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Crime Scene: February 7, 2010 - February 13, 2010

Legislation needed to guide Guantanamo judges: District judge

In June 2008, the Supreme Court issued a landmark opinion granting the prison's detainees the right to challenge their confinements in federal court under the centuries-old legal doctrine of habeas corpus. There are habeas challenges from about 170 of the...

By Del Wilber  |  February 13, 2010; 5:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber , From the Courthouse  
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Fairfax police arrest bank robber after surrounding house

Update, 6:50 p.m. At 6;30 p.m., the man was taken into custody, Officer Tawny Wright said. The man's name and age were not released pending the filing of charges. Wright said the first officer arrived on Hilltop Road at 3;12...

By Tom Jackman  |  February 12, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax , Tom Jackman  
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Firefighter pulls white Lab from frigid Md. pond

A Potomac man looked out his kitchen window Friday afternoon and saw an animal in a pond. At first "he thought it was an otter," said Capt. Oscar Garcia, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. Looking...

By Dan Morse  |  February 12, 2010; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Heroes , Montgomery  
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Police use helicopter to rescue snowbound Frederick Co. man

Maryland State police and the Frederick County fire departments conducted an aerial rescue of a sick man from his snowbound home. The fire department was summoned about 6:30 p.m. Thursday to a remote farm near Thurmont. Snow plows and loaders...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 12, 2010; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  
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Man killed when he rear-ends VDOT truck

A man driving north on Interstate 95 in Fairfax County smashed into the back of a stopped state safety patrol truck Friday afternoon and was killed, Virginia State Police said. The man’s name was not released pending notification of his...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 12, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax , Tom Jackman , Virginia  
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Pr. George's man sentenced to 30 years for murder

A Forestville man who testified that he quarreled with his on-again, off-again girlfriend over money and struck her in self-defense was sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing her. Circuit Court Judge Larnzell Martin imposed the sentence on Joseph...

By Ruben Castaneda  |  February 12, 2010; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda  
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Fairfax man allegedly sets fire, then fights firefighters

A Fairfax County man was arrested Thursday night after he allegedly started a fire in a Franconia area townhouse, and then allegedly assaulted the first firefighter to approach the townhouse, Fairfax fire officials said Friday. The fire erupted in an upstairs bedroom of a townhouse at 6551 Gildar Street, near the intersection with Beulah Street just south of Franconia Road. Fairfax fire spokesman Dan Schmidt said that as the first firefighter carried a water hose to the house, an angry man began fighting with him.

By Tom Jackman  |  February 12, 2010; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax , Fires & Fire Safety , Tom Jackman  
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Man shot by Pr. George's police identified

A man fatally shot Thursday by Prince George’s County police was identified as Han Harrer, 54, of Camp Springs, who authorities said began acting irrationally when officers sought to question him about a dead body found near his home. The...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 12, 2010; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Paul Duggan , Police Shootings , Pr. George's  
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Man dies in Annapolis house fire

Annapolis fire officials say a man has died in a two-alarm house fire in the Eastport section of the city. The fire broke out in a home across the road from a fire station and firefighters were not hindered by...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 12, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anne Arundel , Fires & Fire Safety  
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Gun-wielding robber hits Calvert County bank

Sometimes bank surveillance photos aren't so clear. Not so with a recent one from Calvert County, which shows a man brandishing a handgun. The suspect hit a Maryland Bank and Trust branch in Solomons shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday, according...

By Dan Morse  |  February 12, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Calvert , Crime, Seen , Dan Morse  
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Park Police horses get a run in the snow

It's not just humans that enjoy playing in the snow. To illustrate that, the United States Park Police distributed this photograph of horses getting a workout in at the Edgewater Stables in Rock Creek Park....

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 12, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison , The District  
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Md. police helicopter damaged after hitting snowbank

Maryland state police say a helicopter was damaged when it hit a snow bank as it prepared to leave a helipad at Prince George's Hospital Center. Police say neither crew member was injured and the helicopter was not airborne when...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 12, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anne Arundel , Maryland , Pr. George's  
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Pr. George's man killed in Rockville collision

A 62-year-old Prince George’s County man was killed Thursday night in a two-vehicle collision in Rockville, police said. The victim, William L. Mason, of the 6800 block of Riverdale Road in Riverdale, was a passenger in a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 12, 2010; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Montgomery , Paul Duggan  
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Va. capital punishment is for more than just triggerman

In my post about Virginia death row inmate Justin Michael Wolfe being granted a new evidentiary hearing in federal court, a reader responded with a question about the case. The reader, tdb001, wrote: How can Wolfe be "on Virginia's death...

By Josh White  |  February 12, 2010; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Death Penalty , Homicide , Josh White , Pr. William , Reader Questions , Virginia  
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Record snowfall challenges area courthouses, judges

The historic Washington area snowfall has sent area court officials scrambling to reschedule hearings and cases, while also reaching out to prospective jurors whose jury duty summons were trumped by mother nature. This week marked the first time in more...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 12, 2010; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber , From the Courthouse , Jerry Markon , Keith L. Alexander  
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Australian police find drugs in toys, diapers

An Australian police unit has been busting up drug rings -- and finding their goods stashed in all manner of children's amusements, according to this report: After unrelated arrests, three men - Jinshui Lin, Jiansham Zheng and Shigan Xie -...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 12, 2010; 5:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the World , Offbeat  
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Machen is D.C.'s new top prosecutor

The Senate on Thursday night confirmed Ronald C. Machen as the District's new top prosecutor. Machen, a partner at the law firm WilmerHale, was an assistant U.S. attorney in the District from 1997 to 2001, handling crimes ranging from theft...

By Washington Post editors  |  February 11, 2010; 8:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber , From the Courthouse , The District  
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D.C. woman arrested during snowball fight released

The D.C. woman arrested during a snowball fight near the Wonderland Ballroom early Wednesday morning was released Thursday, authorities said. Maria B. Lewis, 21, was charged with assault on a police officer. She pleaded not guilty during a hearing before...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 11, 2010; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Keith L. Alexander , Updates  
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Volunteer guards keep things running smoothly at jail despite record snow

A year after Prince George's jail officials were chagrined by a coordinated jailbreak on Super Bowl Sunday, dozens of guards stepped up to the challenges of running the Upper Marlboro detention facility during a historic, double-barrelled snowstorm, part of which...

By Washington Post editors  |  February 11, 2010; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Pr. George's , Prison Beat , Ruben Castaneda  
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Raw video: Man smashes TVs at Wal-Mart

Police have arrested a man for smashing 29 televisions at a Georgia Wal-Mart. Authorities say the man grabbed a metal baseball bat from the sporting goods section before walking to the electronics aisle where he started swinging....

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 11, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Crime, Seen  
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Md. fire station burns after snow collapses roof

A fire station in Sykesville has been largely destroyed by a three-alarm fire that started after the roof collapsed under the weight of snow. Carroll County spokeswoman Vivian Laxton says the roof of the station's banquet hall caved in around...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 11, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety , Maryland  
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Spring break scammer ordered to repay classmates he bilked

It’s a ritual for college students everywhere: Go somewhere warm for spring break, and let the party begin. Getting scammed out of $200,000 is generally not part of the plan -- but that’s exactly what happened to about 200 students...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 11, 2010; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Jerry Markon , Virginia  
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Md. man charged with stealing frontloader, clearing driveways

A Columbia man is charged with felony theft and related crimes after he allegedly stole a frontloader and used it to clear driveways, according to Howard County police. The Caterpillar loader was equipped with a LoJack device that police said...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  February 11, 2010; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Reporter's query: Seeking identity theft victims

Have you been a victim of identity theft? If you have, and are between the ages of 18-24 -- or know somebody who fits the description -- Post reporter Allison Klein would like to talk to you. Please contact her...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 11, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Allison Klein , Reporter's Query  
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Va. death row inmate gets hearing, seeks to introduce new evidence

Justin Michael Wolfe, an admitted drug dealer who was convicted in 2002 of capital murder for hiring a friend to kill another drug dealer in Prince William County, has been granted an evidentiary hearing as part of his federal habeas...

By Josh White  |  February 11, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Death Penalty , From the Courthouse , Homicide , Josh White , Pr. William , Updates  
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Ariz. couple arrested, charged with imprisoning girl in home

A 14-year-old Phoenix girl was fed once every day or two, maybe some crackers or a can of food, police said. She was locked in a bathroom without running water for two months, forced to use a bucket instead of...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 11, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Around the Nation  
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Food fight ends in charges for cafeteria worker, teen girl

A food fight in Connecticut ended up in charges against both a 13-year-old girl and a cafeteria worker, according to this report: A 13-year-old girl picking up her lunch around 1 p.m. threw vegetables at 55-year-old lunch aide Rosa Robles,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 11, 2010; 5:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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Investigators plan trip to Lynchburg to find body of man killed in 1969

Somewhere along the southern bank of the James River, in the Perch area of Bedford County, sits the grave of a New York man murdered in 1969. New York State Police and local investigators plan to return to the site...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 10, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Unsolved , Virginia  
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Va. sheriff's sergeant charged with robbing same bank three times

A Chesapeake Sheriff's Office sergeant accused of robbing the same bank branch three times has been fired. Police say 32-year-old John Michael Keane II of Suffolk was arrested Tuesday afternoon, shortly after a BB&T branch was robbed by a man...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 10, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Virginia  
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Woman charged with assaulting D.C. officer in snowball fight

Maria Lewis, 21 of the District, has been charged with felony assault on a police officer after a District officer was hit in the face with an "ice ball" during a large snowball fight early Wednesday morning near the Wonderland...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  February 10, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Mary Pat Flaherty , The District  
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Feds in Va. to crack down on financial fraud and public corruption

The U.S. attorney's office in Alexandria, known for prosecuting high-profile terrorism and national security cases, has a new target: financial fraud and public corruption. The office, which handles cases from throughout Northern Virginia, is expanding its ability to fight financial...

By Washington Post editors  |  February 10, 2010; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Alexandria , From the Courthouse , Jerry Markon , Politics , The Region , Virginia  | Tags: Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Connolly, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Lytle, Charles Connolly, Eastern District of Virginia, Mark Lytle, Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride, U.S.Rep. William Jefferson, William J. Jefferson, William Jefferson, financial fraud, public corruption  
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Dog mugged for coat, New York woman says

A Brooklyn woman says a mugger stole a doggie coat right off the back of her mild-mannered terrier. Donna McPherson says she tied up Lexie, her 10-year-old Westie, outside a Park Slope supermarket "for two minutes" while she bought milk....

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 10, 2010; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Man shot, killed in Riverdale

A man was shot and killed Tuesday in the Riverdale area of Prince George's County, authorities said. The incident occurred just after 9 p.m. in the 5400 block of 55th Place, said Officer Henry Tippett, a Prince George's County Police...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 10, 2010; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Homicide , Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  
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Man representing self plays 'Dating Game' clip in his defense

A man on trial in California for the murder of four women and a 12-year-old girl in the late 1970s played a 1978 clip from "The Dating Game" as evidence in his defense on Tuesday, according to a report.

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 10, 2010; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , From the Courthouse , Homicide  
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Man charged with killing, eating cheetah

A man in Swaziland has been charged with breaking game laws after he killed and ate a cheetah, according to this report: Solomon Maziya was arrested and charged for contravening the Game Act. Yesterday he appeared at the Magistrate Court...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 10, 2010; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. police release photos of bank robbery suspect

D.C. police Tuesday released surveillance photos of man being sought in a bank robbery in the District last week. The robber entered the Bank of Georgetown in the 1300 block of I Street NW shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Feb....

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 9, 2010; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime, Seen , Paul Duggan , The District  
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Bowie house fire illustrates difficulties of operations in snow

An early morning fire in Bowie Tuesday displaced a family of four and caused about $20,000 in damage to the family's house, authorities said. At about 2:45 a.m., Prince George's County emergency responders were called to the 12600 block of...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  February 9, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety , Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  
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Two firefighters injured in Fair Oaks fire

Two Fairfax County firefighters were injured Monday night while trying to put out a fire in an apartment building at 4224 Hunt Club Circle in Fair Oaks. A third-floor roof collapse sent one firefighter tumbling from a burning balcony and...

By Josh White  |  February 9, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax , Heroes , Josh White  
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Man charged with murder in Salisbury girl's slaying

A registered sex offender has been indicted on murder charges in the death of an 11-year-old Salisbury girl, the Associated Press reports. Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said Tuesday that Thomas Leggs Jr., 30, has been charged with first-degree murder...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 9, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Homicide , Maryland , Sex Crimes  
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Va. students charged with felonies for snowball throwing

Harrisonburg police say throwing snowballs at occupied vehicles isn't a harmless prank. Two James Madison University students learned that lesson the hard way. Each faces a felony charge for throwing snowballs at a city snowplow and an unmarked police car....

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 9, 2010; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Md. state police rescue man trapped by snow with helicopter

Maryland State Police say a helicopter crew has rescued a man who apparently got stranded trying to leave his snowbound home in rural western Maryland. First Sgt. Joe George says the crew hoisted the man out of the mountainous area...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 9, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. man says deputies beat him because of his burping

A Roanoke man claims sheriff's deputies beat him in the city jail because of his burping. Thomas Scott Vandegrift made the allegations in a federal lawsuit filed last week against several deputies, the city, the sheriff's office and the sheriff....

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 9, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Fearing 'structural problems,' St. Mary's relocates Sheriff's Office HQ

St. Mary's County has relocated its Sheriff's Office headquarters due to "possible weather related structural problems," the department announced Tuesday. The St. Mary’s County Patuxent Building was evacuated, according to a press release....

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 9, 2010; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Delaware man threatens snow-shoveling neighbor with gun: Police

New Castle (Del.) County Police say a man pointed a gun at a neighbor who was shoveling snow. It happened Saturday about 4:50 p.m. at the Hampton Walk Apartments....

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 9, 2010; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Delaware  
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Three charged with theft of Thoreau statue from Md. college campus

Salisbury University police say three men have been charged with the theft of a life-sized, 400-pound bronze statue of Henry David Thoreau from campus. Fifty-six-year-old Raymond Louis Bunting of Fruitland, was arrested Thursday and charged with felony theft. Police say...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 9, 2010; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Maryland  
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Police end up in standoff with police in disguise

Australian police dressed in disguise to stage a mock robbery, leading to a standoff with undercover detectives, according to a report.

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 9, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. woman pleads guilty to defrauding group that helps ailing children

A Richmond woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding a state-run program that helps children with birth-related neurological injuries. Iris Allen faces two to 12 years in prison when she is sentenced May 14 in federal court. She pleaded guilty Monday...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 8, 2010; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Virginia  
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New York man admits to killing girlfriend's kitten

A New York City graphic designer accused of surreptitiously killing a series of his girlfriend's cats has admitted slaying one of them, a kitten found with a broken neck. Sean Lynde pleaded guilty Monday to charges including aggravated animal cruelty....

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 8, 2010; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Former 'Diff'rent Strokes' star Gary Coleman pleads guilty to criminal mischief

Former child television star Gary Coleman pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge related to a domestic violence incident last April. In a deal with the prosecutor, Coleman entered the plea in Santaquin Justice Court on his 42nd...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 8, 2010; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Celebrities  
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Police worry that overconfident drivers will hit gas, cause accidents

As motorists grow more self-assured, they could cause more wrecks. Several reasons: The same road can go from good to poor instantly; melting snow can lead to ice after dark; a clear road is clear only because of huge snow-piles...

By Dan Morse  |  February 8, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. inmates shovel snow in Baltimore

Maryland corrections officials say about 50 pre-release inmates have been working snow removal details throughout Baltimore. The inmates from the Baltimore City Correctional Center have been clearing bus stops downtown and along Northern Parkway and North Avenue....

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 8, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland , Prison Beat  
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Web resources for area residents with court dates

Defendants throughout the region facing trials on Monday -- at least those who in fact are guilty as charged -- got reprieves thanks to the snow. Nervous about tomorrow?...

By Dan Morse  |  February 8, 2010; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse , From the Courthouse , The Region  
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Montgomery County courthouses aim for Tuesday reopening

The administrative judges of Montgomery County's courthouses ordered them closed Monday because of the snow, according Darren Popkin, chief deputy at the county's sheriff's office. That means no happenings at the District Court, where people show up to contest traffic...

By Dan Morse  |  February 8, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse , From the Courthouse , Montgomery  
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'Marijuana meatballs' cop's firing upheld in New York

A New York policeman who lost his job after failing a drug test had his firing upheld despite an unusual protestation, according to this report: A state appeals court has upheld the NYPD's firing of a veteran detective who blamed...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 8, 2010; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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