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Crime Scene: May 2, 2010 - May 8, 2010

Md. police investigate drive-by

Maryland State Police are looking for suspects in a drive-by shooting along Route 50 near Annapolis that left one man injured, officials said Saturday. Police said two men had been at a club in Washington and were headed west on...

By Washington Post editors  | May 8, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anne Arundel, Pr. George's  | Tags:  Land Rover, Range Rover  
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Sketch released of suspect in D.C. sex assault

D.C. police released a sketch Saturday of a man suspected of sexually assaulting a Georgetown University student in April. Police said that at about 2 a.m. April 16, a man with a handgun approached a 19-year-old student as she...

By Washington Post editors  | May 8, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, The District  | Tags:  Colleges and Universities, Education, Georgetown University, Police, Sexual assault, Student, United States, Washington DC  
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All Hands on Deck to be deployed in DC this weekend

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier and city officials announced Friday that D.C. police have launched their first “All Hands on Deck” deployment of 2010 this weekend and officials will focus on repeat violent offenders in their summer crime...

By Washington Post editors  | May 7, 2010; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Cathy L. Lanier, Clarence Williams, The District  
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Former trooper receives probation in misconduct case

A former Maryland State Trooper was spared jail time but sentenced to two years of supervised probation Friday for a misconduct-in-office conviction stemming from a controversial DUI arrest nearly two years ago. The former trooper, Marlon Iglesias, was acquitted last...

By Dan Morse  | May 7, 2010; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery  
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Pr. George's police still investigating possible rape at college

Update, May 7: On Thursday, Prince George's County police said a female student who reported being raped on the campus of Prince George's Community College had "ended up recanting the rape itself." Now, the police are recanting. Capt. Misty Mints,...

By Matt Zapotosky  | May 7, 2010; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's, Schools, Sex Crimes  
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Appeals Court won't block prayer from inaugurations

Once again, a California atheist has tried to keep God out of the presidential inauguration. Once again, a court has ruled that prayer can stay. Michael Newdow had objected to President Obama’s decision to include the phrase "So help me...

By Maria Glod  | May 7, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Man who used 911 to dial a ride in Charles County to face charges

It's a little-known fact, but when your cell phone is out of minutes, it still works for calling 911. And so early Thursday, a man walking on Route 225 in the Ripley area of Charles County dialed 911 to report he'd just been robbed at gunpoint even though the minutes on his mobile phone had expired.

By Tom Jackman  | May 7, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Charles, Tom Jackman  
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Loudoun financial adviser admits to $6.7M investment fraud

A Loudoun County man pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to a scheme reminiscent of the scams launched by New York financier Bernard Madoff. Gregory Vincent Cronin, 49, of Lovettsville, defrauded his clients of more than $6.7 million they had given him to invest in blue chip stocks, federal authorities said.

By Tom Jackman  | May 7, 2010; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Financial Crimes, From the Courthouse, Loudoun, Tom Jackman  | Tags:  Loudoun financial adviser scam; Gregory Cronin $6.7 million fraud; Gregory Cronin investment scam  
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Slain Va. prof's students don't want death penalty for accused killer

Some former students of a slain Longwood University professor are asking prosecutors not to seek the death penalty against the man accused of killing her and her family. Debra Kelley, her 16-year-old daughter Emma Niederbrock, Emma's father Mark, and Emma's...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 7, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Death Penalty, Homicide, Updates, Virginia  
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Mother of baby that overdosed on heroin gets 30 days

The mother of a five-month-old Fairfax County boy who overdosed on heroin last year, was sentenced to 30 days in the Fairfax jail Friday for felony child neglect.

By Tom Jackman  | May 7, 2010; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Fairfax, From the Courthouse, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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Fairfax man uses iPhone app to meet, have sex with 14-yr-old girl

A Fairfax County man is in federal custody after meeting a teenage Maryland girl through an iPhone social networking app and having sex with her both at her parents' house and at his house in the Alexandria area of Fairfax, federal authorities allege.

By Tom Jackman  | May 7, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Fairfax, Sex Crimes, Technology, Tom Jackman  
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5 years for Va. man who ran mortgage fraud scheme

The ringleader of a mortgage fraud scheme involving dozens of homes in northern Virginia and losses of at least $9 million has been sentenced to five years in prison. Real estate agent Ruben Rojas led a criminal enterprise that resulted...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 7, 2010; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Fairfax, Financial Crimes, From the Courthouse  
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Man charged with arson after $100K D.C. house blaze

D.C. fire investigators arrested and charged a man with arson Friday morning after he allegedly set fire to a Southeast Washington home. Firefighters were called to the 3000 block of 30th St. SE for a report of a one-story house...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 7, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, The District, Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Wizards' Gilbert Arenas leaves Montgomery halfway house

With little fanfare, basketball star Gilbert Arenas left a Montgomery County halfway house Friday morning, driving away at 7 a.m. Thus ended his month-long sentence at the county's Pre-Release Center, a hitch that stemmed from his gun troubles. He left...

By Dan Morse  | May 7, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Celebrities, Dan Morse, Montgomery, Updates  
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Guilty plea for woman's attacker caught by 'heroic' D.C. neighbors

A District teen who was subdued by community members after he assaulted a young female graduate student in January pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual abuse on April 30, authorities said. According to prosecutors, the woman was walking back to her...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  | May 7, 2010; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Heroes, Sex Crimes, The District, Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Va. violent crime down in 2009, report says

State police say Virginia saw declines in violent crimes and other offenses in 2009. The Virginia State Police's 2009 Crime in Virginia report says violent crimes fell by 9.7 percent compared to 2008. Motor vehicle and other property thefts and...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 7, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Crime Statistics, Virginia  
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Woman attempts bank robbery feet from police officer

An Ohio woman tried to rob a bank just feed away from a uniformed police officer who was there to make a personal transaction, according to this report: "He's standing in line, waiting for his turn," said FBI Special Agent...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 7, 2010; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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Group camped in woods had knives, BB guns, police said.

The scene looked ominous when the Maryland-National Capital Park Police officer happened upon the group in the woods Thursday morning, police said. Five people were camped out, and one was marching and holding what appeared to be a military rifle....

By Maria Glod  | May 6, 2010; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maria Glod, Montgomery  
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Man who wore Redskins cap in Md. bank hit suspected in Va. robbery

A Redskins-capped man police say tried to rob a Montgomery County bank in mid-April tried again later in the month -- and succeeded, this time in Arlington, according to authorities, though without the cap. Montgomery County police say a man...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 6, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Arlington, David P. Marino-Nachison, Montgomery, Updates  
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Suspect in Brian Betts slaying case extradited to Montgomery

Montgomery County detectives on Thursday transported Artura O. Williams, the mother of an 18-year-old charged in the slaying of D.C. principal Brian Betts, to Montgomery County from the District, officials said. Williams, 46, of the 5300 block of 5th Street...

By Dan Morse  | May 6, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery, Updates  
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Video: Face-slapping granny spends night in jail

A 73-year old Florida grandmother spent a night in jail after slapping her 18-year-old granddaughter across the face during an argument over homework. The teen called police, but prosecutors have dropped the charges....

By Washington Post Editors  | May 6, 2010; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Around the Nation  
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Victims testify ex-Fairfax pastor molested them

Two men who say they were molested by former Christian pastor Tommy Shelton when he oversaw a church in Fairfax County in the 1990s testified Thursday that Shelton abused them when he was alone with them, and five felony sex charges against Shelton were sent to the Fairfax grand jury for possible indictment.

By Tom Jackman  | May 6, 2010; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax, From the Courthouse, Sex Crimes, Tom Jackman, Updates  | Tags:  Sexual abuse, Sexual assault, Tommy Shelton, pastor accused of sex assault  
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Attorneys seek to block Va. killer Darick Walker's execution

Attorneys for a Virginia inmate set to be executed later this month are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block the execution. Darick Walker's attorneys say executing him May 20 would be unconstitutional because of his subaverage intellectual functioning and...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 6, 2010; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Death Penalty, From the Courthouse, Virginia  
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Ex-staffer at Thomas Jefferson H.S. admits to embezzling

A former financial officer at Thomas Jefferson High School in Fairfax County pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzling $279,000 from various school funds to pay for gambling trips to Las Vegas and Atlantic City and to pay her credit card and mortgage debts.

By Tom Jackman  | May 6, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax, Financial Crimes, From the Courthouse, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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U-Md. picks new police chief

A former Prince George’s County police chief and Maryland State Police superintendent will take over as police chief and public safety director at the University of Maryland, the school announced Wednesday. David B. Mitchell, who worked more than 24 years...

By Matt Zapotosky  | May 6, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's, Schools  
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Montgomery student shot with airsoft gun

Montgomery County police say a middle school student shot another student with a BB gun Thursday morning.

By Washington Post Editors  | May 6, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Montgomery, Schools  | Tags:  Middle school, Montgomery, Silver Spring Maryland, bb gun, student shot with bb gun  
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Fredericksburg man gets jail time for child porn possession

A Virginia man who told police about a child pornography collection they didn't know existed has been ordered to serve 21 years in prison. Thirty-eight-year-old Jason Michael Doughty was sentenced on Wednesday in Fredericksburg Circuit Court to a total 74...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 6, 2010; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Virginia  
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5 years for man who torched Va. bar to impress bikers

A Florida man convicted of torching a restaurant in Virginia to impress the Pagan Motorcycle Club will spend five years in a federal prison. William Wardell Welebir of Port Ritchie, Fla., was convicted in February of one arson count stemming...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 6, 2010; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Virginia  
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Meeting of chat friends turns into robbery

A Prince William County man who agreed to meet another man in Manassas after they messaged on a cellphone chat line was robbed by two men at gunpoint last month, Prince William police said, and they released a photo of a suspect Wednesday.

By Washington Post Editors  | May 5, 2010; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Pr. William, Tom Jackman  | Tags:  cellphone chat, chat meeting, man robbed after agreeing to meet, meeting turns to robbery  
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Man in custody after reports of Pr. George's Community College campus rape

A female Prince George's Community College student reported that she was raped outside a building on the school's Largo campus Wednesday afternoon, and police have in their custody a male suspect who is not a student at the school, a...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 5, 2010; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's, Schools, Sex Crimes  
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Video: Cops chase, Tase alleged carjacker

Authorities in Oregon got into a foot chase with an alleged carjacker until he had no where else to go but into a river. Officers eventually used a stun gun on the guy thinking he was armed....

By Washington Post Editors  | May 5, 2010; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Crime, Seen  
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Man convicted in Herndon-area murder

A Fairfax County jury convicted a man Wednesday of first-degree murder for the 2008 slaying of Herndon area resident Erika Yancey. Yancey, 22, lived in the Camden-Dulles apartment complex with Marcus Williams, 27, Williams's girlfriend and Williams's two children. On...

By Washington Post editors  | May 5, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax, From the Courthouse, Homicide, Tom Jackman  
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Suspect leaves wallet behind in D.C. bank robbery attempt

Most criminals don't leave a business cards at crime scenes, so police usually have to work to identify suspects. In the case of a bank robbery last month, however, a suspect left an even bigger clue: his wallet. D.C. Police...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  | May 5, 2010; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The District, Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Motorcyclist, 21, killed in Calvert crash

A 21-year-old motorcyclist was killed Monday after he collided with a pickup truck on Broomes Island Road in Calvert County, authorities said. John Alton Stratchko, of Broomes Island, was riding a motorcycle south on Broomes Island Road near Island Creek...

By Matt Zapotosky  | May 5, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Calvert, Matt Zapotosky, Traffic Accidents  
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Pedestrian killed in Tuesday crash had been drinking, police say

The man struck and killed after he walked onto Watkins Park Drive in the Kettering area Tuesday night is suspected to have been drinking before the crash, authorities said. Lloyd Williams, 55, of Upper Marlboro, was pronounced dead at the...

By Matt Zapotosky  | May 5, 2010; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's, Traffic Accidents, Updates  
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Video: Rescue from raging water near Ga. dam

In Georgia, three people are rescued from the edge of a dam, stuck in a rain-swollen creek. A local fire department threw life preservers to the people and pulled them to shore using a tethered line....

By Washington Post Editors  | May 5, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Emergencies & Rescues  
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DNA evidence clears Ohio man in 1981 rape case

An Ohio man tasted freedom for the first time in nearly 30 years Tuesday after DNA evidence showed he did not rape an 11-year-old girl and a judge vacated his conviction. "It finally happened, I've been waiting," Raymond Towler, 52,...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 5, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, From the Courthouse  
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Collision with bus kills St. Mary's woman

A woman who apparently pulled her car in front of a bus Tuesday evening in St. Mary's County was killed, St. Mary's sheriff's officials said Wednesday. The victim was identified as Joan Mattingly Dean, 75, of Hollywood, Md.

By Tom Jackman  | May 5, 2010; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  St. Mary's, Tom Jackman, Traffic Accidents  
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Laurel man killed in Howard County crash

A Laurel man was killed Tuesday night when his sport-utility vehicle veered off the road and slammed into a tree in the Savage area of Howard County, Howard police said Wednesday.

By Tom Jackman  | May 5, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Howard, Tom Jackman, Traffic Accidents  
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Three Baltimore officers charged with kidnapping teens

A Baltimore grand jury has returned an indictment against three city police officers, charging them with kidnapping of two teenagers last year. The State's Attorney's Office says the grand jury returned the 14-count indictments on Tuesday....

By Washington Post Editors  | May 5, 2010; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Baltimore  
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Florida driver takes drink before sobriety test

A man preparing to take a sobriety test in Florida took one more nip before authorities caught on, according to this report: According to authorities, the 61-year-old admitted he had been drinking and agreed take to the test. That's when...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 5, 2010; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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D.C. Court of Appeals hears arguments for and against same-sex marriage

Lawyers for and against same-sex marriage in the District outlined their arguments Tuesday before the nine D.C. Court of Appeals judges in one of the latest efforts surrounding same-sex marriages being performed in the District. It was one of the first times all nine judges sat for an initial argument.

By Washington Post Editors  | May 4, 2010; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Keith L. Alexander, The District  | Tags:  Bishop Harry Jackson, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Same-sex marriage, d.c. same sex marriage  
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Suspects in Betts case have long rap sheets

The three 18-year-olds charged with killing well-known D.C. principal Brian Betts have lengthy criminal histories as juveniles, according to charging documents made public Tuesday, and were all ordered held without bond. One of the suspects, Alante Saunders, was charged with...

By Dan Morse  | May 4, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery  
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Guilty plea in crash that killed teenage Howard football player

A former college football player has pleaded guilty in the drunken-driving death of a high school football player from Howard County. David Erdman, 22, pleaded guilty Monday to negligent homicide while driving under the influence of alcohol....

By Washington Post Editors  | May 4, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Howard, Schools, Updates  
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Third suspect charged with murder in Betts case

Montgomery County police Tuesday identified a third 18-year-old charged in the slaying of D.C. principal Brian Betts. Charging documents say the man admitted to being at Betts's home at the time he was killed. The charging documents offer new details...

By Dan Morse  | May 4, 2010; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery, Schools, Updates  
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Pr. George's jurors hear woman's dying moments in murder trial

The woman's voice was labored, wheezing, as if she were struggling to breathe. A moment later, the woman said, "I don't wanna die, Aaron." A male voice is heard to respond, "Die."...

By Ruben Castaneda  | May 4, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Homicide, Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda  
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Fairfax property manager accused of embezzling $365,000

An Alexandria woman who worked as an agent for a Fairfax County property management company has been arrested for allegedly embezzling $365,000 from the account of an apartment complex in Alexandria.

By Tom Jackman  | May 4, 2010; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Alexandria, Fairfax, Financial Crimes, Tom Jackman  
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Dressed as superhero, man foils shoplifter

A comic book shop owner dressed as Spiderman broke up a would-be theft, according to this report out of Australia: Adelaide Comic Centre owner Michael Baulderstone, 45, spotted a man "behaving suspiciously" at the back of his Rundle Mall shop...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 4, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the World, Offbeat  
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Police: Principal Brian Betts met alleged killers on sex chat line

Update: Two men have been charged with murder and a third man is in custody in the slaying of D.C. principal Brian Betts, Montgomery County police said Monday evening. Police Chief Thomas Manger said Betts met one or more of...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 3, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery, Schools, The District, Theola Labbé-DeBose, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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Smiler murder case sent to Fairfax grand jury

The murder case against a woman accused of killing D.C. goth scene fixture Dirk Smiler was sent to a Fairfax County grand jury Monday for possible indictment, but the judge who heard the case ruled that the woman accused in the shooting could be released on bond before her trial.

By Washington Post Editors  | May 3, 2010; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax, Homicide, The Region, Tom Jackman, Updates, Virginia  | Tags:  Cara Cottle, Fairfax County, Fairfax County Virginia, Grand jury, Indictment, Murder, Preliminary hearing, dirk smiler  
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U-Va. lacrosse player George Huguely charged in Yeardley Love's death

A University of Virginia men's lacrosse player from Chevy Chase and the Landon School has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a women's lacrosse player at the school. George Huguely, 22, is charged with killing Yeardley Love,...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | May 3, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
Categories:  Mary Pat Flaherty, Schools, Virginia  
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Man killed in Prince William crash

A Woodbridge man died Sunday after he was hit by an SUV driver in Prince William, county police said Monday. Police responded to the area of Jefferson Davis Highway and Prince William Parkway at around 12:49 a.m., where they found...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 3, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison, Pr. William, Traffic Accidents  
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Fairfax murder trial features love triangle, DNA, mystery

The horrible homicide of Erika Yancey, in which her throat was slashed in the Herndon area in November 2008, has finally come to trial in Fairfax County.

By Tom Jackman  | May 3, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax, From the Courthouse, Homicide, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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Woman found dead in Fairfax garage fire

An unidentified woman's body was found inside a Fairfax County garage Saturday evening after firefighters extinguished a fire there, Fairfax fire officials said Monday. The woman's cause of death may be determined in an autopsy being conducted Monday morning, and both police detectives and fire marshals are investigating the case.

By Tom Jackman  | May 3, 2010; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Fairfax, Fires & Fire Safety, Tom Jackman  
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Man dies in Saturday Anne Arundel motorcycle crash

A Baltimore man died Saturday in a motorcycle crash in Anne Arundel, county police said Monday. Authorities responded to the intersection of of Route 648 South and Boulevard Place in Linthicum at around 12:46 a.m and found a motorcycle lying...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 3, 2010; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anne Arundel, Traffic Accidents  
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Student's phone camera catches teacher stealing from lockers

A Florida high school teacher has quit his job after a student's cell phone camera caught him stealing from lockers, according to this report: Steven Simmons, a teacher with more than 20 years service, was arrested and charged with grand...

By Washington Post Editors  | May 3, 2010; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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