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Tow truck driver injures alleged robber

A tow truck driver who was the target of an attempted robbery in Northeast Washington on Tuesday struck and critically injured one of the alleged robbers, according to D.C. police.

Few details were immediately released of the incident, which occurred shortly after 1 p.m. in the 1300 block of Kenilworth Avenue NE.

No arrests had been made as of Tuesday afternoon.

— Peter Hermann

Drug lab alleged in Columbia Heights

District police and fire officials evacuated a Northwest Washington apartment building in Columbia Heights on Tuesday after someone called to report an alleged drug lab there, according to authorities.

The building is in the 1300 block of Clifton Street NW, near Cardozo Senior High School. Police closed that block of Clifton, as well as southbound 13th Street between Euclid and Clifton streets Northwest.

— Peter Hermann

Driving gets easier for immigrants

A new law that will expand the ability of illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in Maryland is set to take effect Wednesday.

Under the measure, which Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) signed into law in May, the state is making permanent a two-tiered system for obtaining driver’s licenses that it adopted on a temporary basis in 2009 to comply with a federal law.

Illegal immigrants will be able to obtain a second-tier driver’s license if they meet certain requirements, including having filed tax returns for the past two years. But the licenses will not be recognized by federal agencies, so they are not valid for boarding an airplane or entering a federal building.

— John Wagner

Missing woman was struck, killed by car

A 71-year-old woman who was reported missing from the District the day after Christmas was struck and killed by a car on Suitland Parkway the next day, D.C. police said Tuesday.

Laura Townsend of Southeast Washington has been identified as the victim of the Dec. 27 accident in Forestville, in Prince George’s County, according to Officer Araz Alali, a D.C. police spokesman. Townsend had disappeared from her home on Alabama Avenue the afternoon of Dec. 26.

Police said it appears she was hit as she tried to cross the busy highway near Forestville Road.

— Peter Hermann

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