Lawmakers want to
rethink plan on Mall

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and six other local members of the House of Representatives asked the National Park Service Tuesday to reconsider its proposal to ban recreational activities on the grounds of the Washington Monument.

The legislators also asked the Park Service to reconsider its proposed increase in fees for use of its ballfields elsewhere on the Mall and in Rock Creek Park.

The Park Service said recently that it wants to permanently close the grounds of the Washington Monument to recreational activities and increase fees for use of its 28 athletic fields.

The battered monument grounds were closed earlier this year for turf restoration, and the Park Service wants that closure to continue after the project is finished next year.

— Michael E. Ruane

Man is charged with
first-degree burglary

D.C. police have arrested and charged a man in connection with breaking into nine residences from June through October in Northeast and Northwest Washington.

Police on Monday said they arrested Deaundrey Williams, 23, of Northeast and charged him with nine counts of first-degree burglary. The targeted residences were scattered from the Trinidad neighborhood to the outskirts of Capitol Hill to Bloomingdale and the H Street corridor.

— Peter Hermann

Boy, 3, left in vehicle
that caught fire

A 3-year-old boy was left unattended Tuesday morning in a minivan that caught fire outside of his day care in Northeast Washington, authorities said.

The boy did not suffer any burns but was taken to a hospital for "symptoms related to smoke inhalation," according to Doug Buchanan, a D.C. Fire Department spokesman.

The incident began just before 8 a.m. when someone called 911 to report a van on fire in the 5100 block of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE.

When fire crews arrived, they found the minivan on fire. As firefighters put out the fire, one of them either saw or heard the child in the third row of the vehicle, Buchanan said.

— Dana Hedgpeth

2 teens charged after
knife fight at school

Two 14-year-old girls face juvenile criminal charges after a fight at a Maryland high school that involved a knife, Howard County police said.

Authorities were called to the Oakland Mills High School cafeteria at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, following a report of the fight, the department said . The incident involved two ninth-grade students.

One girl had pulled out a folding knife during an argument and tried to use it on the other teen, according to the Facebook post.

The fight was broken up by two staff members at the school in Columbia, authorities said. Those staff members, who were not identified by police, suffered minor injuries and were examined by paramedics.

One girl was charged with assault, possession of a deadly weapon on school property and disruption of school activities, according to police.

Investigators discovered that the second girl had a folding knife, too. She was charged with possession of a deadly weapon on school property. Their names were not released because they were charged as juveniles.

— Sarah Larimer

Brothers are charged
with 2nd-degree murder

Two brothers were charged with murder after one of them allegedly stabbed a man to death in Manassas, authorities said this week.

Officers responded to the 9700 block of Bragg Lane for the report of a man lying on the sidewalk, Manassas City Police said in a statement. They found Elvin Ulises Reyes-Reyes, 24, of Manassas suffering from a stab wound, and he was pronounced dead on the scene, the statement said.

Reyes-Reyes was stabbed after a dispute with two men, according to the statement: brothers Erick Moises Romero, 27, who allegedly stabbed the victim, and 23-year-old Richard Gamaliel Romero Sorto, both from Baltimore.

Both men were charged with second-degree murder, police said.

— Justin Wm. Moyer