I-66 Lane Closures Set in Pr. William

Virginia transportation officials said yesterday that the eastbound lanes of Interstate 66 in Prince William County will be closed at night for up to 30 days beginning later this month. The westbound lanes will close at night for a month beginning in late September.

The closures are necessary so workers can pave lanes that are part of a four-mile widening project between Route 234 business and the Route 234 bypass. Officials said detouring traffic onto local roads will enable the work to be done faster and the pavement to be laid more evenly. The eastbound widening will begin either Aug. 21 or 29, depending on the weather, and proceed from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. for approximately the next 30 days. Crews will then immediately shift to the westbound side, where the lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Falls Church Office on Base Closure Plan

A military office in Falls Church has been added to the Pentagon's sweeping plan to close or relocate hundreds of military facilities.

The Base Realignment and Closure Commission has recommended that the office of the army surgeon general in the Skyline Complex on Route 7 be closed but has not announced a new location. Other military-leased offices in the same development would also be closed under plans that were announced in the spring.

Driver Killed in Pr. William Crash

A motorist was killed Sunday morning in Prince William County when she lost control of her automobile and hit a vehicle traveling in the opposite lane, police said yesterday.

At 11:55 a.m., Xia C. Peacher, 40, of Bristow was driving a 1997 Toyota Camry northbound on Route 28 when she tried to pass a vehicle in front of her, said John Bogert, a county police spokesman. After she thought she had safely passed the vehicle, Peacher began to move into the right lane, but her fender swiped the car, police said. She tried correcting herself but veered into the southbound lanes and hit another motorist head-on.

That driver, a 31-year-old Manassas woman who was wearing a seatbelt, was flown to a hospital. She is expected to survive, Bogert said.


Downpour Fells Trees, Cuts Power

Torrents of rain fell in parts of the region last night as thunderstorms swept northeastward, knocking out power at different times to at least 8,000 homes.

About 9:30 p.m., lights were out in more than 3,000 Montgomery County homes, many of them in Silver Spring and Takoma Park. Trees fell in the Columbia and West Friendship sections of Howard County. By late last night, almost an inch of rain had fallen at Reagan National Airport, the most since July 15.


Mother Accused of Leaving Child in Car

A woman was arrested yesterday and charged with abandoning her 3-year-old daughter in her car in Hyattsville for at least two hours, police said.

A resident found the child about 9 a.m. in a car at 42nd Avenue near East West Highway, said Sgt. Greg Phillips, a spokesman for Hyattsville police.

Phillips said the mother, whose name had not been released last night, told police that the car had a flat tire and that she had gone for help. Last night, the child was in the custody of protective services and the mother was charged with reckless endangerment and confining an unattended child, Phillips said.

Bank Robbery May Be Linked to Others

The man believed to have committed five recent bank robberies in Silver Spring and the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area also might be responsible for one yesterday at a Bank of America branch in Bethesda, Montgomery County police said.

About 1:30 p.m., a man entered the bank in the 7300 block of Wisconsin Avenue, stood in line, announced a robbery and demanded money. The teller gave him an undisclosed amount of money, and the suspect fled on foot.

Police describe the robber as a black man, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, with a medium build and curly, close-cropped hair. He was wearing a yellow shirt and blue jeans.


Person in Vehicle Shoots, Wounds Teen

A 15-year-old District youth was shot and wounded as he rode his bicycle in Southeast Washington on Sunday night, D.C. police said yesterday.

A tan Chevrolet Tahoe approached the teenager in the 1300 block of Ridge Place SE about 7:40 p.m., and someone opened fire from the vehicle, police said. The youth was hit in the left leg and grazed in the right arm, police said. He was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

Police did not release the youth's identity because he is a witness.

Three Men Killed Over Weekend

A 21-year-old man and two unidentified men were found slain in the District over the weekend, D.C. police said.

About 8:40 p.m. Sunday, Anton Coffey was found with several gunshot wounds in the 1400 block of S Street SE, police said. Coffey, of the 300 block of 14th Place NE, was pronounced dead at the scene.

About 1:40 a.m. Saturday, an unidentified man was found shot several times at Seventh and Girard streets NE. He was rushed to Washington Hospital Center, where he died.

On Sunday, a man was found in the 3900 block of Seventh Street NE, about a mile from the scene of the previous shooting. Police said they were investigating whether they were connected.

Slots Promoters Are Told to Pay Fine

Promoters of a plan to legalize slot machines in the nation's capital yesterday rejected an offer by D.C. elections officials to reduce a $622,880 fine levied for massive violations of local election laws during a petition drive last summer.

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics had given slots supporters until yesterday to sign an agreement promising to pay a reduced fine of $575,000. Last week, slots supporters asked for more time to make that decision. Yesterday, the board said no.

Slots supporters now have until Sept. 12 to pay the full amount or go to court to challenge the board's efforts to collect the fine.

"Will we reward illegal behavior with hard-earned dollars from law-abiding citizens? I say the answer to this question should be an easy one: No."

-- Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jerry W. Kilgore (R),

objecting to a proposed day-laborer center in Herndon. -- A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Steven Ginsberg, Ian Shapira, Martin Weil, Allan Lengel, Fulvio Cativo, Del Quentin Wilber and Lori Montgomery and the Associated Press.