METRO BUDGETAgency Seeking Input on SpendingMetro is holding a series of informational sessions about the proposed fiscal 2008 budget, with the first scheduled for 5:30 tonight at Metro headquarters, 600 Fifth St. NW. The sessions are intended to give the public a chance to comment on the budget. Metro's spending plan for next year has a $116 million shortfall, and officials have proposed covering $64 million of that with higher fares.
The fare increases were put on hold this month to allow a consultant to complete an agency review to find other ways to cut costs or find revenue.
Two other sessions will be held at Metro's offices March 3 and 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
-- Lena H. SunFAKE OFFICERMan Arrested in Stolen District CarA District man, stopped for speeding on the Capital Beltway on Monday, was arrested after Fairfax County police found he was driving a stolen District government car. The traffic stop occurred about 4 p.m. in the McLean area. Officer Richard Henry, a Fairfax police spokesman, said Kenneth D. Bryant, 37, of the 1500 block of 17th Street SE was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Impala belonging to the city. The car had lights on the rear deck and front visor to indicate that it was a police car, Henry said, and it appeared that the lights were not originally part of the car.
Bryant was charged with impersonating a police officer, a misdemeanor, and receiving stolen property, a felony. District officials did not know where the car belonged or when it was taken.
-- Tom Jackman