Man Re-Arrested After Mistaken Release

Murder Suspect Fled to Ohio From Pr. George's

Authorities in Ohio arrested a murder defendant who was mistakenly released after a Prince George's County judge confused him with another defendant with a Latino name.

The authorities said they tracked down Pedro H. Guifarro, 25, of Chillum at an auto repair shop in Cleveland, where he recently had been hired.

Guifarro is accused of being the driver in what prosecutors believe was a gang-related slaying Aug. 1 in the Adelphi area.

Young Hunter Nabs Season's First Bear

8-Year-Old Girl Credited With Kill

Maryland Natural Resources officials confirmed that the first hunter to bag a bear this season was an 8-year-old third-grade girl from Kitzmiller, on the border with West Virginia.

Sierra Stiles, who is 41/2 feet tall, was born to the woods and has a steady trigger finger, according to her father and great-uncle, who were hunting with her. They said she put two bullets into the 211-pound black bear's chest cavity from 50 yards away with a .243-caliber rifle.

Bear hunting resumed in Maryland last year, after a half-century ban.

Howard May Expand Smoking Limits

Robey Proposes Full Ban in Bars and Restaurants

Howard County Executive James N. Robey (D) proposed a ban on smoking in the county's restaurants and bars, making it the fourth jurisdiction in the Washington region to consider such a prohibition in public spaces.

The bill, which would fine establishments $500 for allowing indoor smoking, is similar to legislation that passed in Montgomery County and is under consideration in the District and Prince George's.

Since 1996, smoking has been banned in restaurants and bars in Howard unless they create separately ventilated smoking areas.

Steele Makes Senate Bid Official

Kickoff Has a Populist Tone

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele formally launched his bid for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by five-term Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (D), standing on his own for the first time since a successful political partnership with Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. catapulted him to statewide office.

With Gov. Ehrlich (R) in the front row, Steele, 47, delivered a rousing populist speech that never mentioned his Republican Party affiliation and appeared to take swipes at both parties. Steele -- the first African American to win statewide office in Maryland -- promised that he would make history again by becoming a bridge "that not only brings both parties together but, more importantly, brings all of us closer to one another."

Bethesda Construction Halted

County Objects to Placement of Townhouses

Montgomery County planning officials halted construction on luxury townhouses in Bethesda, saying some of the 28 units in the Bethesda Crest development are too close to a road and a church.

The stop-work order, delivered by a county inspector, means that buyers cannot close on their houses or move in for at least a few more weeks.

Neighbors had complained that townhouses in the development also were too tall, but the county's Department of Permitting Services measured and found no height violations. The Planning Department is contracting with an outside company to review those findings before a public hearing on the stop-work order, tentatively set for Nov. 10.

Across the Region

Abuse Allegations; Ballpark Properties

* A group of mothers appeared before a D.C. Council committee to complain that their sons had been beaten and tortured by correctional officers at the D.C. jail. The jail's interim director said the department had looked into the allegations and turned the investigation over to the U.S. attorney's office.

* The District government has begun eminent domain proceedings to seize property worth $84 million from 16 owners at the site of the new baseball stadium in Southeast Washington. The action is aimed at keeping construction of the ballpark on schedule to open in March 2008.

From Storm to Storm Pat and Bob Gay escape Hurricane Wilma in Locust Grove, Va.