- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 6, 2007

DISTRICT

Witnesses differ on shooting of boy

A 3-year-old boy was wounded Saturday night, but witnesses have given police conflicting reports about what happened.

Lt. Damion Taylor said police received a called shortly after midnight yesterday about a 3-year-old being shot about two hours earlier at a playground in the 3800 block of Hayes Street Northeast.

However, after interviewing witnesses, including several youths, investigators now think the accidental shooting took place in an apartment in the 3600 block of J Street Northeast. The injuries are to the child’s left hand and foot and are not considered life-threatening.

Police have not recovered a gun or identified a witness.

MARYLAND

BLADENSBURG

Man fatally stabbed in fight at IHOP

A man was fatally stabbed yesterday morning after a fight at an International House of Pancakes, Prince George’s County police said.

The man who died and another man who was wounded had gotten into an altercation with three other men at the restaurant, police said.

The first man died in a hospital a short time after police were called at about 3:45 a.m.

Police did not release the victims’ names.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 866/411-TIPS. A cash reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for the tip that leads to an arrest and indictment.

ESSEX

Missing boy found in county custody

While family and friends searched for a 9-year-old boy over the weekend, the boy was in the custody of Baltimore County social services, authorities said.

Department of Social Services spokeswoman Maureen Robinson said a caseworker picked up third-grader Gabriel Hudgins on Friday at Middlesex Elementary School.

His legal custodian and father, Woodrow Beahm, notified police that the boy was missing Friday night and family and friends searched for him until it was announced late Saturday that Gabriel had been found.

County police interviewed the boy and found him in good health.

Miss Robinson said parents and guardians are typically notified when a child is taken into custody or beforehand, but police usually are not notified. She said that the apparent miscommunication was “worrying” and that the incident will be investigated.

REGION

D.C. ranks first in ‘sun smart’ poll

The District was tops in the nation in a medical survey set for release today about its knowledge and behavior toward sun protection.

The American Academy of Dermatology polled adults in 32 cities across the nation, finding those in the District knew more about the dangers of sun exposure.

New York City came in second, followed by the Florida cities of Miami and Tampa and Los Angeles.

Seventeen yes-or-no questions was aimed at gauging which cities are the most and least “sun smart.” Chicago was last.

In the District, 66 percent of residents disagreed with the statement that getting a tan is healthy way to protect skin from sun damage, compared with 52 percent of adults nationwide.

Nearly half of city residents do not think that people look healthier with a tan, compared with 32 percent nationally.

Dr. Sandra Read, past president of the Washington D.C. Dermatological Society, said she wasn’t surprised.

“We have very highly educated residents,” she said. “But just because they’re considered knowledgeable about skin cancer and most are aware of it, that doesn’t mean they’re using or correctly using sunscreen.”

Dr. Read recommends sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 every two hours, sun-protective clothing and washing clothes in a special detergent that washes a sun-protection coating into the fabric.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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