Caravan into the rear of a dump truck that was spreading sand over automotive fluids left from an earlier accident, police said.

The sand truck was pushed into a police car at the scene, leaving a D.C. police officer with minor injuries.

The crash occurred just after 3:30 a.m. in the 3300 block of New York Avenue. An investigation afterward kept traffic from eastern Prince George's County from entering the District on New York Avenue for more than five hours.

Sgt. Joe Gentile, a police spokesman, said the department's major crash unit is investigating the incident.

"We lose about 6,000 teen lives a year [nationally]. I don't know why this is acceptable. The fact is, we do have a crisis."

-- Lon Anderson, a spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic,

on the recent spate of fatal automobile accidents

involving teenagers. -- Page A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Valerie Strauss and Ovetta Wiggins and the Associated Press.