THE REGION

Suspect in Bank Robberies Prince George's County police have arrested a man they say committed 20 bank robberies in the Washington area in the past six months, including 15 in Prince George's.

Donnell Berry, 29, was arrested yesterday in the 300 block of 62nd Street NE in the District. He is charged with several counts of armed robbery.

Police say Berry also robbed banks in other jurisdictions in Maryland, as well as in Virginia. They did not provide specifics.

MARYLAND

Not Guilty Plea Former construction industry executive W. David Stoffregen pleaded not guilty to racketeering and other offenses yesterday in a corruption and fraud case involving an influential former state senator.

Stoffregen, 52, appeared for the first time in federal court in Baltimore, where his attorney said the government's efforts to freeze Stoffregen's accounts and seize his assets have threatened his ability to mount a defense.

Stoffregen, who resigned in March as president and chief executive of the firm Poole and Kent, is accused in a 30-count indictment that also names former state senator Thomas L. Bromwell (D) of Baltimore and Bromwell's wife, Mary Pat. The Bromwells also have pleaded not guilty.

Stoffregen is accused of arranging for concealed payments of more than $190,000 to Thomas Bromwell, as well as for free or discounted construction services at the lawmaker's Baltimore County home. In return, the indictment says, Bromwell used his influence to help Poole and Kent win construction contracts, to resolve contractual disputes in the company's favor and to expedite payments so Stoffregen could collect hefty bonuses.

Stoffregen is also charged in connection with an alleged contracting fraud scheme in which Poole and Kent used a front company to appear to meet minority participation requirements for construction jobs.

THE DISTRICT

Fatal Shooting A 40-year-old man was found shot to death yesterday by a resident retrieving the newspaper from the front steps of his Northwest Washington home, D.C. police said.

The victim, identified as Aaron Rucker, was discovered about 7:50 a.m. on the steps of a rowhouse in the first block of Bryant Street NW, police said. Rucker, who had no fixed address, had been shot several times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The resident said he found Rucker lying on his front steps.

Victim Identified D.C. police yesterday identified Reginald Holmes, 40, as the man found fatally shot Tuesday in the back seat of a GMC Yukon in the 1200 block of 19th Street NE. Holmes, who was found about 5:45 a.m. Tuesday, had been doused with gasoline, and the front seat of the truck had been set on fire. Holmes, of the 1800 block of C Street NE, was pronounced dead at Washington Hospital Center.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.