VIRGINIA
‘Person of interest’
is in Loudoun jail

A person of interest in three Alexandria homicides arrived at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center in Leesburg, spokeswoman Liz Mills of the county sheriff’s office said Monday evening.

Earlier Monday, Charles Severence left the West Virginia jail where he has been housed for the past two months and was transported into Virginia.

Police in Alexandria want to question Severance, 53, about the February slaying of music teacher Ruthanne Lodato, the 2003 killing of Nancy Dunning and the November slaying of Ronald Kirby.

— Rachel Weiner

MARYLAND
Sexual assault near Hyattsville Metro

Police are looking for a man they say sexually assaulted a woman after holding a knife to her near the Prince George’s Plaza Metro stop in Hyattsville early Sunday.

Hyattsville police said the woman was walking home about 2:07 a.m. when a man approached her from behind and held a knife to her. He then took her behind a trash bin near the Metro stop and assaulted her. The man is described as between 20 and 30 years old with shoulder-length dreadlocks. He wore an orange and black hat, an orange shirt and blue jeans.

— Dana Hedgpeth

Hot roll continues for state casino industry

After posting record-setting statewide revenues in March, Maryland’s casino industry had another massive month in April: The state’s four casinos combined for more than $71.46 million, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. It was the second-best month on record.

Leading the way was Maryland Live Arundel Mills, with nearly $56.5 million from slots and tables.

— J. Freedom Du Lac

THE REGION
Women attacked
in Maryland and Va.

In two separate attacks on women, one was raped at knifepoint Monday on a nature trail in Montgomery County and another was pulled into a van in Arlington on Sunday while jogging, authorities said.

The rape occurred on the Northwest Branch Trail, near the border between Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The victim was attacked by a man with a knife about 4 p.m. Monday, authorities said.

The abduction attempt in Arlington occurred about 6 a.m. Sunday as a woman jogged in the 3400 block of S. Utah Street in the Fairlington area, Arlington police said. They said a van pulled up and someone asked her for directions. The woman was then pulled into the van. She fought off the offender off and ran home.

— Martin Weil