Orange Line Stations Close for Weekend

Metro will close two stations on the Orange Line this weekend for station repairs. The Vienna/Fairfax-GMU and Dunn Loring-Merrifield stations will close at 10 p.m. today and reopen 5 a.m. Monday.

Workers will replace the grout pads beneath the pillars that support the rail bridge between the two affected stations. Although the stations will be closed, the parking lots will remain open.

Trains that normally serve the two stations will terminate at the West Falls Church-VT/UVA station instead. Passengers can take a free shuttle bus service, running every five minutes, from Vienna/Fairfax-GMU to West Falls Church-VT/UVA, with a stop at Dunn Loring-Merrifield.


1 Killed, 2 Injured in NW Crash

A man was killed last night when two motorcycles struck the rear of a sport-utility vehicle inside the Third Street Tunnel in a crash that also seriously injured two people on the second motorcycle, authorities said.

Police shut the southbound lanes of Interstate 395 at Fourth Street NW following the crash just after 10 p.m., near the U.S. Capitol exit.

The motorcycles both crashed into the rear of a Honda Passport, said Alan Etter, a fire department spokesman.

A man whom authorities did not immediately identify was pronounced dead late last night at a local hospital, Etter said. An off-duty D.C. firefighter and his wife were riding on the second motorcycle, which apparently converged with the first motorcycle at the scene just before the crash, he said.

The firefighter and his wife were taken to a hospital with injuries described as serious but not life threatening, Etter said.

New Sex Abuse Charges for Transit Officer

Two days after prosecutors in Maryland dropped a rape charge against a Metro Transit Police officer, prosecutors in the District filed sexual assault charges against him.

The officer, Darren M. Way, 31, was arrested shortly before 6 a.m. yesterday in Gaithersburg, where he lives, and was charged with second-degree sexual abuse, police said.

Way, who appeared in D.C. Superior Court late yesterday afternoon, is accused of assaulting a 19-year-old woman about 11:30 p.m. July 26 in the 1800 block of Florida Avenue NW. Investigators believe he was on duty at the time, police said.

Last Friday, with an arrest appearing imminent, Way was dismissed from the police force. He was charged Saturday with raping a 33-year-old Silver Spring woman who advertised as an escort; that charge was dismissed Tuesday.


U.S. Attorney Takes Oath of Office

Rod J. Rosenstein, who became the U.S. attorney for Maryland last month, was lauded yesterday during a ceremony in which he took a public oath of office.

Judges and attorneys who have worked with Rosenstein, 40, praised him as a brilliant and hard-working prosecutor who would respect the power and responsibility that come with the office.

Rosenstein, a former senior attorney in the tax division of the Justice Department, pledged to use his position to improve the quality of life for Maryland residents.

Rosenstein replaces Thomas M. DiBiagio, who announced in December that he would step down.

St. Mary's Man Charged With Child Porn

A St. Mary's County man has been arrested and charged with producing child pornography and distributing it over the Internet.

Kenneth D. Barker, 41, was arrested at 2:30 a.m. Saturday after authorities from the county Bureau of Criminal Investigations searched his home and computer.

Authorities found "very explicit and extremely disturbing" still shots and videos of children on CDs, DVDs and the hard drive of Barker's home computer, said Lt. Daniel Alioto.

Alioto said that at least one of the victims was a young teenager from St. Mary's. Investigators said they have connected Barker to child pornography in other states, including Wisconsin, and that much of his collection was self-produced.

Barker has been charged with sexual child abuse and the production of child pornography. He is being held on $25,000 bond.


DOT Worker Killed in Chantilly Collision

A Virginia Department of Transportation worker was killed yesterday when his DOT pickup was struck by a dump truck at an intersection in the Chantilly area, Virginia State Police said.

Michael P. Hamilton, 48, of Round Hill was driving the pickup on Stonecroft Boulevard, near the Avion Business Park, about 10 a.m. when he pulled into the path of a dump truck driven by Alexander Rosales Rodriguez, 25, of Falls Church, said Sgt. Terry Licklider, a state police spokesman.

An ambulance took Hamilton to Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, where he later died, Licklider said. Rodriguez was not injured.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts. State police are still investigating the accident.

Man Arrested in Fairfax Abduction Case

A 16-year-old Lorton girl told Fairfax County police she was abducted at knifepoint by a man Wednesday on Richmond Highway and was sexually assaulted in his car.

The man dropped her off at a Lorton shopping center but returned while police were there and was arrested, police said.

The teenager reported that the man stepped out of his white Ford Mustang in the 9500 block of Richmond Highway and asked her for directions about 5 p.m. He then pulled a knife and forced her into his car, police said.

He drove her to several locations before assaulting her, police said. The man dropped the girl off at the Gunston Plaza shopping center, according to court records.

Police later arrested Peter Parsons, 39, of the 100 block of Ames Street in the Fairfax area. He was charged with abduction, sodomy, robbery and two counts of animate object sexual penetration.

"If beef stew is cooking, we smell the stew as a whole. But the dog smells the beef, the carrots and the potatoes separately. If there's one pea in the stew, the dog will know it's there."

-- ATF Special Agent Sheila Fry on using dogs to sniff explosives. -- A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Lyndsey Layton, Henri Cauvin, Eric Rich, Nelson Hernandez, Clarence Williams, Jonathan Abel and Tom Jackman.

Kenneth D. Barker