MARYLAND

Man Killed at Adelphi Apartments

A man was fatally shot last night after an argument in a parking lot of an Adelphi area apartment complex, Prince George's County police said.

Edwin Daniel Vallejos, 21, of Adelphi was hit in the upper body and was dead when police arrived in the 1800 block of Greenwich Woods Drive about 6 p.m., said Cpl. Diane Richardson, a police spokeswoman.

Witnesses told police that three men fled on foot, and the search led to a nearby cemetery. No arrests were made.

Seat Pleasant Shooting Kills 1, Wounds 1

One person was killed and another wounded about 10 p.m. yesterday in a shooting in the 6000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Highway in the Seat Pleasant area of Prince George's County.

Neither of the two was identified immediately, and the circumstances of the shooting were not known.

Seafood Plant Goes Out of Business

A Wicomico County seafood plant has closed after more than 70 years in the industry, putting dozens of employees out of work.

The company dates to 1935 as H.B. Kennerly & Son Inc., an oyster production and distribution plant that supplied frozen and fresh mollusks nationwide, Harold Kennerly Jr. said.

It became Nanticocke Seafood about 1950 and was run by Kennerly and his father, Harold Barton Kennerly Sr.

Since 1997, Nanticoke Food LLC processed and shipped shellfish and other frozen food at the plant.

"The closing resulted in lost jobs for at least 40 plant workers and was a blow to economic development officials whose financial backing almost a decade ago kept the company afloat.

Baltimore Delegate to Lead Health Panel

A delegate from Baltimore will take over the chairmanship of the Maryland House of Delegates' health committee from Del. John A. Hurson (D-Montgomery), who is leaving the legislature in October to take a Washington lobbying job.

House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) yesterday named Del. Peter Hammen to succeed Hurson. Hammen (D), a House member since 1995, has been vice chairman of the House Health and Government Operations Committee since 2003.

The panel is one of six major House committees. It handles bills related to the state's $25.6 billion health care industry. The loss of Hurson is expected to reduce his county's clout in the House.

Police Officer in Gunfight After Robbery

A Prince George's County police officer who was sent to the scene of a robbery last night traded shots with suspects, county police said.

The confrontation occurred near the 14000 block of Indian Head Highway in the Piscataway-Fort Washington area. The officer was unhurt. Police said they were trying to determine whether a wounded man found later in that area was linked to the shooting.

VIRGINIA

William and Mary Expands Scholarships

The College of William and Mary announced a program yesterday aimed at doubling its enrollment from lower- and middle-income families.

The program, called Gateway William and Mary, replaces loans with scholarships for 600 Virginia students.

Under the program, undergraduates from families whose annual income is $40,000 or less will receive college, state and federal grants to cover tuition, fees and room and board.

The initiative will begin in the fall of 2006 for freshmen.

William and Mary will spend more than $4 million a year on the program.

College President Gene Nichol said he hopes many of the students in the program will go into public service.

The University of Virginia has a similar program, beginning this fall.

Teen Won't Be Tried in Laundromat Death

An involuntary manslaughter charge has been dropped against a Smyth County, Va., teenager who authorities said placed his half sister in a washing machine, where she was trapped and killed.

Commonwealth's Attorney Roy F. Evans Jr. said trying the 14-year-old in the death of 5-year-old Rebecca "Hope" Wagoner probably would not result in a conviction, according to a statement from his office. A civil order from a Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judge "provides much the same result . . . hoped for in the criminal prosecution," the statement said.

Police in Chilhowie said Hope and her brother were alone June 17 when they went into a laundromat and she was put inside a washer that would not open after it began running.

Cannons Yield Sediment but No Cats

Conservators restoring the cannons from the USS Monitor have emptied most of the sediment from the barrels and screened it, finding coal, seashells and evidence of marine life.

Officials said they have found no support for a tale told by a crewman who survived the ironclad's sinking off the North Carolina coast 140 years ago. The crewman said he had stuffed a cat into one barrel and his wool coat and boots into the other.

THE REGION

Wilson Drawbridge Has Problems

Problems at the Woodrow Wilson Bridge canceled a scheduled 10 a.m. opening yesterday and traffic backed up.

Traffic was held up for about 10 minutes before operators, who could not raise the bridge, decided to cancel the opening.

The bridge is operated by the District. D.C. Transportation Department officials were trying to determine yesterday whether there was a problem with the bridge's mechanical systems. Department spokesman Bill Rice said that the bridge was open for traffic and that the scheduled opening had been postponed.

"There's no question that rising gasoline prices and flat revenues are a challenge. Maryland's economy is booming, and as a result, we expect to see more driving, not less driving. This does raise questions about our ability to rely on the gasoline tax."

-- Maryland Secretary of Transportation Robert L. Flanagan, on the drop in gas tax revenue. -- A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Ian Shapira, Clarence Williams, Martin Weil and John Wagner and the Associated Press.