5 injured in crash near high school

At least five people were injured, three seriously, when a car slammed into a tree Wednesday outside Eastern Senior High School, D.C. police and fire officials said.

The accident occurred about 1 p.m. at East Capitol and 17th streets NE. Details were not immediately available, but authorities said one vehicle was involved.

Battalion Chief Brian Lee, a D.C. fire department spokesman, said five people were taken to city hospitals, three with severe injuries, including an 11-month-old child. Officer Araz Alali, a police spokesman, said one person was trapped in the wreckage and another was found outside the car, lying in the street.

The police’s major crash unit, which handles the most severe accidents, is investigating.

— Peter Hermann

Army launches probe of recruiter

The Army has launched an internal investigation into the relationships between an Army staff sergeant and young recruits after he killed a 17-year-old soldier-to-be and then himself, officials said Wednesday.

Staff Sgt. Adam Arndt, 31, shot Rockville High School senior Michelle Miller, 17, before killing himself this week, police said. Friends of Miller told law enforcement officials that the two were romantically linked, all while Arndt was married to a former Army recruit who enlisted at the same Gaithersburg station where he worked.

The investigation aims “to assess whether we could have predicted that Staff Sergeant Arndt was going to do something like this,” said Brian Lepley, an Army recruiting spokesman. “It will include his interaction with all future soldiers at the recruiting station.”

Arndt was a former mentor for aspiring soldiers, while Miller participated in training sessions at his Gaithersburg station, army officials said. Miller was planning to begin basic training for the U.S. Army Reserve this summer, her father said.

Arndt married his wife, Kaitlyn, in June, her family said; the 21-year-old soldier is serving in North Carolina. The Army said it had no further information about her military service.

— Suzy Khimm

Queen Anne’s crash kills 4, injures 1

The Queen Anne’s County sheriff’s office says four people were killed and one was injured in a two-vehicle collision near Chester, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Spokesman Dale Patrick said the accident occurred about 4 p.m. Wednesday on Cox Neck Road near Jones Road on Kent Island, which is just east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Patrick said the four victims were in one vehicle, and the driver of the second vehicle survived. Patrick said the driver was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The condition of the driver was not immediately known.

The spokesman said speed appears to have been a factor in the head-on collision, which is under investigation. The identities of the victims have not been released.

— Associated Press

Fairfax teacher charged with bribery

A Fairfax County teacher accused of trying to pay off a school principal was arrested Monday, county police said.

Angeline Nkar, 38, of Takoma Park was charged with bribery after she left an envelope filled with an undisclosed amount of cash in the principal’s office at Carl Sandburg Middle School in the Alexandria area on April 3, police said.

Officials said Nkar, a probationary first-year instructor of English as a second language, was attempting to influence the principal in a bid to be reappointed to the staff or possibly be transferred to a different school.

Police spokesman Don Gotthardt said such bribery cases are rare in Fairfax.

— T. Rees Shapiro