MARYLAND

Children Threatened Maryland State Police are searching for an unidentified man who threatened three Frederick County children with a handgun Sunday, a police spokesman said yesterday.

The man drove up to the children, ages 7, 8 and 11, on South Main Street in Woodsboro and asked them to come closer, Sgt. Bob Calo said.

When the children fled on their bikes, the man brandished a handgun and yelled at them to return but did not fire the weapon. After following the children for a short distance, the man left, Calo said.

"We're taking it very seriously, but ... we have scant information to follow up on," Calo said. He described the suspect as a white male in his twenties or thirties with curly, dirty-blond hair and a mustache. He was driving a small, light-blue passenger car similar to a Ford Escort.

THE DISTRICT

Vehicle Recovered A stolen vehicle belonging to a uniformed FBI police officer was recovered yesterday in the District, minus the personal handgun that had been inside, law enforcement authorities said.

The black 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Virginia tags was reported stolen Sunday about 9:30 p.m. from a Capitol Hill neighborhood, authorities said. Initially, police said the car was a government vehicle.

VIRGINIA

Bigamy Indictment A man who has been married seven times and is currently married to two women was indicted yesterday by a Fairfax County grand jury on one felony count of bigamy.

Records show that Charles E. "Ed" Hicks, 61, is married to a woman who lives in Fairfax and another in Utah. After his wife in Fairfax, Sandra Goldin Hicks, discovered his previous marriage in April, she contacted county police.

Hicks faces a minimum of two years in prison if convicted.

BB Attacks An 18-year-old Alexandria man was arrested Sunday after four people were shot with BB pellets between late Thursday and early Sunday, Alexandria police said yesterday.

On Thursday night, a 36-year-old man on Jefferson Davis Highway was shot twice in the shoulder by someone in a Jeep Cherokee. On Friday night, police said, a 20-year-old man was shot once in the face on East Braddock Road by someone in a Cherokee. And on Sunday morning, two people were shot with BB pellets, on Mount Vernon Avenue and East Reed Avenue, and a Cherokee was spotted, police said.

About 1 a.m. Sunday, police stopped a Jeep Cherokee on West Braddock Road and charged the driver, Sebastian Bustamante of the 5800 block of Quantrell Avenue, with one count of malicious wounding in the East Reed Avenue shooting. More charges are possible, police said. No one was seriously hurt.

Baby in Van A 38-year-old Haymarket woman who left her baby in a locked car while she shopped was released yesterday on bond, Prince William County police said.

Regina Bailey was charged with child neglect, police said. On Saturday, authorities found her baby in a vehicle outside a Costco on Sudley Manor Road in Manassas in 90-degree weather. The baby was "sweating profusely" and crying, said Officer John Bogert, a police spokesman. The child was treated at the scene and released to his father.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.