- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 18, 2006


Free cab rides home set holiday record

A record number of St. Patrick’s Day celebrants took advantage of free cab rides home after the festivities.

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program said 580 free cab rides were given Friday from 4 p.m. until 4 a.m. to keep potentially drunken drivers off area roads. The free rides were offered in the District and in Fairfax, Loudoun, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Prince William counties.

The program has provided about 33,000 free rides since 1993.

Two suspects sought in Shaw killing

The Metropolitan Police Department is looking for at least two suspects in the fatal shooting near the Shaw-Howard Metro station.

Sgt. Joe Gentile said police found Ricardo Norcome, 35, with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and body in the 1700 block of Eighth Street Northwest at about 9:45 p.m. Friday.

Mr. Norcome, who lived in the 1800 block of Benning Road Northeast, died after he was transported to a hospital.

Police said they have found no connection between the shooting and one earlier in the evening, when an unidentified woman was shot in the wrist. The woman, who was in Northeast, was treated and released.



Blaze damages market in Anne Arundel

About 85 firefighters from three counties were called yesterday morning to control a fire that heavily damaged the Woodfield Seafood Market on the West River in Anne Arundel County. No injuries were reported.

The firefighters, including some from Calvert and Queen Anne’s counties, needed boats to bring the fire under control.


Brush fire burns about four acres

A brush fire burned about four acres yesterday in southern Frederick County.

The state’s Department of Natural Resources said no injuries or property damage were reported, but firefighters worked for several hours to extinguish the fire. An agency official said the fire burned about three acres of fields and one acre of woods.



Dozens arrested on drug charges

Authorities arrested 45 persons in Radford and Pulaski County yesterday on drug charges.

The Pulaski Radford Regional Drug Task Force made the arrests as it searched for about 90 area residents, including many suspected of dealing crack cocaine. A task force spokesman said tips from residents helped lead police to the suspected dealers.

The task force includes officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office; the Radford, Dublin and Pulaski police departments; the Virginia State Police; the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office for Pulaski County and Radford; and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


Four more arrested in gang beatings

Four more persons have been charged in connection with a series of assaults and robberies that members of a neighborhood gang videotaped themselves committing, police said. Five adults and seven juveniles have now been arrested in the case, and police are looking for seven additional suspects.

The videotape, police said, features a group of assailants beating the victims with objects, including a trash can and a bicycle, threatening victims with a gun and robbing them.

Rafiu Donte Johnson, 20, and a 15-year-old boy turned themselves in yesterday, police said. James Gregory Johnson, 19, was arrested Thursday, and James Wells, 18, was arrested yesterday after they were released from jail on separate charges.

Each was charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, malicious wounding and conspiracy to commit malicious wounding.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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