I-95 Lane Closures Continue

As long as the weather cooperates, there will be some road closures because of construction at the Springfield interchange.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said yesterday that the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 were scheduled to reopen at 10 a.m. today. Ovenight, crews were erecting steel bridge beams over the Interstate 395 travel lanes, necessitating a seven-mile detour that VDOT officials predicted could take as long as 45 minutes to get through.

VDOT said that, if necessary, the road will be shut again from 9 p.m. tomorrow to 4 a.m. Tuesday and again from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 4 a.m. Wednesday. For more information, go to


Body Found at NE Playground

A mother accompanying her two children at a Northeast Washington playground yesterday morning discovered the body of a man at the top of a slide. Police said the man had been fatally shot.

The 26-year-old man was found facedown at the top of the jungle gym at Edgewood Recreation Center in the 300 block of Evarts Street NE around noon, police said.

He had been shot several times and was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators are unsure about the time of death and have no motive in the shooting, said Sgt. Joe Gentile, a police spokesman.

The victim's name was not released pending notification of relatives.

Water Main Bursts in NW

About 60 people in Northwest Washington were without water yesterday morning while crews repaired a six-inch water main that burst in the early morning, said Michelle Quander-Collins, spokeswoman for D.C. Water and Sewer Authority.

The break occurred about 3 a.m. on Euclid Street between 12th and 13th streets, and crews cut the main water supply by about 4 a.m., Quander-Collins said.

That block of Euclid Street was closed until water was back on about 2 p.m., she said. Crews were trying to determine what caused the break.


2 Hit-and-Runs at Same Spot

The same intersection in Prince William County was the site of two hit-and-run accidents, one of them fatal, in less than an hour late Friday and into yesterday morning.

Agnes Dawkins, 43, was hit and killed when crossing Dale Boulevard near Gideon Road in Dale City just before midnight, police said. She was struck by a dark red late-1980s sedan, possibly an Oldsmobile Cutlass, police said. Dawkins was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where she died.

While investigating the accident, police received a call that there was a man with a gun at a nearby shopping center. Seeing rustling in bushes, police tried to challenge the person, who darted into Dale Boulevard.

The man, later identified as Brenis Valle, 27, was hit by a newer model silver Lincoln Town Car. Police said the car's driver was a 40- to 50-year-old man wearing a dress shirt.

Authorities determined that Valle was not carrying a gun but was wanted on outstanding misdemeanor warrants. Valle is expected to recover and will be served with the warrants when he leaves the hospital, a police spokeswoman said. Police are looking for the drivers.


Taxi Driver Accused of Assault

Montgomery County police have arrested a taxi driver and charged him with sexually assaulting a mentally challenged woman.

Police said that Mohammad Foroosanani, 48, picked up the 32-year-old woman from her home in Olney last week and instead of driving her to work took her to the boat ramp for the Triadelphia Reservoir near Brookeville and assaulted her.

Lanham Man Shot in Robbery

A 28-year-old Lanham man was shot during a scuffle with a robber in his apartment early yesterday, Prince George's County police said.

Officers responded to the 1:04 a.m. call from an apartment complex in the 5600 block of Whitfield Chapel Road and found the victim alert at the scene, Cpl. Kim Brown said.

The man, whose name was withheld by police, told the officers that an acquaintance showed up at his door, pulled out a handgun and demanded money, Brown said.

As the two struggled over the gun, it fired, slightly injuring the man, she said. The suspect, who was not identified, fled with some of the victim's cash.

"It's a shame. I think this was once the best subway system in the country, but you can't say that anymore."

-- Brian Graff, an economist who rides Metro regularly. The system has been plagued with increasingly frequent train breakdowns and management problems. -- A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Petula Dvorak, Rosalind S. Helderman and Matthew Mosk and the Associated Press.