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Police investigate fatal shooting

D.C. police are investigating a fatal shooting in Columbia Heights.

Officers discovered the body of 20-year-old Marcus Robinson, of D.C., after responding to the 3000 block of 14th Street Northwest about 11 p.m Friday.

Police said a sports utility vehicle with at least two people inside was seen leaving the scene of the shooting. Police said the vehicle could be involved in the incident.

Man killed, 2 cops hurt in shootout

Two police officers were wounded and a man was killed in a shootout early Saturday in Adams Morgan, D.C. police said.

Police said a man fired a gun into the air during a brawl shortly after 3 a.m.

Officers chased the man, who opened fire on them. Officers returned fire and killed the man. His name and age have not been released.

One officer was shot in the back, and another was shot in the back of the leg. Both were taken to a local hospital and are expected to recover.



Man convicted in home-invasion killing

A jury convicted a Hyattsville man on first-degree-murder and other charges in the death of a woman during a string of home invasions, prosecutors said.

A Montgomery County Circuit Court jury deliberated less than three hours before returning the verdicts Friday night against Jose Garcia-Perlera, 34.

Prosecutors said he also was convicted on four counts of first-degree burglary and four counts of false imprisonment.

Prosecutors said Garcia-Perlera began a violent spree in September 2007 when he broke into the home of a 92-year-old Bethesda woman and hog-tied her during the burglary. Authorities said he then committed two similar attacks before fatally beating Mary Havenstein, 63, at her home in September 2008.

Garcia-Perlera faces life without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced Aug. 13.


Man charged with bleach assault

A Hagerstown man has been charged with throwing bleach on his girlfriend during an argument.

Charging documents state that Tavon Jones, 25, threw bleach on his girlfriend after they argued about money at their home in the 100 block of South Potomac Street Wednesday night.

When police arrived, the woman told officers that Mr. Jones dumped bleach over her head and chest. Charging documents state that some of the bleach went into her mouth and right eye.

Mr. Jones is charged with first-degree assault.



Car crash leaves 1 dead, 6 injured

A two-vehicle crash has killed one person and left six others injured, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office officials said.

Authorities said Hector Nunez, 19, of Arlington, lost control of his car around 10:30 p.m. Friday on North Lincoln Avenue in Sterling and crashed into an oncoming car. They said Noemi Orellana-Nogales, 20, of Sterling, a passenger in Mr. Nunez’s car, died instantly.

The 32-year-old driver of the car Mr. Nunez struck, a passenger and three children were taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Authorities said Mr. Nunez was speeding and lost control on a curve in the road. They said alcohol doesn’t appear to be a factor.

Mr. Nunez was taken to a hospital with serious but injuries that are not life-threatening. He has been charged with reckless driving.


Mild quake strikes western Virginia

Some western Virginia residents felt a mild earthquake early Saturday.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 2.6-magnitude earthquake shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Earthquake Information Center. The epicenter was about 4 miles west-southwest of Roanoke, in the Cave Spring area.

No damage or injuries were reported.

Earthquakes of that intensity usually do not cause much damage. Sometimes called microearthquakes, they often are only detected by seismographs and not felt by people.


Va. National Guard to aid flood cleanup

The Virginia National Guard plans to send 30 soldiers to southern West Virginia to help authorities there clean up flooding damage.

About 30 soldiers from the Cedar Bluff-based 1033rd Engineer Company will head to West Virginia Monday, according to a state National Guard news release. The group will be equipped with four 2.5-cubic-yard front-end loaders hauled by tractor-trailers and eight 5-ton dump trucks and is scheduled to remain in West Virginia for up to 30 days.

Recent rainstorms damaged or destroyed thousands of structures and caused mudslides and power outages. Mingo and Wyoming counties received federal disaster designation, which makes them eligible for federal assistance.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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