National Zoo Euthanizes a Cheetah

The National Zoo euthanized a male cheetah yesterday after treating it for several weeks for complications from diabetes. Zoo spokeswoman Peper Long said the animal, Norok, would have been 13 next month and had lived at the zoo since 1992.

Zoo veterinarians and animal-care staff had performed several diagnostic procedures on the cheetah in recent weeks, including a magnetic resonance imaging scan, to see if there were other reasons for its declining health.

The zoo has six cheetahs remaining at its Cheetah Conservation Station. Cheetahs are the world's fastest land mammals and typically live eight to 10 years in the wild, the zoo said.


Police Seek Information on Missing Teen

D.C. police yesterday sought the public's help in locating a Northeast Washington teenager who has been missing for more than a week.

Gregory A. Thompson, 18, was last seen leaving his house in the 5600 block of Chillum Place NE about 3 p.m. Oct. 26, police said. Authorities described him as a dark-complexioned black male, 6 foot 2, roughly 180 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black sweat shirt and sweat pants.

Police urged anyone with information to call the 4th Police District at 202-576-6745.

Woman's Body Found in Northeast

D.C. police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found yesterday by construction workers in Northeast Washington.

Police said the woman, who appeared to have neck injuries, was found about 10:30 a.m. in the 800 block of L Street NE. The woman's identify has not been determined, nor has the cause of death.


Arundel Chamber Opts to Avoid Politics

The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce has decided it will not join the state chamber's new drive to target lawmakers it deems anti-business.

Bob Burdon, the chamber president and chief executive, said yesterday that chambers should be seen as resources supporting business concerns and should not be tainted by politics.

Burdon also said it does not make economic sense to fight Democrats, the state's majority party.

Last month, the Maryland Chamber announced the creation of a political action committee to defeat lawmakers who do not get at least a 50 percent rating on the Maryland Business for Responsive Government's score card.

Pr. George's Tries to Boost Crime Program

The Prince George's County Police Department has scheduled a neighborhood watch seminar, hoping to involve more citizens in the anti-crime program.

Neighborhood watch participants monitor activity on their streets or in their apartment complexes and report suspicious people to the police.

The seminar will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at police headquarters, 7600 Barlowe Rd., Landover. Police said each person who attends the seminar will be given an anti-theft device called the Club, a bar that can be locked to the steering wheel of a parked car to prevent it from being stolen.

Annapolis Boy Victim of a Candy Thief

An 11-year-old Annapolis trick-or-treater was assaulted and his Halloween candy was snatched Sunday night, police said.

The boy told police that another youth hit him on the side of his face before taking the SpongeBob SquarePants pillowcase that contained his candy. Police said the incident happened about 7 p.m. near the old hospital on Franklin Street.

The boy refused medical treatment. Neither he nor his parents could identify the assailant.


Wounded Man Found in Manassas

An unidentified man between the ages of 16 and 23 was shot in the abdomen by an unknown number of assailants Monday night in Manassas and was found crawling on the street by a woman driving home, police said.

He is in stable condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he was undergoing surgery late yesterday, according to Sgt. Tim Neumann, a police spokesman.

About 8:18 p.m., a woman driving on Liberia Avenue near Landgreen Street saw the man crawling on the road, turned around to check on him and called police. The man could barely speak, Neumann said, and officers have not determined who shot him or why.

Witnesses told police that they saw three men wearing hooded sweat shirts and a woman running from the area after the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Solvers tip line at 703-330-0330.

State Gets Additional Flu Vaccine

State health officials have received more doses of adult flu vaccine than they had anticipated, but the amount still will not cover all of Virginia's high-risk patients.

Local health officials who are distributing the vaccines this week are trying to determine how to get them to the people who need it the most. About 77,800 doses were received, about 22,000 more than expected.

State Health Department spokeswoman Trina Lee said officials used population figures to allocate vaccine to localities, which in turn must identify those at the highest risk.

Fraud Investigation Widens in Norfolk

The city of Norfolk has suspended 38 Department of Human Services employees without pay as part of an investigation into food stamp fraud. Some face dismissal.

The alleged fraud occurred last fall after Hurricane Isabel and was discovered during a routine audit of all Norfolk employees who received emergency food stamps. All the employees suspended yesterday are Norfolk residents.

The news came a week after city officials suspended seven Human Services employees who were indicted on food-stamp fraud charges in Virginia Beach, where they live.

"It pretty much doesn't matter what the incident was over. It shouldn't have escalated to a gunshot."

-- Kelly Servis, a friend of Ryan T. Stowers, 20, who was killed last week after a traffic dispute that started on Rockville Pike. Arthur L. Lloyd, 53, a deputy U.S. marshal, was charged yesterday with first-degree murder. -- Page B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Karlyn Barker, Nicole Fuller and Ian Shapira and the Associated Press.