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Crime Scene: April 25, 2010 - May 1, 2010

Police's search for a missing Childs

Police departments often notify the public and the media to ask for help when a child is missing, but Friday's notification was different: it was not a child that police in Fairfax County said they were looking for but Childs....

By Terri Rupar  |  April 30, 2010; 9:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax , From the Courthouse , Martin Weil  
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D.C. man arrested in Kensington jewelry store case

A District man has been arrested for armed robbery, assault and related charges in the Tuesday robbery of a Kensington jewelry store on Antique Row. District police on Thursday arrested Charles Jackson, 46, of the 5700 block of Second Street...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  April 30, 2010; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mary Pat Flaherty , Maryland , Montgomery , The District  
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Waldorf man gets 29 years in stabbings

In January, a Circuit Court jury in Upper Marlboro convicted Witherspoon of second-degree murder, two counts of carrying a deadly weapon and first-degree assault.

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 30, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Homicide , Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda  | Tags: ATV killing, Martinez L. Witherspoon, Matthew Bovell, Steven P. Williams, fatal stabbing, stabbings  
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Suspect in killing of woman and toddler arrested in New York

A 34-year-old man suspected in the slayings of his 3-year-old daughter and her mother in Alexandria was arrested Thursday night in New York, police said. Simon Bahta Asfeha of Alexandria is accused of slitting the throats of Seble G. Tessema,...

By Maria Glod  |  April 30, 2010; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Alexandria , Maria Glod  
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10 year-sentence for culprit in robbery plot upsets Pr. George's victim

A Clinton man who, with his family, was taken hostage at gunpoint in a bank robbery attempt was not pleased Friday when a Prince George's judge sentenced one of his attackers to 10 years in prison. "[Expletive] y'all!" James Spruill...

By Ruben Castaneda  |  April 30, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda  | Tags: Yohannes T. Surafel, Yosef Tadele, bank robbery  
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Suspects in drive-by ordered held

A D.C. Superior Court judge on Friday ordered three of the five suspects in last month's deadly drive-by shooting held in jail until their trials, despite attempts by the men's lawyers to raise questions about the credibility of the government's...

By Washington Post editors  |  April 30, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Homicide , Keith L. Alexander , The District  
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Fairfax plumber convicted in posing as diplomat

When Richard Earl Jaensch, 52, of Annandale, traveled through security checkpoints at airports and at the Fairfax County courthouse in 2008, he flashed his diplomatic credentials. Problem was Jaensch is a plumber and a federal jury in Alexandria on Thursday...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  April 30, 2010; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Fairfax , From the Courthouse , Mary Pat Flaherty , Virginia  
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Maryland man to serve 5 years for possessing child pornography

A 24-year-old Sharpsburg man who kept a binder with child pornography he pulled from the Internet was sentenced to five years in prison, federal officials in Maryland said. Matthew Droneburg also was sencted to 25 years of supervised release after...

By Maria Glod  |  April 30, 2010; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Maria Glod  
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Guilty plea in mass DC shooting

One of the five men arrested in connection with a series of fatal shootings last month that left five people dead --including a mass drive-by shooting -- pleaded guilty Thursday to five counts of second-degree murder while armed and is...

By Washington Post editors  |  April 29, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Homicide , Keith L. Alexander , The District  
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Video: Police chase on camera in Mexico

In Mexico, TV cameras caught hostages being taken at gunpoint into a police car, then speeding away. The chase ended with the capture of suspects. More than 100 officers took part in the chase....

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 29, 2010; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Around the World , Crime, Seen  
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Pr. George's investigating man's body found in Bladensburg apartment

Prince George's County police homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was discovered inside a Bladensburg apartment Wednesday night, authorities said. Bladensburg police were called to the apartment building in the 5800 block of Annapolis Road...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 29, 2010; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  
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Pedestrian dies in morning accident in D.C.

D.C. Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian accident in Southeast Washington. The pedestrian was struck around 10:30 am at First and M Streets SE, according to authorities....

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 29, 2010; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The District , Theola Labbé-DeBose , Traffic Accidents  
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Ashburn businessman pleads guilty to $53M in bank fraud

A flashy Virginia restaurant owner with a penchant for sports cars has pleaded guilty to a massive series of bank frauds in federal court totaling $53 million. Thirty-one-year Osama El-Atari owned a small chain of steakhouses in the D.C. area...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 29, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Loudoun  
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Suspects in Charlotte Hall killing found in Va.

Two suspects in an April 14 shooting death in Charlotte Hall were arrested early Thursday at an apartment in King George, Virginia. Darnell Laquay Proctor, 22, and Azsha Dayne Butler, 21, both of Charlotte Hall, face first-degree murder charges after...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  April 29, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Charles , Homicide , Mary Pat Flaherty , Updates , Virginia  
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'Bawdy' Sterling massage parlor raided

Nine people were arrested after Loudoun authorities raided a Sterling massage parlor where authorities allege some workers didn't have the proper permits -- and some massages went too far, authorities said Thursday. Loudoun Sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell said complaints by...

By Maria Glod  |  April 29, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Loudoun , Maria Glod  
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Md. man charged with assaulting officers after arrest attempt

A 19-year-old Mechanicsville man has been arrested for assaulting two officers, the St. Mary's County sheriff's office says. Authorities say Cpl. Margaret Smolarsky went to the county government building to serve a probation violation warrant to Daniel K. Douglas on...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 29, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  St. Mary's  
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Two charged in Anne Arundel air conditioner theft

A man and woman from Severn were arrested after they were caught stealing air conditioners they planned to loot for scrap copper from a Hanover business, the Anne Arundel police announced Thursday. Officers responding to a report of a theft...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 29, 2010; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anne Arundel , David P. Marino-Nachison  
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Baltimore officer's father killed as suspects flee police

Baltimore police say two drug suspects fleeing police in a car collided with another vehicle and killed one of the occupants, the father of a police officer. It happened about 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday in northwest Baltimore. A police spokesman...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 29, 2010; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Baltimore  
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Man killed in Capitol Heights shooting identified

Prince George's County police have identified a man killed in a double shooting in Capitol Heights earlier this month as Andre David Brooks of the District, authorities said Wednesday. Brooks, 33, and a 31-year-old man were shot in the 6800...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 28, 2010; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's , Updates  
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Felony, jail time for Fairfax mother whose baby overdosed on heroin

The mother of a five-month-old boy who overdosed on heroin was convicted Wednesday of felony child neglect. A Fairfax County jury sentenced Marilyn R. Fischl, 36, to 30 days in prison....

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 28, 2010; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Fairfax , From the Courthouse , Tom Jackman , Updates  
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17 1/2 years for former Ft. Meade soldier who ran Anne Arundel brothel

A soldier formerly stationed at Fort Meade has been sentenced to 17 1/2 years in federal prison for running a brothel out of his Millersville apartment. Prosecutors say Craig Corey conspired with three other men from his hometown of Chillicothe,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 28, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anne Arundel , From the Courthouse , Sex Crimes  
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A life, a (fake) death, a resurrection

Reports of Benjamin Brown's demise, it turns out, were greatly exaggerated. He's alive and well --or maybe not so well, considering he's behind bars. Brown, 36, of Forestville, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington to what might...

By Washington Post editors  |  April 28, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Paul Duggan , The District  
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Tenants will have day in court sooner

D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday reduced the amount of time it will take for District tenants who sue landlords for housing code violations to have their day in court.

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 28, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Keith L. Alexander , The District  | Tags: Superior Court of the District of Columbia, expedited calendar, landlords, tenants  
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Family of man dead in copter crash sues gov't for $15M

The widow of a flight paramedic killed in a 2008 crash of a Maryland State Police helicopter has sued the federal government for $15 million claiming air traffic controllers' errors and inattention contributed to the death. Paramedic Mickey C. Lippy,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 28, 2010; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Mary Pat Flaherty , Pr. George's  
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Manassas police seek suspect who stole credit, debit cards

Manassas police are looking for a woman they say stole credit and debit cards from a woman's purse and then used them in the area. The cards are believed to have been taken from a unattended purse at the Sports...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 28, 2010; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Manassas  
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Pr. William police watching area of Monday abduction attempt

A man tried to abduct a 5-year-old boy Monday in Prince William County, said police, and officers were to spend Tuesday handing out flyers in the Bristow area where the incident took place. County officers said the boy and his...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 28, 2010; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Martin Weil , Pr. William  
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Blue Ridge Parkway shooting victim recounts attack that killed friend

As her friend lay shot, bleeding and dying near her on an overlook of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Christina Floyd struggled for her own life. The stranger who had without warning shot Tim Davis, had just fired his shotgun a...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 28, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Updates , Virginia  
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Bullying investigation in Baltimore after girl, 8, attempts suicide

Baltimore city school officials are investigating allegations of bullying at an elementary school after officials say one girl threatened to commit suicide. Geneva Biggus says her daughter, 8-year-old Shaniya Boyd tried to jump out of a window at Gilmor Elementary...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 28, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Baltimore , Schools  
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Man who died in Va. crash may have meant to kill self: Police

Virginia authorities suspect one of two men who died in a multi-vehicle accident intended to kill himself when he caused the crash. State police Sgt. Michelle Cotten says the North Carolina man told an acquaintance he'd left a letter and...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 28, 2010; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Traffic Accidents , Virginia  
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Man robs store wearing toilet-paper mask, police say

A man in Nebraska robbed a convenience store wearing an unusual mask, according to this report: Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood said Monday that police are still looking for a man who robbed Kabredlo's Convenience Store, 1445 S. 17th St.,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 28, 2010; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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Jewelry store owner may have shot would-be robber

A jewelry store owner in Kensington who tried to defend himself from armed robbers Tuesday afternoon fired at least one round from his own gun, and could have hit one or both suspects, according to Montgomery County officials The store...

By Dan Morse  |  April 27, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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Four-vehicle Pr. George's crash closes road, injures at least 7

Update, 5 p.m.: A Prince George's County fire official now says four vehicles were involved in the crash that shut down Route 197, and seven people were transported to area hospitals with injuries. The crash, fire department spokesman Mark Brady...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  April 27, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's , Traffic Accidents  
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School bus runs into utility lines in Pr. George's

Update, 5:55 p.m.: Bob Hainey, a spokesman for Pepco, said the utility lines removed were not electrical wires, but rather, cable television lines. He said Pepco assisted with the removal of the lines. Original post: About 40 Hyattsville Middle School...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  April 27, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's , Schools  
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Tech Company official pleads guilty to bribing DC employees

The chief executive of a District-based contracting firm admitted in federal court Tuesday that he participated in a bribery and kickback scheme that involved the District government's technology office. Sushil Bansal, 42, president and chief executive of Advanced Integrated Technology...

By Maria Glod  |  April 27, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Maria Glod  
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Video: Elderly woman fights off robber

Virginia authorities are looking for a man who tried to rob a convenience store only to be fought off by the elderly cashier....

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 27, 2010; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime, Seen , Virginia  
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Assault charges for Md. men said to have robbed teen campers

Three men who allegedly held machetes to the throats of some teenage campers face assault and robbery charges in Frederick County. Twenty-one-year-old Zachary Lee of Hagerstown, 21-year-old Nicholas Cann of Frederick and 22-year-old George Carroll of Frederick are charged in...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 27, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Frederick , From the Courthouse  
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Former CIA station chief charged with sex assault arrested in Va.

The CIA’s former top officer in Algeria was arrested at a Norfolk hotel after he failed to show up for a federal court hearing on a sexual assault charge, authorities said. Andrew M. Warren, 42, who had worked at...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 27, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Sex Crimes , Updates , Virginia  
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Ex-Jim Graham aide pleads not guilty in taxi cab scandal

Ted G. Loza, former chief of staff for D.C. Council member Jim Graham, Tuesday morning pleaded not guilty to charges that he accepted or solicited bribes in exchange for pursuing legislation favorable to the taxicab industry. Loza, who was arrested...

By Maria Glod  |  April 27, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Maria Glod , Politics , The District , Updates  
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Md. court throws out Annapolis man's murder conviction

Maryland's second-highest court has thrown out the murder conviction of an Annapolis man accused of shooting a man after a dispute over a cell phone. Monday's ruling by the Court of Special Appeals raised the question of whether Andrew Tuell...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 27, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anne Arundel , From the Courthouse , Updates  
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More than 65 honored at Pr. George's valor awards

Three officers pulled a man from a burning car stuck on the back of a delivery truck as the car’s wheels continued to accelerate rapidly. Another officer grabbed the arm of a man who had purposely swung himself off a...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  April 27, 2010; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Emergencies & Rescues , Fires & Fire Safety , Heroes , Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  
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Pa. jury to decide fate of Pr. George's murderer

A federal court jury in Pennsylvania is trying to decide whether a man convicted of ordering a hit that turned into a double murder in suburban Philadelphia should be sentenced to execution or to life in prison without parole. Jurors...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 27, 2010; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Death Penalty , From the Courthouse , Pr. George's , Updates  
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Citing illegal gambling, Va. raids Moose lodges

Moose lodges in Bedford and Campbell counties have been raided by Virginia officials investigating allegations of illegal video gambling. Chris Goodman of the Alcoholic Beverage Control office in Roanoke says agents seized three machines from the Bedford lodge, along with...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 27, 2010; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Offbeat , Virginia  
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Final suspect arrested in mass DC shooting

A fifth suspect in a deadly drive-by shooting in the District was arrested Monday and charged with four counts of murder, ending the search for the alleged perpetrators of the most lethal outbreak of violence in the city in...

By Washington Post editors  |  April 26, 2010; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Cathy L. Lanier , Homicide , Paul Duggan , The District  
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Man believed to be witness to Texas killing sought in D.C. area

Washington-area police are searching for a man believed to be a witness to the shooting death of a college student in Texas. Investigators want to talk with Khiry McCullum who they believe was at an off-campus party April 17 near...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 26, 2010; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , The Region  
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Arlington police seek men who robbed armored car

Arlington County police are searching for two men who robbed an armored car guard Friday, escaping with an undisclosed amount of cash. The robbery occurred at about 1 p.m. in the 1500 block of South Bell Street, when one of...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 26, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Arlington , Paul Duggan  
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Fairfax woman dies in hospital after Saturday car crash

A 74-year-old Sterling woman who was involved in a car crash Friday in Reston died in a hospital Saturday, police said. Mattie S. Holder, of the 200 block of East Charlotte Street, was traveling west on Sunset Hills Road shortly...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 26, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Fairfax , Paul Duggan , Traffic Accidents  
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Man charged with ramming car, stabbing occupant in Md.

Montgomery County detectives arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with the weekend stabbing of a 27-year-old man who was inside a car that the suspect rammed with his own car. Edwin Bladmir Escobar-Salmeron, of the 1800 block of Metzerott Road...

By Dan Morse  |  April 26, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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Memorial for Brian Betts moved to Strathmore Music Center

The public memorial service for slain D.C. principal Brian Betts has been moved from a school auditorium to the Strathmore Music Center to accommodate a large expected crowd. The service will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.,...

By Dan Morse  |  April 26, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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Woman charged after calling 911 to ask for rides home

A Connecticut woman has been charged after calling 911 six times to ask for a ride home from a nightclub, according to this report: Officers say 28-year-old Quandria Bailey did just that, calling the emergency line six times to request...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 26, 2010; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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