THE DISTRICT
Chickens found with slit throats in park

A person walking along an isolated path in Rock Creek Park on Tuesday afternoon discovered the carcasses of eight chickens and roosters with their throats cut in what police say may be part of a ritualistic killing.

Sgt. Lelani Woods, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Park Police, said the uniform way each bird was killed is leading investigators to believe the killings were part of a cult practice. The bodies were turned over to animal control officers.

The discovery was made about 3 p.m. in an area of the park north of the 3500 block of 17th Street NW, near an area called Piney Branch Park. Woods said police believe the birds were killed elsewhere and dumped along a makeshift path sometime before snow started to fall Tuesday morning. Woods said the path is not in an area typically traveled by visitors.

— Peter Hermann

Maryland
Suspect identified in robbery of elderly pair

An 87-year-old man and his 73-year-old girlfriend were the victims last year of a home-invasion robbery in Anne Arundel County, county police said.

On Tuesday, the police said that DNA evidence has led them to a suspect and that a warrant for a Baltimore man has been issued.

The robbery occurred Oct. 18. They said three intruders forced their way into the home and assaulted the victims. They then ransacked the home and took money, a television set and other items. The victims were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said .

— Martin Weil

THE REGION
Schedule changes for Metrobus to begin

Metrobus schedules will change for dozens of routes across the region starting Sunday.

Metro is introducing a new route that will provide additional connections between Fort Drum and the Southern Avenue Metro station. Riders also will see changes in the McLean-Crystal City line, the North Capitol Street line and in some routes serving Laurel in Prince George’s County.

District riders will have to pay attention when boarding the No. 80 bus at Fort Totten. During most weekday hours, every other trip will end at McPherson Square.

The new W1 route, Shipley Terrace-Fort Drum, will provide service between Fort Drum, the Shops at Park Village, The Arc, Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, the Congress Heights Metro station and the Southern Avenue Metro station.

Weekday service will be increased on the W4 route, Deanwood-Alabama Avenue. In Maryland, Metro is extending service on Route 89 in Laurel.

— Luz Lazo