- The Washington Times - Friday, June 15, 2007

REGION

Homeless population on the decline

The latest survey of homeless people in the Washington area shows a slight decline over the past year, while the number of formerly homeless in permanent housing is on the rise.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments said researchers found about 11,700 people living in shelters or on the streets in the region, a 3 percent reduction from last year’s tally. It is also the first drop in the count since 2004.

The survey also found that almost 4,700 formerly homeless people are living in permanent housing programs, up 37 percent since 2004.

DISTRICT

Smelly package draws bomb squad

A foul-smelling package that led to the evacuation of a post office next to the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum contained two cans of spinach and a dirty diaper, authorities said.

“No wonder it smelled,” said Deborah Yackley, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service. “I don’t know why it was being mailed.”

A postal worker alerted police shortly before 11 a.m. after getting a whiff of the package sitting on a counter with no one around to claim it, authorities said. The package had no postage and no address.

D.C. police bomb technicians X-rayed the package and a hazardous materials team inspected it before determining that it contained nothing dangerous. The evacuation lasted several hours.

Teen charged with killing boy, 13

A teenager from Northeast has been charged with second-degree murder in the drive-by shooting of 13-year-old Terry Cutchin.

Domenic Denzell Bonds, 16, of the 1800 block of Bryant Street was arrested at his home at about 1:50 a.m. yesterday He is charged as an adult.

The victim was shot at about 10:20 p.m. June 2 as he was walking in the 1400 block of Girard Street Northwest. A 23-year-old man who was injured in the same incident has been recovering from a gunshot wound to the arm.

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