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Crime Scene: February 28, 2010 - March 6, 2010

Armored truck catches on fire

Update at 5:45 p.m.: No cash lost inside truck. A spokesman for Dunbar Armored Inc., owner of the truck that caught fire in Montgomery County today, says no cash was lost. “Everything is OK on the cargo front,” Sean Gibbons...

By Dan Morse  |  March 5, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Maryland , Montgomery  
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Wrong-way driver on Beltway gets 10 years for manslaughter

A drunk driver who drove the wrong way on the Capital Beltway and killed another driver in a head-on crash last year was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison by a Fairfax County judge.

By Tom Jackman  |  March 5, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Fairfax , From the Courthouse , Tom Jackman , Traffic Accidents , Updates  
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Official at prestigious T. Jefferson HS charged with stealing school money

A finance official at one of the Washington area's most prestigious high schools was arrested on Friday and charged with stealing $279,000 from student athletics and clubs and using the money to support a gambling habit, prosecutors said. Susan Thanh...

By Washington Post editors  |  March 5, 2010; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Fairfax , From the Courthouse , Jerry Markon  
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Fairfax crash investigators probe death of driver

Fairfax County police are investigating a single-vehicle crash that killed a 47-year-old man Thursday night. The victim, Umar Adam, had been driving a 2008 Honda Civic southbound on South Kings Highway, near the intersection of Southgate Drive, when the Honda...

By Dan Morse  |  March 5, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Fairfax  
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Outdoor bathroom break leads to robbery, arrest

Charles County sheriff's deputies have charged a 19-year-old with robbery, alleging that he and others assaulted and stole a wallet from a 14-year-old boy who had walked behind a movie theater the night of Feb. 26 to urinate. Also that...

By Dan Morse  |  March 5, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Charles , Dan Morse , Maryland  
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D.C. "Snowball Cop" Will Stay on the Force, Lanier Says

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said that the detective who pulled his weapon during a Northwest snowball fight in December violated department policy but will remain on the force. Speaking with WTOP reporter Mark Segraves Thursday during the monthly...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  March 5, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Cathy L. Lanier , The District , Theola Labbé-DeBose , Updates  
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Spring Crime Training Update: Men in Nats/White Sox hats rob bank

Two men, one armed with a handgun, robbed the Independence Federal Savings Bank, 7901 Eastern Ave., Silver Spring, Thursday morning, according to Montgomery County police. No one was injured during the heist....

By Dan Morse  |  March 5, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Body of Tortured DEA Agent Was Found 25 Years Ago Today

"No single event," the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration writes, "had a more significant impact on the DEA than the abduction and murder of ... Special Agent Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena." "His kidnapping and violent death brought the American public face-to-face with...

By Dan Morse  |  March 5, 2010; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Homicide  
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Fenty, Chief Lanier to Announce Homicide Arrest

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier have scheduled a news conference for Thursday evening to announce an arrest in the murder of Calvin LaVonne Woodland, the younger brother of D.C. Council member Jim Graham's...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  March 4, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Cathy L. Lanier , Homicide , The District , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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More gold burglary cases dismissed in Loudoun County

The collapse of the police investigation into the burglaries of more than 30 homes in Fairfax and Loudoun counties continued Thursday when Loudoun prosecutors dismissed 12 more charges against the two remaining defendants there.

By Tom Jackman  |  March 4, 2010; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Fairfax , Loudoun , Tom Jackman , Updates  
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Rowdy hoops fans could get booted from school

It's not totally clear what to call last night's post-basketball game activityat the University of Maryland: Melee? Disturbance? Rowdy celebration? Riot? The final term seems too strong, but the school itself has come up with something kind of similar: "Riot-related...

By Dan Morse  |  March 4, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Maryland , Pr. George's  
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Appellate court upholds verdict against Prince George's County

A federal appeals court this week upheld a $3.7 million verdict against Prince George's County that arose out of a discrimination claim filed by a church. The case involves Reaching Hearts International, a Seventh-day Adventist church that claimed the county...

By Maria Glod  |  March 4, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Maria Glod , Pr. George's , Updates  
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Doing 'doughnuts' leads to arrest as cops follow mud trail

Doing "doughnuts" in your car can sure be a lot of fun. Doing them in the middle of a high school playing field, tearing it up in the process, can lead to a felony arrest. Three young men are accused...

By Josh White  |  March 4, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Josh White , Pr. William  
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Unable to purchase it, three men steal beer from CVS

There are probably many people who can sympathize with this problem: You go into a Virginia convenience store after midnight looking to buy beer and you're told you're out of luck. Though the beer is sitting right there, they...

By Josh White  |  March 4, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Crime, Seen , Josh White , Pr. William , Virginia  
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Fans arrested on College Park streets after win against Duke

Updated, 1:30 a.m.: Campus and county police arrested several people early Thursday morning as police tried to disperse crowds on campus and on Route 1, said Paul Dillon, a spokesman for the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety....

By Clarence Williams  |  March 4, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Clarence Williams , Maryland , Offbeat , Pr. George's  
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Wanted: Man with lucky '7' tattooed on his neck

Updated, 6:12 p.m.: Raymond Stanley Morgan III was apprehended Wednesday in Middlesex County, Va., after the St. Mary’s County Bureau of Criminal Investigations developed information about his whereabouts. Morgan was taken into custody as he tried to flee a...

By Dan Morse  |  March 3, 2010; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Maryland , St. Mary's  
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Police seek man in hammer attack

Anthony T. Soligny Update, 5:25 p.m.: Anthony T. Soligny was stopped and arrested shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday in Georgia. Maryland State Police had issued a lookout for Soligny and the vehicle he was thought to be driving. A...

By Dan Morse  |  March 3, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Maryland  
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Blood trail, going back 7 years, leads to burglary charges

Three times, Montgomery County police say, John T. Dennie broke into businesses, leaving behind his own blood after smashing out a window. At one point -- in order to explain why he needed treatment at a hospital -- he said...

By Dan Morse  |  March 3, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland , Montgomery  
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GMU police arrest pair in book thefts

College textbooks can be crazy expensive these days -- some cost hundreds of dollars. So two alleged thieves thought they saw an opportunity by swiping pricey texts from the George Mason University bookstore, pawning them at a used book store, and then using the cash for crack cocaine, according to the GMU police.

By Tom Jackman  |  March 3, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Fairfax , Schools , Tom Jackman  
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Police: Two brothers go at it over samurai sword

Updated, 2:30 p.m.: Justin Mulcahy, an Anne Arundel County police spokesman, provided a broad outline of events that might have led to the fight: "The suspects were having a dispute over family matters and it was determined that they had...

By Dan Morse  |  March 3, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Anne Arundel , Dan Morse  
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If at first you don't succeed, try another bank

A goateed man wearing dark clothes and a skull cap robbed a BB&T bank in the Camp Springs area Tuesday, just minutes after he unsuccessfully tried to rob a different bank up the road, police said. What's worse is that...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  March 3, 2010; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Feds: Virginia firms billed Medicaid for care not provided

Federal and Virginia officials filed a False Claims Act complaint in western Virginia against a residential facility in Marion, Va., which receives Medicaid funds to provide psychiatric treatment for teen-age boys. The officials allege that Medicaid was billed for inpatient...

By Dan Morse  |  March 3, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Virginia  
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Prince George's drug dog dies

Prince George's County police drug dog Stormy was a bit of a workaholic. So much so that when her handler's pager went off at 2 a.m. -- alerting him to the need for his pet's stellar nose -- she herself...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  March 3, 2010; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Man gets 15-year sentence in racing deaths

The driver who admitted participating in an illegal street race that killed eight people two years ago on Accokeek was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison. Darren J. Bullock, 22, read a brief statement in which he accepted responsibility...

By Washington Post editors  |  March 2, 2010; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda  
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Keenan confirmed by Senate for 4th Circuit post

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Barbara Milano Keenan of Alexandria was confirmed Tuesday afternoon by the full U.S. Senate to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The vote was 99-0.

By Tom Jackman  |  March 2, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Tom Jackman , Updates  
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Sheriff: Residents shouldn't be alarmed by explosions

Those explosions you hear are nothing to worry about. Some residents of Loudoun's Dulles South area have been concerned after hearing loud bangs, prompting sheriff's officials to reassure them there is no cause for alarm. Sheriff's officials traced the noises...

By Maria Glod  |  March 2, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Video: Child left behind during jewelry heist

Philadelphia police have arrested a couple who allegedly robbed a jewelry store and left their 4-year-old son behind, as this AP video reports....

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 2, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A cutting story from a key witness in Md. swindle trial

Nurse Sylvie Chen, one of the series of witnesses prosecutors used to secure a conviction Monday against widow-swindler Roger Greenberg, had a simple story to tell that cut to the heart of things. It involved the widow's mixed terrier, Samantha....

By Dan Morse  |  March 2, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse , From the Courthouse , Montgomery  
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Montgomery police arrest three in human trafficking, prostitution cases

Montgomery County police this morning announced arrests in three human trafficking/prostitution cases. One case, police said, involved a New York operation that transported a 15-year-old to Maryland after promising her she was going there for a modeling photo shoot....

By Dan Morse  |  March 2, 2010; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Man catches, holds alleged thief until police arrive: Frederick police

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office says a man who surprised an alleged thief inside his truck managed to detain the intruder until police arrived about seven minutes later. Authorities haven't released the name of the man who spotted the intruder...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 2, 2010; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Heroes , Maryland  
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A likeable, salty, 84-year-old fraud victim: Meet Evelyn Zucker

What to make of Evelyn Zucker? The 84-year-old fraud victim's violator, ex-con Roger Greenberg, was found guilty of theft, embezzlement, financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult and neglect in a trial in Montgomery County on Monday. None of the jurors...

By Dan Morse  |  March 2, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. state police launch Facebook page

The Virginia State Police is hoping people who become fans of its new page on Facebook will help the agency solve crimes and find missing people and fugitives. The agency launched its page on the social-networking Web site Monday....

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 2, 2010; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Video: Jury deadlocks in Md. street racing case

One of the two men charged in an Accokeek street racing accident that left eight people dead has been issued a $1,000 traffic fine, as reported in The Post and this AP video....

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 2, 2010; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Parents of dead boy found in Va. landfill face murder charges

The parents of a 2-year-old Roanoke boy whose body was found in a landfill are facing murder charges. A grand jury indicted 24-year-old Brandon Lockett and 23-year-old Morgan Lockett on Monday. Each is charged with second-degree murder, child neglect and...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 2, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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If at first you don't succeed, rob another bank

A goateed man wearing dark clothes and a skull cap robbed a BB&T bank in the Camp Springs area Tuesday, just minutes after he unsuccessfully tried to rob a different bank up the road, police said. What’s worse is that...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  March 2, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Court throws out conviction of man who threatened Md. Gov. O'Malley

Maryland's second-highest court has thrown out the conviction of a man who threatened in an e-mail to “strangle the life” out of Gov. Martin O'Malley. The Court of Special Appeals overturned the conviction of Walter Carl Abbott Jr. last week,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 2, 2010; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Domino's robber calls for hot wings, 'Stevie'

A Domino's delivery driver robbed of his cargo of hot wings heard a robber say something unexpected during the crime, according to this report: One of them pointed a chrome pistol at the delivery man and said, “Give it up.”...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 2, 2010; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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D.C. police call on reserves to boost community presence

Amid the bustle of the late night bar scene around the U Street corridor in Northwest Washington early Saturday morning was a notable amount of police activity. Side streets saw flickering blue lights of patrol cars on traffic stops. Sidewalks...

By Clarence Williams  |  March 2, 2010; 6:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Mistrial on most serious counts in street racing deaths

A Prince George's County on Monday night deadlocked on the most serious charges facing one of the drivers in an illegal street race that killed eight people in Accokeek almost two years ago. Tavon Taylor, 20, of Waldorf was charged...

By Washington Post editors  |  March 1, 2010; 8:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda  
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Man, 35, killed in troubled area of Langley Park

A man was killed Sunday night in an area of Langley Park that has long been a source of trouble for Prince George's County police, authorities said. Officers were called to the 8100 block of 15th Avenue for a report...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  March 1, 2010; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Men ask for separate trials in Wone killing

The three men charged with conspiracy in the 2006 slaying of Washington attorney Robert Wone have petitioned a D.C. Superior Court judge for separate trials. In a filing Friday, the men, Joseph Price, Dylan M. Ward and Victory J....

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 1, 2010; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Homicide , Keith L. Alexander , Sex Crimes , The District , Unsolved , Updates  
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Man convicted in swindle of elderly wife

A man who married an elderly woman in the front seat of a car was convicted in Montgomery County Monday of swindling more than $100,000 from his wife and neglecting her so badly that she had to be hospitalized. The...

By Washington Post editors  |  March 1, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Dan Morse , From the Courthouse , Montgomery  
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Defendants rest in alleged Md. cult case

Update, 4:25 p.m.: Three people representing themselves in their trial in the starving death of a 1-year-old boy have rested their cases without calling any witnesses. Queen Antoinette is accused of ordering that toddler Javon Thompson not be fed because...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 1, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Baltimore , From the Courthouse , Updates  
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Frederick man gets 25 years for role in death of witness

Federal prosecutors say a Frederick man has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison for his role in the murder of a witness. Twenty-five-year-old Steven Leroy Stone was sentenced Monday. ....

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 1, 2010; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clinton man, 39, found dead in truck

A Clinton man was found dead in a truck parked on Hamlin Street Thursday, and detectives are exploring the incident as a homicide, authorities said. Just before 4 p.m. Thursday, Prince George's County police were called to the 8700 block...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  March 1, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Homicide , Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  
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Two found shot dead at Pr. William daycare; children unhurt

Prince William police are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide Monday morning at a Dale City house that served as a day care center. Police said the incident took place about 7 a.m. on the main floor of the...

By Dan Morse  |  March 1, 2010; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Two arrested in Md. woman's killing

Cecil County Sheriff's deputies have arrested two people and are looking for two more in the shooting death of a Delaware woman at her parent's farmhouse during a home invasion robbery. Authorities arrested 17-year-old Anthony Melchor and 21-year-old Karl Gladden-Postles...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 1, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. woman charged with snow shovel attack

Allegany County Police say they are looking for a woman charged with hitting another woman in the head with a snow shovel. Lt. Rodney Bell said Monday that an arrest warrant charges 21-year-old Ashley Baldwin with first- and second-degree assault,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 1, 2010; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tattoo leads to arrest of 11th suspect in 2009 Gaithersburg killing

Montgomery County detectives have arrested an eleventh suspect they believe is responsible for the January 2009 gang-related killing of a 15-year-old Maryland boy whose body was found in a creek in Gaithersburg. The victim, Dennys Alfredo Guzman-Saenz, had been stabbed...

By Dan Morse  |  March 1, 2010; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Loudoun 'toothbrush bandits' strike again

The toothbrush bandits were back on Saturday. In the latest theft of high-end oral hygiene products from Loudoun County grocery stores, a man swiped four electric toothbrushes, whitening strips and a 12-pack of toilet paper from a Giant in Ashburn...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 1, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Loudoun , Maria Glod , Updates  
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Pilot killed in Md. small plane crash was Annapolis man

Maryland State Police are identifying the man killed when a single-engine plane crashed in Edgewater. Authorities say 53-year-old Joseph Luther Kelly III of Annapolis was the only person on board the Beechcraft Bonanza P35 on Saturday when it crashed near...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 1, 2010; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man calls police from squad car: Report

An intoxicated man who was getting a ride from police called 911 because he thought he was being kidnapped, according to this report: The unidentified man was being given a ride by troopers from the Bridgeton barracks to a relative's...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 1, 2010; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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