Fire disrupts traffic
in Logan Circle

A fire ripped through the second floor of a Northwest Washington building Thursday night and disrupted pedestrian and vehicle traffic in a busy portion of the Logan Circle neighborhood.

The fire burned the top floor of a two-story brick building in the 1400 block of 14th Street just before 7 p.m.

The fire happened above the Timothy Paul carpets and textiles store.

Authorities shut down 14th Street for more than two hours as firefighters extinguished the blaze and investigated its cause.

Man, 36, charged
in stabbing death

D.C. police arrested a suspect Thursday in the fatal stabbing of a man whose body was found Saturday behind a strip of rowhouses on Georgia Avenue in Northwest Washington.

A police spokesman said Marvin Moore, 36, of Northwest Washington was charged with second-degree murder while armed.

Police said a patrol officer found the victim, Timothy Benjamin, 58, lying on his back about 12:40 a.m. He had been stabbed several times.

Authorities did not comment on a possible motive for the killing.

— Peter Hermann

Chevy Chase studies Purple Line proposal

The Town of Chevy Chase has hired an engineering consultant to review a final state study of how a proposed Purple Line transitway would affect local communities.

The town has budgeted up to $25,000 to hire Sam Schwartz Engineering to review the Maryland Transit Administration’s analysis of how a 16-mile light-rail line would affect residents, said Mayor Pat Burda. The western end of the proposed 16-mile route between Bethesda and New Carrollton would travel along the Georgetown Branch Trail, which abuts back yards of Chevy Chase homes.

Burda said town officials have followed the state’s Purple Line planning closely but were surprised recently to learn that retaining walls more than 18 feet high could be built near homes. Residents also are concerned about the state’s plans for a rail-related power substation and a pedestrian crossing at Lynn Drive, where Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School students now cross the trail, she said.

Schwartz’s analysis, which was first reported by the Montgomery Gazette, will be used to help a lawyer prepare the town’s comments to the final environmental study.

— Katherine Shaver

8 ROTC students hit by car in school lot

Eight ROTC students at Northwestern High School suffered minor injuries Thursday evening after they were struck by a vehicle in the side parking lot of the school, police said.

Hyattsville Police Chief Doug Holland said a 19-year-old driving a Honda Civic hit the students about 6 p.m. as they stood in formation during after-school drills.

Max Pugh, a spokesman for the county school system, said the injured students were ages 14 to 18. All were taken to hospitals, according to Mark Brady, a fire department spokesman.

Holland said there was no indication that the driver was speeding. He said he did not know whether the driver, who was being interviewed by police, was a student or knew the students who were struck.

— Ovetta Wiggins