MARYLAND

Bank Robbery Suspect Identified

A Rockville bank was robbed yesterday morning, and police believe that the culprit is the man suspected in other robberies across the region.

Montgomery County police said that a man entered Chevy Chase Bank in the 14000 block of Shady Grove Road just before 10:30 a.m. and passed a note to the teller demanding cash. The man suggested that he had a weapon, but witnesses did not see one.

The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, and the man left, police said.

Police said they have identified Christopher Michael Cline, 28, of no known address, as a suspect in yesterday's robbery.

Cline also is a suspect in other bank robberies in Montgomery County as well as robberies in Howard, Prince George's and Baltimore counties, police said.

House Fire Leaves Woman Dead

A woman was found dead last night after a house fire in Prince George's County, authorities said.

Firefighters found the woman's body shortly after 9 p.m. in a house that was severely damaged by fire in the 10400 block of Truxton Road in the Beltsville-Adelphi section of the county.

The woman was not identified immediately, and the cause of the fire was under investigation.

Mark Brady, a Prince George's County fire department spokesman, said that when firefighters arrived, they were told that a woman, possibly elderly, remained in the blazing 11/2-story house.

Brady said it appeared that a 6-year-old boy and his grandmother were in the house when the fire broke out. The boy ran to a neighbor's house to call for help, and the woman was unsuccessful in an apparent attempt to flee through a window. She was found on the first floor.

VIRGINIA

Deputies Fire Shots at Suspect

A deputy shot a 19-year-old robbery suspect in the leg Friday after the teenager drove a van toward a deputy, Spotsylvania sheriff's officials said.

The suspect, Andrew J. McCullen, was wanted in connection with a Nov. 9 robbery of a Pizza Hut, authorities said. McCullen was treated at Mary Washington Hospital and is being held without bond.

About 10 p.m. Friday, deputies went to a residence where they believed McCullen was staying. McCullen later drove up in a van but refused to stop and drove toward a deputy, officials said.

Two deputies fired shots, police said. McCullen fled the scene but was stopped a short time later after another deputy forced the van to crash. Both deputies were placed on administrative leave.

THE DISTRICT

Man Robbed, Shot After Wedding

A man was shot and critically wounded and three other people were pistol-whipped during a robbery after a wedding in Northeast Washington last night, police said.

Three men, one of them armed, approached the victims outside St. Francis Hall at the Franciscan Monastery in the 1300 block of Quincy Street NE, just after 10:30 p.m. One victim was shot once in the chest after turning his money over to his assailants, police said. He was taken to a hospital. The three men who were pistol-whipped were being treated at the scene, police said.

Police were searching for the robbers last night but provided no clear description.

Capitol Police Car, Taxi Collide

Three people were taken to Washington Hospital Center last night after a collision between a U.S. Capitol Police car and a taxicab, authorities said.

A woman who was in the back seat of the cab appeared to be the most seriously injured, according to Alan Etter, a spokesman for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.

He said she was taken to the hospital after suffering a head cut and bruises in the crash, which occurred about 6 p.m. at First and E streets NW. The cabdriver also was taken there, Etter said.

A Capitol Police spokeswoman said the officer would be kept at the hospital overnight for observation. She said he was on his way to help in an incident involving D.C. police when the crash occurred.

NE Man Injured in Collision

District police said a Northeast man was seriously injured early yesterday when his sport-utility vehicle was hit by a car that ran a red light.

Sgt. Joe Gentile, a police spokesman, said Reginald Williams, 37, was driving south on 14th Street NE about 3 a.m. when his SUV was struck by a black Cadillac traveling on H Street.

Williams was taken to George Washington University Hospital, where he was in critical condition, Gentile said. Four men who were in the Cadillac ran away after the crash.

Police ask that any witnesses call 202-727-9099.

"I just hope . . . people take the time to see where it comes from."

-- U.S. Forest Service ranger Pat Sheridan

on the national Christmas tree, which was cut

in Highland County, Va., and was dispatched yesterday

on a tour before heading to the Capitol. -- Page B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Lori Montgomery, Martin Weil, Clarence Williams and Maria Glod.