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Crime Scene: November 22, 2009 - November 28, 2009

Soggy suspect gets caught

A chase for a suspect accused of breaking into a car turned into a rescue operation Friday morning after the man jumped into Rock Creek. The man, who District police said had been spotted breaking into a vehicle in the...

By Maria Glod  | November 28, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Someone else's bird in hand

It had to happen somewhere: A man in Michigan was being sought by police for stealing a turkey out of a family's freezer: Susan Sobiegray's attempts to help a homeless man backfired this week when he kicked in her front...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 27, 2009; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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Fire in the fryer

My colleague Josh White had an interesting post last week about fire officials warning of the dangers of deep-frying a turkey. And lo, we find an example to prove their point....

By Matt Zapotosky  | November 27, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Matt Zapotosky, The District  | Tags:  Thanksgiving, deep-fryer, fire, turkey  
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Say, how'd you get that black eye?

A policeman in Illinois showed up at work with a shiner he said he got when he was attacked in a mall parking lot -- and then things got interesting: Soon, an email began circulating, which police say seems to...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 25, 2009; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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Detective's error prompts judge to toss out confession

A videotaped confession obtained by a Prince George's County homicide detective from a double-murder suspect has been tossed out by a judge, and an effort by prosecutors to have the state's highest court allow them to use the statement may delay the start of the trial.

By Ruben Castaneda  | November 25, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda  | Tags:  Prince George's County police, Prince George's prosecutors  
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The death of Sharon Moskowitz: Finally, charges in a 12-year mystery

Writing about crime can be grisly, sad and plenty of other adjectives that cause some people to steer clear of the topic. But for sure, crime is never dull. In fact, one of the most interesting moments for me as...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  | November 25, 2009; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Homicide, The Criminal Mind, The District, Theola Labbé-DeBose, Updates  
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Bittersweet ending in the serial smoocher case

Remember the serial smoocher? Well the story has kind of a bittersweet ending....

By Washington Post editors  | November 25, 2009; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime, Seen, Loudoun, Personal Safety, Updates  
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That's him, officer -- I'm sure of it

A sketch of a suspect that looked more like a child's doodle seems, amazingly, to have led to the capture of a murder suspect in Bogota, Colombia.

By Washington Post Editors  | November 25, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the World, Offbeat  
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When crime scene photos are too gory

Sometimes, it appears, crime scene photos can be too gory even for prosecutors who want to convince jurors that someone is a cold-blooded killer. An example arose recently when Montgomery County prosecutors explained a strategy employed during a murder trial....

By Dan Morse  | November 25, 2009; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Dan Morse, From the Courthouse, Homicide, Montgomery  
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Family sees pattern of clues in woman's disappearance

The second of two parts in Paul Duggan's excellent series about Pam Butler, the missing D.C. woman, can be read today: Romance is for younger folks, Thelma Butler said. Until she noticed a cluster of heart-shaped red balloons on sale...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 25, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  From the Post, Paul Duggan, The District, Unsolved  
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D.C. detective's family mourns a son and an open case

The mourners circled around the fire hydrant in the darkness of an isolated stretch of Central Avenue, the exact spot where Marcel Dessin died one year ago. But they held candles that flickered in a misty drizzle to praise the...

By Clarence Williams  | November 25, 2009; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Clarence Williams, Homicide, The District, Unsolved  
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Prison for Calif. anti-gang worker who worked for gang

A Los Angeles anti-gang intervention worker has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a burglary he admitted was done for the benefit of a street gang.

By Washington Post Editors  | November 25, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Celebrities, Gangs  
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Checking D.C.'s fire hydrants

NBC4 has a video that details the process used to check the status of D.C.'s thousands of fire hydrants. The report says 250 are checked each day. View more news videos at: http://www.nbcwashington.com/video. You can also see it on the...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 25, 2009; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, The District  
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Sometimes you just need a smoke...

What does it say about minimum-security prison when your inmates break out, commit theft and then return? It might be interesting to ask that of some folks in Tennessee: The state Department of Correction said two inmates escaped a minimum...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 25, 2009; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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No closure in slaying of D.C. cop's son

With a D.C. police detective as his dad, Marcel Dessin seemed an unlikely candidate to become the face of an unsolved street killing.

By Matt Zapotosky  | November 24, 2009; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, The District, Unsolved  
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Rising crime rate leveling off in Fairfax County

After two straight years of increases, the crime rate in Fairfax County may be leveling off, according to statistics released today that show a 1.7 percent decrease through the first nine months of 2009.

By Tom Jackman  | November 24, 2009; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime Statistics, Fairfax, Tom Jackman  
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A win for embattled Bethesda physician

Suspended Bethesda physician Eric Greenberg -- the subject of a mugshot that stunned even longtime police officers -- is on a bit of a roll. A Montgomery County jury last week overturned his previous cocaine possession conviction, two months after...

By Dan Morse  | November 24, 2009; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery  
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Greetings from the Pr. George's courthouse, jail

With this blog still less than a week old, I thought it made sense to introduce myself, my beat and some of the issues I'm covering. I cover the state court beat in Prince George's; I also write a lot...

By Ruben Castaneda  | November 24, 2009; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Pr. George's, Prison Beat, Ruben Castaneda  | Tags:  Prince George's County courthouse, Prince George's County jail, Ronnie White  
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A serial smoocher in Loudoun?

The first time the smoocher struck it was just after 9 a.m. Nov. 20. The man approached a woman jogging on Whitewater Drive in Sterling and held out his hand, as if to shake hers, Loudoun authorities said. The man...

By Maria Glod  | November 24, 2009; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Loudoun, Maria Glod, Offbeat, Personal Safety  
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Ohio lawman convicted in theft case

Barry Carpenter, suspended police chief of Martins Ferry, Ohio, was found guilty of charges of theft and receiving stolen property, as well as tampering with evidence.

By Washington Post Editors  | November 24, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Celebrities  
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Man wanted in two D.C. bank robberies

Police departments are always looking for someone. Here's the latest suspect D.C. police have their sights set on, and want your help in locating.

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  | November 24, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Crime, Seen, The District, Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Note to criminals: ATMs not as dumb as they look

If you’re trying to get away with armed robbery, it is usually not a good idea for your or your friends to use the debit card you just stole. It gives police an easy way to track your movements, and a lot of ATMs are monitored by surveillance cameras these days.

By Matt Zapotosky  | November 24, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Charles, Matt Zapotosky  
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Student convicted of murder starts his life anew

Students arrive on college campuses with all kinds of life stories. Mario Rocha's, however, is uncommon, as Daniel De Vise reports: Mario Rocha's first, spartan dorm room at George Washington University felt a little like solitary confinement. He should know....

By Washington Post Editors  | November 24, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Post, The District  
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Don't let your turkey deep-fry you

I've never really thought of deep-frying a turkey, but I know it's almost Thanksgiving because my e-mail inbox today included the annual warnings about the dangers of doing just that. Similar to the warnings about setting off fireworks on the...

By Josh White  | November 24, 2009; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Josh White, Personal Safety  
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A perplexing unsolved case in D.C.

Please take time to read Paul Duggan's story about the disappearance of Pam Butler....

By Washington Post Editors  | November 24, 2009; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  From the Post, Paul Duggan, The District, Unsolved  
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Bagel carts loaded? OK, let's roll

Albert would have been proud. From Orlando, the tale of the plucky bagel Einstein Brothers clerk: Sgt. Barbara Jones of the Orlando Police Department said the men tried to rob the restaurant, but one of the employees pushed a bagel...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 24, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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Blackwater lawyers reprimanded ... for not double-spacing

Defense attorneys for five U.S. security contractors heading to trial on charges of killing 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2007 got into BIG trouble Monday with the federal judge presiding over the case. No, they didn't leak classified information. No,...

By Del Wilber  | November 23, 2009; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, Document Room, From the Courthouse  
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Pr. George's police bring charges in triple murder

Two eyewitnesses. That appears to be the extent of the police case against Moises Medina, who was charged last week in connection with a triple homicide outside a Landover Hills strip club in 2003. According to police charging documents, one...

By Matt Zapotosky  | November 23, 2009; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Homicide, Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's  | Tags:  Moises Medina, Stardust Inn, triple murder, witnesses  
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Smile, you're (stealing) on Candid Camera

To a thief, those UPS packages sitting on a home's front stoop must be awfully tempting -- sort of the grab bag of larceny. You don't know what it is, but it must be worth something because someone took the...

By Josh White  | November 23, 2009; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Crime, Seen, Josh White, Pr. William  
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Cafritz will rebuild art collection after fire

The Post's Reliable Source blog has an interview with Peggy Cooper Cafritz, who earlier this year lost her historic D.C. mansion in a fire -- and whose Georgetown rental apartment was recently hit by another one. It was an unwelcome...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 23, 2009; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Post, The District, Updates  
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D.C. restaurant fire closes streets, empties building

A small grease fire in a downtown Washington restaurant caused a lot of noise and commotion Monday morning, but didn't amount to much. The fire broke out about 10:30 a.m. in ductwork at the Indian Express restaurant at 17 and...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 23, 2009; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Paul Duggan, The District  
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Evidence, delicious evidence

Here's a man caught on camera eating suspected evidence. (The newscaster discussing this clip can perhaps be forgiven for his joke.)...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 23, 2009; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Crime, Seen  
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These motions will not be overruled

It was an emotional and heavy retirement ceremony at the District's federal courthouse on Nov. 13. Nancy Mayer-Whittington, the court's top clerk, was retiring after 18 years in that job. Friends, lawyers, judges and court officials testified for two hours...

By Del Wilber  | November 23, 2009; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, The District  
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A 'skinky' smuggling attempt

Traveling this week? You never know who -- or what -- you'll be sitting next to on an airplane, especially if you're traveling through LAX: Michael Plank, 40, was detained by U.S. Customs agents after they discovered 15 live lizards...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 23, 2009; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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Hate crimes, D.C. police and the gay and lesbian community

It was a day of disagreement between D.C. police and gay activitists over how the department handles hates crimes, and whether the community is being served by changes to the Gay, Lesbian Liason Unit.

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  | November 23, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cathy L. Lanier, The District, Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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