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Crime Scene: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

Tracker device finds woman with Alzheimer's

Here's a story from Montgomery County this week that involved a lost 78-year-old Alzheimer's patient -- and it has a happy ending. The woman was wearing a wrist-watch shaped tracking device provided by Project Lifesaver, a nonprofit based in Chesapeake,...

By Dan Morse  |  December 18, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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Naked Guy convicted -- but he is appealing

The Trial of the Morning raised the burning legal question: If you are standing naked in your own house and someone sees you from outside, are you indecently exposing yourself? Judge Ian O'Flaherty ruled yes, in the context of the...

By Tom Jackman  |  December 18, 2009; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Fairfax , Tom Jackman  
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Banita Jacks sentenced to 120 years

Banita Jacks, convicted of murder and other charges in the deaths of her four daughters in a SE Washington rowhouse, was sentenced to 120 years in prison Friday by a judge who said the case "will probably haunt me for...

By Washington Post editors  |  December 18, 2009; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Paul Duggan , The District  
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Doc charges DC government for poor patients who never got treatment

A District doctor was convicted Thursday of overcharging the D.C. government about $133,000 for services he never performed for poor patients, federal prosecutors said. Ehigiator O. Akhigbe, 56, billed the District’s Medicaid program for “invasive surgical procedures” and for “ghost...

By Del Wilber  |  December 18, 2009; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber , From the Courthouse , The District  
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Virginia v. The Naked Guy

Update: 12:43 p.m. It's over! The Naked Guy is guilty of indecent exposure inside his own house. Turns out he had been naked for several hours, and that's what convicted him in the eyes of Judge O'Flaherty. Prosecutors asked for...

By Robert Pierre  |  December 18, 2009; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Pr. William , Updates , Virginia  
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Chihuahua owners charged with cruelty

A Franconia couple has been charged with animal cruelty after its 1-year-old tan-and-white chihuahua named "Justice" was found to have many broken bones and other injuries so painful that veterinarians euthanized the dog. According to police, Crystal Stanislaus, 26,...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  December 18, 2009; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Alexandria , Fairfax , Mary Pat Flaherty  
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Md. task force suggests limiting use of Tasers

Police officers in Maryland should only be permitted to use Tasers on someone when that person's actions pose an imminent theat of physical harm to themselves or others, according to a report released Thursday by the Maryland Attorney General's Task...

By Ruben Castaneda  |  December 18, 2009; 6:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Maryland , Ruben Castaneda  
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'Thanks for the jail time'

The story of the Czech man who apparently prefers life in an Austrian prison to freedom in his own country: Radim Kopecky, 22, told the court in Korneuburg, Austria, that life in jail - especially at Christmas - was much...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 18, 2009; 5:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the World , Offbeat  
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Driver in fatal crash that injured soccer star had alcohol: Police

The driver of a car involved in a fatal crash that critically injured a forward on the U.S. national soccer team told police that she had consumed alcohol before the October accident, according to court papers made public Thursday. Charlie...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 17, 2009; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber , Virginia  
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See D.C.'s most wanted on cable TV

Maybe you're one of those amateur crime buffs who hates to miss an episode of America's Most Wanted or the latest murder mystery on Dateline. If that sounds like you, you can now add a new local crime show to...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 17, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Technology , The District , Theola Labbé-DeBose , Unsolved  
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Diamond salesman robbed in Tysons Corner

A diamond salesman from New York was robbed of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewels as he got out of his car Wednesday night at a hotel in the Tysons Corner area of Fairfax County, Fairfax police said Thursday.

By Tom Jackman  |  December 17, 2009; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fairfax , Tom Jackman  | Tags: diamond robbery; tysons corner; fairfax county;  
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Search for serial rapist difficult

Police in Prince William, Fairfax and Prince George's counties and Leesburg made headlines over the past couple of days with a news conference announcing that there's a serial rapist on the loose. The bottom line is they need your help...

By Maria Glod  |  December 17, 2009; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax , Loudoun , Maria Glod , Personal Safety , Pr. George's , Pr. William , The Region , Unsolved  
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Md. man made up robbery story to protect wife: Police

From the Associated Press: Police in Frederick say a man who was stabbed in the leg made up a story about being robbed to protect the real assailant -- his wife. Police say they were called to Frederick Memorial Hospital...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 17, 2009; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  
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Bedsheets for inmates: A reader, official discuss

An interesting question-and-answer between a reader and an official turned up in the comments section of a recent Crime Scene post about the death of a Montgomery County inmate. I've posted the exchange below. And I encourage readers to weigh...

By Dan Morse  |  December 17, 2009; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery , Prison Beat , Reader Questions  
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Photos of Pr. George's state's attorneys unveiled

For as far back as anyone can remember, hallways and some of the courtrooms in the Upper Marlboro courthouse have been adorned with portraits of former and current Circuit and District court judges. But there were no images of the...

By Ruben Castaneda  |  December 17, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda  
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'Vampire leader' jailed in Indiana

An Indiana man who calls himself a vampire leader was jailed for threatening a judge, according to reports: Prosecutors said Rocky Flash pleaded guilty to one count of intimidation, a class D felony, for threatening Judge David Certo and his...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 17, 2009; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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Reporter's query: District carjackings

Concerned about a recent rash of carjackings, some Capitol Hill residents have traded e-mails warning each other and reached out to police for information and guidance. I'd like to learn more. If you have been a victim of a Capitol...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 17, 2009; 6:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Reporter's Query , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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On tape, an alleged theft inside courtroom

Montgomery County courtrooms have played host to countless theft trials. Now, according to recent charges, a courtroom played host to an actual theft. The video, captured during a break in a civil trial, shows the alleged pilfering of a document...

By Dan Morse  |  December 16, 2009; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Dan Morse , From the Courthouse , Montgomery  
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If you have an iPhone, you have mobile crime data

In the Washington area, the popularity of crime text message alerts and police-neighborhood e-mail discussion groups hint at the public's demand for up-to-date crime information. Now, if you have an iPhone, you can get crime data on the go....

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  December 16, 2009; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Alexandria , Crime Statistics , Loudoun , Maryland , Personal Safety , Technology , Theola Labbé-DeBose , Virginia  
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Police looking for serial rapist

A masked man who raped two Prince William teenagers who were trick-or-treating Halloween night has been linked to a string of sexual assaults up and down the east coast that span more than a decade.

By Washington Post editors  |  December 16, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Fairfax , Personal Safety , Pr. George's , Pr. William , The Region , Unsolved  
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Beltway travelers rescue woman from burning Jeep

Several people the Prince George's County Fire Department is calling "Good Samaritans" pulled a 27-year-old woman from her burning Jeep Wrangler Wednesday morning after the vehicle was rear ended by a tractor-trailer on the Capital Beltway, authorities said....

By Matt Zapotosky  |  December 16, 2009; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Heroes , Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  | Tags: Capital Beltway, Good Samaritans, Jeep Wrangler  
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Pile of loot on Ford's hood leads police to men who broke into cars

Anne Arundel officers on a routine patrol spotted something unusual on Tuesday morning: Three men standing in front of a green Ford Escort examining a spread of cell phones, GPS units and a wallet on the car's hood. The officers...

By Allison Klein  |  December 16, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Allison Klein , Anne Arundel , Howard  
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Former Kennedy staffer charged with theft from Senate

A former office manager for deceased Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass) has been charged with stealing more than $75,000 from the U.S. Senate, authorities said. Ngozi T. Pole, 39, was indicted Tuesday on charges of wire fraud and theft of...

By Del Wilber  |  December 16, 2009; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber , From the Courthouse  
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Police to discuss serial rapist at afternoon conference

UPDATE: Readers who have been tracking this post should read our latest version here, then visit washingtonpost.com/local later tonight for the full story, which is still being reported and written. -- The Editors Police officials will discuss a serial rapist...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 16, 2009; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Fairfax , Pr. William , The Region  
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Montgomery man killed by Pa. trooper fired first: Police

From the Associated Press: A Pennsylvania state trooper says a Seton Hill University student from Montgomery County shot at him before the officer returned fire, killing the man and ending a three-hour standoff earlier this year. Tpr. Ronald Salandro said...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 16, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Montgomery  
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Herndon woman found in suitcase named

Herdon police have identified Minghua Zheng, 36, as the woman who was strangled and stuffed into a suitcase last week. On Dec. 11, Jamie A. Kuhne showed up at Herndon police headquarters with a note saying he had killed his...

By Allison Klein  |  December 16, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Allison Klein , Fairfax , Homicide , Updates  
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D.C. chief Lanier e-mails residents after officer's arrest

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, an avid user of technology, spoke directly to thousands of residents early this morning about the arrest of a D.C. Police officer on felony murder charges. Shortly after midnight, Lanier sent a note to all...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 16, 2009; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cathy L. Lanier , Homicide , Technology , The District , Theola Labbé-DeBose , Updates  
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D.C. sting nets drugs, guns: Report

An undercover sting run out of a fake auto body shop in Northeast turned up quite a bit of loot, according to a report from the Washington Examiner: Investigators took a former auto body shop in the Langdon Park neighborhood...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 16, 2009; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The District  
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Pr. George's double-murder trial ends with hung jury

For more than two weeks, jurors in the Upper Marlboro courthouse heard testimony and arguments in the state's case against Lawrence T. Covington, who was accused of stabbing two men to death and trying to kill a young woman during...

By Ruben Castaneda  |  December 16, 2009; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Pr. William , Ruben Castaneda , Updates  
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Salami sluggers duke it out in Germany

Two Germans were sent to the hospital after battling each other in a supermarket with ... salami. Seriously. The fight took place in the western city of Aachen when a 74-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman both laid claim to...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 16, 2009; 7:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the World , Offbeat  
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Md. man admits to theft of $400,000 in bus fare

Loose change adds up: Here's a criminal who helped pay for a Lincoln Navigator and a fancy house by stealing it. Maryland Transit Adminstration worker David Mark Pattawi, of White Marsh, admitted in federal court Tuesday that he stole $400,000,...

By Maria Glod  |  December 15, 2009; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Maria Glod  
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Man grabbed girl at Arlington school, police say

An intoxicated man approached a teenaged girl at her high school track Monday afternoon, grabbed her, kissed her on the head and would not release her until other students confronted the man, Arlington police said. The girl was not hurt....

By Allison Klein  |  December 15, 2009; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Allison Klein , Arlington  
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Appliance thieves hit apartments under construction

Maybe we should file this one under "Pickpockets Who Raised Their Game." Police in Charles County are looking for a group of suspects who broke into several under-construction apartments in White Plains and stole washers, dryers and ranges sometime over...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  December 15, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Charles , Manassas , Matt Zapotosky  | Tags: dryers, theft of appliances, washers  
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Inmate may have propped up bed to hang himself

The Montgomery County inmate who officials believe hanged himself Sunday was not on a suicide watch, and he propped a bunk bed on its end to gain more height from which he tied a bedsheet, the county’s corrections chief said...

By Dan Morse  |  December 15, 2009; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery , Prison Beat , Updates  
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Three candidates nominated for Fairfax circuit bench

A district court judge and two criminal defense attorneys were chosen Monday night by Fairfax's state senators and representatives to fill the three openings on the Fairfax Circuit Court. From a field of 13 lawyers, the county's delegation chose Fairfax General District Judge Lorraine Nordlund, 54, and defense lawyers Brett A. Kassabian, 49, and Michael F. Devine, 48. Their nominations now must be approved by the entire General Assembly, which typically does not object, and they then serve eight-year terms, to be approved and reappointed by the legislature at the end of each term.

By Tom Jackman  |  December 15, 2009; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax , From the Courthouse , Tom Jackman , Updates  
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Man touches teen girl on walk to school

A man in his 20s grabbed a 13-year-old girl as she walked to school Tuesday at 7:15 a.m., Fairfax police said. She was not injured. The girl was walking near Arcadia Road and Hawaii Court when a man approached from...

By Allison Klein  |  December 15, 2009; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Allison Klein , Fairfax  
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Md. inmate at large after fleeing pre-release unit

Police in Southern Maryland are searching for a Waldorf man who fled from a pre-release prison facility in Charlotte Hall Friday and remains at large, authorities said. Michael Anthony Toye, 20, was serving a three-year sentence for drug distribution and...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  December 15, 2009; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , Prison Beat , St. Mary's  | Tags: Michael Anthony Toye, Southern Maryland Pre-release Unit  
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Man wanted in Arlington stabbing caught in Md.

A man wanted for stabbing a woman in Arlington in November was arrested Monday at a local library in Maryland, police said....

By Allison Klein  |  December 15, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Allison Klein , Arlington , Maryland , Updates  
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Arlington police release photo of assault suspect

Arlington Police are looking for a 30-year-old Arlington man who allegedly choked and assaulted a woman inside a home on South Kemper Road Sunday at about 10:30 p.m. Errol Beckford is wanted for aggravated malicious wounding and abduction with intent...

By Allison Klein  |  December 15, 2009; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Allison Klein , Arlington  
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Police recount men's night in the cold woods with hot loot

Here’s a tough spot from which to explain yourself to police: Late at night, about 28 degrees, and they have just found you hiding in a thicket of brush and trees outside a house that has a bunch of stuff...

By Dan Morse  |  December 15, 2009; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery , Offbeat  
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Life sentence for Va. man who killed wife after Christmas lights spat

From the Associated Press: A Louisa County, Va., man who pleaded guilty to killing his wife after an argument over Christmas lights has been sentenced to life in prison. Louisa Circuit Court Judge Timothy K. Sanner sentenced Forrest M. Smythers...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 15, 2009; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Homicide , Virginia  
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Robbery suspect's full-frontal photo

Talk about a close-up. Sometimes security camera photos and footage seem as though they will offer investigators little help -- maybe it's a bad angle, or the suspect is wearing a mask, or the footage is grainy. Sometimes they are...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 14, 2009; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime, Seen , David P. Marino-Nachison , Pr. George's  
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New judge to hear obstruction of justice trial in Wone case

D.C. Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz will oversee the trial involving three former Dupont Circle roommates who were charged with obstruction of justice in the 2006 slaying of attorney Robert Wone, according to a ruling by Chief Judge Lee F....

By Keith L. Alexander  |  December 14, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Keith L. Alexander , The District , Unsolved , Updates  
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Maryland forensic sleuths to get stimulus dollars

Federal stimulus dollars will go to four crime labs where scientists are working to use DNA evidence to solve cases, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Monday. A total of $1.2 million in Department of Justice grants will be distributed between...

By Maria Glod  |  December 14, 2009; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maria Glod , Maryland  
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New Carrollton police chief cleared

The FBI and the Maryland State Police have concluded their investigations of New Carrollton Police David Rice and have cleared him of any criminal activity or misconduct, according to the town's mayor. The investigation began when Rice's subordinates went to...

By Washington Post editors  |  December 14, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Internal Affairs , Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda  
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Fairfax to get three new Circuit judges today

The Fairfax County delegation to the Virginia General Assembly is meeting today outside Fairfax City to interview 13 candidates for the Circuit Court bench. The state senators and representatives will then pick three people for nomination and confirmation at the legislative session next month, and the delegation's selections almost always slide easily through the process to jobs as circuit judges.

By Tom Jackman  |  December 14, 2009; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax , From the Courthouse , Tom Jackman  
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The burglars took nothing and everything

Washington Post editor Michael Bolden's home was burglarized earlier this month. Here is his story: The company that monitors my house alarm called shortly before 5 p.m. on a recent Wednesday. I didn't think much of it at the time:...

By Washington Post editors  |  December 14, 2009; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Personal Safety , Pr. George's  
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Obliterated fingerprints helped man elude capture

With more than three decades in the drug running business, William Wallace Keegan had to be pretty crafty not to be caught or killed. His secret, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration? He had all 10 fingers surgically altered above...

By Allison Klein  |  December 14, 2009; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Allison Klein , Around the Nation , Narcotics  
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Security camera installed on Rehoboth boardwalk

From the Associated Press: Rehoboth Beach Police Chief Keith Banks says he hopes a surveillance camera installed on the town's boardwalk will prevent crime. Banks says the camera on a light pole is near the end of Wilmington Avenue, an...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 14, 2009; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Region  
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Police identify man found dead in Montgomery prison

Montgomery County Police have identified Thomas Lee Miller, 32, of Rockville as the man found dead in his cell early Sunday morning in the county jail. He was found hanging from his bed with a bedsheet around his neck....

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 14, 2009; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Allison Klein , Montgomery , Prison Beat , Updates  
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Police impersonator strikes in Frederick

The woman wasn’t sure if she was speeding along Rt. 15 in Frederick on Saturday morning, but when she saw blue and red flashing lights behind her, she pulled over. She thought it was strange that the black Dodge Charger...

By Allison Klein  |  December 14, 2009; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Allison Klein , Maryland  
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Robbery victim's eye for detail could help police

What would you remember about a person who robbed you at gunpoint? Over the weekend, a woman who was held up on Key Parkway in Frederick recalled something about the gunman that may not turn up again in a thousand...

By Martin Weil  |  December 14, 2009; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Martin Weil , Maryland , Personal Safety  
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Stolen wreaths 'ring' in the holidays

In a story that has a little bit of everything, a New Hampshire court bailiff was caught up in a crime "ring" -- if you'll excuse the pun -- after it was found that the wreaths he was selling in...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 14, 2009; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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