MARYLAND

Hit-and-Run Montgomery County police are seeking the driver responsible for a hit-and-run accident Saturday in which a 47-year-old woman was injured.

Police believe the driver who collided with her westbound 1999 Isuzu Rodeo on Route 118 in Germantown at 12:45 a.m. was in a dark blue or tan Ford Explorer.

The victim suffered injuries that weren't life-threatening. Police said the SUV involved in the accident might have major damage on the driver's side, the front end or both. Its rear window also might have been shattered. Police can be reached at 301-840-2347.

Testimony in Retrial A woman convicted of shooting her best friend's estranged husband after breaking into his Bethesda home testified yesterday that she acted alone in hopes of protecting her godchildren from incest.

Margery Lemb Landry, who is serving a 20-year sentence, testified at the trial of Elsa D. Newman. Newman is charged with conspiring to murder her husband, Arlen J. Slobodow. The case was moved from Montgomery County to Frederick County because of publicity.

Landry told jurors that she went to Slobodow's house hoping to collect evidence of child pornography, carrying a handgun she had bought for protection. She testified that when she found Slobodow sleeping with his 5-year-old son, a tussle followed and the gun went off twice, wounding Slobodow in the leg.

Under questioning by defense attorney Barry Helfand, Landry denied plotting with Newman. Landry, a former State Department worker, pleaded guilty to assault, burglary and reckless endangerment in September 2002.

Newman, 52, a lawyer, was convicted of conspiracy in August 2002. But this December, the Maryland Court of Appeals ordered a retrial because the trial court had improperly allowed testimony from Newman's former divorce attorney that he had heard her discuss plans to kill Slobodow.

Assault Report Howard County police say they are investigating a report by a 14-year-old girl that she was sexually assaulted in Columbia last week.

The teenager told police that she and her boyfriend had been drinking alcohol about 3:30 a.m. Thursday when they were approached by two young men on Overheart Lane. One offered his bicycle to her boyfriend, who rode away, police said.

The girl told investigators that she thinks she passed out. When she woke up, she was being raped by one of the young men, police said. She pushed him away and ran home. Police said she was unable to provide descriptions of the men. Anyone with information is asked to contact Howard police at 410-313-3200.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.