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Crime Scene: December 27, 2009 - January 2, 2010

Lanier pleased with DC's improvement in homicide cases

Not often is D.C. Police Cathy L. Lanier in a smiling mood when she faces the media to discuss crime in the nation’s capital. On the first day of 2010, however, she seemed almost giddy. “I remember my first year...

By Washington Post editors  |  January 1, 2010; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Cathy L. Lanier , Crime Statistics , Paul Duggan , The District  
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Notorious Montgomery killer dies behind bars

Convicted contract killer James Edward Perry, serving life in prison for one of the Washington area's most shocking crimes in the 1990s, died of an illness Wednesday at age 61, a Maryland corrections official said. Montgomery County authorities said Perry...

By Washington Post editors  |  December 31, 2009; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Montgomery , Paul Duggan , Prison Beat  
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Arrests made in 2 DC slayings

Two men have been charged with murder in unrelated homicides in the District that had gone unsolved for months, D.C. police announced Thursday. In one of the cases, a 23-year-old Temple Hills man, Jason A. Harris, was found shot to...

By Washington Post editors  |  December 31, 2009; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Paul Duggan , The District  
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Crime and justice in 2009: A look back

As we look ahead to 2010, we're looking back at some of 2009's most remarkable -- and, often, tragic -- local criminal justice stories. What will you remember? Read our archived coverage of 10 of our nominees for the year's...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 31, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Editors  
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Va. transgender inmate in solitary confinement

A transgender woman convicted of drug trafficking has spent six months in solitary confinement in a Virginia jail because officials believe she would be raped by male prisoners. Thirty-five-year-old Maria Benita Santamaria was born a man but lives as a...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 31, 2009; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Prison Beat , Virginia  
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Memorial fund to aid dead Md. girl's siblings

A spokesman for the family of an 11-year-old Salisbury girl who was found dead on Christmas Day says donations to the memorial fund established in her memory will be used for the girl's siblings. Rev. Bill Warren of Allen Memorial...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 31, 2009; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland , Updates  
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Burglar busted by 'beer can alarm'

A North Dakota man apparently piles empty beer cans by his door to serve as an alarm system -- and they work, according to this story: The beer can alarm was tripped overnight, waking the resident and leading to a...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 31, 2009; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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Judge quotes Ten Commandments when defendant cites God during sentencing

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Paul Weinstein, one of the county's most experienced, turned a defendant's mention of God into an opportunity for a stern rebuke in court on Tuesday. Ana Rodas, wife of Jose Alvarado -- who last week...

By Dan Morse  |  December 30, 2009; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Dan Morse , From the Courthouse , Montgomery  
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Man attacks two Fauquier deputies in courthouse: Police

An alleged bank robber shot a Fauquier County Sheriff;s deputy in the leg and stabbed another in the face at the courthouse in Warrenton on Wednesday afternoon, police said. The stabbing victim is in stable condition at a local hospital,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 30, 2009; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Virginia  
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Murder indictment against Pr. William shooter dropped

Virginia prosecutors have dropped a murder indictment against a bus driver charged in the slaying of a fellow driver. Forty-year-old Glenn Wade of Woodbridge was charged in the June 15 slaying of 32-year-old Darnell McPherson of Dale City. Both worked...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 30, 2009; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Pr. William  
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Authorities removed 28 dead animals from Fairfax home

Fairfax County officials today released a count of the animals found at the home of Megan Barber, 33, who Tuesday was charged by summons with animal cruelty and being an unfit animal owner. Authorities yesterday removed more than two dozen...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 30, 2009; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison , Fairfax , Updates  
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Man charged in Md. girl's death denies involvement: Attorney

An attorney for a 30-year-old Salisbury man charged in the disappearance of a girl found dead on Christmas Day says his client denies allegations that he harmed the child. Thomas Leggs Jr., a registered sex offender in Maryland and Delaware,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 30, 2009; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Maryland , Updates  
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One arrested, another sought in home improvement scheme

One man has been arrested and Montgomery County police are searching for another in connection with a home improvement scam investigators believe netted the suspects more than $500,000 for work they never did, authorities said Tuesday. Mario Ramirez-Cadenas, 25, who...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  December 30, 2009; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , Montgomery  | Tags: Leslie Alberto Irias, Mario Ramirez-Cadenas, home improvement  
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Va. trooper who saved toddler wins hero medal

A Virginia State Police Trooper based on the Eastern Shore is the lone area officer to be awarded a 2009 Carnegie Medal, which honors lifesaving acts in the United States and Canada....

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  December 30, 2009; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Heroes , Mary Pat Flaherty , Virginia  
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You want a tip? Hand over the money

From Oregon, here's a story of a man who police say drank at a bar -- then left, only to come back in and rob it: Invesitgators believe Crawford had been at MacEnzi's Bar and Grill, 262 Smith St., in...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 30, 2009; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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A special delivery: Guarding China's Terra Cotta Warriors

Sometimes even warriors need someone to have their backs. And when the warriors are 2,000 years old and a nation’s treasure, the protection extends to hovering sheriff's helicopters, highway patrol car escorts and local police cordons. That atop private security,...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  December 30, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Around the World , Mary Pat Flaherty , Offbeat , The District  
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Fairfax police investigate animal hoarding

Fairfax County police and animal control investigators have removed dozens of animals from a Mount Vernon-area home Tuesday following reports from neighbors of foul odors coming from the house, officials said. Police were called to the 3400 block of Ramsgate...

By Clarence Williams  |  December 29, 2009; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Clarence Williams , Fairfax  
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Four saved from Loudoun house fire

Loudoun firefighters helped four people escape a burning townhouse this afternoon, including a teenage boy who was on the second floor. The boy, who was brought down on a ladder, and one woman were taken to Loudoun Hospital Center's Leesburg...

By Maria Glod  |  December 29, 2009; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Loudoun , Maria Glod  
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Md. woman spent money, claimed robbery: Police

St. Mary's County sheriff's deputies have charged a cab company employee who said she was robbed of $500 of the firm's money but in fact spent the money herself. Forty-seven-year-old Sharon Milburn of Great Mills has been charged with theft...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 29, 2009; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  St. Mary's  
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Man attacked by citizens during car theft attempt: Police

A Montgomery County man is being held without bond on attempted carjacking and other charges after police said he tried to steal a Honda Civic from a 78-year-old woman walking with a cane -- an endeavor that got him attacked...

By Dan Morse  |  December 29, 2009; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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Police rule Arlington street death a homicide

Arlington police have identified the man who was found dead Tuesday morning on a county street as Carl Diener, 57, and are investigating his death as a homicide. Rescue workers found Diener, who lives in north Arlington, at 2:50 a.m....

By Allison Klein  |  December 29, 2009; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Allison Klein , Arlington , Homicide  
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Woman sought by Pr. William police found dead

The Prince William County woman who crashed her car into a tree and left an open container of alcohol and her 8-year-old daughter behind as she fled the scene was found dead Tuesday afternoon, county police said. Julie Ann Kroll,...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  December 29, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , Pr. William  | Tags: Julie Ann Kroll; 8-year-old daughter; left behind; felony child neglect  
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Md. stadium to be memorial for abducted girl

Law enforcement officials in Salisbury say the entrance to the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium is serving as a temporary memorial for 11-year-old Sarah Haley Foxwell. Police say the public can leave mementos at the stadium starting Tuesday. They ask that...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 29, 2009; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Maryland  
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Baltimore 2009 homicides top year-ago figures

Baltimore has topped last year's homicide total. Police say three slayings over the weekend pushed the homicide count to 235. Last year, the city recorded 234 homicides — the lowest total since 1988....

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 29, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Baltimore , Crime Statistics  
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Replica guns cause alarm in Loudoun

An Ashburn resident called the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office on Monday afternoon to report a young man walking through the neighborhood carrying a gun, Turned out it was one of the latest cases in which "airsoft guns," which look like...

By Maria Glod  |  December 29, 2009; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Loudoun , Maria Glod  
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Va. legislator battling State Police prayer rule

A state legislator is renewing his effort to undo an administrative order requiring Virginia State Police chaplains to deliver non-denominational prayers at official events. Del. Charles W. Carrico, a retired state trooper, claims the 2008 directive from State Police Superintendent...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 29, 2009; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Virginia  
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Md. attorney dismayed after conviction

Following an eight-day trial, a jury in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt took only two hours to convict College Park-based attorney Walter L. Blair of nine counts of money laundering and one count each of witness tampering, obstruction of justice,...

By Ruben Castaneda  |  December 29, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda  
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Man who fled Del. courthouse has area ties, police say

Delaware officials say an 18-year-old man with ties to the District slipped out of his handcuffs and escaped from the courthouse in Dover. Officials say Terrence Trottman was sentenced by Kent County Court of Common Pleas for violation of probation...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 29, 2009; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Around the Nation , The District  
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Man's body found in Arlington roadway

The body of a middle-aged man was found on 13th Street in Arlington early Tuesday morning, and police are investigating the death as suspicious, authorities said. Police do not currently know the man’s name, and they are waiting for an...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 29, 2009; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Arlington , Matt Zapotosky  
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In Florida, a sweet haul

A thief who stole a truck in Orlando also got away with $40,000 worth of cheesecake, according to reports. Or, a thief who stole $40,000 worth of cheesecake got away with a truck, acording to reports: Orlando police said the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 29, 2009; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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District man shot dead in Capitol Heights

A District man was shot to death sometime after his car was spotted leaving a Capitol Heights nightclub early Monday morning, police said. Ricardo Eugene Ray, 18, was leaving the Mad Chef Cafe in the 7900 block of Central Avenue...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 28, 2009; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Homicide , Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  
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Calif. cops test head-mounted video cameras

Police in San Jose, Calif., are testing head-mounted cameras to record interactions with the public....

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 28, 2009; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Crime, Seen , Technology  
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Funeral set for abducted Md. girl

Funeral plans for an 11-year-old Maryland girl who allegedly was abducted by a registered sex offender have been set. The funeral for Sarah Haley Foxwell of Salisbury will held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Wesleyan Church in Salisbury. Officials...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 28, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Maryland , Updates  
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Va. women's prison warden to retire amid questions

The warden at Virginia's largest women's prison is retiring amid allegations the prison discriminated against gay inmates and denied others access to religious services. Department of Corrections spokesman Larry Traylor says Barbara Wheeler is retiring as warden of Fluvanna Correctional...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 28, 2009; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Prison Beat , Virginia  
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Fairfax police search for 7-Eleven robber

Fairfax County police are searching for an armed man who robbed a Reston 7-Eleven early Monday morning. Police said the man went into the convenience store at 2303 Soapstone Drive about 3:30 a.m., displayed a gun and demanded cash from...

By Maria Glod  |  December 28, 2009; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Fairfax , Maria Glod  
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Man fires flare gun in emergency room

A man who fired a flare gun inside the emergency room at Prince George’s Hospital Center Sunday night was arrested Monday morning at a local gas station, police said. The man and his wife apparently came to the hospital just...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  December 28, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  | Tags: Prince George's Hospital Center, emergency room, flare gun  
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Man crashed stolen plane before it left the ground: Police

From the Associated Press: Frederick city police say a homeless man tried to leave town in a stolen plane but crashed the single-engine aircraft on a Frederick Municipal Airport runway before he ever left the ground. Fifty-one-year-old Calvin Cox faced...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 28, 2009; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Maryland  
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Crime 'in its place'

From Texas, a story about a crime recreation room police use to investigate crimes: When Montgomery County sheriff's deputy Celestina Archer opens the door, she enters a kitchen with a noticeably missing dishwasher. Then she walks by a half-divider wall...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 28, 2009; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Technology  
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'Give me the money and your best table'

From the UK, the story of a robber who apparently didn't want to flee the scene of a crime on an empty stomach: The 38-year-old is accused of stealing several hundred pounds after waving an airgun at terrified staff. But...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 28, 2009; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the World , Offbeat  
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