Storms Cut Power to Thousands

Thunderstorms that continued to pop up across the Washington region last night left about 6,300 homes without electricity shortly before midnight.

Utility company Web sites reported that about 1,700 homes were without electricity in Northern Virginia. Pepco reported about 2,400 outages, with some 1,400 of them in Prince George's County. Baltimore Gas and Electric listed about 600 additional outages in Prince George's and about 1,600 in Anne Arundel County.


Mayor Brings Meetings to Close

The board of directors of the National League of Cities wrapped up four days of meetings yesterday with a picnic hosted by D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) in the Lincoln Cottage at the President Lincoln and Soldiers' Home National Monument in Northwest.

Williams, the organization's president, used the opportunity to take elected officials from across the country on bus tours of the Anacostia River, neighborhoods in Southeast and development along U Street NW.

Over the past several days, the board discussed the Supreme Court's eminent domain ruling, rising health costs, congressional appropriations and the impact of tax reform on municipalities.


Man Slain in Robbery Attempt

A 26-year-old Mount Rainier man was fatally shot early yesterday in Chillum, police said. Two assailants had demanded money from the victim, Esteban Sierra Pena, and his 22-year-old friend about 4 a.m. in the 2100 block of Guilford Road, police said. Pena and his friend attempted to flee, and Pena was shot, police said. His friend was not injured.

Man Found Dead in Pr. George's

A 22-year-old Edmonston man was found dead early yesterday in a small wooded area in the 5100 block of 54th Avenue, Prince George's County police said.

The body of Willie S. Bennett Jr., of the 4800 block of 51st Avenue, was discovered about 2:45 a.m. with a gunshot wound in his upper body, a police statement said.

Trainee Dies After Police 5K Run

A Maryland Transportation Authority Police trainee died yesterday after taking part in a 5K run held in memory of a transportation authority officer who died last year.

Grant F. Turner, 24, collapsed in Linthicum after a run in honor of Duke Aaron, who was killed in a traffic incident last July, police said.

After finishing the event, which was at Lindale Elementary School, Turner turned in his race number, walked about 30 feet and collapsed, police said. He died at North Arundel Hospital in Glen Burnie.

Turner had completed 25 weeks of the 30-week training course and was scheduled to graduate Aug. 19, the police said.


Man Charged in Arlington Killing

Arlington police yesterday said that a suspect has been charged in the killing of a woman who was found dead in a residence Friday afternoon.

Police declined to release the name of the victim, saying they were attempting to contact her relatives overseas. The suspect, Matthew J. Pahno, 21, of South Carolina was charged with murder, police said. Authorities said that he knew the victim.

The woman was found about 1:50 p.m. Friday in a home in the 3600 block of Vacation Lane, in the Cherrydale area of North Arlington. Police have released few details about the killing.

Garbage Truck Victim Identified

Fairfax County police yesterday identified a man who was run over and killed by a garbage truck as Eugene Elsea, 31, of Great Falls. Elsea was picking up garbage Friday in the 8500 block of Old Dominion Drive in McLean when he was hit by the driver, who did not see him as he backed up, police said.

Hill Hearing to Focus on Oysters

The seafood industry is gearing up for a hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill about whether the eastern oyster should be listed as an endangered species.

Oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay are a small fraction of what they were 20 years ago, struck by a human population boom and disease. But industry experts note that last season was a good one and say that since eastern oyster numbers aren't down along the entire East Coast, the breed can't be considered endangered.

But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced in May that the issue merited further study, and a public hearing is slated for Tuesday before the House Committee on Resources.

"Everyone has worked like clockwork at the construction site. Everybody gets an A for the day."

-- John Undeland, spokesman for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project, on the first day of weekend paving. -- A12

Compiled from reports by staff writers Cameron W. Barr, Michelle Boorstein, Nia-Malika Henderson, Philip Rucker, Michael Alison Chandler, Martin Weil and Eric M. Weiss and the Associated Press.