THE DISTRICT
Single arrest made in four crimes, police say

One man carried out a small-scale crime wave last week in the Foggy Bottom and Georgetown areas of Northwest Washington, stealing two cars and committing two armed robberies, according to the D.C. police.

They said an arrest was made.

In the first incident, on Tuesday, a car was taken in the 1000 block of 24th Street NW about 12:15 a.m.

The next day, police said, a business was robbed at gunpoint in the 1300 block of Wisconsin Avenue about 11:15 p.m. The robber fled with cash from the register.

On Thursday, police said, a man confronted two people on the street in the 2500 block of K Street NW about 12:30 a.m. He took property from both at gunpoint, the police said.

On Friday, police said, the man took a car from the 900 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW about 3:30 a.m.

Later that day, police said, Sadek Mohammed, 24, of Northeast Washington , was arrested on a warrant and charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of car theft.

Martin Weil

The Region
Wet weather delays
parkway reopening

Three consecutive rainy days, in a rain-soaked month, in a wet year have had their effect on life in the Washington area.

In one of the most prominent effects, the National Park Service deferred its hopes of reopening one lane of the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Fairfax County.

On Friday evening, authorities closed the northbound parkway above Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) after a sinkhole was found there.

On Saturday, the Park Service said it hoped to have one northbound lane open for Monday’s morning rush hour.

But in a statement Sunday, it said that “due to rain on Saturday and Sunday,” it “now hopes” to reopen one lane in time for the rush hour Monday evening.

The Park Service also warned that the reopening schedule depended on the weather.

Sinkholes, the Park Service said, are common in the Washington region and often follow heavy rains such as those of Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, a little more than half an inch of rain fell here. On Saturday, it was a little less than half an inch.

On Sunday, the amount was around a half inch.

In the early days of the United States, it was decided to move the capital of the new nation to this area from Philadelphia. It was not known whether rainfall played any part in the decision. As wet as it has been here lately, Philadelphia, according to National Weather Service records, has been wetter.

Martin Weil