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Crime Scene: August 29, 2010 - September 4, 2010

Man pleads guilty in Craigslist assaults

A Bladensburg man pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court on Friday to charges of sexually assaulting four women he met through their Craigslist postings.

By Keith L. Alexander  | September 3, 2010; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Keith L. Alexander, Sex Crimes, The District  
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Va. banker gets 30 months for fraud

A bank official who helped Loudoun County restaurateur Osama El-Atari defraud banks out of more than $71 million was sentenced Friday to 30 months in prison by a federal judge in Alexandria. Sissaye Gezachew, 32, of Springfield, was an assistant vice president and senior credit analyst for United Bank in 2007 and 2008, when he began working with El-Atari, then the owner of a string of steakhouses. According to documents in El-Atari's case, Gezachew showed El-Atari how to create and use phony insurance policies, showing huge cash values, to obtain multi-million dollar loans from banks.

By Tom Jackman  | September 3, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Financial Crimes, From the Courthouse, Loudoun, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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Teen hurt in dirt bike crash dies

A teenager injured in a dirt bike crash in Charles County Sunday has died of his injuries, police said. Nicholas Alan Sinsel, 17, of La Plata, died in the hospital Thursday, police said. He was critically injured about 3:30 p.m....

By Matt Zapotosky  | September 3, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Charles, Matt Zapotosky  
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Suspects admit to killing 4, police say

The man and woman charged with killing two women and two young children in a squalid Lanham home last month will continue to be held without bond, a Prince George's County judge ruled Friday. The ruling came after a police...

By Ruben Castaneda  | September 3, 2010; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Homicide, Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda  
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Police aim to mend relations in College Park

Cops are people, too. That was the message Prince George's County police officers hoped to send to University of Maryland students Thursday night at a "Welcome Back" event in College Park. The event was half education, half public relations, and...

By Matt Zapotosky  | September 3, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's  
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Ex-Marine sentenced for killing father

A 21-year-old former U.S. Marine was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for killing his father, Montgomery County prosecutors said in a statement. David Winters, who had struggled with mental illness, had been convicted of first-degree murder in January 2009....

By Dan Morse  | September 3, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery  
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Man charged in nun's death had employment card

The man accused of driving drunk and causing a collision that killed a nun was allowed to work in the U.S., even though he was about to be deported for a previous drunk driving conviction, Prince William County's police chief...

By Washington Post editors  | September 3, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Pr. William  
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4 D.C. cops hurt in crash

Four off-duty D.C. police officers — three on their way home from work and one on the way in — were injured when their vehicles collided in the Oxon Hill-Fort Washington area Thursday night, according to police and law enforcement...

By Matt Zapotosky  | September 3, 2010; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Laser pointed at Dulles flight

Loudoun County sheriff's officials are investigating a report of a laser light being shined into the cockpit of an inbound flight to Dulles International Airport, and believe a teenager is responsible, authorities said. It was the latest of several recent...

By Washington Post editors  | September 3, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Loudoun  
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Howard County cop hurt in crash

Three drivers, including a 23-year-old Howard County police officer, were sent to hospitals Thursday after a wreck on Route 32. Police said the officer was driving a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria police car shortly before 6 p.m. along 32, north...

By Dan Morse  | September 3, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Dreadlock-wigged man held up bank twice

Robbery suspect at the bank in Olney in September (left) and previously in July. (Courtesy the Montgomery County Police Department) Montgomery County Police suspect a man wearing a dreadlocks wig robbed the same bank in Olney twice -- this...

By Dan Morse  | September 3, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Authorities: Man killed kitten with broom

A 30-year-old man was charged with animal cruelty Thursday for allegedly killing a 3-month-old kitten with a broom, the Washington Humane Society said in a statement today. The kitten, Tyra, apparently wouldn't get off the sofa inside a home on...

By Dan Morse  | September 3, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Animal Stories, Dan Morse, The District  
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Parents sue Capitol Police in shooting

The parents of a Fort Washington man shot and killed by police just blocks from the U.S. Capitol in July 2009 have filed a wrongful death suit in federal court in the District seeking $50 million in compensatory damages from U.S. Capitol Police.

By Spencer S. Hsu  | September 2, 2010; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Ex-Legal aid official admits theft

A former financial officer for the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau admitted in court that he stole more than $1 million from the nonprofit organization, Maryland federal prosecutors said. Benjamin Louis "Bennie" King, 58, of Gwynn Oak, who worked as chief...

By Maria Glod  | September 2, 2010; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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No exceptions on jury duty in D.C.

Even the wife of the nation's top law enforcer has to report to jury duty. Seen in the halls of D. C. Superior Court earlier today was Sharon Malone, the wife of U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Malone,...

By Washington Post editors  | September 2, 2010; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Celebrities, From the Courthouse, Keith L. Alexander  
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Fire at Phillips, art being moved

UPDATE: There was no major damage to the collection, according to museum spokeswoman Cecilia Wagner, and nobody was injured in the fire. “All artwork is safe and secure," she said in a statement. "Museum conservators are currently evaluating the artwork,...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | September 2, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Mary Pat Flaherty, Paul Duggan, The District  
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Md. trooper reinstated after incident

Maryland State Police say a sergeant from Hagerstown has been reinstated after his former girlfriend accused him of pointing a gun at her. Police spokeswoman Elena Russo says Sgt. Timothy McKenrick has had his police powers resinstated and is back...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 2, 2010; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland, Updates  
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2 guilty in killing of witness

A D.C. Superior Court jury found two District men guilty of first-degree murder while armed in the slaying of a man who was scheduled to be called as a witness in a criminal fraud trial. After a nine-day trial, the...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 2, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Homicide, Keith L. Alexander, The District  
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Arson charges for 2 Md. inmates

The State Fire Marshal's Offices say deputies have charged two inmates at the Cecil County Detention Center with setting a fire in their cell. Twenty-eight-year-old John Boyce and 48-year-old Ricardo Castillo were arrested Wednesday and charged with arson and other...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 2, 2010; 7:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Maryland, Prison Beat  
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Fraud charges for Md. doctor

The attorney for a Salisbury cardiologist indicted for health care fraud says he's confident his client will be vindicated. Dr. John McLean is accused of implanting unnecessary stents in the arteries of his patients....

By Washington Post Editors  | September 2, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Cons & Scams, Maryland  
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Evaluation requested for Va. suspect

The lawyer for a Virginia woman charged in the death of her 2-year-old son wants his client evaluated by a psychologist. Court-appointed lawyer Tommy Strelka says extensive abuse by Morgan Elizabeth Ward Lockett's husband may have left her unable to...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 2, 2010; 7:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Updates, Virginia  
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Video game thieves zapped: Police

Four New York men were charged with stuffing stolen video games down their pants in a Maryland toy store, according to reports.

By Washington Post Editors  | September 2, 2010; 6:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anne Arundel, Offbeat  
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Murder charge in D.C. woman's death

A 30-year-old Prince George's County woman was charged with murder Wednesday in a fatal stabbing in Southeast Washington, police said. The suspect, Ramona Gray, of District Heights, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Shemese Grant, 31, of...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 1, 2010; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Homicide, Paul Duggan, The District  
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Vigil for Fairfax girl killed crossing road

A candlelight vigil is planned for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in remembrance of Rebecca Johns, the nine-year-old Fairfax County girl who was killed Monday night when she was hit by a car while trying to cross Franconia Road. Johns, who lived on Clermont Drive, was with two teenaged girls on bicycles about 4:30 p.m. Monday. The two older girls crossed Franconia Road near Cannon Lane, but Johns was hit by a 2004 Mercury sedan driven by an 80-year-old Alexandria man.

By Tom Jackman  | September 1, 2010; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax, Tom Jackman, Traffic Accidents, Updates  
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Man, 27, dies after motorcycle crash

A 27-year-old Woodbridge man died Tuesday as a result of injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident, Prince William County Police said Wednesday. At around 7:52 p.m. on Saturday, police responded to the intersection of Cardinal Drive and Mendoza Lane in...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 1, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison, Pr. William, Traffic Accidents  
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James J. Lee's 'manifesto'

A Web site registered to a person named James Lee, named by police as the suspected gunman holding several hostages at the Discovery Communications building in Silver Springs, Md., lists several demands to the Discovery Channel. The manifesto, titled "My Demands," says the station "MUST broadcast to the world their commitment to save the planet." Here is the text:

By Jane Elizabeth  | September 1, 2010; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Montgomery, Updates  
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E-mails sent to Discovery employees

Text of e-mails sent to Discovery employees on Wednesday afternoon, provided by a company employee.

By Washington Post Editors  | September 1, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Montgomery, Updates  
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Currie indicted on bribery charges

Longtime Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George's) was indicted Wednesday on charges that he took bribes from a grocery chain in exchange for using his position to benefit the company. The indictment, handed down in federal court in Baltimore, comes...

By Maria Glod and John Wagner  | September 1, 2010; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Maria Glod, Maryland, Politics, Pr. George's  
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Fake bus driver pleads guilty

The Southeast Washington man charged in July with stealing a Metro bus and picking up passengers before crashing the vehicle pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday to one count of unauthorized use of a vehicle. William Jackson, 19, faces up to five years in prison and a $1,000 fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 8 by Judge Frederick H. Weisberg.

By Washington Post editors  | September 1, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Keith L. Alexander, The District  
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'Peeping Tom' used tiny camera: Police

UPDATE: A spokesman for the Prince William County Police Department has provided additional information about the Potomac Mills Peeping Tom case. Police believe that the suspect insert the pen-sized video camera inside the spiral portion of a spiral notebook, he...

By Dan Morse  | September 1, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Pr. William  
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Md. murder attempt charge dropped

A 67-year-old Maryland man originally accused of trying to kill his longtime companion by ramming his Jeep into trash trailers appears to have actually been trying to help her commit suicide, officials said Wednesday. "It would certainly appear that it...

By Dan Morse  | September 1, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anne Arundel, Dan Morse, Updates  
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Murder charge in Inner Harbor death

Two years after a University of Maryland engineering student drowned in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, city police have made an arrest in his death. Twenty-year-old Wane Black has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Ankush Gupta of...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 1, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Baltimore, Homicide  
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3 in Md. told to forfeit $10M

An alleged Baltimore drug kingpin and his two co-defendants have been ordered to forfeit $10 million in drug money. Federal prosecutors requested the forfeiture in documents filed Tuesday....

By Washington Post Editors  | September 1, 2010; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Baltimore, From the Courthouse, Narcotics  
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Guilty plea in postmaster's stamp theft

Prosecutors say a former postmaster has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $60,000 in stamps from the post office where he worked. Fifty-six-year-old Gilbert Ennis of Lanham entered the plea Tuesday. He will be sentenced Dec. 6 and has agreed to...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 1, 2010; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Md. woman charged in child porn case

Court records indicate a Hagerstown woman has been charged with sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl and possessing child pornography. Nineteen-year-old Patricia Ann Tasker was charged with numerous sex offenses and possession of child pornography on a computer. She was arrested...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 1, 2010; 7:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Maryland  
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Back-up number after Howard 911 outage

Howard County was without 911 service for about 20 minutes Tuesday, authorities said. The county's main communications center is under construction, the county's police department said in a press release Tuesday, and power went out in the Scaggsville building that...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 1, 2010; 6:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison, Howard  
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Trooper 'mooning' nets probation charge

An under-the-influence Oregon man who allegedly "mooned" a state trooper was charged with violating his probation, according to reports.

By Washington Post Editors  | September 1, 2010; 6:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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Police no longer seeking dad

Update, 7:30 p.m.: Police in Prince George's County say they are no longer seeking the man thought to have taken his own child at gunpoint as a suspect. Investigators are continuing to probe the circumstances of the Monday night...

By Matt Zapotosky  | August 31, 2010; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Dog dies inside hot car

A tourist from Michigan was arrested on animal cruelty charges Monday after leaving his two dogs inside a scorching minivan parked near the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in the District. Rosie, an 8-year-old Chihuahua, died of heat stress after...

By Dan Morse  | August 31, 2010; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Three veteran D.C. judges to retire

Three veteran D.C. Superior Court judges have announced their retirement, setting off a race among District lawyers and magistrate judges hoping to fill the slots. The Judicial Nomination Commission Tuesday announced the December retirements of Judges Brook Hedge, Kaye K....

By Washington Post Editors  | August 31, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Keith L. Alexander, The District  
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Body found at Fort Belvoir

Army criminal investigators are probing the death of a man found in the woods at Fort Belvoir, an Army installation in Fairfax County. The body was found Monday evening, said Chris Grey, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation...

By Dan Morse  | August 31, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Va. inmate rescinds plea in killing

A Virginia inmate who had pleaded guilty to killing his cellmate and vowed to kill again unless sentenced to death has rescinded his plea and will go to trial next year. Robert Gleason Jr. pleaded not guilty in Wise County...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 31, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Homicide, Virginia  
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Mich. hearing for stabbings suspect

A Flint prosecutor says he anticipates more charges in September against a man accused of one stabbing and suspected in 13 others. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton spoke to reporters Tuesday after a brief court hearing for Elias Abuelazam. The...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 31, 2010; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, From the Courthouse, Loudoun, Updates  
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4,000 gallons of gas spilled in Fairfax

A full gasoline tanker overturned in Fairfax City Saturday afternoon, and fire officials estimate about 4,000 gallons were spilled along Little River Turnpike, some of which entered storm drains and some entered a nearby creek, city and county fire officials said. Fairfax County fire spokesman Dan Schmidt said most of the spilled gas had been recovered, because hazardous materials crews quickly set up booms and dikes to stop it from spreading.

By Tom Jackman  | August 31, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax, Tom Jackman, Traffic Accidents  
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Driver rams vehicle at tow lot: Police

Picking up a car from the impound lot can be frustrating. To hear Fairfax City police tell it, though, a woman took things well past too far on Monday afternoon. At 4:39 p.m., an employee at Henry's Wrecker Service 10401...

By Dan Morse  | August 31, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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New Va. Supreme Court chief justice

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Cynthia D. Kinser was elected by her colleagues Tuesday to serve as the state's next Chief Justice, the court announced Tuesday at its annual business meeting. Kinser will assume the post in February, replacing current Chief Justice Leroy R. Hassell Sr., who held the job for eight years. Hassell will remain a member of the court.

By Tom Jackman  | August 31, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Tom Jackman, Virginia  
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Two dead in Monday D.C. shootings

Two people were killed in separate shootings Monday night in Southeast Washington, police said. In the first incident,, James Hawkins Jr., 30, of Temple Hills, was fatally shot shortly before 10 p.m. in the 4300 block of Wheeler Road SE,...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 31, 2010; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Homicide, Paul Duggan, The District  
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More crime, more time in Montgomery

Looking down from his bench at a convicted thief on Monday, Montgomery County Circuit Judge Eric Johnson expressed sympathy -- for the man's attorney. "I know Ms. [Samantha] Sandler must have almost had a heart attack when she found out...

By Dan Morse  | August 31, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Dan Morse, From the Courthouse, Montgomery, Updates  
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Wone memories linger to new case

It seems the legacy of the Robert Wone conspiracy trial continues to linger over the D.C. Superior courthouse. The judge who oversaw the trial of three roommates accused of doctoring the crime scene and covering up for Wone’s killer is starting up another high-profile trial.

By Washington Post editors  | August 31, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Homicide, Keith L. Alexander, The District  
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Md. woman, 83, sexually assaulted

An 83-year-old woman in Anne Arundel County told detectives she was sexually assaulted early Monday morning by a man who broke into her home. Police were called to her residence on Country Club Drive in Glen Burnie shortly after 1...

By Dan Morse  | August 31, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anne Arundel, Dan Morse, Sex Crimes  
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Convicted Md. rapist wants release

A former Maryland Catholic school teacher convicted of raping one of his students in the mid-1970s has filed an appeal that he hopes will improve his chances of being released from prison. A federal judge has ruled that John Merzbacher...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 31, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland, Sex Crimes, Updates  
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Md. bank robbery suspect sought

Calvert County detectives are looking for a suspect in connection with a bank robbery just after noon Monday. Detectives say the man walked in to a Maryland Bank & Trust branch, 691 Prince Frederick Boulevard, in Prince Frederick, and handed...

By Dan Morse  | August 31, 2010; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Guilty plea in Md. robbery case

Prosecutors say a Baltimore man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery of a Carroll County pharmacy last year. Twenty-five-year-old Joseph Wagner entered the plea Monday in U.S. District Court. He will be sentenced on Oct. 22....

By Washington Post Editors  | August 31, 2010; 7:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Maryland  
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Courts don't need reporters: Cuccinelli

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says courts can install electronic recording systems, which could cut down on the need for court reporters. Cuccinelli issued his opinion Aug. 2 at Del. Scott Surovell's request....

By Washington Post Editors  | August 31, 2010; 7:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Video: 'Smash-and-grabs' in Ohio

Thieves hit an Ohio eyeglass store in the town of Kenwood with a smash-and-grab for the second time in a week over the weekend....

By Washington Post Editors  | August 31, 2010; 2:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Girl, 9, killed in Fairfax

A 9-year-old Fairfax County girl was struck by a car and fatally injured Monday afternoon while crossing a road on her bicycle, county police said. Rebecca Johns of Clermont Drive was struck about 4:30 p.m. south of Alexandria on Franconia...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 31, 2010; 1:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Fairfax, Martin Weil, Traffic Accidents  
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Missing man was D.C. resident

A man reported missing in the water off Ocean City, Md., on Saturday was identified Monday as a 23-year-old District resident. Melkis B. DelGado is the missing person, said Donna Abbott, an Ocean City government spokeswoman. The Coast Guard said...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 31, 2010; 1:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. to drop controversial checkpoints

The D.C. government has agreed not to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court ruling that checkpoints set up by District police in neighborhoods beset by violence are unconstitutional. The decision is part of a settlement filed...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 30, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Maria Glod, The District, Updates  
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Jail for 4 who aided tax evasion

A federal judge on Monday sentenced to prison four promoters of a Florida company that juries found helped actor Wesley Snipes and dozens of other clients evade more than $1 billion in taxes. U.S. District Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 30, 2010; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Celebrities, Financial Crimes, From the Courthouse, Spencer S. Hsu, The District  
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Va. woman falsified sperm donations

A researcher at Eastern Virginia Medical School's contraceptive development program has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $150,000 by falsifying sperm donations. Federal prosecutors say 48-year-old Adrienne R. Boothe of Hampton pleaded guilty Monday in Norfolk federal court to theft...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 30, 2010; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Offbeat, Virginia  
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Murder charges after Md. car crash

A 67-year-old Silver Spring man tried to kill his longtime companion and himself Sunday by running his 1994 Jeep Cherokee off Jessup Road and crashing into trash trailers, Anne Arundel Police said. Henry Hutchins, of the 11000 block of July...

By Maria Glod  | August 30, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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13 charged with soliciting prostitution

Howard County's female officers and detectives went undercover in an area frequented by prostitutes, arresting 13 men who approached them and offered money for sex, Howard County Police said. Police said the undercover sting operation, now in its fifth year,...

By Maria Glod  | August 30, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Va. teen stabbed with machete

A 16-year-old who was stabbed Sunday told Manassas police he was attacked by three young Hispanic men who covered their faces with bandanas and wielded a machete, authorities said. Manassas Police said the teenager reported that he was walking alone...

By Maria Glod  | August 30, 2010; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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St. Mary's killing suspect caught

Authorities say they caught up with a suspect in a fatal St. Mary's County shooting at a home in Baltimore. The St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations says police responded to a reported shooting at a home on Lexwood...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 30, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Balt. officers shoot man who drew gun

Baltimore police say a man who was shot after pulling a gun on an officer is on life support. Police say officers investigating a suspicious person report approached two men early Sunday, and noticed one man, 26-year-old Steven Antwon Grant,...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 30, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Couple indicted in Baltimore killing

A couple has been indicted in the stabbing death of a Johns Hopkins University researcher as he was walking home in Baltimore's Charles Village neighborhood last month. Thirty-four-year-old John Wagner and 24-year-old Lavelva Merritt were indicted last week by a...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 30, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Baltimore, Homicide, Updates  
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Charges for funeral escorts in Va.

The Charlottesville Police Department is asking funeral homes to pay for officer escorts for large funeral processions. The department is charging $150 for the police escorts, which typically are required for safety and insurance reasons. Smaller processions don't receive escorts....

By Washington Post Editors  | August 30, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cars vandalized in Loudoun

Vandals smashed the windows of 27 cars in Sterling on Sunday, on a few occasions stealing credit cards or GPS systems, Loudoun County Sheriff's Officials said. Sheriff's officials said early Sunday morning windows were smashed on 16 vehicles on East...

By Maria Glod  | August 30, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Man kills 5 in Ariz., then self: Police

Police say a gunman entered a western Arizona home and fatally shot five people -- including the mother of his two children and her boyfriend -- before fleeing with the kids to Southern California where he killed himself. The shootings...

By Washington Post Editors  | August 30, 2010; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man tries to change fake $1 million bill

Police in the United Arab Emirates have arrested a man they say tried to pass a fake $1 million bill off as real, according to reports.

By Washington Post Editors  | August 30, 2010; 7:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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