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Crime Scene: September 12, 2010 - September 18, 2010

Child strangles in drapery cord

An 18-month-old boy in Silver Spring died Friday after getting tangled in a looped drapery chord, Montgomery County police said.

By Dan Morse  | September 17, 2010; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery  
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Man gets 4 years for posing as officer

A Prince George’s County man was sentenced to four years in prison Friday for posing as a federal prosecutor and trying to derail cases against him for theft and credit card fraud and for attacking a police officer.

By Washington Post Editors  | September 17, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Maryland, Pr. George's, Spencer S. Hsu  
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Armed man shot near U.S. Capitol

A Maryland man was shot near the Capitol about 5 a.m. Friday after allegedly brandishing a semiautomatic weapon at U.S. Capitol Police, said Terrance W. Gainer, the Senate sergeant at arms. The man, whom Gainer declined to identify, was...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 17, 2010; 6:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The District  
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New charges in home-invasion case

Federal authorities announced new charges Friday against three alleged members and associates of the MS-13 gang for crimes related to a Dec. 11, 2009, home invasion of a District apartment, and a fourth member who allegedly threatened a potential witness.

By Washington Post Editors  | September 17, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Spencer S. Hsu, The District  
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Cousins get 170 years in slayings

A D.C. Superior Court judge sentenced two District cousins Friday to more than 170 years all told on charges of murder, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

By Washington Post Editors  | September 17, 2010; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Homicide, Keith L. Alexander, The District  
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Man sentenced for faking death

A Prince George’s County man was sentenced to 27 months in prison Friday for faking his own death to avoid appearing in federal court on a gun charge while on probation for an earlier drug conviction.

By Spencer S. Hsu  | September 17, 2010; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Pr. George's, Spencer S. Hsu  
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Official gets 6 years for child porn

A former administrator for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for receiving child pornography. Edwin Torres-Feliu, 49, of Woodbridge, was director of administration for laboratory systems at Customs. In April, the Richmond-based Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force identified Torres-Feliu as someone sharing child pornography on the Gnutella peer-to-peer file-sharing network. In May, FBI agents searched his home and found a very large cache of child pornography, federal prosecutors said. Authorities said it was the largest child pornography file-sharing case in the Alexandria federal court.

By Tom Jackman  | September 17, 2010; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Sex Crimes, Tom Jackman  
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Police link Loudoun, Fairfax robberies

The armed robberies of three salons, a convenience store and a fast food restaurant in Loudoun and Fairfax counties are believed to be connected, according to the Loudoun sheriff’s office. Three robberies in Ashburn in September -- targeting a KFC/Taco...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 17, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax, Loudoun, Updates  
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Felony charges after crash, outage

An Ashburn neighborhood lost power shortly after midnight Friday when a driver crashed his vehicle into a power box near Fling Court, according to the Loudoun County sheriff's office. The driver, who did not sustain serious injuries, fled the scene...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 17, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Loudoun, Traffic Accidents  
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Woman held, abused for 9 mos.: Police

Police in Baltimore County say a 22-year-old woman was held against her will and abused for as long as nine months before being dropped off critically injured at a hospital. Police said Thursday that two people have been charged with...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 17, 2010; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Baltimore  
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Abuelazam may face more charges

A prosecutor in Flint says he's filing more charges against Elias Abuelazam, the man accused of one stabbing and suspected of many others in Michigan and other states. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton has scheduled a news conference for Monday....

By Washington Post Editors  | September 17, 2010; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Loudoun, Updates  
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Settlement in Va. jail worker suit

The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority has settled a $2 million lawsuit that claimed male employees were disciplined differently than female workers. The Bristol Herald Courier reports that the settlement came late Wednesday on the eve of a jury trial...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 17, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Prison Beat, Virginia  
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Forgery charges at Md. alarm company

The chief financial officer of a Hagerstown burglar-alarm company faces allegations he stole more than $100,000 from his employer. A judge set Curtis Pietro's bond at $100,000 Friday. Pietro appeared at the hearing without a lawyer....

By Washington Post Editors  | September 17, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Financial Crimes, From the Courthouse, Maryland  
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Va. cop convicted of animal neglect

A Clifton Forge police officer convicting of neglecting his dog must perform 24 hours of community service and is forbidden to own animals. Botetourt County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jill Deegan told The Roanoke Times that Chris W. Broughman also must...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 17, 2010; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Animal Stories, Virginia  
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Conviction upheld in Va. trooper's death

The Supreme Court of Virginia upheld a Caroline County woman's conviction in the shooting death of her state police officer husband Thursday, dismissing her argument that it should be overturned because the prosecutor made prejudicial statements. Donna Blanton, 45, is...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 17, 2010; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Homicide, Virginia  
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Deadly crash in Anne Arundel

Maryland State police say a woman has been killed in a two-car crash in Hanover. It happened Wednesday about 8:35 p.m. on Route 295. The driver of a sedan lost control of her vehicle, which crossed the median and struck...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 17, 2010; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anne Arundel, Traffic Accidents  
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Trouble after N.Y. judge's 'clown' quip

An appeals court has thrown out a robbery conviction because a New York judge called a defense lawyer “a clown” and “silly” in front of the jury. The appeals panel ruled Tuesday that acting Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary's comments...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 17, 2010; 6:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Around the Nation, From the Courthouse, Offbeat  
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Boy, 16, shot dead in Hyattsville park

A teenager was fatally shot Thursday evening in a Hyattsville area park and police were reportedly searching for three suspects, Prince George’s County police said. Officers were called to the 2600 Nicholson Street, near the Anacostia Tributary Trail, and just...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 17, 2010; 1:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Clarence Williams, Homicide, Pr. George's  
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Naked-firefighter accusation probed

The D.C. fire and emergency services department is investigating an allegation that a male firefighter "may have disrobed" while cooking in a downtown firehouse kitchen after a retirement party, officials said. The department began the inquiry after a complaint in...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 17, 2010; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  The District  
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Murder charge filed in fatal arson

Federal prosecutors charged a Phoenix-based truck driver with first-degree felony murder in connection with setting fire to the Good Guys Club in 2007 after the manager of the strip club died from his injuries in May.

By Keith L. Alexander  | September 16, 2010; 8:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Homicide, Keith L. Alexander, The District, Updates  
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Video released in Ashburn burglary

Loudoun County police have released surveillance video of the suspect involved in the Sept. 9 burglary of an Ashburn restaurant. The burglary took place at about 3:15 a.m. at the Hunan Village restaurant in Piccadilly Plaza, police said in a...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 16, 2010; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime, Seen, David P. Marino-Nachison, Loudoun, Updates  
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Recap: Discovery hostages on Oprah

Update: 4:50: It's over. Hostage Jim McNulty said he heard SWAT officers fire multiple rounds: "Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop," he said. Here is a recap, based on a rush transcript of my notes. There will be a full story...

By Dan Morse  | September 16, 2010; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery, Updates  
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Ex-exec pleads guilty to bribery

A former executive of a company that sells body armor and other protective gear pleaded guilty Thursday to bribing officials from the United Nations and elsewhere overseas to win lucrative contracts.

By Washington Post Editors  | September 16, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Around the Nation  
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Va. court overturns death sentence

Virginia’s highest court on Thursday overturned the death sentences of a 27-year-old man convicted of killing two people during a 2002 shooting rampage that stretched from Northern Virginia to New York City. The court upheld Joshua W. Andrews’s convictions in...

By Maria Glod  | September 16, 2010; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Death Penalty, From the Courthouse, Maria Glod, Pr. William, Updates  
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Investigation at Va. training academy

An investigation of the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Academy's bookkeeping is under way after financial concerns prompted the cancellation of some courses. Academy board Chairman Glenn Aylor told The News Virginian that the internal investigation will examine financial internal controls...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 16, 2010; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia  
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Wone roommates won't testify in trial

The three roommates named as defendants in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Robert E. Wone already have invoked their legal rights not to testify and avoid self-incrimination, lawyers told a D.C. Superior Court judge Thursday. Patrick...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 16, 2010; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Keith L. Alexander, The District, Updates  
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Alleged speed hump killer's trial postponed

The neighborhood dispute between David A. Patton and Stephen A. Carr in Springfield, over placing a speed hump in front of Carr's house on Field Master Drive, first erupted in June, when the men had a physical argument in Carr's driveway which also ended in Patton's arrest. The misdemeanor assault trial for Patton was set for Thursday. But with the complaining witness, Carr, now dead, prosecutors asked a Fairfax County judge to postpone the case for two months. The trial was rescheduled by Fairfax General District Court Judge William Minor for Nov. 16.

By Tom Jackman  | September 16, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fairfax, From the Courthouse, Homicide, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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Lawyer arrested again on child porn charges

A lawyer from Fairfax County, who was arrested last month for allegedly paying a teenaged girl to have sex with him while he photographed the encounter, was arrested again Thursday and charged with ten more counts of possessing child pornography. Joshua J. Gessler, 41, was an associate with the prominent Washington law firm of Arnold & Porter in its Tysons Corner office. He was arrested Aug. 9 after a Fairfax woman contacted police and reported that her 15-year-old daughter was engaged in prostitution. Court records showed that Fairfax detectives used the girl's e-mail account to track down Gessler, and that he allegedly sent numerous sexually explicit photos of the girl to her.

By Tom Jackman  | September 16, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fairfax, Sex Crimes, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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Wife gets 8 years in slaying of husband

The co-owner of a popular Southeast Washington tattoo shop was sentenced to eight years in prison on Thursday for last year's fatal shooting of her husband. In preparing for the sentencing hearing, a court-appointed psychiatrist wrote that Kristin R. Kozak...

By Washington Post editors  | September 16, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Homicide, Keith L. Alexander, The District  
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Effort to save condemned Va. woman

Lawyers for convicted murderer Teresa Lewis, who is set to be executed by lethal injection next week, sent a petition to Virginia Gov. Robert M. McDonnell (R) with the electronic signatures of more than 5,500 people who ask that her...

By Maria Glod  | September 16, 2010; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Death Penalty, Maria Glod, Updates, Virginia  
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Three die in Forestville crash

Three men inside an SUV were killed early Thursday when their vehicle collided with a Prince George's County ambulance in Forestville, county police said. The ambulance, which was not carrying patients, was badly damaged, but neither of the paramedics on...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 16, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Clarence Williams, Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's, Traffic Accidents  
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Pr. George's men to face trial in Pa.

Two Prince George's County men have been ordered to stand trial in Pennsylvania for a home-invasion that sparked a gun battle that left a homeowner wounded and an intruder dead. Magisterial District Judge John Murray ordered 23-year-old Niochie Lawson, of...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 16, 2010; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Around the Nation, From the Courthouse, Pr. George's  
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Video: 'Darth Vader' arrested

Police in Ferndale, Mich., say they've arrested "one of the world's dumbest criminals." The man put on a Darth Vader mask and held up a convenience store with a knife, but he forgot to put on the mask before security...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 16, 2010; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man, 66, convicted in Md. murder

A jury in Frederick has convicted a 66-year-old man of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife. The jury delivered its verdict against Marshall Metz Sr. Wednesday, the second day of deliberations....

By Washington Post Editors  | September 16, 2010; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Frederick, From the Courthouse, Homicide  
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Planned biker gang attack busted: ATF

Members of the Pagans motorcycle gang plotted to use grenades in a murderous assault on the rival Hells Angels, federal officials said Wednesday in announcing a litany of charges against 19 reputed Pagans members and associates in five states. Agents...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 16, 2010; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Gangs, Internal Affairs  
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Minn. case covers searches, pants

A warning to those concealing guns in sagging pants in the state of Minnesota: The Minnesota Court of Appeals apparently could not resist referring to the Internet hit rap song when it ruled Tuesday that a police officer did not...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 16, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Revolver seized in speed-hump killing

The backpack taken from a man accused of killing a Fairfax County man over a speed hump Sunday night contained a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver with one shot fired, court records filed Wednesday showed. The suspect in the case, David A. Patton, worked for the Alexandria sheriff's office from 1990 to 1992, but it is not clear whether the gun came from the sheriff's office.

By Tom Jackman  | September 15, 2010; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Fairfax, From the Courthouse, Homicide, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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Sex assault charges for Loudoun man

A South Riding man has been charged with the sexual assault of a woman he met through an online dating website, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. John Swann Evans, 34, met the victim, a 37-year-old Loudoun County woman,...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 15, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Loudoun, Sex Crimes  
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1 dead, 1 hurt in D.C. shooting

A man shot in Southeast Washington Tuesday night has died, D.C. police said. The victim was identified as Mitchell Bell, 30, of Fairfax, Va....

By Washington Post Editors  | September 15, 2010; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Clarence Williams, Homicide, The District, Tom Jackman  
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More patrols in Ashburn after robberies

Police in Loudoun County have stepped up patrols in Ashburn after three recent armed robberies authorities believe may be connected. The robberies have targeted a KFC/Taco Bell restaurant and two Hair Cuttery shops, according to police. "We've assigned extra patrols...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 15, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Loudoun, Updates  
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Top job for longtime Md. deputy sheriff

Montgomery County voters elected Darren Popkin yesterday as Democratic candidate for sheriff. Popkin has served for more than 10 years as chief deputy to Montgomery's long-time sheriff, Raymond Kight, who earlier decided to retire after six terms. No Republicans ran...

By Dan Morse  | September 15, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery, Politics  
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Forestville hostage situation ends

A Forestville-area hostage situation that began late Tuesday night ended Wednesday morning when a man who was holding a woman hostage shot himself in the head, authorities said. The man, described only as 37 years old, was rushed to Prince...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 15, 2010; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Clarence Williams, Pr. George's, Tom Jackman  
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Va. officer suspended after charges

Rocky Mount police officer has been suspended without pay following his indictment on a privacy charge. The Roanoke Times reports that Officer Christopher G. Williams was charged Monday by a Franklin County grand jury with three counts of using a...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 15, 2010; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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U-Va. to install Harrington memorial

The University of Virginia will install a memorial marker at the Charlottesville bridge where Morgan Harrington was last seen alive. The 20-year-old Virginia Tech student's remains were found in January, more than three months after she disappeared while attending a...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 15, 2010; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Schools, Updates, Virginia  
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Woman cited after 'Lady Godiva' act

A North Dakota woman was cited and given a lift home after walking into a Walgreens store wearing whipped cream and little else, according to this report: The woman, identified by police as Katherine Margaret Watson, entered the store about...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 15, 2010; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. trooper dies in training

A Virginia state police trooper died Tuesday after making a training dive in Lake Anna, the state police said. Trooper Mark D. Barrett, 41, was part of a team making deep-water dives in the lake, which is about 70 miles...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 15, 2010; 1:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Martin Weil, Virginia  
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Videos released in Loudoun robberies

Loudoun County investigators have released three surveillance videos they hope will help residents identify the man they say robbed an Ashburn Hair Cuttery on Tuesday. The man entered the store around 1:45 p.m., police said, and asked for change. He...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 14, 2010; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Crime, Seen, David P. Marino-Nachison, Loudoun  
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Woman dies after Adams Morgan crash

One of two women run down last week by an alleged drunken driver in Adams Morgan died Tuesday in a hospital, D.C. police said. The victim, Julia Bachleitner, 26, was a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced...

By Washington Post editors  | September 14, 2010; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Paul Duggan, The District, Updates  
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Officer hits pedestrian in morning crash

UPDATE: Theresa Gibbs, a manager at the post office facility on Edgeworth Drive in Capitol Heights, said Prince George's County Police called her at about 10 a.m. to ask if an employee who was supposed to be at work that...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 14, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's, Traffic Accidents  
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Md. gang member sentenced to life

A leader in the violent MS-13 gang in suburban Maryland was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for crimes including murder, assault and witness tampering, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland. Juan Carlos Moreira, 30, known as "Stokey"...

By Maria Glod  | September 14, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Gangs, Homicide, Maria Glod, Maryland  
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Not guilty pleas in Va. man's killing

The suspects in the fatal shooting of a Virginia man who was visiting the San Francisco Bay area for a job interview have pleaded not guilty to murder charges. Twenty-four-year-old George Huggins and his girlfriend, 33-year-old Althea Housley, entered the...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 14, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Fairfax, From the Courthouse, Homicide, Updates  
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Former Va. police chief indicted

Brookneal, Va.'s former acting police chief faces a January trial on a grand larceny charge. The News & Advance reports that a Campbell County grand jury indicted Brian Lee Carr on Monday....

By Washington Post Editors  | September 14, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Virginia  
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Alexandria man slain in Florida

Samuel Del Brocco, an Alexandria resident and owner of a D.C. communications company, was found dead Sunday night in Pompano Beach, Fla., and investigators there believe he was killed. Del Brocco, 60, was the president and CEO of PCI Communications. But Broward County Sheriff's officials said he had a home in Pompano Beach and traveled there several times a month. A woman called 911 around 9 p.m. Sunday to ask sheriff's deputies to check on Del Brocco and found his body, the Broward sheriff's office said.

By Tom Jackman  | September 14, 2010; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Alexandria, Around the Nation, Homicide, Tom Jackman  
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Guilty plea seen in prison gang case

A man accused of running the Baltimore operation of the notorious Black Guerrilla Family prison gang plans to plead guilty Tuesday to a drug conspiracy charge. Todd Duncan is scheduled for a rearraignment Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court. Duncan's...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 14, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Baltimore, From the Courthouse, Gangs, Narcotics, Prison Beat  
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Diesel fuel stolen in Anne Arundel

Anne Arundel County police say more than 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel have been stolen from underground tanks at two stores. The most recent theft occurred early Wednesday, when someone took 830 gallons of diesel from tanks at High's Dairy...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 14, 2010; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anne Arundel  
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Why second-degree murder in Va. case?

After reading Tom Jackman's story about how David A. Patton was charged with second-degree murder after allegedly breaking into Stephen A. Carr's house, binding Carr and his girlfriend and, when Carr struggled, fatally shooting him, several readers asked why Patton...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 14, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fairfax, Homicide, Reader Questions, Updates, Virginia  
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Prison after man's 8th alcohol arrest

A Maryland man has been sentenced to two years in prison on his eighth alcohol-related driving offense. Fifty-one-year-old Rodney Lynn Williams of Funkstown was sentenced Monday in Washington County Circuit Court....

By Washington Post Editors  | September 14, 2010; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Maryland  
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50-lb. tortoise stolen in Delaware

Police in New Castle County, Del., are looking for a 50-pound tortoise stolen from a Wilmington-area store. The brown and tan African Sulcata Tortoise named Roger has roamed the Greenbank Aquarium store during business hours for the last 15 years,...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 14, 2010; 6:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Animal Stories, Delaware, Offbeat  
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Should police have shot Parrot?

I’ve gotten several e-mails and phone calls about my story on the dog that was shot during the Adams Morgan festival Sunday afternoon. Most are from witnesses supporting the dog owner’s version of events, though none yet have been able...

By Matt Zapotosky  | September 13, 2010; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
Categories:  Animal Stories, Matt Zapotosky, The District, Updates  
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Jail for pair in Va. pot case

Two defendants have been sentenced to prison terms on conspiracy charges involving more than 700 pounds of marijuana seized in Virginia Beach and Nashville. Ashlee Gina Bunn was sentenced Monday in Norfolk federal court to nine years in prison, while...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 13, 2010; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Narcotics, Virginia  
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Germantown gunshots investigated

Montgomery County detectives are looking for help unraveling an incident in which a number of shots were fired near Germantown homes on Aug. 31. Someone told police that around 11:40 p.m., he heard approximately 15 gunshots in the area behind...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 13, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison, Montgomery  
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Pipe bombs found in Gaithersburg

Montgomery County explosives experts destroyed three pipe bombs Monday after police found them in a Gaithersburg apartment where a man apparently had committed suicide, a fire department spokesman said. Capt. Oscar Garcia said police discovered the three bombs while investigating...

By Washington Post editors  | September 13, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Montgomery, Paul Duggan  
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Va. homicide linked to road rage case

A neighborhood dispute over a new traffic speed bump, which apparently led to a fistfight in June, allegedly led to a Fairfax County man invading his neighbor's home and shooting him to death Sunday night, Fairfax police said. Stephen A. Carr, 48, lived in the 6800 block of Field Master Drive, in the Burke area, and repeatedly expressed concern about traffic speeding through his quiet neighborhood, in part to cut through to the Fairfax County Parkway. So Carr, working through County Supervisor Pat Herrity's office, had a speed bump installed almost in front of his house. Neighbors said this enraged some drivers, and some would honk their horns as they drove past Carr's house. Police said that David A. Patton, 44, was particularly upset, and in June he was arrested after allegedly assaulting Carr outside his home.

By Tom Jackman  | September 13, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Fairfax, Homicide, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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Pr. George's sheriff's official charged anew

A Prince George’s County sheriff’s official was indicted on three counts of filing false tax returns Friday for allegedly failing to pay taxes on more than $20,000 she is accused of stealing from her own union. Wendy Tyler, once an...

By Matt Zapotosky  | September 13, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's  
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Video: Crackdown on distracted driving

Fairfax County is kicking off a major enforcement effort targeting motorists who text while driving or engage in other forms of distracted driving. Police showed drivers what distractions can do to your driving on the Fairfax County Driver Training Track....

By Washington Post Editors  | September 13, 2010; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Fairfax, Traffic Accidents  
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Violent crime drops in '09: FBI

The FBI said Monday that violent crime reported to police in 2009 declined for the third straight year. The 5.3 percent drop in violent crime was accompanied by a 4.6 percent drop in property crime, marking the seventh consecutive year...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 13, 2010; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Crime Statistics  
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Man shot, killed in Fairfax County

Update, 11:15 a.m.: Police have released the names of the victim and suspect. Stephen Carr, 48, was shot and killed inside his home. Police have charged David Patton, 44, of the 9100 block of Conservation Way, with murder. The victim...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 13, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax, Homicide, Martin Weil  
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2 found dead in Ellicott City

Howard County police say a man and woman have been found dead of apparent gunshot wounds in an Ellicott City home. Police say 35-year-old Clare Stoudt and 49-year-old Reginald Van Graves were not married but were believed to be living...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 13, 2010; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Homicide, Howard  
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New trial in Md. gang case

The first man convicted under Maryland's gang law has been granted a new trial. Twenty-eight-year-old Dajuan Marshall was found last month to have killed a rival gang member in 2008. But his conviction was vacated Friday after Baltimore Circuit Judge...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 13, 2010; 7:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Baltimore, From the Courthouse, Gangs, Homicide  
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Seized pot stolen in Maine

Police in Maine say 1,000 marijuana plants that had been seized and placed in a storage facility were stolen last week, according to this report: An overhead garage door had been "pried open" and much of the marijuana, seized Tuesday...

By Washington Post Editors  | September 13, 2010; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Narcotics, Offbeat  
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Man, 31, shot dead in D.C.

A 31-year-old Southeast Washington man was fatally shot Sunday morning near his home, D.C. police said. Laroy Bryant was found about 1 a.m. in the 2400 block of Hartford Street SE....

By Washington Post Editors  | September 13, 2010; 2:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Homicide, Martin Weil, The Region  
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