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Crime Scene: May 23, 2010 - May 29, 2010

Fourth arrest in stairwell beating caught on video

Montgomery County detectives have arrested a fourth suspect in connection with a "pack" robbery in an apartment building stairwell in Aspen Hill on May 5 that was caught on surveillance video, officials said Friday. Richardo G. Albert, 22, of the...

By Dan Morse  |  May 28, 2010; 10:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Crime, Seen , Dan Morse , Montgomery , Updates  
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D.C. man gets 24 years for 2009 shooting that killed woman

A D.C. man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for shooting at a group of people from a bicycle and killing a bystander. Devonte Carlton was sentenced Friday in D.C. Superior Court. Carlton pleaded guilty in December to...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 28, 2010; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , The District  
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Four suspects indicted in Betts killing

A Montgomery County grand jury on Thursday indicted four suspects in connection with the slaying of well-known D.C. principal Brian Betts. Police previously charged the four with murder.. The indictment moves the case from District Court to Circuit Court, where...

By Dan Morse  |  May 28, 2010; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Dan Morse , From the Courthouse , Montgomery  
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Body found inside burning vehicle in Prince George's County

Prince George's County police homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Thursday night inside a burning vehicle in the Hillcrest Heights neighborhood. Shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday, patrol officers went to the 2100 block...

By Ruben Castaneda  |  May 28, 2010; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda  | Tags: Prince George's County police, homicide  
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Ex-butcher inmate kills, butchers deer caught in Wash. prison netting

The Washington State Penitentiary says an inmate on a work crew killed and butchered a deer that was entangled in netting at the prison's pheasant farm near Walla Walla. Spokeswoman Shari Hall says the minimum-security prisoner killed the deer last...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 28, 2010; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Prison Beat  
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Man's claim of parking deck assault isn't adding up

Montgomery County detectives looking into a 29-year-old's stunning claim Thursday -- that he'd been walking across a Wheaton parking lot, was accosted by two men, was dragged to the fifth level of a parking deck, was robbed, and was shoved...

By Dan Morse  |  May 28, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Fairfax police release photos of meatballs they say were used to kill dogs

Fairfax police have released photographs of the meatballs they say were made with toxic chemicals and fed to two Centreville-area dogs, killing them....

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 28, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison , Fairfax , Updates  
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D.C. police investigating two fatal stabbings

D.C. Police are investigating two seemingly unrelated fatal stabbings that occurred late Thursday night and early Friday morning.

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  May 28, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Homicide , The District , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Suspect robs Fairfax bank, forgets to flee: Busted

In the annals of Criminals Who Are Also Idiots -- what WTOP likes to call "Knuckleheads in the News" -- we may soon add the man police say robbed a Fairfax County bank Thursday afternoon, but was still standing in the bank's parking lot with his ill-gotten booty when the police arrived several minutes later.

By Tom Jackman  |  May 28, 2010; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Fairfax , Robbery , Tom Jackman  
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Search for Colonial Parkway murder victims' remains called off

A planned search has been called off for the remains of two people slain two decades ago along the Colonial Parkway after officials capped the number of people who could participate. Family members of victims Keith Call and Cassandra Hailey...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 28, 2010; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cold Cases , Unsolved , Updates , Virginia  
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Man found stabbed to death in D.C.

D.C. police are investigating the death of a man found with apparent stab wounds Thursday inside of a Southeast Washington apartment, officials said. Police arrived at a third-floor apartment in the 1600 block of V Street about 2:30 p.m, and...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 28, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Clarence Williams , Homicide , The District  
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Man shot, killed in Silver Spring

A man who was shot in Silver Spring on Thursday night has died, Montgomery County police said early Friday. They identified the victim as Hamilton Luis Rabanales, 25, of the 2100 block of Dexter Avenue in Silver Spring. Police earlier...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 28, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Clarence Williams , Homicide , Montgomery  
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Va. inmate charged with 1996 murder

Newport News police have arrested a man in a slaying that occurred 14 years ago. Police said Thursday that 39-year-old Erick Rodgers faces charges of murder, use of a firearm in a felony and possession of a firearm by a...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 28, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cold Cases , Homicide , Virginia  
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Va. sheriff's aide, convicted felon under investigation

For nearly three months, Jonathan Burns tooled the back roads of this rural county and later told Facebook about his adventures. He drove the Isle of Wight County sheriff's car, he said, carried a gun and a stun gun, and...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 28, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man called 911 because neighbors had his video game controllers: Police

A Florida man was charged with abusing the 911 system after calling to report that his neighbors had his video game controllers, according to a report.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 28, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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Man drops from Wheaton parking deck, may have been robbed

This much seems clear: A 29-year-old man fell 40 to 50 feet from a parking deck in Wheaton on Thursday, went through a tree, landed in a mulch area, and received injuries to his back and an ankle. What Montgomery...

By Dan Morse  |  May 27, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Va. man released after mistaken arrest

A Spotsylvania County man who was arrested last week and accused of trying to abduct a 9-year-old boy was released from jail Thursday and cleared of all charges after Spotsylvania sheriff’s deputies investigated further and realized that they had charged the wrong man.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 27, 2010; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Tom Jackman , Virginia  
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Fire at D.C. Eastern Market caused by electrical issues, report says

The 2007 fire that destroyed the District's historic Eastern Market was caused by electrical issues, according to a final report the D.C. Fire/EMS released Thursday. An electrical cause was ruled out early on by federal investigators, but D.C. Fire Chief...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  May 27, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Document Room , Fires & Fire Safety , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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D.C. man arrested in Oxon Hill double shooting

Police in Prince George's County have arrested a D.C. man who they say shot and killed a teenager and shot and wounded another man outside an Oxon Hill strip mall Wednesday afternoon, authorities said Thursday. Jesse H. Miller, 23, of...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  May 27, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  
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Grocery store death ruled a suicide, police say

Investigators believe the man found dead in a Bowie grocery store Tuesday shot himself, authorities said Thursday. A medical examiner has preliminarily ruled that the 49-year-old man's death was a suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Maj. Andrew Ellis,...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  May 27, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  
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Four men indicted in string of robberies across Maryland

A grand jury in Baltimore has indicted three Hagerstown men and a Pennsylvania man in a string of pharmacy and bank robberies stretching from western Maryland to Baltimore. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced the charges Thursday against 20-year-old Elvin...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 27, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man killed in tractor-trailer crash

An Edgewater man was killed Wednesday when he crashed his car into the back of a tractor-trailer that had pulled to the shoulder of Route 50 near Route 704, authorities said.

By Matt Zapotosky  |  May 27, 2010; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Teen Motorcylist in Montgomery County Accident Identified By Police

Montgomery county detectives continue to investigate a fatal collision in Potomac Wednesday that killed a 17-year-old Potomac resident. Robert Brown Latimer died after his off-road motorcycle collided with a car at the intersection of Carmelita Drive and Hemswell Lane around...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  May 27, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Montgomery , Theola Labbé-DeBose , Traffic Accidents  
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Two dogs poisoned in Centreville

Two dogs died after apparently ingesting a toxic substance in a Centreville neighborhood Wednesday, and police believe their homes may have been “targeted” by someone who put meatballs containing the substance in their yards, authorities said. Fairfax County animal control...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  May 27, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Someone may be poisoning dogs in Fairfax: Police

Two dogs are dead and another ill after being poisoned in Centreville police say. The dogs, which were discovered in the 15100 block of Olddale Road, police say, were fed a meat laced with an unknown toxin....

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 27, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax  
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D.C. correctional officer sentenced in bribery case

Jail is supposed to be no frills, a place where the only the basic amenities of food, clothing and shelter exist. But according to prosecutors, one D.C. jail officer helped an inmate get some creature comforts -- a cell phone,...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  May 27, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Jail , The District , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Natalee Holloway missing persons center set to open in D.C. in June

The 2005 disappearance of high school graduate Natalee Holloway in Aruba during a senior class trip set off a media frenzy that resulted in several books, a Lifetime network movie and hours and hours of coverage. But years have passed...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  May 27, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Around the World , Cold Cases , The District , Unsolved  
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Va. woman charged with murder-for-hire in husband's death

A Norfolk woman has been accused of hiring someone to kill her husband allegedly to split the proceeds of an insurance policy. An indictment in Chesterfield County Circuit Court charges 24-year-old Delilah Wiley with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 27, 2010; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Virginia  
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Former Va. college accountant admits stealing $225K from school

Federal authorities said a former accountant for the University of Northern Virginia hatched an unusual plan to steal: he directed payroll to write him checks. John F. Rickard Jr., 50, of Manassas, pleaded guilty this week to one count of...

By Maria Glod  |  May 27, 2010; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Fairfax , Financial Crimes , From the Courthouse , Maria Glod , Schools  
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Md. man found with large child pornography stash charged, authorities say

Maryland federal officials said they came upon one of the largest collections of child pornography that has been collected in the state during an investigation that resulted in the arrest of a 27-year-old Parkville man. Jeremy Guzewicz was indicted Wednesday...

By Maria Glod  |  May 27, 2010; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Maria Glod , Maryland  
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Concern over reported increase in attacks on rangers in national parks

An environmental group that advocates on behalf of government employees worries anti-government rhetoric fueled a surge in attacks and threats last year against law enforcement rangers in national parks. The group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility said it used the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 27, 2010; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation  
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Fund created to aid family of slain man

A Maryland community group on Wednesday launched a fund to support the family of Jose R. Rosales, the man who was killed in Centreville last week while protecting homeowners who had given him work. Rosales, 39, was shot to death...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 27, 2010; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax , Tom Jackman , Updates  
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Legal Aid ex-officer charged in $1M scheme

A former financial officer for the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau was charged Wednesday in a years-long scheme to steal more than $1 million from the nonprofit organization, Maryland federal officials said. Benjamin Louis King, 58, of Gwynn Oak, who worked...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 27, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Financial Crimes , From the Courthouse , Maria Glod , Maryland  
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Teen dies in Potomac crash

A Potomac teenager was killed Wednesday when his off-road motorcycle crashed into a SUV at a Potomac intersection, Montgomery County police said. After the collision at Carmelita Drive and Hemswell Lane about 4 p.m., the 17-year-old was taken to Suburban...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 27, 2010; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Clarence Williams , Montgomery , Traffic Accidents  
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Would-be bank robbers in Germany blow up a bank

Nobody was injured, but a bank in Germany was destroyed when bank robbers vastly misjudged the amound of explosives needed to blow open a safe, according to this report: The building housing the bank in the northern village of Malliss...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 27, 2010; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the World , Offbeat  
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Mother charged after Pr. William girl found in bathtub dies

A Dale City woman has been charged with felony child neglect in the death of her 6-year-old daughter after the girl was found unresponsive Friday in bathtub at her home, Prince William County police said. Andrea Monique Beale, 31, called...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  May 26, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Driver dies in crash with tractor-trailer on Route 50

A fatal crash shut down an acceleration lane and shoulder lane of eastbound Route 50 near the Capitol Beltway, authorities said Wednesday afternoon. Details about the crash, which occurred shortly before 4 p.m., remained scant. Police said a car was...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 26, 2010; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's , Traffic Accidents  
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One dead in afternoon Oxon Hill double shooting

Two men were shot, one fatally, in the Oxon Hill area Wednesday afternoon. A school nearby was briefly placed on lockdown while police searched for suspects, authorities said. The incident occurred just before 12:30 p.m. in the 5200 block of...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  May 26, 2010; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Homicide , Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  
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DNA leads to man's arrest in 1991 Baltimore slaying

Baltimore police have made an arrest in the 1991 slaying of an 86-year-old woman. Forty-nine-year-old Eddie Arcaro was charged Wednesday with murder in the death of Anna Keusch....

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 26, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Baltimore , Homicide  
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Probation for co-defendant in Bethesda bomb case

A 19-year-old from Montgomery County was spared jail time Wednesday for his role in a bomb-making case that unearthed an alleged plan to try to kill the president, the final chapter of a two-year-old case that involved a pair of...

By Dan Morse  |  May 26, 2010; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Priest who stole from parishes denied appeal

A charismatic priest who bolstered attendance at two rural Virginia parishes even as he stole a reported $1 million from them --and also hid a wife and children for years--was denied an appeal of his state convictions for the thefts....

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  May 26, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Mary Pat Flaherty , Virginia  
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Judge rejects newspaper's request to see documents in Yeardley Love case

An Albermarle County Circuit Court judge on Wednesday rejected an attempt by The Washington Post and three other news organizations to unseal an order that sealed search warrant information in the slaying of University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love,...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 26, 2010; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Virginia  
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Police chiefs, Holder to meet, discuss Arizona immigration law

Ten police chiefs, including Montgomery County’s J. Thomas Manger, are meeting with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday to express concerns over Arizona’s tough new immigration law. They don’t want the law to spread to other states. Included in...

By Dan Morse  |  May 26, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Dan Morse , Montgomery , Politics  
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U-Md. failure to produce police beating video an 'oversight', says state police

The failure of University of Maryland officials to promptly comply with a subpoena for video footage from a university camera that may have shown the beating of a student by Prince George's County police was an "oversight," Maryland State Police have concluded.

By Ruben Castaneda  |  May 26, 2010; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda , Schools , Updates  | Tags: Prince George's County police, University of Maryland  
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Pr. William police arrest suspect in Manassas phone chat robbery

Police in Prince William County on Tuesday arrested a man suspected of meeting a man through a phone chat line and then robbing him at gunpoint. The robbery occurred around 2:30 a.m. on April 12 in Manassas, police said....

By Ruben Castaneda  |  May 26, 2010; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Pr. William , Ruben Castaneda , Updates  | Tags: Prince William County police, phone chat line  
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Man convicted of murder, robbery in Prince George's case

A Prince George's County jury on Tuesday convicted a Landover man of fatally stabbing one man and trying to kill a young woman during a 2009 house robbery. After deliberating for about four hours, the jury convicted Lawrence T. Covington, 35, of first-degree murder, attempted murder, robbery and other offenses. The jury acquitted Covington of another murder he was accused of.

By Ruben Castaneda  |  May 26, 2010; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Homicide , Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda , Updates  | Tags: Prince George's County state's attorney's office  
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Mistrial in case of former Va. State Police captain accused of rape

A judge in Chesterfield County has declared a mistrial and chastised a jury for wasting taxpayers' money in the case of a retired State Police captain accused of raping a young girl. Circuit Judge Frederick G. Rockwell III dismissed the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 26, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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5 years for Va. Beach man who plotted to kill detective

A Virginia Beach man has been sentenced to five years in prison for plotting to kill a city detective. Thirty-two-year-old Alexander Morris pleaded guilty this week in Virginia Beach Circuit Court to conspiracy to commit capital murder. He also admitted...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 26, 2010; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Two arrested in D.C. cold case killings

D.C. police have made arrests in two cold case homicides, one dating to 2005 and a second, unrelated case in 1997. Twenty-three-year-old Julius Johnson of Washington was arrested on Monday and charged with murder in the 2005 gunshot slaying of...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 26, 2010; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Cold Cases , Homicide , The District  
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Hillandale woman struck, killed by car

A 43-year-old woman from the Hillandale area of Montgomery County was fatally injured Monday night when she was struck by a car on New Hampshire Avenue, the county police said. Jenet J. Costa was struck in the southbound lanes about...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 26, 2010; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Martin Weil , Montgomery , Traffic Accidents  
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Fla. man's cell phone photos lead to bank robbery arrest

A Florida man suspected of a bank robbery got into hot water when police found photographs on his mobile phone depicting him holding a large amount of cash and wearing a mask seen on security footage during the robbery, according...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 26, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Va. man dies after being struck by car

A Falls Church area man died Monday night of injuries he suffered when he was hit by a car as he walked near Gallows Road on Saturday night, Fairfax County police said Tuesday. Police said Glenn Melton, 76, of the 3300 block of Woodburn Village Drive was trying to cross Woodburn Road near Gallows Road in the Falls Church area shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday. Melton was struck by a 1997 Ford Escort heading east on Woodburn Road, police said. Police said Melton was not in a crosswalk.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 25, 2010; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Falls Church , Tom Jackman , Traffic Accidents , Virginia  
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Pr. George's creates unit to focus on traffic safety

The Prince George’s County Police Department has formed a new unit that will focus exclusively on traffic enforcement, in an effort to curb the number of serious and fatal crashes in the county, authorities said Tuesday. The Traffic Enforcement Unit...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 25, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Pr. George's , Traffic Accidents  
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No 'escort' for bank protesters, cops say

A tempest developed in the conservative blogosphere over the weekend, with the D.C. police at the center of the storm. The controversy surrounds a May 16 protest organized by liberal group National People's Action and the Service Employees International Union....

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 25, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Montgomery , The District  
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Man found dead in Bowie grocery store

Prince George’s County police homicide detectives are probing the death of a 49-year-old man whose body was found in the back of a small Hispanic grocery store in Bowie on Tuesday morning, authorities said. The man, of Bowie, had obvious...

By Matt Zapotosky  |  May 25, 2010; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's  
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17 years for Waldorf man who plotted to sell cocaine

Federal prosecutors say a Waldorf man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for plotting to distribute more than 11 pounds of powder and crack cocaine. Thirty-nine-year-old Nathaniel Christopher Ford was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 25, 2010; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Narcotics , St. Mary's  
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Popular Fairfax teacher on trial for sexual assault of 6th grader

The career of popular Fairfax County school teacher and soccer coach Sean Lanigan hangs in the balance as testimony began Tuesday morning in his trial for the alleged aggravated sexual assault and abduction of a 12-year-old girl in his Centre Ridge Elementary School gym in January. Lanigan, 43, is married with three children and taught at Centre Ridge for 12 years, until he was arrested on Jan. 29. He has been suspended without pay from the school system. He also coached various travel soccer teams and the boys soccer team at Herndon High School.

By Tom Jackman  |  May 25, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Fairfax , From the Courthouse , Schools , Sex Crimes , Tom Jackman , Updates  
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Fire officials issue photographic BBQ safety 'warning'

Montgomery County fire officials released photographs Tuesday to remind people to grill carefully over the Memorial Day weekend....

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 25, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Fires & Fire Safety , Montgomery  
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$25,000 added to reward for information in Centreville slaying

The Fairfax County family who said that their handyman sacrificed his life for theirs last week has added $25,000 to the reward fund for information leading to arrests in the slaying of Jose R. Rosales.

By Washington Post editors  |  May 25, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Fairfax , Homicide , Tom Jackman , Unsolved , Updates  
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Is your elderly relative being swindled? What to watch for

Amid stories about senior citizens being swindled -- including one today involving a 91-year-old widow, and one three months ago involving an 84-year-old widow who was convinced to marry the swindler in a ceremony in the front seat of his...

By Dan Morse  |  May 25, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cons & Scams , Dan Morse , Financial Crimes , Montgomery  
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Md. man arrested after handgun display turns violent, police say

A 37-year-old Gaithersburg man remained in Montgomery County jail Tuesday after police say he showed another man a handgun over the weekend, got into an argument with the man and tried to kill him. "Alcohol was a factor," said Cpl....

By Dan Morse  |  May 25, 2010; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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Va. deputy charged with having sex with inmate

A Newport News sheriff's deputy has been arrested on charges of having sex with a female inmate. A criminal complaint filed in Newport News General District Court says the inmate was on her way home from work release when Deputy...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 25, 2010; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  
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Police ID man who died after being placed in Montgomery police custody

Montgomery County police on Tuesday morning identified a man who may have eaten crack cocaine and later died in police custody as Folahan Olawole Oladeinde, 34, of Virginia. It's still unclear what happened. A police spokeswoman said it could take...

By Dan Morse  |  May 25, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery , Updates  
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Video: Alleged drug lord barricades Jamaican slum

The Jamaican government has declared a state of emergency as sporadic violence continues in gritty West Kingston, considered the stronghold of a reputed drug lord....

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 25, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Narcotics  
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Are U.S. museums safe from art thieves?

Last week's $123 million heist of cubist and post-impressionist works at the Paris Museum of Modern Art continues a rash of painting pilferage in Europe over the past decade, with sensational headlines vaulting across the Atlantic. Van Goghs vanish in...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 25, 2010; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , From the Post  
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Fourth man charged in Brian Betts killing extradited to Md.

Joel Johnson, the fourth man charged with the killing of D.C. principal Brian Betts, was extradited from the District to Montgomery County on Monday. Johnson, 19, of an unknown D.C. address has been charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 25, 2010; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Homicide , Montgomery , Updates  
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Charges against motorist dropped when Pr. George's officer fails to appear in court

Richard L. Sheffield went to Prince George's District Court in Upper Marlboro on Monday prepared to fight charges that he drove with an illegally tinted windshield, that he drove with a mutilated license, and that he was disorderly. Sheffield had...

By Ruben Castaneda  |  May 25, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Pr. George's , Ruben Castaneda  
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Texas fugitive caught in pile of teddy bears

Last week, we had a story about a burglary suspect police said they caught under a pile of clothes. An El Paso man has topped that. According to this report: Soon after, [suspect David] Caro ditched his car near a...

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 25, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation , Offbeat  
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Violent crime in District fell in 2009, FBI says

This post had been updated from the original. The FBI released preliminary figures Monday showing that violent crime is down across the nation and in the District, which saw a 7.2 percent overall decline. In the nation's capital, violent crime...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  May 24, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime Statistics , The District , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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MoCo man gets 20 months for leaking documents

A Silver Spring man who worked as a linguist for the FBI was sentenced Monday to 20 months in prison for leaking secret documents to a blogger. But federal prosecutors in Maryland have remained mum about exactly what was contained...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 24, 2010; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Maria Glod , Maryland , Montgomery  
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School bus driver arrested on porn charges

A 27-year-old Prince George's man, who worked as a bus driver for the Prince George's County school system has been arrested for allegedly producing child pornography, authorities said Monday. Scott Smallwood of Upper Marlboro, who was scheduled to appear in...

By Lori Aratani  |  May 24, 2010; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Pr. George's , Schools , Sex Crimes  
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Supreme Court lets private domestic violence prosecution stand

The U.S. Supreme Court today dismissed a case originating out of the District that challenged the ability of a private citizen to bring criminal contempt charges against someone else in a domestic violence case. Split 5-4, with a strongly worded...

By Josh White  |  May 24, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Josh White , The District  
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D.C. murder conviction in argument over a cigarette

On April 14, 2007, two women in a car returning from a birthday party to an apartment in Southeast D.C. began bickering over a cigarette, in an argument prosecutors later said was "petty and fueled by alcohol." The argument escalated...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  May 24, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Homicide , Mary Pat Flaherty , The District  
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Fairfax police seek witnesses in Centreville mansion killing

Fairfax County police returned Monday morning to Compton Road in the Centreville area, hoping to find anyone who might have seen the getaway vehicle used after the slaying of Jose Rosales. Rosales, 39, was shot to death when two armed...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 24, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax , Homicide , Tom Jackman  | Tags: comptom road, fairfax hero, fairfax mansion killing, jose rosales  
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Fairfax City man guilty in killing

A Fairfax City man was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter Monday morning for the August 2008 stabbing death of another man inside a Fairfax City house. The slaying of Adulio Morales-Bonilla, 36, inside a house on Cedar Avenue behind Paul...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 24, 2010; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fairfax , Homicide , Tom Jackman  
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More from MoCo DUI crash hearing: A forgiving widow

Courtrooms play host to all manner evil. But sometimes, the goodness can be stunning ... This week, in Montgomery County, the widow of one of two men killed by a drunk driver stood up and publicly forgave the driver....

By Dan Morse  |  May 24, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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