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Crime Scene: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Robbery suspect in referee shirt strikes again

With the latest report out of Delaware on Friday, police now believe the referee shirt-wearing bandit who struck at two Zales stores in Maryland made off with more than $60,000 in jewelry during a spree that lasted about five hours....

By Dan Morse  |  December 4, 2009; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Dan Morse , Maryland , Updates  
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Wounded Pepco worker released from hospital

The Pepco worker who was shot in the neck while working in Northwest Washington Thursday night was released from the hospital, D.C. police and company officials said. The 52-year-old employee argued with a group of teenagers who hassled his maintenance...

By Clarence Williams  |  December 4, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Clarence Williams , The District , Updates  
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Police say suspects' shapes led to Montgomery capture

Here's an update to a post from earlier today: Turns out the distinctive measurement descriptions of two robbery suspects -- a man at 5'11", 150 pounds, a woman at 5'6", 300 --- led to their capture. "The significant weight difference...

By Dan Morse  |  December 4, 2009; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Manassas , Montgomery , Updates  
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That's 'Prince George's,' not 'Pee-Gee'

A rare and unexpected moment of levity occurred in a double-murder trial in Upper Marboro -- in Prince George's County -- while a DNA specialist was on the witness stand. The moment occurred in the trial of Lawrence T. Covington,...

By Ruben Castaneda  |  December 4, 2009; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Homicide , Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda  
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Survivor recalls gruesome attack in testimony

In a soft but firm voice, a young woman described how she watched as her husband was fatally stabbed and then, when the attacker turned the knife on her, played dead. Genea Simms Fountain, 22, testified Wednesday for the state...

By Ruben Castaneda  |  December 4, 2009; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda  
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Manassas Subway robbery suspects picked up in Montgomery

Sometimes the numbers behind crime suspects' lookout descriptions make for a distinct vision. Example: Male fugitive at 5'11", 150 pounds. Female at 5'6", 300. The pair was apprehended shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday by Montgomery County police. Authorities in Manassas...

By Dan Morse  |  December 4, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Manassas , Montgomery  
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Polo, booze, a bounced check and the Salahis

Add Montgomery County to the list of entities with problems with Tareq and Michaele Salahi. On Thursday, the county went to court to try to recover thousands of dollars from the Salahis for high-end wine and other booze they bought...

By Washington Post editors  |  December 4, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Celebrities , Montgomery  
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Descriptions of Alexandria robbery suspects released

Alexandria police on Friday released a photo of a man they believed robbed a 72-year-old man of his wallet as he was getting out of his car. Police think he had an armed accomplice. Police said that about 9:30 p.m....

By Dan Morse  |  December 4, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jailhouse Rock contest extended

Have you entered our Jailhouse Rock contest yet? If you haven't, there's still time. To make up for some technical issues earlier this week, we've decided to extend the deadline for submitting an entry through Monday. We'll announce the winner...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 4, 2009; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Updated report from Va. Tech shooting panel

The panel looking into the April 16, 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech on Friday released a revised report on their findings. You can download the document (in PDF format) here. Post coverage is forthcoming. In the meantime, share your thoughts...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 4, 2009; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Document Room , Updates , Virginia  
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Man tried to smuggle cocaine in a chicken, police say

Chicken a la cocaine? Federal officials say that was on the menu after a man tried to pass through customs at Dulles International Airport last Saturday carrying a fully cooked chicken....

By Washington Post editors  |  December 4, 2009; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jerry Markon , Narcotics , Offbeat  
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Police seek culprits in holiday light cord-cutting

Loudoun County authorities are searching for a grinch, or maybe two. On Thursday evening, a family on Frost Court in Ashburn noticed that someone had cut an extension cord that connected to their outdoor holiday light display. The same evening,...

By Maria Glod  |  December 4, 2009; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man repays owner of store he was to rob

From the Associated Press: A would-be robber in Long Island has paid a store owner back. Six months ago, a robber tried to rob a deli, but was instead turned away and actually given a loaf of bread and money....

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 4, 2009; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Crime, Seen , Offbeat  
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Threat to cut man's head off not that threatening, judge rules

The Associated Press is reporting that a Vietnamese immigrant in Richmond, who sent his congressman a bloodstained letter vowing to decapitate a U.S. consular official, was found not guilty Thursday of threatening a federal official and using the U.S. mails to make such a threat.

By Tom Jackman  |  December 4, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Tom Jackman , Virginia  
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Fairfax police release image of unidentified dead man

Fairfax County police are turning to the public for help in identifying a man who was found floating in Lake Barcroft Sunday morning. But in addition to describing him, they have released a modified picture of what he may have looked like.

By Tom Jackman  |  December 4, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax , Tom Jackman , Unsolved  
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Prison sentence for man who stole from cops

Nicholas Baccala started a business to raise money for Fraternal Orders of Police in the Baltimore-Washington area. But he wound up raising money for Nicholas Baccala. Baccala, 51, formerly of Towson, was sentenced to four years in federal prison Thursday...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  December 4, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Baltimore , From the Courthouse , Mary Pat Flaherty , Maryland  
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Police make arrests in Calvert home invasion

Police in Calvert County promised Wednesday that thanks in large part to a chatty getaway driver, they would arrest three suspects "in short order" after a home invasion robbery Tuesday in St. Leonard. Thursday, they revealed that they have made...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  December 3, 2009; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Calvert , Matt Zapotosky , Updates  | Tags: armed robbery, getaway driver, home invasion  
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Man caught with crack cocaine while hospitalized for shooting

Tuesday will not go down as one of Tyrone D. Herring's better days.

By Del Wilber  |  December 3, 2009; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber , Homicide , Narcotics , The District  
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Robbery suspect unknowingly sends self-portrait to victim

Here's a police spokesman who knows how to give a quote.

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 3, 2009; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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Fairfax detectives use DNA to solve 22-year-old rape case

Using the state of Virginia's own version of CSI, Fairfax County police made an arrest in a 1987 rape case after DNA evidence collected at the scene was matched to a Pennsylvania man. John Q. Kinsey, 49, has been charged...

By Maria Glod  |  December 3, 2009; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Fairfax , Maria Glod  
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Md. high schooler who died in crash buried

The funeral for Steven Dankos, 17, the River Hill High School football player who died in a weekend pickup truck crash, was Thursday....

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 3, 2009; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Howard , Updates  
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Video: Man arrested after allegedly punching Wal-Mart greeter

From the Associated Press: A 72-year-old Wal-Mart greeter was hopitalized after being punched in the face and seriously hurt in Pennsylvania....

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 3, 2009; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Crime, Seen  
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Watch the eggnog, hide the packages

What kind of crimes tend to show up more frequently during the holidays? Matt Zapotosky takes a look in a story detailing some of the things area police departments are doing in anticipation of seasonal crime: Police across the region...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 3, 2009; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Post , Matt Zapotosky , The Region  
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Few leads in case of slain construction worker

Fred Davis told Mary Herber when she was just 13 years old that he was going to marry her. And when Mary turned 18, he made good on that promise, convincing her to elope in the Upper Marlboro courthouse after...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  December 3, 2009; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime, Seen , Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's , Unsolved  | Tags: Forestville, Fred Davis, Mary Davis, unsolved murder  
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Senator Corker's daughter carjacked in downtown DC

The 22-year-old daughter of Tennessee's junior senator was slightly injured Wednesday night when two carjackers forced her from her sport-utility vehicle at a Northwest Washington intersection, police and the lawmaker's office said. Julia Corker, daughter of Sen. Bob Corker (R),...

By Washington Post editors  |  December 3, 2009; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  Celebrities , Paul Duggan , Personal Safety , The District  
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One for the 'naughty list'

According to reports, this elf wasn't part of the mall's Santa operation -- thankfully.

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 3, 2009; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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A Fairfax County dispatcher's last call

During Kim Joca’s long career, she has faced dangerous felons fleeing cops, unconscious infants being revived by CPR, fallen trees on power lines and even Elvis Presley threatening to sue a radio station. And she never left her Fairfax County...

By Clarence Williams  |  December 3, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Clarence Williams , Fairfax , Heroes , Internal Affairs  
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Dog attack victim details vicious ordeal

Lying on his back in a hospital bed this week, Orlando Romero walked us through what it’s like to be attacked by your own 120-pound dog that is a Rottweiler-Pit bull combo. “What came to my mind -- I was...

By Dan Morse  |  December 3, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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Personal foul: Man in referee shirt steals diamonds

Attention, brides-to-be and others hoping to see the good, serious jewelry this holiday season: If your man presents you with two diamond rings and asks you to chose – particularly if furtive glances are involved – you may want to...

By Dan Morse  |  December 3, 2009; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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Funeral today for Arlington worker killed on the job

Funeral services for James Bea, 59, the Arlington County employee who was electrocuted and died the day before Thanksgiving, are being held this morning at an Arlington church. Bea was a father, grandfather and Arlington resident who worked for the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 3, 2009; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Allison Klein , Arlington  
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Errant toilet search leads to firehouse investigation

An internal investigation into behavior that led to alleged improper bathroom use, among other things, has the ranks buzzing at the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. At issue is the night of Oct. 8 inside the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire...

By Dan Morse  |  December 3, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Fires & Fire Safety , Montgomery  
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Baby who overdosed on heroin was left with drug users, judge says

The Fairfax County woman whose five-month-old baby overdosed on heroin last summer had left her son with two friends, court testimony on Tuesday revealed, and her lawyer said she did not expect her friends to expose the infant to the...

By Washington Post editors  |  December 3, 2009; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Fairfax , From the Courthouse , Tom Jackman , Updates  
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D.C. Fire/EMS Medical Director Resigns

James J. Augustine, the medical director of D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, who helped steer reforms after the controversial death of a New York Times reporter, will leave his post at the end of the year. In a statement...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  December 2, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety , The District , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Hit-and-run driver got out of car, police say

Update on an item from Tuesday about the child injured in a hit-and-run crash: According to police, the driver of the car, 43-year-old Gerald Gerome Keemer of Lusby, actually got out of his vehicle and made contact with the child’s...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  December 2, 2009; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , St. Mary's , Updates  
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New directions ahead for Peaceholics co-founders

Changes are underway at the Peaceaholics, a community-based organization designed to reach out to teens involved in street crew activity. Ron Moten, one of the group's co-founders and one of the most visible front men working to stop youth violence...

By Clarence Williams  |  December 2, 2009; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Clarence Williams , The District  
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Judge: Michaele Salahi ducked $4,000 hair salon bill

In May 2007, Tareq and Michaele Salahi -- who may or may not have been invited to the White House state dinner last week -- were just days away from hosting their inaugural America's Polo match. Michaele Salahi called...

By Allison Klein  |  December 2, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Allison Klein , Arlington , Celebrities  
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Getaway driver flips on robbers, police say

A loose-lipped getaway driver has led investigators in Calvert County to identify three suspects who might be responsible for a home invasion robbery Tuesday night, authorities said. The circumstances of the robbery were pretty standard for a home invasion: three...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  December 2, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Calvert , Matt Zapotosky  | Tags: confession, home invasion, pain killers  
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Jailhouse rock: Enter our first-ever contest

In all the years I have covered law enforcement, I have heard all sorts of stories about jail guards slipping contraband to inmates. I've heard of guards smuggling food, even high-priced salmon, liquor and cellular phones behind prison and jail...

By Del Wilber  |  December 2, 2009; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber , From the Courthouse , Prison Beat , The District  
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Anger over noise may have led to man's death

A 45-year-old man in a tiny Frederick County town was charged with murder Wednesday morning after investigators said he shot his younger brother inside their house, officials said. Details were still emerging, but Allen L. Nichols apparently had become upset...

By Dan Morse  |  December 2, 2009; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Homicide , Maryland  
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Man found shot dead in Temple Hills

A 32-year-old man was found dead in Temple Hills early this morning, according to Prince George's County police. The man was pronounced dead at 12:13 a.m. in a parking lot of the Oxon Terrace Apartments in the 2500 block of...

By Dan Morse  |  December 2, 2009; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Homicide , Pr. George's  
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Mailing holiday cards? Avoid discount stamps

After a federal judge in Maryland sent a former Howard County postal clerk to prison for stealing $682,000 worth of stamps, federal authorities posted this warning: "Anyone who buys stamps at a discount should be on notice that they are...

By Maria Glod  |  December 2, 2009; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Howard , Maria Glod  
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RIP, 'Yorkie'

His mind starting to slip, one thing 85-year-old James Thomas "Yorkie" Yorkshire liked to do was take late-night walks, his nephew recalled Tuesday. Sometimes the Southern Maryland man would set out looking for people no longer alive. "I was trying...

By Dan Morse  |  December 2, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse , St. Mary's  
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A slice of crime

A Maryland teen was charged with assault and disorderly conduct after an alleged pumpkin pie-throwing incident: The juvenile was charged after the deputy witnessed pieces of pumpkin pie in the counselor's hair, according to police. You can read the full,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 2, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland , Offbeat  
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Loudoun murder suspect pleads guilty to separate crime

The attack on the Bennetts, who were out for a walk last March in Loudoun County, remains one of the most chilling crimes in Northern Virginia this year. On Tuesday, a Loudoun man authorities believe is the chief suspect in...

By Washington Post editors  |  December 2, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Loudoun , Tom Jackman , Updates  
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Break in case of Northern Va. Metro station thefts

Police in three Northern Virginia jurisdictions said Tuesday they are looking for a man named Butta Whack in connection with a series of auto thefts and break-ins, mostly near Metro stations in Northern Virginia. Kenneth "Butta" Whack, 18, is charged...

By Washington Post editors  |  December 1, 2009; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Alexandria , Fairfax , Pr. William , Tom Jackman  
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Cell phone store robbery suspect described

Montgomery County police have released a description of an armed robbery suspect who hit a T-mobile store Tuesday afternoon in Rockville: A black male, 25 to 35 years of age, 6-foot-1 to 6-foot-2, with a thin build, who was last...

By Dan Morse  |  December 1, 2009; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Robbery suspect may have hit same bank before

Charles County authorities are investigating whether a person suspected for a Tuesday bank robbery in White Plains might have hit the same bank earlier this year. Officers went to the BB&T Bank on Theodore Green Blvd. in response to reports of a robbery shortly after 10 a.m. A suspect approached a teller, passing them a note demanding money, authorities said.

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 1, 2009; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Updated: Four-year-old injured in hit-and-run crash

A 4-year-old boy was injured in a hit-and-run crash in St. Mary's County on Tuesday afternoon, police said. Police did not immediately release details about the boy's condition but said he was flown to Children's Hospital by a Maryland State...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  December 1, 2009; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , St. Mary's  | Tags: St. Mary's, crash, hit-and-run  
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Police: Md. inmate's death a murder

The death of an inmate at Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland is being investigated as a murder, according to Maryland State Police.

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 1, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison , Maryland , Prison Beat  
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Phone store worker bound, robbed

Montgomery County police converged on a T-Mobile mobile phone store in Rockville Tuesday afternoon after an employee there reported being bound during an armed robbery about 1:30 p.m., a police spokesman said. At least one suspect entered the store, in...

By Dan Morse  |  December 1, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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Chatter: Salahis 'should be prosecuted'

Ronald Kessler, chief Washington correspondent for Newsmax.com and author of In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect, took questions from Washington Post readers today in a live...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 1, 2009; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  From the Post , Reader Questions  
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Parked car caused $350,000 house fire

A malfunction in the engine compartment of a car parked in a garage caused Sunday night's fire on Prima Way in Prince George's County, authorities said today. Investigators ruled the fire accidental and raised the damage estimate to by $100,000...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 1, 2009; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety , Pr. George's , Updates  
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Gangs move to Twitter

New York City street gangs have moved some of their communication to the social networking service Twitter, reports the Daily News.

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 1, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Gangs , Technology  
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Male suspect sought in Manassas bank robbery

Manassas police are seeking a man they say entered a United Bank on Liberia Ave. around 2:30 p.m. Monday and demanded money from a teller....

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 1, 2009; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime, Seen , Manassas  
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D.C. juvenile chief leaving for New York

A change in the District's juvenile justice setup, as reported by The Post's Nikita Stewart: Vincent N. Schiraldi, whose advocacy of less restrictive detention for juvenile offenders was both commended and condemned, is leaving his post as director of the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 1, 2009; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , From the Post , Internal Affairs , The District  
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'Mules' or fools?

Check out this photo gallery of failed, if creative, drug smuggling attempts, from the Telegraph. It's got everything from cocaine casts to unwitting puppies -- and much more....

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 1, 2009; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the World , Offbeat  
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Armed robbers hit Calvert funeral home, bank

Why try to rob a funeral home? Here's a possible explanation out of Calvert County in Maryland from Monday, where two men apparently attempted to hold up Lee Funeral Home, in Owings. "We believe that they thought it was a...

By Washington Post editors  |  November 30, 2009; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Calvert , Dan Morse  
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Former Miss Maryland exits stage of criminal case

A former Miss Maryland USA caught up in a drug investigation was placed on probation Monday under terms that leave her without a conviction from the case on her record. Tia Shorts, who won the crown in 2004, was granted...

By Dan Morse  |  November 30, 2009; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Celebrities , Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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Two bad hiding places

Here's the story of a man from Birmingham, England, who evidently robbed a bank... then ran to hide in his house across the street... and hid the money in the house next door. Hapless crook Christopher Walker stole £25,000 before...

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 30, 2009; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nearly 70 cats dead in Fairfax County fire

A total of 69 cats and seven birds died in a Fairfax County house fire over the weekend, according to authorities.

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 30, 2009; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Fairfax , Fires & Fire Safety  
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Rolling into the annals of crime

Your chance to buy a piece of crime "history" comes this week, according to the Associated Press: A motorized bar stool that got an Ohio man arrested for drunken driving goes up for auction this week on eBay. Twenty-nine-year-old Kile...

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 30, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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What gives with Tiger Woods?

I started out this morning as I normally do, scanning headlines on my laptop to get an early-morning jump on the news of the day. The continuing saga of Tiger Woods andthe car crash at his Florida home caught my eye, especially when I read that police still hadn't talked to him about the accident after three days.

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  November 30, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Celebrities , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Local reaction to Wash. manhunt

The manhunt continues for Maurice Clemmons, the man granted clemency by former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and accused of shooting four Lakewood, Wash., police officers on Sunday. There were reports Monday morning that he was holed up in a Seattle...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  November 30, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Backdraft at house fire causes explosion, but no injuries

An explosion on the scene of a Sunday night fire in Prince George's County caused firefighters on the scene to be blown back as much as 20 feet and their helmets to be blasted off -- but no injuries were reported, according to authorities.

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 30, 2009; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison , Fires & Fire Safety , Pr. George's  
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Hard times, less crime in New York

A New York Times article makes an interesting observation: Unemployment has reached 10.3 percent in New York City, higher than it is in the state and nationally. The Bloomberg administration is weighing cuts from every city agency to help close...

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 30, 2009; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Allison Klein , Around the Nation , Crime Statistics  
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Laid off, but on the job in Va.

Some laid-off Virginia State Police workers are staying on the job as volunteers, according to an Associated Press article.

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 30, 2009; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  
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Six years later, no arrests in D.C. murder

The Washington Examiner has profiled a six-year-old unsolved killing in D.C. The victim, Wayne Walker, was found naked on his own living room floor: Authorities said they believed he had been dead for days. Walker's mother knew something was wrong...

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 30, 2009; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fresh, clean and busted

People steal all kinds of things, it seems. Here's one example, the story of a Florida man who, police say, needed to pay a drug-related debt and decided to hit a drugstore: He needed something to barter off his debt....

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 30, 2009; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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