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Crime Scene: November 15, 2009 - November 21, 2009

When reality (TV) sets in

It seems an interior designer in California thought he could "double dip," working in his field while also claiming disability. But he was caught in part because he was spotted working on a reality show on HGTV: Hunt continued working...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 21, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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Nation's top cop helps swear in a friend

It's not every day that the top law enforcement officer in the United States personally attends the swearing-in ceremony for one of the nation's 93 U.S. attorneys. Not until Eric H. Holder Jr. became attorney general, that is. On Friday...

By Washington Post editors  | November 20, 2009; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Alexandria, From the Courthouse, Jerry Markon, Virginia  
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Quick, to the getaway canoe

Fairfax County police believe they captured a man this week who repeatedly broke into a Reston liquor store after they arrested him fleeing across Lake Thoreau in a canoe.

By Tom Jackman  | November 20, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Fairfax, Tom Jackman  
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Nine-year-old Oscar laid to rest

OSCAR FERNANDO FUENTES Febrero 17, 2000 - Noviembre 14, 2009 Almost a week after the fourth-grader was shot in his family's Columbia Heights apartment, killed by a bullet fired blindly through the door by a robber in the hallway, mourners...

By Washington Post editors  | November 20, 2009; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Paul Duggan, The District  
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Culosi's police shooting case languishing in federal court

Fairfax County police officers have killed nine people since 2006. Two of them were unarmed: David Masters, killed last week on Route 1, and optometrist Sal Culosi. His family's lawsuit against the Fairfax police is still pending, and his father called with an update.

By Tom Jackman  | November 20, 2009; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Fairfax, Police Shootings, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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Taxi scam, an advertising firm and a trip to El Salvador

Since federal agents raided the offices of Ted G. Loza, chief of staff to Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), in September, there has been speculation about why authorities were seeking documents related to a small advertising firm and Fiesta...

By Del Wilber  | November 20, 2009; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, The District  
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Chicken wings, fries and armed robbery

On a recent night in Charles County, three teenagers went out to a Waldorf-area neighborhood looking for someone to rob. When they couldn't "catch somebody slippin,' " one of the teens later told investigators, they decided to call and see...

By Matt Zapotosky  | November 20, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Charles, Matt Zapotosky  | Tags:  armed robbery; Goodies; chicken wings  
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Police: Please return dead veteran's urn, ashes

A week after the cremated remains of a decorated Korean War veteran were stolen from a van near the Mall, U.S. Park Police on Thursday released a photo of the bronze urn and urged whoever stole it to help ease...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 20, 2009; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Arlington, Paul Duggan, The District  
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Social networking for criminals?

Turns out the bad guys are using social networking sites too. Francisco Ortiz, who Maryland authorities say is a member of the violent Latin Kings street gang, allegedly told his fellow gang members to clean up their MySpace pages in...

By Maria Glod  | November 20, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Maria Glod, Maryland  
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Md. lobbyist with 7 drunk driving convictions is not alone, report says.

Several readers expressed outrage today at the sentence imposed on Maryland lobbyist David A. Jacobs for his seventh drunk driving conviction. After 36 days in jail, Jacobs -- who has represented the Prince George's County Council and sheriff in Annapolis...

By Washington Post editors  | November 19, 2009; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  
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A year later, no answers in triple murder

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of one of Fairfax County's most shocking unsolved murders, the triple homicide of Terence J. Strope, 38, his brother Ryan C. Strope, 26, and their friend Andres A. Yelicie, 26.

By Tom Jackman  | November 19, 2009; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax, Tom Jackman, Unsolved, Updates  
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Pantsless man, stolen car

Arlington Police found an intoxicated man alone in a stolen Honda Monday night. That's not all that unusual. But the guy was naked from the waist down. That's not as common....

By Washington Post editors  | November 19, 2009; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Allison Klein, Arlington  
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Virginia's grim choice: lethal injection or electrocution?

A reader who commented on the story about Larry Bill Elliott's execution by electrocution this week wrote that they were unaware that condemned inmates "had a choice between injection or electrocution" as their means of death in Virginia. The reader,...

By Josh White  | November 19, 2009; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Josh White, Virginia  
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We, the jury, change our mind

Even after a jury has found someone guilty of a crime, they are allowed to change their mind and find him not guilty, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled.

By Tom Jackman  | November 19, 2009; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Stafford, Tom Jackman, Virginia  
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The man who cried 'bomb'

Already standing trial for making face bomb threats, what did James R. Condren do to attempt to get out of trouble? You'll never guess.

By Washington Post Editors  | November 19, 2009; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the World, Offbeat  
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Still looking for love, still in all the wrong places

Fairfax County's renowned serial bigamist, Charles "Ed" Hicks, who married seven women but only divorced five of them, is back in jail for another year after violating the terms of his probation following his first year in jail.

By Tom Jackman  | November 19, 2009; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax, Tom Jackman, Updates  | Tags:  ed hicks; bigamy  
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It takes a tragedy to get public officials moving

The gears of municipal government turn most efficiently in the wake of tragedy, when some horrendous event exposes a big city's inattention to seemingly small details. A child dies, and the neglect that contributed to it -- once inconspicuous, but...

By Washington Post editors  | November 19, 2009; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Paul Duggan, The District  
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Standing by his men

Will the Prince George's County sherriff whose men were involved in a controversial 2008 drug raid have to contend with political fallout from it during his run for county executive? Post columnist Robert McCartney shared his thoughts today.

By Washington Post Editors  | November 19, 2009; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Post, Pr. George's  
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Stop! Or I'll...

A good story needs no embellishment. This is a good story. This next homeowner is a force to be reckoned with. He's 91, he was buck naked, but he and his dog decided to go after a would be burglar....

By Washington Post Editors  | November 19, 2009; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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'First, swear you're not a cop...'

In the ongoing effort by criminals to outsmart the cops, we bring you the story of two alleged drug dealers from Fairfax County who insisted that their “partners in crime” sign a “contract” that they were not the police, according to a recent federal affidavit. The police gladly signed it. But they still arrested the bad guys.

By Tom Jackman  | November 18, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Fairfax, Offbeat, Tom Jackman  
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In Virginia's death chamber, a rare death by electrocution

Larry "Bill" Elliott, 60, was executed in Virginia on Tuesday night for the murders of a young Woodbridge couple in January 2001. The Post's Josh White attended the execution, filing this personal account along with his news story.

By Washington Post Editors  | November 18, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Josh White, Pr. William  
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D.C. quietly folds up police checkpoint program

Remember all the controversy over military-style checkpoints in the District neighborhood of Trinidad?

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  | November 18, 2009; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cathy L. Lanier, From the Courthouse, The District, Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Muhammad attorney: It wasn't about the book

Although serial killer John Allen Muhammad chose to represent himself at his 2006 trial for six sniper murders in Montgomery County, Baltimore attorney J. Wyndal Gordon volunteered to help the already convicted gunman, free of charge, and did so.

By Tom Jackman  | November 18, 2009; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C. Sniper, Tom Jackman, Updates  | Tags:  john allen muhammad; j. wyndal gordon; book  
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Letter carrier's snack break ends in arrest

When you think your home's been broken into, you really shouldn't go inside and look around. If you don't, though, you might miss a scene like this one from Marion, Iowa: Police arrested a mail carrier after she was found...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 18, 2009; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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Victim's family issues statement in police shooting

Fairfax County police still haven't issued any details about why David A. Masters, 52, was shot to death on Route 1 last Friday. His immediate family -- his parents, brother and two sisters -- released their first statement last night through attorney Jon E. Shields.

By Tom Jackman  | November 18, 2009; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Fairfax, Police Shootings, Tom Jackman  | Tags:  fairfax county police; david a. masters; police shooting; gail masters; jon e. shields  
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Introducing The Crime Scene

Today, we're launching The Crime Scene, The Post's newest blog. Each day, we'll bring you news, views and perspective on public safety issues in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia and around the nation and world. It'll be written by our...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 18, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Editors  
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Kaine won't stop Va. execution

Va. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) issued the following statement Tuesday ahead of the execution of Larry "Bill" Elliott, which is scheduled for Tuesday night. Elliott is a former military intelligence officer who killed a Woodbridge couple in their home...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 17, 2009; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Pr. William  
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A tragic shooting, a gripping photo

On Tuesday, the New York Post published a story about a teenaged girl shot in the head during a shootout in the Bronx: A 15-year-old girl was caught in the middle of a Bronx shootout while walking home from school...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 17, 2009; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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'Hand over the money, or I'll exhale'

The Sun Sentinel has a story about a suspected bank robber in Florida whose "weapon" was unusual to say the least: The robber is a black man of medium build with a shaved head. Though he has a tattoo on...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 17, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, David P. Marino-Nachison, Offbeat  
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Meet The Post's Crime & Justice Team

The reporters listed here often cover issues and jurisdictions outside the scope of their daily responsibilities. If you don't see what you're looking for below, e-mail us and we'll make sure it gets to the right person....

By Washington Post Editors  | November 17, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Editors  
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About this blog

The Post's Crime & Justice team covers your safety. Our reporters cover crime and the police departments in the Washington, D.C., area, the local and federal courthouses in The District, Maryland and Virginia, and national and international crime, courthouse and...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 17, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Editors  
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