THE REGION

Passengers Faint During Metro Delays

Metro trains were plagued by delays caused by mechanical breakdowns and signal problems during the Marine Corps Marathon yesterday, and several passengers staggering from the heat swooned on the station platforms, officials said.

The delays also hindered fans headed to FedEx Field for the Redskins game.

Delays of 30 minutes or longer were caused along the Blue and Yellow lines after several switching signals malfunctioned about 11 a.m. at the Reagan National Airport station, said Steven Taubenkibel, a Metro spokesman.

During the delay, Metro operated five shuttle buses for about an hour between Braddock Road and Rosslyn. They transported 59 passengers.

Shortly before noon, a Blue Line train approaching the Foggy Bottom station in the direction of Addison Road broke down with mechanical problems. Passengers on that train and the one behind it disembarked while the broken-down train was moved. The breakdown caused a 40-minute delay along the Blue and Orange lines between Foggy Bottom and Rosslyn, Taubenkibel said.

About 3:30 p.m., several passengers waiting for a train at Rosslyn Station fainted from heat exhaustion, he said. At least one was removed on a stretcher.

Zoo Event Raises Record $240,000

The National Zoo's recent Halloween celebration raised an estimated $240,000 for its public education programs, a record for the six years that the fundraiser has been held, according to figures released by Friends of the National Zoo.

More than 16,000 people attended Boo at the Zoo over the evenings of Oct. 22 to 24, and sponsorship was at an all-time high, the group said. The money is used for public education programs. Last year's Halloween event, one of three major fundraisers the group hosts each year, raised $189,000.

THE DISTRICT

Prosecutor Readied for Election Cases

The U.S. attorney's office has designated a prosecutor to supervise investigations into any allegations involving fraud or voting rights abuses at polling places in the District tomorrow.

Steve Bunnell will work with FBI agents and other prosecutors in investigating any election-related crimes. His appointment is part of a nationwide effort by the Justice Department to curtail voter fraud and discrimination.

Anyone with information about such crimes in the District can call the FBI at 202-278-2000 or Bunnell at 202-514-6988 or 202-514-6600. Bunnell, a veteran prosecutor, oversees the office's criminal division.

VIRGINIA

Man Fatally Shot by Pr. William Officer

A Maryland man was fatally shot by a Prince William County police officer late Saturday after two officers were attacked while trying to quiet loud music at a party in Dale City, police said yesterday.

Jose Leonides-Marques, 31, of Silver Spring was shot by an officer who fired one round after he was attacked by several partygoers in the 13300 block of Orangewood Drive, police said. The officer had been pinned in a corner of the front porch by several men who grabbed his gun belt, struck him and attempted to choke him, police said.

Police said the second officer was attacked by another group of partygoers and called for backup on his police radio. Officers who responded were greeted by a hail of landscaping stones thrown at them, police said. The incident happened shortly before midnight.

Four men were arrested and charged with felony assault and battery on a police officer: Carlos Ernesto Manquez, 36, of Dale City; Fredy Armando Guerra, 41, of Hyattsville; Jorge H. Hernandez, 38, whose home town was not known; and Francisco Miguel-Perez, 27, of Silver Spring.

Police did not release the names of the officers, both age 25. Police said the officer who fired the shot was treated for injuries at Potomac Hospital and released.

Both officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of criminal and administrative investigations into the incident, police said.

Occoquan River to Be Dredged

A nearly $5 million project to dredge the Occoquan River is going out for bids. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed off on the deal, along with Prince William and Fairfax counties and the town of Occoquan. The federal government is picking up the bulk of the cost, with the counties each chipping in about $100,000.

Work should be done by February. Once complete, officials said, the Occoquan will be deeper and wider, making for smoother sailing for bigger pleasure boats as well as commercial ships.

MARYLAND

Probe of Traffic Dispute Death Continues

Montgomery County police yesterday continued to investigate a Thursday night incident in which an off-duty deputy U.S. marshal apparently involved in a road rage incident along Rockville Pike allegedly fired repeatedly into the rear window of another motorist's car, killing him.

Ryan T. Stowers, 20, was fatally shot as he sat behind the wheel of his Chevrolet Camaro in the parking lot of the Mid-Pike Plaza about 8:30 p.m., police said. Stowers was shot by Arthur L. Lloyd, 53, a 28-year veteran of the U.S. Marshals Service assigned to U.S. District Court in Washington, police and witnesses said.

Stowers and Lloyd had an altercation in traffic, then pulled into the shopping center parking lot, where angry words escalated into a fistfight, police said. Witnesses said Stowers got into his car and was trying to drive away when Lloyd fired repeatedly.

Capt. John Fitzgerald, a Montgomery police spokesman, said investigators were interviewing, and in some cases re-interviewing, 40 to 50 witnesses. "The investigators have been working throughout the weekend," Fitzgerald said.

One Killed, Three Injured in Crash in Largo

A single-vehicle accident on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway in Largo early yesterday left the driver dead and three passengers injured, Maryland State Police said.

The accident occurred about 1:10 a.m., when a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Terrel Lee Morsell Holland, 22, struck a guardrail south of Route 214 (Central Avenue), officials said. They said Holland, of Owings, had fallen asleep.

The three passengers were hospitalized with injuries described as non-life-threatening.

"They're not real happy that a frog is passing them."

-- Gary Paetzke, who ran the Marine Corps Marathon

dressed as Kermit the Frog. -- Page B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Karlyn Barker, Ruben Castaneda and Carol Morello and the Associated Press.