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Crime Scene: December 6, 2009 - December 12, 2009

Police identify man found dead in Fairfax lake

The man whose body was found in Lake Barcroft in late November was a 24-year-old Falls Church man, Fairfax County police said today. Police named the man as Mario Enrique Sandoval Soto, of the 6000 block of Knollwood Dr., according...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 11, 2009; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison , Fairfax , Falls Church , Updates  
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Mother to face sentencing in daughter's death

A Prince William County judge Friday ruled that a woman who left her adopted 13-year-old daughter for dead in a frigid creek is not mentally incompetent and can be sentenced for the crime. Alfreedia L. Gregg-Glover, 45, has pleaded guilty...

By Maria Glod  |  December 11, 2009; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Maria Glod , Pr. William , Updates  
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Hit and run, stolen car feature in Loudoun chases, police say

A police chase that started in Clarke County ended in Loudoun on Thursday afternoon with a Gainesville man accused of felony hit and run, among other charges. Michael J. Star, 51, is being held without bond at the Loudoun County...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 11, 2009; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison , Loudoun  
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Double murder suspect testifies as trial nears end

In a surprise move, the man accused of fatally stabbing two men and wounding a young woman in an upper-middle class neighborhood near Upper Marlboro testified on his own behalf Thursday. He denied committing the crimes. The prosecution has no...

By Ruben Castaneda  |  December 11, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Homicide , Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda , Updates  
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Crime hits area Goodwill store, Habitat for Humanity office

Some bad things appear to have happened to some people doing good things in Maryland, where police have recently reported robberies at a Goodwill store in Gaithersburg and a burglary at the Habitat for Humanity in Lexington Park....

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 11, 2009; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison , Montgomery , St. Mary's  
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Sex offender, 100, prepares for freedom in New York

From the Associated Press: Everything that pedophile Theodore Sypnier has to show for his 100 years on Earth is packed in a single duffel bag as he prepares to begin a new chapter in life: freedom. It's a chapter that...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 10, 2009; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Around the Nation  
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Pr. George's firefighters recognized for service

Prince George's County Fire Chief Eugene A. Jones presented Emergency Services Awards to 49 volunteer and professional firefighters Wednesday night, recognizing their service in three incidents from 2009....

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 10, 2009; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison , Fires & Fire Safety , Heroes  
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Md. state trooper convicted of theft, misconduct

From the Associated Press: A Maryland state trooper who had been had been assigned to the Forestville barrack has been convicted of double-dipping by working private security jobs while on the clock. Attorney General Douglas Gansler announced Thursday that 36-year-old...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 10, 2009; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Maryland , Pr. George's  
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Washington women to toast D.C. Chief Lanier tonight

In December 2008, a group of well-connected Washington businesswomen held a reception for the city's first female police chief, Cathy L. Lanier, who had been in the job for nearly a year. Lanier shared her ideas with the all-female crowd...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  December 10, 2009; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cathy L. Lanier , The District , Theola Labbé-DeBose  | Tags: Lanier, Washington DC Police Foundation  
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Teen girl repels man with punch, police say

A 15-year-old Montgomery County girl touched by a man inappropriately as she was walking two dogs Wednesday evening chased him off with a punch and a shout, authorities said Thursday. The suspect was last seen in a dark-colored compact car...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 10, 2009; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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Raw video: Fatal Mo. shoot-out caught on dash cam

From the Associated Press: A dashboard camera recorded a shoot-out between a suspect and two police officers in Kansas City, Missouri, in which the suspect was killed in September. On Wednesday, the officers were cleared of any wrongdoing....

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 10, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Crime, Seen  
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A detective's fruitless investigation of Salahi theft claim

The more we learn about Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the couple whose appearance at President Obama's first state dinner turned into a national news event, the more we hear about people who've had contact with them -- and the results....

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 10, 2009; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Celebrities , Dan Morse , Montgomery , Updates  
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Police investigating armed robberies at Pr. George's ATMs

Police in Prince George’s County are searching for a group of suspects they say are staking out drive-through ATMs and robbing the people who withdraw money from them. Investigators are exploring several such incidents over the last few months, many...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  December 10, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  | Tags: ATM, robbery  
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One man suspected in eight Potomac burglaries

In one heist, he made off with more than $100,000 in jewelry from a home. He strikes during weekdays, and appears to avoid confrontation. Montgomery County detectives said as many as eight recent home burglaries in the Potomac area may...

By Dan Morse  |  December 10, 2009; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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Fla. woman assails boyfriend with raw meat, police say

In the latest news out of Florida, a woman has been charged with abuse of a disabled adult because she allegedly hit her boyfriend repeatedly with an uncooked piece of meat: The unnamed victim told police Egan repeatedly hit him...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 10, 2009; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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An invitation to make cookies for cops

If you make mouthwatering chocolate chip cookies or oatmeal crisps, the Maryland chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants your help. As part of its annual "Cookies for Cops" campaign, MADD delivers tins of homemade treats to police officers around...

By Maria Glod  |  December 10, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maria Glod , Maryland  
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Man accused of killing Md. inmate pleads guilty to lesser charges

From the Associated Press: The last of three men charged with murdering a fellow state prison inmate from Prince George's County has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in Hagerstown. Thirty-year-old Chad Cirigliano pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit second-degree...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 9, 2009; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Maryland , Pr. George's , Prison Beat  
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Md. man wanted in burning attack caught in Arkansas

A Frederick man wanted for allegedly dousing a man with gasoline and setting him on fire was caught by police on Wednesday in Little Rock, Ark., authorities said. Joshua J. Mashburn, 26, was wanted by the Frederick County Bureau of...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 9, 2009; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , David P. Marino-Nachison , Fires & Fire Safety , Maryland , Updates  
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Gun jammed in Virginia college shooting

The high-powered hunting rifle used Tuesday in the shooting at Northern Virginia Community College jammed when the gunman tried to fire a third shot, said Maj. Ray Colgan, assistant police chief for criminal investigations in Prince Wiliam County. Police allege...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  December 9, 2009; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Clarence Williams , Mary Pat Flaherty , Pr. William , Tom Jackman , Updates  
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In Green vs. Green battle, the bats win

In a court fight that pitted wind energy against endangered bats, the bats won. A federal judge in Maryland has halted expansion of the Beech Ridge Wind Farm in West Virginia, ruling the massive turbines are likely to kill endangered...

By Maria Glod  |  December 9, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Maria Glod  
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Facing investigation, head of FBI's D.C. office to retire

The head of the FBI's Washington field office is retiring amid an investigation into whether he violated rules while taking an examination earlier this year, according to an article by The Post's Carrie Johnson. According to sources: Persichini had been...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 9, 2009; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Post , Internal Affairs , The District  
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Jailhouse Rock contest winners selected

You can lock it up -- the winner of The Crime Scene's first-ever contest, in which we asked readers to create a five-song playlist of tunes an FBI agent might put on an inmate's iPhod, has been selected. We selected...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 9, 2009; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Manassas students in school bus accident

Four students were taken to Prince William Hospital on Wednesday morning after a driver hit a Manassas school bus headed to Metz Middle School, authorities said. There were no obvious injuries, according to a press release from the Manassas police....

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 9, 2009; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison , Manassas , Pr. William  
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Veteran judge cracks Tiger joke at portrait presentation

The District’s federal court was packed Tuesday for the rather quirky judicial tradition of a judge unveiling and presenting his own portrait to his fellow jurists. Those in attendance, including Attorney General Eric Holder, were honoring James Robertson, 71, who...

By Del Wilber  |  December 9, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber , From the Courthouse  
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Men who report robbery busted for growing pot

Sometimes, it seems, it doesn't pay to report a crime to the police. Here's one example, out of Florida, where some folks reported a robbery: When deputies arrived, the people inside the house told them they had been robbed —...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 9, 2009; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Narcotics , Offbeat  
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Maryland gets new chief public defender

Four months after controversy led to the ouster of its chief, the Maryland government agency that provides legal defense to poor people has a new leader. He is Paul DeWolfe, who has held a similar, albeit smaller, position in Montgomery...

By Dan Morse  |  December 9, 2009; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Internal Affairs , Maryland , Montgomery  
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British offer civilians chance to investigate crimes

On television and in novels, amateur detectives solve lots of murders. Now, it seems, the British appear to be offering so-called "civilians" a chance to do it in real life.

By Martin Weil  |  December 9, 2009; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the World , Martin Weil  
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Video coverage: Student opens fire at Northern Va. Community College, police say

From the Associated Press: A 20-year-old student opened fire in a community college classroom in Woodbridge, Va., but did not hit anyone and was arrested in a hallway, police said Tuesday....

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 9, 2009; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Pr. William  
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Video coverage: Woman tried to cut out unborn baby, police say

From the Associated Press: A pregnant woman held for five days at an apartment in Suitland, Md., by a woman she met at a homeless shelter escaped after her captor tried to cut the unborn baby from her womb, according...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 9, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Pr. George's  
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Shots fired; man with gun arrested at NVCC's Woodbridge campus

Update, 6:50 p.m.: Police identify the alleged gunman as Jason Michael Hamilton, 20, of Baneberry Circle in the Manassas area. He is charged with attempted murder and is being held without bond. The intended target was his math teacher, police...

By Washington Post editors  |  December 8, 2009; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Pr. William , Tom Jackman  
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Where to send donations for mother, newborn injured in attack

Several readers have written to ask where to send donations to help mother and child from this chilling story in Tuesday's paper. Here's what I have found out: Donations of money, clothing or other items can be mailed to or...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  December 8, 2009; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Document Room , Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's , Reader Questions  | Tags: Miracle Sky, donations  
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D.C. seafood wholesaler charged in rockfish scheme

The federal crackdown against the black market fish trade continues. Federal authorities announced Tuesday that Ocean Pro Ltd., a D.C. fish wholesaler, and two of its employees were charged with buying illegally harvested rockfish. The company, along with fish buyers...

By Maria Glod  |  December 8, 2009; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Maria Glod , Maryland , The District , The Region  
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Man first in U.S. to get single-drug lethal injection

From the Associated Press: Ohio has executed a convicted killer through the first U.S. lethal injection using a single drug, a longer but supposedly less painful method than previous executions with three drugs. Kenneth Biros was pronounced dead at 11:47...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 8, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Death Penalty  
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Man called in hit on ex-girlfriend: Police

A Maryland man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after St. Mary's County police accused him of entering into discussions to have his ex-girlfriend killed. Investigators recorded telephone conversations indicating that Oliver G. Malone, 32, of Hollywood, was "in...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 8, 2009; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison , St. Mary's  
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Does crime follow the weather report?

Maybe people steal what they need. Two days before Washington's first snowfall -- when the media were going nuts about the impending flakes -- the weekly crime report told of the theft of this item from a house on West...

By Martin Weil  |  December 8, 2009; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax , Martin Weil , The Criminal Mind  
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Gun found in D.C. jail may be part of 2003 scheme

Authorities recovered a handgun in the D.C. jail that may have been in the facility since at least 2003, officials said Tuesday. The gun was recovered Monday night "in a channel within a component of the inmate telephone units" during...

By Del Wilber  |  December 8, 2009; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C. Jail , Del Quentin Wilber , Prison Beat , The District  
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Millions in reward money for hijacking

As much as $20 million was offered as a reward last week by the federal government for four men charged in the District of Columbia in connection with a 1986 hijacking in which two Americans were killed, the FBI said....

By Martin Weil  |  December 8, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Around the World , From the Courthouse , Martin Weil , The District , The Region  
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Murder defendant's lengthy testimony frustrates his attorneys

From the moment he called 911 to report that his girlfriend was lying on the floor inside his Forestville condominium, beaten and unresponsive, Joseph N. Coleman wanted to explain himself to Prince George's County homicide detectives. That got him arrested...

By Ruben Castaneda  |  December 8, 2009; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda  
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Snow puts early end to weekend traffic enforcement

The Virginia State Police planned two days of inceased traffic enforcement on Interstate 66 for Friday and Saturday, but the snow restricted the effort to the first day. On Friday, troopers cited 149 drivers for speeding, 40 for reckless driving...

By Martin Weil  |  December 8, 2009; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime Statistics , Fairfax , Martin Weil , The Region , Virginia  
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Man arrested for alleged Christmas tree theft

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas tree theft -- in Indiana, at least. According to a report from last week: A 48-year-old man was arrested early Friday morning for allegedly stealing a Christmas tree while riding his bike...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 8, 2009; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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Pit bull shot by police in D.C. euthanized

A D.C. police sergeant shot a pit bull Sunday after the dog attacked a woman in Northwest Washington, authorities said, and the animal was later euthanized. The incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. in the 3400 block of Quebec Street NW,...

By Washington Post editors  |  December 7, 2009; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Paul Duggan , The District  
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Md. man doused with gas, set on fire: Police

From the Associated Press: Police say a Frederick man is in critical condition at a Washington hospital two days after an acquaintance doused him with gasoline and set him on fire. Investigators are searching for the alleged perpetrator, 26-year-old Joshua...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 7, 2009; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  
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Search for missing Virginia Tech student continues

The parents of Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student who went missing Oct. 17 are spending the holiday season continuing the search for their daughter, and keeping their appeal for her safe return in the public eye.

By Maria Glod  |  December 7, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Maria Glod , Updates , Virginia  
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Rastafarian inmates have spent nearly 10 years in segregation

From the Associated Press: Next week will mark a decade that at least eight Rastafarian inmates have been held in segregation in Virginia prisons for refusing to cut their hair. Virginia Department of Corrections policy requires men to cut their...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 7, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Prison Beat , Virginia  
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Exposed to "The Wire," Londoners confront crime

The Baltimore Sun has an interesting item out of London today.

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 7, 2009; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the World , Baltimore  
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Pregnant woman's attacker may have wanted baby, police say

Investigators in Prince George's County are exploring whether the Suitland woman who slashed a pregnant woman Sunday morning might have done so in an attempt to take the baby, authorities confirmed Monday. Veronica D. Deramous, 40, was arrested Sunday night...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  December 7, 2009; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's , Updates  | Tags: Miracle, attempted murder, pregnant woman  
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Destroyed or lost? More in the Pershing Park arrests saga

Pershing Park just won't die. Late Friday, the D.C. government released a report by a retired federal judge who investigated allegations that police or other city officials destroyed evidence that may shed light on the controversial 2002 mass arrests in...

By Del Wilber  |  December 7, 2009; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber , Document Room , From the Courthouse , The District  
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Police make arrest in stabbing of pregnant woman

Police have arrested a Suitland woman in connection with the cutting of a pregnant woman Sunday morning in Prince George's County, police said. Veronica D. Deramous, 40, of the 3500 block of Silver Park Drive, was arrested Sunday night in...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 7, 2009; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's , Updates  
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Flashing hazard lights lead police to burglary suspects

Note to burglars: when fleeing the scene of the crime, turn off your getaway car's hazard lights. Calvert County police said someone entered two homes on Quarles Road in St. Leonard on Nov. 30 and stole prescription medication and about...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 7, 2009; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Charles , Del Quentin Wilber  
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Eight firefighters injured in Pr. George's house fire

Eight firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a blaze that badly damaged a house in Prince George's County late Sunday, officials said. Authorities said the fire started at the two-story house in the 7000 block of Partridge Place in University...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 7, 2009; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber , Fires & Fire Safety , Pr. George's  
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E-mail enables debate between D.C. resident, police commander

A recent e-mail exchange on a public discussion forum between a D.C. resident and a police commander is an interesting example of something I've written on -- how citizens use technology to respond to public safety issues, and how law...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  December 7, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Crime Statistics , Homicide , Personal Safety , Technology , The District , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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