D.C. police cruiser stolen, crashed block away in SE
Someone took a police cruiser for a joyride after a D.C. police sergeant left the vehicle running.

Police would not identify the officer who was responding to a 911 hang-up call at Fort Davis Place in Southeast D.C. shortly after noon on Monday.

The thief or thieves took the cruiser for a ride and crashed it about a block away.

The sergeant faces disciplinary action, police said.

3-year-old girl falls from fourth floor of apartment
A 3-year-old girl was seriously injured in a fall from a fourth-floor apartment in Aspen Hill.

It happened shortly after 9 a.m. Monday on the 3800 block of Bel Pre Road.

Montgomery County police Officer Janelle Smith said the girl or her 5-year-old brother may have opened to the window to look outside at the snow before the girl fell out. Family members were at the apartment at the time of the fall.

The girl was taken immediately to the Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, then transferred to the Children's National Medical Center in Washington. She remained in serious condition later Monday.

Fire at Bethesda hotel causes evacuation
A fire forced more than 400 people to be evacuated from a Bethesda hotel early Monday morning.

Montgomery County fire officials said the fire started in an electrical room of a garage at the Bethesda Hyatt Regency hotel, located at 7400 Wisconsin Ave.

Authorities said guests were moved to the nearby Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School while firefighters battled the blaze at the 390-bedroom hotel.

A contractor who was working in the area suffered serious injuries, fire officials said.

- Scott McCabe