MARYLAND

2 Arrests in Pr. George's Slaying

Prince George's County police said yesterday that they had arrested and charged two men in connection with the slaying of a Domino's Pizza delivery driver Wednesday.

The suspects, ages 19 and 20, who were arrested Friday on first-degree murder charges, were not identified. Police said they did not want to jeopardize ongoing investigations.

The victim, Shia Yu Hwang, 46, of Suitland was fatally shot in the Camp Springs area.

Sentence in Ellicott City Death

An Ellicott City woman convicted in the death of a Baltimore woman whose body was found in a freezer has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Before she was sentenced Friday in Howard County Circuit Court, Kathy Lynn Gray said that she wasn't guilty of the crime but that she felt partially responsible for the death of Tamaria Hughes because she invited the woman to her home.

Gray's boyfriend, Anthony Williams of Suitland, has been sentenced 30 years in prison.

Williams and Gray were convicted in separate jury trials this year of second-degree murder and first- and second-degree assault.

Drug Smuggler Gets 17 Years

A member of the U.S. Coast Guard trained to intercept drug smugglers has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for orchestrating a cocaine shipment through Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Prosecutors in U.S. District Court said Wendy Bens, 27, of Boston, paid a courier in January 2004 to travel to Curacao in the Caribbean to pick up a suitcase with about five pounds of cocaine in its lining.

Life Term in Jessup Slaying

A Baltimore man who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of a Jessup delicatessen owner in 2003 has been sentenced to life in prison.

Reginald Venable was also sentenced in Howard County Circuit Court to 20 years on a weapons charge.

The sentences are to be served consecutively.

Venable agreed to a plea deal in February, but he told Judge Raymond J. Kane Jr. that he was innocent of the charges.

Another man, Walter Blannon, was sentenced to life without parole in May in the case.

The District

Boy Pierced by Iron Fence

An 11-year-old boy was seriously injured yesterday in Northwest Washington when he tried to climb over a wrought-iron fence and impaled his leg, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 7 p.m. in the 1500 block of Newton Street NW, in the Mount Pleasant area, according to Alan Etter, D.C. fire and emergency medical services spokesman.

He said rescue personnel cut the fence and took the boy to Children's Hospital with a fence spike still embedded in his leg.

The boy was in surgery there last night, Etter said.

SE Man Killed in Shooting

A 25-year-old man was fatally shot early yesterday in the Anacostia section of Southeast Washington.

Marcus Yeager of the 2300 block of Q Street SE was found in the 1500 block of 19th Street SE about 5:40 a.m. It appeared that he had been shot more than once, said Sgt. Joe Gentile, a D.C. police spokesman.

VIRGINIA

Adoption of Russian Girl Probed

Prosecutors in Moscow are investigating whether the adoption of a 21/2-year-old Russian girl who died this month in Prince William County was legal, officials said yesterday. The girl's adoptive mother was charged in Manassas with her beating death.

Peggy Sue Hilt, 33, of Wake Forest, N.C., was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the death of daughter Nina in Manassas, where the two were visiting relatives.

In Moscow, prosecutors said they would investigate Nina's adoption from her home region in Siberia to see whether follow-up in the United States complied with Russian law.

Church Struck by Vandals, Fire

A small fire yesterday damaged a church in the Shenandoah Valley community of Middlebrook, and anti-gay graffiti was found on the outside of the church, authorities said.

The exterior of St. John's Reformed United Church of Christ also included a message that United Church of Christ members were sinners. The United Church of Christ endorsed a nonbinding resolution July 4 endorsing same-sex marriage.

"There's a cub! There's a cub!"

-- National Zoo keeper Brenda Morgan to the associate curator for pandas and primates at 3:41 a.m. yesterday, after a panda was born at the zoo. -- A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Michael Alison Chandler, Clarence Williams and Martin Weil and the Associated Press.