NE Woman Killed in Hit and Run

A Northeast Washington woman was killed when a speeding Ford Bronco ran into her as she was about to get into her car on Eastern Avenue, D.C. police said yesterday.

Shortly after 10:30 Saturday night, Ericka Dark, 27, of the 3500 block of Jay Street, was standing by her car when the Bronco struck her and fled south on Eastern Avenue without stopping, authorities said. Before hitting Dark, police said, the Bronco had struck a 2001 Chrysler Concorde parked along Eastern Avenue's northbound lanes and a Dodge Charger traveling northbound, according to police reports. No one else was seriously injured.

The Bronco was found in the 5700 block of Dix Street NE shortly after it struck Dark. The case remains under investigation, police said.


House Fire Causes $3.7 Million in Damage

A house fire Saturday night in the McLean area of Fairfax County caused an estimated $3.7 million in damage, officials said yesterday.

Fairfax fire spokesman Lt. Raul Castillo said no one was home when more than 60 rescue personnel responded to the blaze at 1165 Orlo Dr. about 7 p.m.

Crews saw a heavy fire, with smoke coming out of the roof of the two-story, single-family home, he said. It took firefighters 50 minutes to bring the blaze under control. Fire damage caused the roof to collapse, and the home's interior suffered heavy water damage.

Castillo said owners of the house had just bought it and were having work done. The fire's cause is being investigated, he said.

Teen Stable After Shooting in Alexandria

A 19-year-old Alexandria man was shot yesterday as he rode in a car in the city's west end. Police said they are investigating the attack as a possible carjacking.

The victim was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he was reported to be in stable condition last night.

Investigators said the shooting occurred at 6:13 a.m. in the 5100 block of Knapp Place as the victim was traveling home with two friends. Police said that the man saw a light-colored van following their car and that they were approached by two suspects when they stopped the vehicle.

One of the suspects had a gun and ordered the victim out of the car, police said, but the gunman shot him in the upper body before he could exit.

The victim's friends drove him from Knapp Place to the 3500 block of Duke Street before they called 911.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Alexandria police at 703-838-4444.

Fairfax Residents Bound and Robbed

Fairfax County police said that they are investigating a robbery that occurred about 1 a.m. yesterday in a home in the 6800 block of Ben Franklin Road.

Officer Shelley Broderick, a police spokeswoman, said the home's residents were startled by three men with guns who entered the house and announced a robbery. The three residents were bound by the robbers, who searched the home and fled.

The residents freed themselves once the robbers had left and drove to a relative's home, where they called the police.

Shipyard to Pay $40,000 for Flushing Toxin

A Norfolk shipyard has agreed to pay a $40,000 environmental fine for mistakenly flushing thousands of gallons of wastewater contaminated with tributylin, a highly toxic pesticide, into the Elizabeth River.

The action against Colonna's Shipyard Inc. is the second penalty against a Norfolk yard for mismanaging TBT, a paint additive used to control barnacles and other nuisance growth on ship hulls. In July 2004, Norshipco agreed to a $59,500 penalty after its treatment system failed and more than 250,000 gallons of TBT-laden wastewater polluted the Elizabeth River during repairs to a cruise liner.

TBT is so toxic that scientists have found that exposure can cause mutation and death among some shellfish and fish species. The United Nations is attempting to ban the chemical worldwide.

In the shipyard's proposed settlement with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Colonna's described three incidents -- two in 2003 and one last year in which high concentrations of TBT washed into the eastern branch of the Elizabeth River, off company dry docks. The State Water Control Board will consider the settlement this week in Richmond. The board typically approves such negotiated settlements.

Officials Hail Road Cleanup Program

Officials have deemed a success the use of offenders on probation to clean roads throughout Virginia's Appalachian region, and the practice could expand statewide.

"It's something that all of Virginia's counties can do, and we want to share this wonderful program with the rest of the state," said Toby Edwards, litter and recycling coordinator for Buchanan, Dickenson and Russell counties.

The nonprofit Upper Tennessee River Roundtable has hired a regional and state coordinator to persuade counties to use probationers for cleaning roads. The position is being funded by the state Department of Environmental Quality.

Officials in far southwest Virginia, convinced that the area's roadside trash problem was out of hand, began stepping up efforts to clean Appalachian highways two years ago.

Instead of sending people to jail, judges began ordering convicted offenders to clean roads as part of a probationary sentence. Each offender was assigned a particular stretch of road. Failure to keep the road clean has meant revocation of probation and a trip to jail.


Capitol Heights Man Shot in Annapolis

A 20-year-old Capitol Heights man was seriously injured early Sunday when he was shot while visiting his cousin in Annapolis.

DeMarcus C. Robinson was standing on the street in the 800 block of Brooke Court in Annapolis when he was shot in the stomach, said Kevin D. Freeman, spokesman for the Annapolis police.

Robinson was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he underwent surgery throughout the morning. He was listed in serious but stable condition last night.

Police have not identified a suspect or a motive in the shooting, Freeman said.

"This wasn't a situation of a kid hanging out in the wrong place at 2 a.m. You don't think when you spit at someone, someone's going to kill you."

-- Andrea Kline, a parent from Montgomery County, where a 15-year-old

girl was fatally stabbed after what police say was a weeks-old

feud over spitting. -- B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Leef Smith and Jonathan Abel and the Associated Press.