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Crime Scene: February 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

Hit-and-run victim's widow criticizes snow-removal efforts

The widow of a Prince George's County man killed by a hit-and-run-driver as he walked in the road to avoid snow-covered sidewalks criticized the county's snow-removal efforts on Saturday, saying they put her husband at risk. “He was such a...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  February 20, 2010; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Pr. George's , Unsolved  
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Fairfax County man dies in house fire

A Fairfax County man died in a fire in his home in the Bailey's Crossroads area Saturday morning, but seven other residents escaped without injury, Fairfax fire officials said.

By Tom Jackman  |  February 20, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax , Fires & Fire Safety , Tom Jackman  
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Redskins' Westbrook charged with DUI in Charles County

Washington Redskins cornerback Byron Westbrook was arrested on a drunk driving charge early Friday after a Charles County sheriff's deputy saw him driving erratically on a state highway in Waldorf, the sheriff's department said. Westbrook, 25, who lives in Herndon,...

By Washington Post editors  |  February 19, 2010; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Celebrities , Charles , Paul Duggan  
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13-year-old is suspect in slaying at Prince George's juvenile facility

Police are questioning a 13-year-old boy in connection with the slaying of a teacher at a state-run juvenile detention center in Prince George's County, and law enforcement sources say he is detectives' main suspect in the killing. The boy has...

By Washington Post editors  |  February 19, 2010; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Homicide , Juvenile Justice , Maryland , Matt Zapotosky  
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Fairfax death penalty trial postponed again

The capital murder trial of Mark E. Lawlor, for allegedly killing Genevieve Orange in her Falls Church apartment in 2008, has been postponed a second time to allow the defense lawyers more time to test physical evidence.

By Tom Jackman  |  February 19, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Fairfax , From the Courthouse , Tom Jackman , Updates  
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Prince William teenager sentenced to life without parole in double killing

A teenager who killed a mother and son during a botched burglary in their Dale City home was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the chance of parole. Xavier Pinckney, now 18, fatally shot James M. Smith, 19, a...

By Maria Glod  |  February 19, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Maria Glod , Pr. William  
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Police look for help catching Pr. George's hit-and-run driver

Prince George's County Police are looking for witnesses who can help them find the hit-and-run driver who killed a man on Thursday morning. County officers responded to a report of a pedestrian struck, finding Asa Fukuhara at around 6 a.m....

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 19, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Pr. George's  
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Bank cameras catch suspect who took money from another's account

Montgomery County police are looking for a woman they say was caught on camera withdrawing funds from someone else's bank account. According to a Friday news release, a victim accidentally left her purse in the women's bathroom in her office...

By Dan Morse  |  February 19, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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Va. inmate who threatened Obama in letter gets 10 more years

A Virginia inmate who threatened President Barack Obama and a prison warden in a letter smeared with his blood will spend an additional 10 years behind bars. Christopher Coates was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Abingdon....

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 19, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  
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Fairfax officer cleared in shooting of mentally ill Herndon man

The Fairfax County police officer who shot a mentally ill Herndon area man in his basement on Feb. 5 will not be charged with a crime, the Fairfax prosecutor said Friday.

By Tom Jackman  |  February 19, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Fairfax , Tom Jackman , Virginia  
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Manassas teacher accused of sexually assaulting student

An English teacher at Osbourn High School in Manassas City was arrested Thursday and charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student at the school, Manassas City police said Friday.

By Tom Jackman  |  February 19, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Manassas , Schools , Tom Jackman  
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Fairfax crime dropped 5 percent in 2009; violent crime down 14 percent

Serious crime in Fairfax County decreased nearly five percent in 2009 over the previous year, driven by significant drops in larceny and auto theft, according to statistics released Friday morning by Fairfax police. Even better, violent crime -- murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault -- decreased by 14.6 percent over 2008

By Tom Jackman  |  February 19, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime Statistics , Fairfax , Tom Jackman  
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Theft, drug ring broken up in Va., Tenn., authorities say

A federal prosecutor in Virginia says five men have been convicted of participating in a two-state ring that stole construction, farm and lawn equipment and sold it or traded it for drugs. Two Tennessee men pleaded guilty Wednesday in Abingdon,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 19, 2010; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Narcotics , Virginia  
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A busy day for Canada woman

A woman has been placed under house arrest after a varied crime spree, according to this report: Jennnifer Knowles, 45, of Deep River, Ont., admitted on Tuesday to stealing from a delivery truck, scratching a woman's face, breaking and stealing...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 19, 2010; 5:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the World , Offbeat  
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Arrest made in 2009 D.C. homicide

A 47-year-old Southeast Washington man has been charged in one of the last homicides in the District in 2009, D.C. police said Thursday. Police said Paul Anthony Ashby of the 1300 block of U Street SE was charged in the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 18, 2010; 11:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Homicide , Martin Weil , The District  
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Police: Shooting part of botched robbery

Investigators believe that a shooting Wednesday at a Suitland strip mall stemmed from a botched robbery, and the man killed was a would-be robber, a police source said Thursday. Samuel K. Garvin, 26, of Southeast Washington was fatally shot, authorities...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 18, 2010; 7:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Homicide , Maryland , Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  
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2 arrested in Northeast D.C. slaying

Two suspects have been arrested in the killing of a 47-year-old Northeast Washington man, D.C. police said. Daquan Johnson, 18, and a 16-year-old male whom police did not identify, were charged with murder this week 2/16 and 2/15 respectively...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 18, 2010; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Homicide , The District , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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A stunt or a really drunk man in Arlington?

Saturday night has to go down as one of the most bizarre at Arlington's Mexicali Blues restaurant in the 2900 block of Wilson Boulevard. Customers were enjoying margaritas and fish tacos at 8:20 p.m. when a man in a puffy...

By Allison Klein  |  February 18, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Allison Klein , Arlington  
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Loudoun man sentenced to life

A Loudoun County jury has convicted David E. Cavalieri of first-degree murder for killing his girlfriend in their Ashburn apartment last year, and the jury is now out considering a sentence of 20 years to life in prison.

By Tom Jackman  |  February 18, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Loudoun , Tom Jackman , Updates  
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Counselor dead at Pr. George's facility

Update, 12:35 p.m.: Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley confirmed that detectives are investigating a homicide at the facility. About 7:45 a.m., Shipley said, a staff member at the facility discovered a woman's body just outside the door of the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 18, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Juvenile Justice , Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's , Prison Beat , The Region  
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Cult member fires attorney in boy's death

A man accused of starving a 1-year-old boy to death while part of a religious cult has fired his attorney and will represent himself at trial. Wednesday's move by Marcus A. Cobbs, 23, means all three cult members on trial...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 18, 2010; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Baltimore , Homicide , Maryland  
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Fire at Samuel Mudd museum in Waldorf

In Charles County, someone tried to set fire to an exterior door at the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum in Waldorf sometime on Wednesday, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office reported Thursday. The fire caused minimal damage, and had extinguished itself by the time it was discovered Wednesday night, Deputy Fire Marshal Caryn Moreland said.

By Tom Jackman  |  February 18, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Charles , Tom Jackman  
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Man found dead in Fairfax fire

The body of an adult male was discovered inside a burning camper trailer Thursday morning in the Newington area of Fairfax County, Fairfax fire officials said.

By Tom Jackman  |  February 18, 2010; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax , Tom Jackman  
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Man tried syringe diversion to steal vacuum cleaner: Police

A North Carolina man planted syringes in various products in a Wal-Mart in hopes of distracting store staff from his plans to steal a vacuum cleaner, according to police cited in this report: Kyle Brandon Sumrall, 26, of 541 Flack...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 18, 2010; 7:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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Pr. George's murder convict Coleman offers explanation in letter to reporter

Before a Prince George's County jury convicted him in December of second-degree murder in the killing of his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Joseph N. Coleman spent more than 14 hours explaining his actions surrounding the death. He's still trying to explain...

By Ruben Castaneda  |  February 18, 2010; 6:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda , Updates  
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Metro officers injured in fracas

Two Metro Transit police officers were injured Wednesday after they were punched by an 18-year-old at the Addison Road Station, a Metro spokeswoman said. At about 4:30 p.m., Metro police were called to the station to quell a group...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 17, 2010; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Accused Silver Spring dog thief demanded money, victim says

The Crime Scene was able to speak with Gloria Chicas, owner of the dogs discussed in Wednesday's post about a dognapping in Montgomery County, earlier this afternoon. We also learned how Scooby, the dog county police said was recovered by...

By Dan Morse  |  February 17, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery , Updates  
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Man shot and killed in Pr. George's

A man was shot and killed in Prince George's County Wednesday, and police are looking for three or four suspects in connection with the incident. Just before noon, police were called to the 4600 block of Suitland Road in the...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  February 17, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Homicide , Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  
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Murder trial begins in case of Md. woman charged with killing daughters

The Maryland woman on trial for killing two of her adopted daughters and stuffing them into a freezer was actively trying to adopt more children, Montgomery County’s top prosecutor said during opening statements Wednesday in the murder case against Renee...

By Dan Morse  |  February 17, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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Suspect sought in Germantown sexual assault, robbery

Montgomery County detectives are investigating a reported sexual assault and robbery that occurred Monday evening at an apartment in the Hamptons at Town Center in Germantown. Police who had been called at about 7:35 p.m. for a reported burglary in...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  February 17, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Mary Pat Flaherty , Montgomery , Sex Crimes , Unsolved  
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Attorneys in Chandra Levy case ask to move trial out of D.C.

Attorneys for Ingmar Guandique, the man charged with the kidnapping and slaying of former federal intern Chandra Levy, have asked a D. C. Superior Court judge to move the trial out of the District because potential jurors already know too...

By Washington Post editors  |  February 17, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Celebrities , From the Courthouse , Homicide , Keith L. Alexander , The District  
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Md. man allegedly held woman's poodle for ransom

A 21-year-old Silver Spring man was in jail Wednesday morning charged with poodle extortion. Technically it's a case of theft. But if Montgomery County police are correct, Najie S. Walker tried to force the owner of a lost dog named...

By Dan Morse  |  February 17, 2010; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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Jury selection scheduled in alleged Md. cult trial

A mother and daughter accused of starving a 1-year-old boy to death while part of a religious cult will be tried alongside another cult member who had asked for a separate trial because the women are representing themselves, a Baltimore...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 17, 2010; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Baltimore , From the Courthouse , Updates  
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Man dies in East Capitol St. house fire

A man is dead after a fire broke out in a home in southeast Washington, according to a D.C. fire official. Fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says the fire broke out around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday at the home in the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 17, 2010; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety , The District  
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Ga. investigators seek person who shot cat with arrow

Sheriff's investigators in Georgia say the unknown individual who shot a family's cat with an arrow will be charged if caught: Tom's owner said he normally spent 90 percent of his time inside, but after this incident he won't go...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 17, 2010; 5:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Former Morningside police chief Eichelberger pleads guilty in gun case

David A. Eichelberger Jr., a former chief of police for the Prince George's County town of Morningside, pleaded guilty Friday to a gun and theft charge. Eichelberger, 30, of Accokeek, pleaded guilty to the illegal sale and transfer of a...

By Ruben Castaneda  |  February 16, 2010; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda , Updates  
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Herndon man Jamie Kuhne indicted in wife's killing

A Herndon man who allegedly killed his wife and then placed her body inside a suitcase was indicted by a Fairfax County grand jury Tuesday for murder. Police allege that Jamie A. Kuhne, 34, strangled his wife, Minghua Zheng, 36,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 16, 2010; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax , Homicide , Tom Jackman , Updates , Virginia  
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Loudoun doc mailed himself $235,000 and now faces prison

Like many people, Andrew Silva inherited money from his mother when she died. One problem: the cash was in an undeclared Swiss bank account. So Silva, a surgeon, devised an unusual solution, prosecutors said. He mailed 26 packages containing more...

By Washington Post editors  |  February 16, 2010; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Jerry Markon , Loudoun  
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Man robs Fairfax bank, goes home, gets arrested

A search warrant filed in Fairfax County Tuesday tells the story about a bank robbery Friday afternoon that was followed by a three-hour police standoff in the Vienna area that ended peacefully in an arrest. The robbery occurred shortly after...

By Tom Jackman  |  February 16, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fairfax , Tom Jackman , Updates  
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Man found fatally shot in Annandale

A man was shot to death Monday night in the Annandale area of Fairfax County, and police are trying to determine if the shooting was accidental or a homicide. The man was identified Tuesday as Nathan Smiler, 37, of the...

By Tom Jackman  |  February 16, 2010; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Fairfax , Tom Jackman  | Tags: Fairfax shooting; Annandale shooting; Annandale death; Fairfax fatal shooting  
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Prison cellphone jamming test scheduled in Md.

The first federally sanctioned test of cellphone jamming equipment in prison will take place in Maryland this week, a spokesman for Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said. The system is meant to help states stop inmates from running criminal enterprises with...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 16, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland , Prison Beat , The Region  
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Man shot in Northeast is D.C.'s first post-blizzard homicide victim

In the first slaying in the District since before the winter wallop began Feb. 5, a 33-year-old man was fatally shot Monday night in Northeast Washington, police said....

By Washington Post editors  |  February 16, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Homicide , Paul Duggan , The District  
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Motorist runs down Good Samaritan in Loudoun: Police

In Leesburg, a 44-year-old man was trying to do his friendly deed of the day and help push a disabled car through a snowy street Monday afternoon. But he apparently wasn't doing it fast enough for at least one other driver, and mayhem ensued.

By Tom Jackman  |  February 16, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Loudoun , Tom Jackman  
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Frustration over snowy parking bubbles over in Loudoun

The frustration of having to shovel out parking spaces -- and the etiquette of respecting that shoveling -- erupted into more than just words in Loudoun County in recent days. In a Sterling apartment complex Monday afternoon, a cab driver...

By Tom Jackman  |  February 16, 2010; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  Loudoun , Tom Jackman  | Tags: Loudoun parking dispute; snow parking tires damaged; Loudoun tires damaged parking  
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Va. man pleads guilty to depositing dead mother's government checks

A Newport News man has pleaded guilty to depositing government checks intended for his deceased mother over an 18-year period, and admitted spending much of the money on crack cocaine and alcohol. Gilbert Harges admitted to depositing 221 monthly Department...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 16, 2010; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Virginia  
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Rural Md. Valentine's Day dance turns violent, police say

Authorities say three people were stabbed and two others were injured during a melee at a teen Valentine's Day dance at a social hall in rural Washington County. State police say five men between the ages of 19 and 23...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 16, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Man charged with nabbing parked ambulance with patient inside

A Wisconsin man saw an ambulance parked outside a hospital and jumped behind the while, according to this report: Nicholas A. Pontillo, 24, was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent, disorderly conduct and operating...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 16, 2010; 5:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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