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

Body found in Montgomery park grave was 19-year-old, police say

Update, 6:40 p.m.: Montgomery County detectives investigating the death of Tannessa Victoria Taylor, 19, whose body was found in a shallow grave six days ago, said late Friday that they now consider it a homicide investigation. Orginal post: Using fingerprints,...

By Dan Morse  |  March 12, 2010; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Man gets 26 years in burglaries, assaults

An Arlington man who was dubbed the "Georgetown Cuddler" was sentenced Friday to more than 26 years in prison for burglary and assaults on five male Georgetown University students. D.C. Superior Court Judge Gregory E. Jackson sentenced Todd M. Thomas,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 12, 2010; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Keith L. Alexander , Sex Crimes , The District  
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Montgomery County officers honored for valor

A police officer who clung to the hood of a suspect's car while managing to squeeze off a few rounds to try to stop him ......

By Dan Morse  |  March 12, 2010; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gargiulo convicted of murder of Fairfax cab driver; gets 15-year sentence

A Fairfax County jury Friday convicted Evan Gargiulo of second-degree murder in the 2008 slaying of cab driver Mazhar Nazir, rejecting his claims of self-defense and insanity at the time of the shooting. The jury imposed a 15-year sentence, which Nazir's family felt was too light.

By Tom Jackman  |  March 12, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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McDonnell won't stay Va. convict Paul Powell's execution

Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell has declined to stop next week's execution of a man who killed his teen friend in 1999 then bragged about it to prosecutors once he thought he couldn't face the death penalty. McDonnell said Friday he...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 12, 2010; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Death Penalty , Pr. William , Virginia  
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D.C. police make arrest in December murder

When D.C. police went to arrest the person who allegedly killed 29-year-old Anthony J. Perkins, they didn't have to worry about him getting away: The suspect was already locked up. Antwan Holcomb, 20, was charged Friday with first-degree murder while...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  March 12, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Firearms charge for Pr. William man who accidentally shot woman

A Woodbridge man who was practicing loading and unloading his shotgun Thursday afternoon accidentally discharged the gun, hitting a woman who was on a deck outside a neighbor's house, police said. Police charged Anthony Michael Randall, 48, of the 17000...

By Josh White  |  March 12, 2010; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Twelve Montgomery volunteer firefighters suspended

Twelve volunteer firefighters from the same Rockville station have been suspended after late-night incursions this week into an apartment building's recreation room and fire department warehouse, Montgomery County officials said Friday morning. In the latest incident, which took place shortly...

By Dan Morse  |  March 12, 2010; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Man's body removed from Frederick-area lake

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is seeking help in identifying a body found in Lake Linganore near Frederick. Cpl. Jennifer Bailey said Friday the remains are those of a white man in his early 20s who stood 5-foot-11 and weighed...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 12, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Police on drug bust find $10,000 of crack cocaine in pants pocket

As Annapolis police closed in on some alleged drug dealers in the Friday morning darkness, they saw a pair of blue jeans fly out of a bedroom window. They found $10,000 worth of crack cocaine in the back pocket. The...

By Maria Glod  |  March 12, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Police: Girl tosses boy's iPhone into traffic

Police officers' responsibilties often include working through conflicts -- in one recent case, it seems, between two teens who argued over the content of some text messages. The victim: an iPhone. According to Vienna police, a boy last month reported...

By Maria Glod  |  March 12, 2010; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Loudoun toothbrush thefts continue

The strange rash of toothbrush thefts in Loudoun County isn't over. On Thursday night, a man walked into the CVS on Eastern Kingbird Plaza in Ashburn and stole several electronic toothbrushes and teeth whitening products, Loudoun sheriff's officials said. Police...

By Maria Glod  |  March 12, 2010; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Va. judge declines to step down in serial killer Prieto's resentencing

The resentencing of serial killer Alfredo R. Prieto in Fairfax County can proceed now that a Fairfax judge has rejected a call to recuse himself after he showed emotion in first sentencing Prieto to death in 2008.

By Tom Jackman  |  March 12, 2010; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Va. police shoot, kill rampaging bull

Police shot and killed a bull after the animal escaped from a livestock business and rampaged through Harrisonburg, charging at bystanders and vehicles. The Black Angus was on the loose for about an hour Thursday, making its way through an...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 12, 2010; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Interactive timeline: The FBI's Most Wanted list

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is noting the 60th anniversary of its 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list. Founded on March 14, 1950, the list, as stated on the FBI's Web site, was the byproduct of a 1949 International News Service...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 12, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Crime History  
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91-year-old N.Y. cashier fends off thief

A 91-year-old Long Island pharmacy cashier refused medical attention and went back to work after trying to fend off a thief who knocked her down. Florence Critelli grabbed the man's hand and screamed when he reached over and grabbed cash...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 12, 2010; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Drug-seeking Pr. William home invaders had wrong address, police say

Two men kicked in the rear door of a Lake Ridge townhouse Thursday afternoon and forced their way inside. They grabbed a 29-year-old woman, shoved her into an upstairs bedroom, placed her face down on the floor, and demanded to...

By Josh White  |  March 12, 2010; 6:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Calif. woman robs market, gets $6

A woman who robbed customers of a California market got away with a whopping $6, according to this report: The holdup happened shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday at La Chicanita Market along the 88700 block of 70th Avenue. Armed with...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 12, 2010; 6:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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8 arrested in D.C. drug probe

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District announced the arrest of eight people suspected of involvement in a drug ring in the Barry Farms neighborhood in Southeast Washington and other District neighborhoods. The arrests were part of a collaboration by...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 11, 2010; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Keith L. Alexander , Narcotics , The District  
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D.C. men found guilty of murder

A D.C. Superior Court jury found two District men guilty Thursday of the 2007 robbery and slaying of a Clinton man. The jury found Denardo Hopkins, 20, of Northeast Washington and Steven Harrison, 20, of Southeast Washington guilty of...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 11, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Homicide , The District  
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Md. bill would bar reading text messages while driving

A bill that would prohibit drivers from reading text messages is advancing through the Maryland legislature. The legislation, approved Thursday by a 135 to 2 vote in the House of Delegates, expands a law which bars drivers from writing...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 11, 2010; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Maryland , Personal Safety , Traffic Accidents  
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Huffing a danger for preteens, study says

There was some concerning news Thursday from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. A study found that more 12-year-olds have used potentially lethal inhalants than those who used marijuana, cocaine and hallucinogens combined.

By Maria Glod  |  March 11, 2010; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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D.C. inmate escapes while being taken to hospital

An inmate at the Correctional Treatment Facility in D.C. escaped Thursday morning while being transported to United Medical Center, the former Greater Southeast Hospital, for medical treatment. Authorities said they were taking Terrence Moore to the hospital at 8:50 a.m....

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 11, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The District , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Two teens shot in Calvert gang fight

Two teenagers were shot and seriously injured Wednesday in Calvert County after an argument between rival gang members became violent, police said. The argument turned to rock throwing, which turned to a 2 a.m. game of chicken on Bowie Trail...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  March 11, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Baltimore to offer those with outstanding warrants 'surrender' deal

People wanted for nonviolent or misdemeanor offenses in Baltimore will get the chance to turn themselves in this June. The head of Baltimore's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council says the city will hold its first event with the U.S. Marshals' Fugitive...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 11, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ahead of talks over Md. girls' detention center, a report unearths voices

Conditions at the Maryland’s only secure detention center for girls have drawn the ire of several women in the General Assembly, who are calling for changes in how the state’s juvenile justice agency serves girls. A hearing on a bill...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 11, 2010; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Juvenile Justice , Maryland  
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Arrest in fatal shooting Wednesday night in the District

A 26-year-old was fatally shot Wednesday night in Northeast Washington, and another man has been charged with murder, police said. Officers called to the unit block of Hawaii Avenue NE at about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday found Shadawnchea Gardner suffering from...

By Maria Glod  |  March 11, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Police, mother seek help in search for missing Montgomery man

"If you were paid or paid someone to hurt John, remember, money won't buy your way out of the fires of hell." So writes Madeline Morris, the mother of John Morris, a Montgomery County man who has been missing since...

By Dan Morse  |  March 11, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Police investigating renewed online Va. Tech shooting threats

Virginia Tech police are investigating the resurfacing of threats of another mass shooting at the university in YouTube postings. Police said in an e-mail sent to faculty and students late Wednesday night that at this time they do not believe...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 11, 2010; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Md. man's sex tape leads to conviction

A Hagerstown man who videotaped a sexual encounter without the woman's consent has been convicted for the audio portion of the recording. Delonte Weaver, 36, pleaded guilty Wednesday to “interception of oral communications,” an offense linked to unauthorized recording of...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 11, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Md. family faces charges after 83-year-old bedridden woman's death

Prosecutors in Wicomico County, Md., say members of a Fruitland family charged with abusing an 83-year-old bedridden woman could face additional charges after the elderly woman died. Officials say that the woman died at Peninsula Regional Medical Center on Tuesday...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 11, 2010; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ky. authorities bust moonshine operation

Authorities in Kentucky's southeastern corner say they've found the largest moonshine still in years. Doug Jordan with the Bell County Sheriff's Department told WYMT-TV in Hazard that officers charged Noal Ward, 40, on Wednesday with trafficking an alcoholic beverage in...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 11, 2010; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tipster leads police to suspected D.C. bank robber

An anonymous tip led D.C. police to a 46-year-old Southeast Washington man suspected of robbing one bank and trying to rob two others, authorities said. Tyrone Hines was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with bank robbery and attempted bank robbery,...

By Maria Glod  |  March 11, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Loudoun man drives into restaurant patrons

A Loudoun man accidentally drove his SUV into a restaurant Wednesday evening, striking a man who was having dinner with his daughter and the girl's friend, Loudoun sheriff's officials said. Daniel Goldstein, 38, of Ashburn was charged with reckless driving,...

By Maria Glod  |  March 11, 2010; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Alexandria man's death in Va. hospital being investigated as homicide

The death of an Alexandria man who was a patient at Central State Hospital in Petersburg is being investigated as a homicide. A hospital spokesman said the state medical examiner's office determined that Justin L. Davis, 22, died of asphyxia...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 11, 2010; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Body found in Frederick-area lake

Rescue workers in Frederick County are trying to recover a body found at Lake Linganore. Frederick County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cpl. Jennifer Bailey says two men fishing at the lake spotted the body in the water near the dam around...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 11, 2010; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Woman's dying words aid Pr. George's murder conviction

As she lay in a Suitland apartment, dying from four gunshot wounds, Naomi Cook called 911 on her cellphone and identified her assailant to a police dispatcher. "Do you know who shot you?" the dispatcher asked. "Mush," she replied. Cook,...

By Ruben Castaneda  |  March 11, 2010; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Man robs pharmacy, leaves cash: Police

An Idaho man demanded prescription drugs from a pharmacist, then left money on the counter, according to this report: Egan B. Logan IV, 39, of Twin Lakes, was arrested today on charges of robbery and possession of a controlled substance....

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 11, 2010; 5:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Drug ring made sale in mall food court, authorities charge

Five men have been arrested and charged in a drug conspiracy that authorities said included a drug sale in the food court of the Tysons Corner Center mall. The men -- Jonathan Pai,Tofun Ali Ghasri, Paul Bang, Jeff L. Tsu,...

By Jerry Markon  |  March 10, 2010; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Readjustment often difficult for soldiers returning to law enforcement from war zones

Many law enforcement officers called up to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan are finding it difficult to readjust to their jobs once home, bringing back heightened survival instincts that may make them quicker to use force and showing less patience...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 10, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Small plane violates D.C. airspace, forced down in Frederick

The Federal Aviation Administration says it is investigating a restricted airspace violation by small plane that came within 30 miles of the nation's capital. Spokesman Jim Peters said Wednesday the single-engine Cessna 172 was flying from the New York area...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 10, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Thief strikes inside Montgomery Co. courthouse

Teeming with police officers waiting to testify in court, the second floor of the Montgomery County District Courthouse in Rockville perhaps isn't the best place to steal something. But a woman recently made that bold move, and police on Wednesday...

By Dan Morse  |  March 10, 2010; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Fairfax piano teacher charged with possessing child pornography

A Fairfax County piano teacher who was convicted of possession of child pornography more than a decade ago was arrested earlier this month and charged with the same crime, Fairfax County police said Wednesday. Charles D. Dillon, 59, of the...

By Maria Glod  |  March 10, 2010; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Police: One woman may be responsible for three Fairfax bank robberies

A woman who robbed a Fairfax County bank Tuesday might have hit two others in recent weeks, county police said Wednesday. A woman entered the BB&T Bank at 5105 Westfields Blvd. in Centreville just after 5 p.m., police said in...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 10, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Pr. George's officer injured in Feb. crash dies

A Prince George’s County police officer critically injured responding to a call in the Hyattsville area in February has died, authorities said Wednesday. The officer, Pfc. Thomas Jensen, had been hospitalized in a medically induced coma since the Feb. 27...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 10, 2010; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Pilot killed in Va. small plane crash was Reston man

The pilot killed March 4 when his small plane crashed into a Louisa house was James Arvid Youngquist of Reston, the Virginia State Police said. Youngquist, 62, of the 1400 block of Waterfront Road had flown his fixed-wing, twin-engine Cessna...

By Maria Glod  |  March 10, 2010; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Columbia Heights stabbing victim was Northwest D.C. man

D.C. police have identified the man fatally stabbed in Columbia Heights early Tuesday morning as Adelmo T. Menjivar, 24, of Northwest Washington. Officers called to the 3500 block of 14th Street NW about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday for a report of...

By Maria Glod  |  March 10, 2010; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man in yellow hard hat robs Fairfax bank

A man wearing a bright yellow hardhat robbed a Fairfax County bank Tuesday morning, county police said. The man entered the TD Bank at 6615 Richmond Hwy., told a teller he had a weapon and demanded money, police said in...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 10, 2010; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The truth about Pentagon shooter's last 'utterance': There wasn't one

"Utterance." In the days since Thursday’s shooting at the Pentagon, that word has hung in the air, leaving open a question about what John Patrick Bedell might have said as he fired on officers at a main security entrance. In...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  March 10, 2010; 7:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Loudoun joins Project Lifesaver

The Loudoun Sheriff's office is the latest in the region to join Project Lifesavers, a program that provides tracking bracelets to at-risk people who may wander off. The bracelets, which often are used for people with Alzheimer's or autism, emit...

By Maria Glod  |  March 10, 2010; 5:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pr. George's settles police brutality lawsuit

A civil lawsuit alleging that a Prince George's County police officer beat a young man outside a nightclub without provocation and then collaborated with another officer to falsely charge the man was settled Monday afternoon after attorneys for both sides...

By Ruben Castaneda  |  March 10, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Police investigating theft of rare rabbit in Delaware

New Castle County police are investigating the theft of a rare bunny that was taken from an outdoor enclosure in Delaware. Police responded to the home Monday in Lindamere. A 62-year-old man told investigators someone cut a hole in the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 9, 2010; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Md. man gets prison for taking $279,000 from elderly man

A Hagerstown man has been given 7 1/2 years in prison for bilking an elderly Boonsboro man out of more than a quarter-million dollars. Forty-year-old Daniel Meldron was sentenced Monday for obtaining the property of a vulnerable adult with dementia....

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 9, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Maryland  
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Anne Arundel police seek Severna Park bank robber

Police are searching for a man who robbed a Severna Park bank Saturday morning, making off with an undisclosed amount of cash. Just before 11 a.m. Saturday, the man walked into Bank Annapolis on West McKinsey Road and handed a...

By Maria Glod  |  March 9, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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District teen arrested in Feb. fatal shooting

A 15-year-old District teenager has been charged with murder in the February shooting death of another teenager, police said Tuesday. Authorities said the youth, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, shot 15-year-old Joel Watkins the night of...

By Maria Glod  |  March 9, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Fight breaks out at private party held at N.Y. prison

Authorities are investigating a fight that broke out at a private party being held at a state prison in the Hudson Valley. Officials say two teenagers were cut with knives and a third was hit on the head with a...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 9, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Prison Beat  
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Woman attempts double kidnapping in Southeast D.C.: Police

A woman who tried to grab two young children from a stroller Monday evening had no apparent connection to the childrens' family or the caregiver, authorities said. Neither the children nor the woman watching them were injured during the Southeast...

By Maria Glod  |  March 9, 2010; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Va. men convicted in deadly highway shootout could face life sentence

A jury in Chesapeake will hear from witnesses and recommend sentences Tuesday for two men, a day after they were convicted of first-degree murder in the kidnapping and shooting that ended in a highway shootout. The jury found 32-year-old Dedrion...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 9, 2010; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Police investigating fatal stabbing in Columbia Heights

D.C. police are investigating a fatal stabbing early Tuesday morning in Northwest Washington. Officers from the Third District were called to the 3500 block of 14th Street in Columbia Heights at around 3:00 a.m., according to Captain Aubrey P. Mongal,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 9, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  The District , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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N.C. man arrested for displaying 'cheeseburger' sign

A North Carolina man was arrested after he displayed a sign that read "I'm thinking of a cheeseburger" on the side of a road, according to this report: Michael Francis McLaughlin, 48, held the cardboard sign on the 500 block...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 9, 2010; 7:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Motor vehicle theft, robbery, arson down in Baltimore

Baltimore County Police say crime there decreased significantly last year. County Executive says that of the eight serious crime categories, six saw decreases compared to 2008....

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 9, 2010; 7:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Boy taken from school has been found

Update, 9:58 p.m.: The boy, Rashaun Robinson, has been found, according to police. More updates to come. Update, 8:09 p.m.: D.C. police are seeking the public's help in finding the woman who they think picked up a missing boy...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 8, 2010; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ex-teacher convicted on child porn charge

A former Fauquier County middle school teacher was convicted Monday of filming himself engaging in sexual activity with a student in his classroom and at his home, prosecutors said. Scott C. Howe, 34, was found guilty in U.S. District...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 8, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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District man pleads guilty in slaying; first case dismissed for misconduct

A District man pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder charges in a 2007 stabbing, just one day before he was scheduled to face a retrial in the case. The first case was dismissed because an assistant U.S. attorney admitted withholding...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 8, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Homicide , The District  
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Va. police crackdown nets 7,000 tickets

Plans for police crackdowns often are announced with great fanfare. On Monday, Virginia State Police followed up by revealing the results: More than 7,000 tickets issued over the weekend on Interstates 95 and 81. Called “Operation Air, Land and Speed,”...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 8, 2010; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Va. bill that would expand death penalty passes

A key Senate committee has passed bills allowing the death penalty for those who kill fire marshals and auxiliary police officers. The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 9-6 on both bills Monday....

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 8, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Two murder trials begin in Fairfax

Two intriguing murder trials have begun jury selection on Monday morning in the Fairfax County courthouse, including one in which a Springfield area father is accused of shaking his baby son to death.

By Tom Jackman  |  March 8, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man arrested for entering Zoo's elephant enclosure

Police in Washington arrested a man for trespassing in the National Zoo's elephant enclosure. The elephant area is closed for a major renovation, but the man entered the space Saturday. He was escorted out of the park but returned. That's...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 8, 2010; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Sentencing scheduled for man who smuggled songbirds from Vietnam

A man who smuggled songbirds into Los Angeles from Vietnam by hiding them in his pants is facing up to 20 years in federal prison. Sony Dong of Garden Grove, Calif., is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in Los Angeles....

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 8, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Improperly discarded cigarette leads to Falls Church fire

A man was seriously injured in a weekend fire in Falls Church that was started by an improperly discarded cigarette, Fairfax County fire officials said Monday. Firefighters were called to the blaze, at a home in the 7200 block of...

By Maria Glod  |  March 8, 2010; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Daughter of Oregon 'Most Wanted' fugitive caught in Pr. William returns home

A 4-year-old girl whose parents are in custody for what police say is their involvement in a double homicide in Oregon has been returned to Idaho by her grandparents. Bill and Rita Pope say they traveled to Virginia to get...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 8, 2010; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Josh White , Pr. William , Updates  
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Manassas police search for bank robber

Manassas police are looking for a man who robbed a TD Bank on Friday evening. The man, dressed in dark pants, a navy blue jacket and a baseball cap, walked into the bank's Digges Road branch just before 6 p.m....

By Maria Glod  |  March 8, 2010; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New Anne Arundel courtroom comes with 'frugal' price tag

The ceiling will be lower, the woodwork will be cheaper and the entire room will be narrower. But considering the new courtroom under construction at the county courthouse in downtown Annapolis will cost about 8 percent of what county officials...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 8, 2010; 7:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Md. woman charged with paying man to kill husband

A Baltimore County woman is in jail on charges she paid a man $9,000 to kill her husband at his gas station. Karla Porter is also accused of enlisting four other people, including her sister, in the plot....

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 8, 2010; 7:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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McDonald's parking fracas leads to felony conviction

A Colorado man was convicted of felony assault after an incident in a McDonald's parking lot, according to this report: Jurors deliberated for less than three hours before finding Vernon Brandt guilty of a sole count of third-degree assault stemming...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 8, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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