- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 6, 2008


Woman dies in apartment fire

An elderly woman was killed early yesterday in an apartment fire in Northwest.

Fire department spokesman Alan Etter said firefighters responded to the Van Ness South apartments in Northwest on a report of smoke in the 11-story building. They found the woman’s body in a bedroom of a sixth-floor apartment.

The woman was not identified and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

It was the city’s first fatal fire of 2008.

Northeast man found fatally shot

Metropolitan Police say a Northeast man found dead early yesterday was the city’s first homicide victim of the new year.

Police said officers responding to an unrelated call at about 5:35 a.m. were approached by a man who told them of a body lying on a sidewalk nearby.

Officers found Christopher Donte Lattimore, 26, of the 1400 block of Saratoga Avenue in Northeast.

Police said Mr. Lattimore appeared to have been shot several times. He was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, where he was pronounced dead. Police were asking anyone with information in the case to call 202/727-9099.



Small-plane crash injures pilot

A small plane crashed yesterday off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, and officials said the plane’s pilot suffered serious injuries.

Prince George’s County fire department spokesman Mark Brady said the Cessna went down in a wooded area just over the county line in Anne Arundel County. He said rescuers from both counties responded to the call, which came in at about 4:30 p.m.

Mr. Brady said the pilot was transported to an area trauma center by helicopter, and hazardous materials units worked to contain fuel that leaked from the plane.


Teens face charges after 1 shot by police

Two Prince George’s County teenagers have been charged as adults with assault and other crimes after an encounter in which one of them was shot by a police officer.

Police said the incident happened Friday morning after a man reported that his Toyota Camry had been stolen. Officer First Class Nathaniel Lewis responded and tried to stop the suspect. Police said Toddre Elijah Crestwell, 16, fled in the car and crashed it into a guard rail on Indian Head Highway.

Police said the teen then jumped into a Toyota 4-Runner that pulled up, and the driver of the 4-Runner accelerated toward Officer Lewis.

Officials said Officer Lewis fired his gun because he feared for his life.

Toddre and Hakeem Settle, 17, were arrested later in Fairfax County. Police said Hakeem was treated for gunshot wounds to the arm and hip.



Three dead in two house fires

Three persons died in two separate house fires over two days in the Danville area.

Charlie and Viola Thompson died Friday night when their Keeling, Va., home caught fire. Friends and family who gathered at the scene said the couple celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary last week.

Another person died and two others were injured in a garage fire yesterday afternoon in Danville. Assistant Fire Chief Odell Tate did not know the conditions of those injured in the blaze.

Officials are investigating the cause of both fires.


Metro fares increase today

Riding Metro is going to cost more money beginning today.

The Metrorail rush-hour base fare is increasing 30 cents to $1.65 per trip, and the maximum fare is increasing 60 cents to $4.50. Trips under 15 miles may increase as much as 75 cents per trip, but the maximum fare will not exceed $4.50.

There are no increases for off-peak rail travel.

Daily parking, which costs up to $4, will increase 75 cents. Metered fees will increase from 25 cents to $1 per hour. Monthly reserved parking will increase $10 to $55 next month.

Metrobus fares will remain $1.25 per trip if riders pay with a SmarTrip card. However, if bus riders pay with cash, the fare will increase by 10 cents to $1.35.

The Metro Board approved the fare increases last month. They are the agency’s first fare increases in four years and are intended to offset a projected $109 million budget shortfall next year.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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