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Crime Scene: January 17, 2010 - January 23, 2010

Defense official gets three years for espionage

A Defense Department official convicted on espionage-related charges was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday, prosecutors said. James W. Fondren Jr., 62, was convicted in September in U.S. District Court in Alexandria of unlawful communication of classified information...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 22, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Jerry Markon  
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Man arrested for January bank robbery may be behind others: Police

A Clinton man who has been charged with a January bank robbery in Charles County may be behind several others across the region, authorities said. Charles County Sheriff's Office detectives, along with U.S. Marshals, Prince George's County police officers and...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 22, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anne Arundel, Charles, David P. Marino-Nachison, Pr. George's  
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10-year sentence for day-care provider in shaken baby case

A Fairfax County jury on Friday sentenced a day-care provider to more than 10 years in prison for shaking a four-month-old baby, causing him lasting brain damage. The jury on Thursday evening convicted Trudy E. Munoz Rueda, 45, of felony child abuse and child cruelty.

By Tom Jackman  | January 22, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax, From the Courthouse, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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Body found near Prince George's courthouse identified

A body found the night of Jan. 14 lying in a road near the Prince George's County courthouse has been identified as Amile Haynas, 43, of no fixed address, said Upper Marlboro Police Chief Michael Gonnella. County homicide detectives continue...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | January 22, 2010; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Mary Pat Flaherty, Maryland, Pr. George's, Unsolved  
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Probation for legal secretary who ran exotic male dancing service

A legal secretary was sentenced Friday to five years of probation for using her law firm’s corporate credit card to finance a side business specializing in exotic male dancers. Jarriette D. Richie, of Clinton, was charged in September and pleaded...

By Del Wilber  | January 22, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, The District  
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Henson Ridge residents vent crime concerns to Marion Barry, police at meeting

D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 7) met with about 30 residents and employees of the Henson Ridge community in Southeast Washington Thursday night to discuss ongoing concerns about crime and a current of division between homeowners and renters in...

By Clarence Williams  | January 22, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Clarence Williams, The District, Updates  
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Anne Arundel inmate pleads guilty to setting fire at Md. prison

A state prison inmate has pleaded guilty to starting a fire outside the Maryland Correctional Institution near Hagerstown. Twenty-five-year-old Allan Clark pleaded guilty Thursday in Hagerstown to one count of malicious burning and was sentenced to 18 months in prison....

By Washington Post Editors  | January 22, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anne Arundel, Prison Beat  
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Howard jury rejects mother's suit against Baltimore officers

A Howard County jury has rejected a suit against six Baltimore police officers by the mother of a boy arrested in 2007 for illegally riding a dirt bike. Judge Diane Leasure sent the case to the jury Thursday after determining...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 22, 2010; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Baltimore, From the Courthouse, Homicide  
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Northeast D.C. man shot dead, police say

A D.C. man died Wednesday from an apparent gunshot wound, according to police, and the death is being investigated as a homicide. Officers found Keith Neal, 41, of the 1300 block of Eastern Avenue NE, suffering from what appeared to...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 22, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison, Homicide, The District  
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St. Mary's man charged with stealing incarcerated brother's identity

A St. Mary’s County man was charged Tuesday with stealing the identity of his jailed brother to obtain credit cards, a cell phone, a Maryland driver’s license and even a car, authorities said Thursday. Dennis A. Gingles, 43, of Lexington...

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 22, 2010; 7:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, St. Mary's  
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Loudoun Sheriff's Office plans community meeting

If you live in the Dulles South area of Loudoun County and you've got questions about crime trends or traffic problems, county authorities want to hear them. The Loudoun Sheriff's office is planning a community meeting on Monday for residents...

By Maria Glod  | January 22, 2010; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man broke into house then cut hair, took shower: Police

A Pennsylvania man is accused of breaking into a home -- and then showering and cutting his hair, according to this report: Police said it appeared as though [Jose] DeGracia had visited every room in the house. Kraus' family photos...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 22, 2010; 6:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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Today's public corruption more sophisticated, less 'cash in a bag'; FBI agent

Steven M. D’Antuono, an FBI supervisory special agent, is in charge of the local FBI office’s public corruption squad. His squad of 13 agents handles corruption cases ranging from involving small scams in the D.C. government to and high-level schemes...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 22, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber  
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Fairfax day care provider convicted of child abuse

A Fairfax County day care provider was convicted Thursday of felony child abuse and child cruelty, with a jury finding that she shook a four-month-old boy and caused him brain damage. A jury rejected the defense of Trudy Munoz Rueda,...

By Washington Post editors  | January 21, 2010; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Anne Arundel officer charged with 'sexting' with underage girl

An Anne Arundel County police lieutenant Thursday was arrested on charges that he exchanged sexually explicit photos with a teenage girl, federal authorities said. James Cifala, 47, of Edgewater, was charged with attempting to receive child pornography. He has been...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 21, 2010; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Anne Arundel, From the Courthouse  
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While searching for daughter, Va. girl's parents work to help others

Three months and three days. That’s how long it has been since Gil and Dan Harrington's life changed. On Oct. 17, their daughter Morgan, 20, went missing outside a Metallica Concert in Charlottesville. My colleague Anna Uhls and I spoke...

By Maria Glod  | January 21, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Maria Glod, Unsolved, Updates, Virginia  
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Appomattox Facebook memorials trump police, aid coping process

Teenagers, we are often reminded, can spread news faster than almost anyone else. On Wednesday, as police tried to keep the identities of those who died in a mass shooting in Appomattox, Va. a secret until next of kin were...

By Josh White  | January 21, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Homicide, Josh White, Technology, Updates, Virginia  
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Charges against Howard man involved in man's death dropped

All charges have been dropped against an 88-year-old Howard County man who was involved in an altercation that prosecutors say led to the death of a fellow assisted-living facility resident. Circuit Judge Louis Becker III ruled Thursday that Earl Wilder,...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 21, 2010; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Howard  
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Manassas police concerned about rash of bank robberies

Whether it's the bad economy or just the age-old adage that banks are where the money is, robbers continue to target Manassas area bank branches at an alarming rate. Manassas City police on Thursday announced the fifth bank robbery in the area since Nov. 12, a rash of incidents that is drawing serious concern.

By Josh White  | January 21, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime, Seen, Josh White, Manassas  
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Police may expand investigation of former Sidwell teacher

Detectives in Montgomery County who are investigating former Sidwell Friends middle school teacher Robert Peterson are looking to hear from anyone who may know "of any inappropriate contact by Peterson and a juvenile," police said in a news release Thursday...

By Dan Morse  | January 21, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery  
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Woman fought for justice after daughter's murder

The second part of Neely Tucker's two-part series about Carol Smith, the mother who lost her daughter Erika in a 2002 murder, ran today in The Post....

By Washington Post Editors  | January 21, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Post  
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Crowding at D.C. youth detention center draws criticism

The District's youth detention center in Northeast Washington, which is supposed to house no more than 88 juveniles, has had to cram as many as 156 into the facility in recent months, according to a report from The Post's Henri...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 21, 2010; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Post, The District  
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Bottle of vodka breaks open robbery investigation

Police officials warn that when you drink underage, you’re bound to get busted. They usually don’t mean busted for assault and robbery. That was the case, however, for a Charles County teenager on Tuesday. According to the police account, a...

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 21, 2010; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Charles, Matt Zapotosky  
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Burglars hit store four times in Jan.; What would you do?

A story set in Allentown, Pa., describes the trials of a shopkeeper whose store -- a downtown eye center -- has been hit by burglars four times this month. Give it a read and tell us what you'd do if...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 21, 2010; 5:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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Reward fund reaches $25,000 in death of Arlington man

As Arlington police continue to investigate the mysterious late December killing of Carl Diener, his friends have gotten together and raised about $25,000 in reward money. Diener, 57, of Arlington was stabbed Dec. 29 just before 3 a.m., apparently as...

By Allison Klein  | January 20, 2010; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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'Stop Snitching' video producer on trial in Md.

The producer of the notorious "Stop Snitching" DVDs is on trial in federal court in Baltimore. Ronnie Thomas, also known as "Skinny Suge," is accused of racketeering conspiracy. Federal prosecutors say he was part of a subset of the Bloods...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 20, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Baltimore  
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Police charge Fairfax teens with gang hazing, 'beat-in' initiations

When does a teenage fight rise to fledgling gang activity? When it involves attempted recruitment through a MySpace page and in "beat-in" initiations, according to the Fairfax Police. That was the department's contention Wednesday when it announced charges against three...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | January 20, 2010; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax, Gangs, Mary Pat Flaherty  
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Smoke causes brief evacuations at Union Station

An overheated exhaust fan motor produced heavy smoke and forced evacuations from the food court of Union Station Wednesday afternoon, D.C. fire officials said. Firefighters took about 10 minutes to extinguish smoky conditions after being called to the station at...

By Clarence Williams  | January 20, 2010; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Clarence Williams, Fires & Fire Safety, The District  
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Crime novelist, 'Spenser' creator Robert Parker dies

Fans of crime fiction may want to read The Post's obituary of author Robert B. Parker, creator of the Spenser series, who died earlier this month at 77.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 20, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Celebrities, From the Post  
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Montgomery apartment blaze likely arson: Fire officials

An apartment fire that led to the balcony rescues of four people in Germantown on Tuesday appears to have been set deliberately, Montgomery County fire department officials said Wednesday. Arson investigators think an unknown substance that aided the growth of...

By Dan Morse  | January 20, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Fires & Fire Safety, Montgomery  
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Post reporter discusses Appomattox shooting: Video

In this video, Post reporter Debbi Wilgoren discusses the arrest of Christopher B. Speight, who is accused of shooting eight people and downing a State Police helicopter in Appomattox, Va., on Tuesday. Speight surrendered this morning after a 20-hour manhunt...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 20, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  
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After a girl's murder, justice follows despair

The Post's Neely Tucker has a story today about Carol Smith, mother of a 9-year-old girl who was killed in 2002. It's the first of two parts.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 20, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Montgomery police probe deadly motorcycle, car crashes

Investigators from Montgomery County's crash reconstruction unit are examining two recent fatalities -- one involving a Ford Escort early Wednesday morning in Bethesda, the other involving a Harley Davidson motorcycle late Tuesday in Poolesville. In Bethesda, just before 1 a.m....

By Dan Morse  | January 20, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fredericksburg taxi driver dies after Friday crash in Arlington

A taxi driver has died after a single-car accident in Arlington on Friday, according to authorities. Driver George E. Woytach, 62, of Fredericksburg, was headed east on N. 10th St. at N. Highland St. when he crossed into the westbound...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 20, 2010; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Arlington, David P. Marino-Nachison  
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Robbery victim describes 'ninja' assailants

So were the people who robbed a Colorado restaurant really ninjas? Probably not, but that's how the victim saw them, according to this report: Sgt. Garrett Boden of the Longmont Police Department said the victim could only describe the robbers...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 20, 2010; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man recounts rescue of man pulled from burning car near National Cathedral

Boyish curiosity first drew Kevin McDonnell to the fire behind Washington National Cathedral Sunday. Something a little deeper drove him to pull a man from a burning car. By McDonnell’s own account, the scene was something out of a movie:...

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 20, 2010; 6:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Heroes, Matt Zapotosky, The District  
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"Numerous" dead and injured in Appomattox shootings

Virginia State Police said there have been "numerous fatalities and injuries" in a shooting spree in Appomattox County that also saw a state police search helicopter forced to land after being hit by shots from the ground, state police spokeswoman...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | January 19, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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D.C man who robbed Alexandria bank killed in La. prison

A District man convicted of armed bank robberies committed in Virginia in 2007 was stabbed to death Monday night by another inmate in the maximum security portion of the federal prison in Pollock, La., prison officials said. The death of...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 19, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Alexandria, Around the Nation, Jerry Markon, Mary Pat Flaherty, The District  
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Rockville man who had plans to kill Obama gets 5 years

Collin McKenzie-Gude, 20, who pleaded guilty last year to possessing bombmaking chemicals kept in his bedroom closet, was sentenced to 61 months in prison Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Greebelt. That sentence does not include an additional 17 months...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 19, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Dan Morse, From the Courthouse, Montgomery, Updates  
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Man claims snake in car; Calvert deputies find only cocaine

In rural Calvert County, the man’s explanation as to why he stopped his vehicle in the middle of the road might have seemed plausible: He thought he had spotted a snake inside and had to egress immediately. But neither passersby...

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 19, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Calvert, Matt Zapotosky  
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Calvert man flags down deputy, gets charged with DUI

Stephen D. Banik couldn't get his car started, so he did what a lot of people might do: He flagged down a sherrif's deputy for help. Banik got a lot more than a jump start, Calvert County sheriff's deputies said....

By Washington Post Editors  | January 19, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Three hurt in morning ambulance crash in Pr. George's

Three men were injured Tuesday when a vehicle and an ambulance collided at an intersection in Fort Washington, fire officials said. The crash occurred about 8:30 a.m. at Fort Washington Road and Indian Head Highway, authorities said. The circumstances remain...

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 19, 2010; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's  
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Tasers are a law enforcement staple worldwide

As my colleague Maria Glod wrote today, Arlington County police are investigating the death of a suspect who died in their custody Sunday night after a police officer used a Taser to subdue him. Glancing over the many comments on...

By Josh White  | January 19, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Arlington, From the Post, Josh White, Maria Glod  
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Md. men used dead man's identity to collect money, credit card debt

Jerome Malecki used to do odd jobs and mow the lawn for the retiree who lived next door to his Harford County, Md., home. But when the neighbor died in 2004, Malecki stole tens of thousands of dollars from the...

By Maria Glod  | January 19, 2010; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Drugs, weapons seized from couple charged with Pr. William dealings

Twenty firearms, a ballistic vest, thousands of rounds of ammunition, cocaine and approximately $7,000 in cash were seized from the home of an Orange County man who had been selling drugs in Prince William, police said. Gregory S. Ratliff, 30,...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | January 19, 2010; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Mary Pat Flaherty, Narcotics, Pr. William  
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Burglars hitting U. Va. students, then pawnshops: Police

Thieves in Charlottesville have made off with more than $100,000 worth of jewelry, electronics and other items belonging mostly to college students. Lt. Gary Pleasants said Charlottesville police have investigated 58 burglaries since June, mostly in homes where college students...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 19, 2010; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Arlington woman dies in parking garage accident

An 86-year-old woman died in a single-car accident in a parking garage Monday, according to Arlington police. Lowana R. Spencer of Arlington was driving into a parking garage in the 900 block of North Taylor Street, police said, when she...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 19, 2010; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Arlington, David P. Marino-Nachison  
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A punching match over a pizza pie

A Chicago Pizza Hut delivery man didn't get a tip from a customer, according to this report -- he got socked in the face: Shaver McNeil, 23, of the 800 block of Victoria Drive in Montgomery was charged with felony...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 19, 2010; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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