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Crime Scene: January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010

Civil rights probe launched in police shooting

The FBI has launched a civil rights investigation into the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a Fairfax County police officer in November, an FBI spokeswoman said Friday. Prosecutors said David A. Masters, 52, of Fredericksburg was shot as...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 29, 2010; 6:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Fairfax, Police Shootings, Tom Jackman, Virginia  
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Federal authorities arrest 32 foreign nationals with criminal records

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers this week arrested 32 foreign nationals who had previously been convicted of crimes that include robbery and drug possession. The arrests took place during a four-day sweep in Virginia and the District. In addition, four...

By Maria Glod  | January 29, 2010; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Prosecutors acknowledge more errors in Levy case

Update, 5:30 p.m.: Attorneys in the Chandra Levy murder trial acknowledged another error in the processing of evidence against Ingmar Guandique, the man police and prosecutors says killed the former intern. Assistant U.S. Attorney Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez said his office sent...

By Washington Post editors  | January 29, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Keith L. Alexander, The District  | Tags:  Chandra Levy, Ingar Guandique, Rock Creek Park  
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Man found unconcious at D.C. lockup has died

A 38-year-old man found unconscious Thursday in a cell at the D.C. police department's 7th District station was pronounced dead at a hospital, authorities said. He was identified as Gerard E. Hayes of Southeast Washington, who had been arrested for...

By Washington Post editors  | January 29, 2010; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Paul Duggan, Pr. William, The District  
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Montgomery College rape suspect is a former student at school

The man suspected of raping a 19-year-old student in a Montgomery College bathroom had briefly been a student and biology tutor at the school, a school administrator said in a statement Friday. Nathaniel L. Hart, 34, took one class last...

By Dan Morse  | January 29, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery  
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Man pleads guilty in 8 street racing deaths

A Waldorf man pleaded guilty Friday to causing the car crash in Accokeek nearly two years ago that killed eight people at a street race. Darren J. Bullock, 22, pleaded guilty in Prince George's County Circuit Court to eight counts...

By Washington Post editors  | January 29, 2010; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda  | Tags:  bullock, darren jamar bullock, prince george's county, street racing  
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Man accused of targeting officer by setting fire to his apartment building

Montgomery County arson investigators arrested a Hyattsville man Friday in connection with a Jan. 19 blaze in Germantown, and accused him of setting the fire to harm a police officer who lives there and had previously had arrested him. "He...

By Dan Morse  | January 29, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Suspect in Manassas slaying arrested

A man suspected in a 2008 fatal stabbing outside a Manassas strip mall was arrested in New York in an unrelated case, police said Friday. Authorities had been searching for Edgardo Aquino Castro, 35, who is accused in the Aug....

By Maria Glod  | January 29, 2010; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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'Stop Snitching' producer facing prison time

The movie-making career of one Baltimore man who made DVDs threatening police informants will be on hold while he’s behind bars. Ronnie Thomas, also known as Rodney Thomas, Skinny Suge and Tall Vialz, was convicted on a racketeering charge in...

By Maria Glod  | January 29, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Green v. green case settles

The bat lovers are happy. So is the company building a West Virginia wind farm. The two sides recently clashed in federal court over the construction of the project on an Appalachian ridge in Greenbriar County. The company, Chicago-based...

By Maria Glod  | January 29, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Mentor of convicted child abuser recalls jailhouse visit

How exactly did Zjaire Williams die? Darryl Powell, the 2-year-old boy's father, who was convicted of killing him and was sentenced this week to 20 years, isn't saying much, even to those closest to him....

By Dan Morse  | January 29, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Former SEC lawyer convicted in stock scheme

A former lawyer for the Securities and Exchange Commission, which regulates the nation’s stock markets, was convicted of participating in a multimillion-dollar stock manipulation scheme, prosecutors said. Phillip W. Offill Jr., 51, was found guilty Thursday by a jury in...

By Washington Post editors  | January 29, 2010; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Alexandria, From the Courthouse, Jerry Markon  | Tags:  Ofill, Phillip Windom Ofill Jr., SEC, stock fraud, stock scheme  
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Pr. George's judge throws out Keith Washington civil case

White testified in criminal trial, and in the civil trials.

By Ruben Castaneda  | January 28, 2010; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda  | Tags:  Judge Sean D. Wallace, Keith A. Washington, police abuse  
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Pregnant woman, kidnapped and cut, reunites with medics who cared for her

The pregnant woman who was kidnapped and slashed open by another woman who wanted to steal her unborn child was reunited Monday with the firefighters and medics who treated her in the minutes after she escaped from her attacker’s apartment,...

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 28, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's  
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Update: Missing 11-year-old found

Update, 9:10 p.m.: Keonta was located this evening, safe and unharmed, in Washington, according to Montgomery County police. Original post: Keonta Tamika Allen was last seen leaving the 14100 block of Bauer Drive in Rockville on Thursday about 8:30...

By Dan Morse  | January 28, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man found unconscious in D.C. police cell, taken to hospital

An adult male prisoner was found unconscious in a holding cell at the Seventh Police District in Southeast at about 11:30 a.m. and has been taken to George Washington University Hospital, spokesmen for District police and Fire and Emergency Medical...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | January 28, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Maryland doctor imprisoned for $16 million tax evasion

Cardiologist Pradeep Srivastava made a lot of money trading high-tech stocks during the 1998 and 1999 boom years. But the doctor from Potomac didn't tell the tax man, as a federal jury learned. By 2000, when the market was tanking,...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | January 28, 2010; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Mary Pat Flaherty, Maryland  
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Montgomery County prosecutors target car break ins

Here's some more information relating to the topic from an earlier post about car break-ins in Montgomery County. In an effort to target such thieves, the Montgomery State's Attorneys Office is now assigning veteran prosecutors to dig into cases that...

By Dan Morse  | January 28, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Police: Boy shoots dog he thought barked too much

Police say an 11-year-old Spotsylvania County boy shot a neighbor's dog because he thought it barked too much. The boy is being held at the Rappahannock Juvenile Detention Center on charges of animal cruelty and several weapons-related counts. He wasn't...

By Washington Post editors  | January 28, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Crime, Seen  
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Elderly residents bound, robbed in New Carrollton home

A man made his way into the New Carrollton home of two elderly people Monday, bound them with duct tape and robbed them of $1,200 in cash, police said Thursday. The home-invasion robbery occurred about 4 a.m. in the 6100...

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 28, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's  
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Police: Thief preyed on C&O Canal hikers, kayakers

As they park their cars, it's a calculation joggers, hikers and boaters make all the time: Do I take my valuables with me? Pros: Someone breaking into the car won't get them, I'll have spending money should I come across...

By Dan Morse  | January 28, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Lizards in the pants will land you in jail

Lizards in the pants are never a good idea. It's an even worse idea when you're boarding a plane. And an even worse idea if the lizards are rare and protected. The Associated Press reports that a German man who...

By Washington Post editors  | January 28, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Offbeat  | Tags:  airport safety, airport security, lizards, new zealand  
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Slain teen identified as brother of Graham chief of staff

Update 1:45 p.m.: D.C. police have released the name of the man shot to death late Wednesday night in Southeast Washington. The victim is Calvin Lavonne Woodland, the younger brother of D.C. Council member Jim Graham's chief of staff. Woodland,...

By Washington Post editors  | January 28, 2010; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Appeals Court Upholds $6 million civil award for PG Police abuse

The 51-page appellate decision upholds the civil verdict in favor of Keith Longtin, who is 54 now.

By Ruben Castaneda  | January 28, 2010; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Homicide, Maryland, Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda  | Tags:  false confessions, Keith Longtin, Prince George's County police, Ruben Castaneda  
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Missing boy's body found in Va.: Roanoke police

Authorities say they've found the body of a small child while searching the Smith Gap landfill for a missing Roanoke toddler. The Roanoke Police Department says the body was sent to the medical examiner's office Wednesday to determine the child's...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 27, 2010; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Updates, Virginia  
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Appomattox slayings suspect hires attorneys

A lawyer for the suspect in the slayings of eight people in Appomattox said Wednesday that it will probably be a few weeks before a preliminary hearing is conducted. Christopher Speight, who is charged with one count of first-degree murder,...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 27, 2010; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Updates, Virginia  
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March execution date set in Va. for Paul Warner Powell

Paul Warner Powell, who was convicted of killing a 16-year-old girl in the Manassas area and of raping and trying to kill her younger sister in 1999, has been scheduled for execution in Virginia on Thursday, March 18 at 9...

By Josh White  | January 27, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Death Penalty, Josh White, Updates, Virginia  
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Md. group recommends downsizing juvenile jail

An independent state watchdog agency is recommending that a juvenile jail near Sabillasville be temporary downsized while the Department of Juvenile Services rethinks its approach. The Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit of the attorney general's office said in a report Tuesday...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 27, 2010; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Juvenile Justice, Maryland  
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Remains identified as missing Va. Tech student Morgan Harrington: Police

Human remains found Tuesday on a farm southwest of Charlottesville have been conclusively identified as those of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, who went missing after an Oct. 17 rock concert, police said. The 20-year-old education major was last seen...

By Maria Glod  | January 27, 2010; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Man, 18, gets 20 years in Md. child abuse death case

UPDATE: Darryl E. Powell was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Louise G. Scrivener. Scrivener recommended that Powell serve his sentence at the Patuxent Institution Youth Program, as requested by defense attorneys. ORIGINAL POST:...

By Dan Morse  | January 27, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Baltimore woman accused of hitting friends with cancer scam

A Baltimore County woman is accused of scamming her former high school classmates by claiming she had terminal cancer and asking them to help grant her dying wishes. Thirty-seven-year-old Dina Leone has been indicted on theft and conspiracy charges. A...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 27, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man charged with rape in Montgomery campus assault

Montgomery County police charged a 34-year-old man with rape and other offenses after an attack Tuesday at the Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus, during which a female student was sexually assaulted in the performing arts center. Police charged Nathaniel...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 27, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Montgomery, Updates  
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Delaware police to flash fugitive info on I-95 billboard

Delaware State Police hope a digital billboard along Interstate 95 near Newark will help them catch fugtives. The billboard will flash photographs of fugitives, asking motorists to call in tips about fugitives' whereabouts to Delaware Crime Stoppers....

By Washington Post Editors  | January 27, 2010; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Delaware  
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Hit-and-run victim's brother recalls a 'wonderful guy'

As word of the death of Edward Baer, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver Tuesday, spread among his family and friends, anger mixed with grief. "It's just horrible," John Baer said by phone from Massachusetts, as he prepared to...

By Dan Morse  | January 27, 2010; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Man breaks into construction office, steals calendars: Police

A man who broken into a construction office in Rostock, Germany, could have taken any number of things -- but opted for pin-up calendars, according to this report: “Absolutely no tools were stolen, only several pinup calendars,” the police in...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 27, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the World, Offbeat  
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Updated: Lockdown lifted at Takoma Park campus

Update, 5:31 p.m The lockdown has been lifted at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus of Montgomery College. Police say they believe the suspect is no longer on the campus. The reported sexual assault occurred inside a performing arts center, according...

By Dan Morse  | January 26, 2010; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man killed in hit-and-run in Gaithersburg

A Hagerstown man was struck and killed on Firstfield Road in Gaithersburg on Tuesday by a driver who then left the scene, Montgomery County police say. Edward M. Baer, 44, of the 11400 block of Collier Court was off-loading new...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 26, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Skeletal remains found in Albemarle County

Skeletal remains were found this morning in Albemarle County and police investigators are on the scene. Officials have not yet released details. But authorities and volunteers conducted multiple searches in the area after the Oct. 17 disappearance of Virginia Tech...

By Maria Glod  | January 26, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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No dancing at Jefferson Memorial, judge rules

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that alleged the National Park Service violated the rights of a District woman who was arrested in 2008 for dancing with 17 others at the Jefferson Memorial. U.S. District Judge John D....

By Del Wilber  | January 26, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, The District  
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Authorities search Va. landfill for missing toddler

Authorities are searching the Smith Gap landfill for the body of a missing Roanoke toddler. The Roanoke Police Department says the landfill search resumed Tuesday after it was suspended for two days because of bad weather. A search of the...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 26, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Multiple car part thefts caused Md. man to quit carpool

Reporters often focus on the most serious and violent crimes. But the response I’ve gotten from readers to a recent article on a rash of thefts of catalytic converters is a good reminder of how less-publicized property crimes disrupt the...

By Maria Glod  | January 26, 2010; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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NAACP wants Justice Dept. to investigate Hyattsville police

The Montgomery and Prince George's chapters of the NAACP have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to launch an investigation into the Hyattsville police Department, alleging it discriminated against six African American officers, according to a story from The Post's...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 26, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man coughs up stolen ring

A Missouri woman whose ring was stolen got it back when the suspect coughed it up in front of her, according to a report: Officers searched the suspect and could not find the ring. But the man began to cough...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 26, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Appomattox shooting victims remembered at memorial service

Three of the eight victims of a killing spree in Appomattox last week are being remembered as a fun-loving family. At a service Monday in Lynchburg, mourners shared their memories of Lauralee Dobyns Sipe, her husband Dwayne Sipe and their...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 25, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Updates, Virginia  
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Tobacco smuggling ring has Anne Arundel link: Md. officials

The Maryland Comptroller's office says agents have busted an underground tobacco smuggling operation that could involve up to 54 Baltimore businesses, confiscating nearly $140,000 in illegal tobacco products from one person. Anne Arundel County resident Kyun Hong has been charged...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 25, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anne Arundel, Baltimore  
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Dead inmate Ronnie White should've been in medical unit: Attorneys

Attorneys for the former Prince George's County prison guard who was the focus of an investigation into the death of an inmate have formally asked jail officials to investigate why the inmate wasn't placed in the jail's medical ward, instead of the maximum-security cellblock where he died.

By Ruben Castaneda  | January 25, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Pr. George's, Prison Beat, Ruben Castaneda  
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Parents of boy hit by police cruiser sue Montgomery County

A 2008 incident in which a speeding police cruiser hit a 12-year-old boy has ended up in litigation. The parents of Luis Jovel Jr., who is now paralyzed, seek $7 million in their lawsuit against the officer and his employer,...

By Dan Morse  | January 25, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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District man charged with having counterfeit greenbacks

A District man was arrested last week on counterfeiting charges after police and U.S. Secret Service agents raided his Northwest Washington apartment and found a stash of equipment that they believe was used to make fake greenbacks, authorities said. Carlos...

By Del Wilber  | January 25, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, From the Courthouse, The District  
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Man who tried to steal Bernanke's identity is sentenced

His confirmation to a second term as Federal Reserve chairman may be in doubt, but at least Ben S. Bernanke got good news last week on the identity theft front: A leader of the ring that victimized him and his...

By Washington Post editors  | January 25, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Jerry Markon  | Tags:  Anna Bernanke, bank fraud, Ben Bernanke, Bernanke, FED, identity theft  
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Skater Nancy Kerrigan's brother charged with assaulting father

The brother of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is in court today charged with assaulting his own father -- who later died, according to a report.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 25, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Celebrities  
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Hundreds of shoes found in bags near Md. creek

Police are investigating the discovery of hundreds of shoes in duffel bags along a creek in Elkton, Md., but they don't know if the shoes are related to a string of shoe thefts in Newark, Del. Newark police say during...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 25, 2010; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Maryland, Offbeat  
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Supreme Court clears way for Va. man's execution

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a convicted killer on Virginia's death row, clearing the way for his execution. The justices on Monday said they would no longer block the state from executing Paul Warner Powell, who was...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 25, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Death Penalty, Virginia  
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Police identify woman hit, killed by SUV

A pedestrian struck and killed Saturday in Montgomery County was identified as an 82-year-old Wheaton woman. Police on Monday identified the woman as Sara Lazzaro of the 12100 block of Grandview Avenue....

By Dan Morse  | January 25, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery, Updates  
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D.C. council member critical of police response

D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) is raising concerns about what she sees as the poor response of the Metropolitan Police Department after a man pulled a gun on her Wednesday afternoon, according to a report on the D.C. Wire blog.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 25, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Post, The District  
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Centreville man released after bank robbery charges

Updated June 10, 2010: A Centreville man who was arrested for a January bank robbery in Manassas was released from jail earlier this year after police determined that he was not connected with the crime. Manassas City police arrested and...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 25, 2010; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison, Pr. William, Updates  
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House fire kills one in Anne Arundel

Anne Arundel County fire officials are investigating the cause of a two-alarm house fire in Edgewater that killed one person. Fire department spokesman Division Chief Michael Cox says the fire was reported around 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the home on...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 25, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anne Arundel, Fires & Fire Safety  
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Man charged with car theft caught playing 'Grand Theft Auto'

A Florida man police charged with stealing a Dodge Durango was caught by authorities while he played the video game "Grand Theft Auto," according to this report: Ekes was already out on bail for previous charges of . . ....

By Washington Post Editors  | January 25, 2010; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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