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Crime Scene: October 3, 2010 - October 9, 2010

Police: Man offered cash for wife's death

Montgomery County police charged a 42-year-old Rockville man with plotting to have his wife killed, saying he offered an acquaintance $1,000 and five oxycodone pills to carry out the murder. Richard Bernard Boyd Jr. was being held without bond Friday...

By Dan Morse  | October 9, 2010; 4:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery  
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Hit-and-run driver 'did not recall' crash

About an hour after a woman celebrating her 24th birthday was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver near Dupont Circle early Thursday, police found the suspect sitting in her damaged Lexus in a parking garage five miles away, "incapacitated...

By Paul Duggan  | October 8, 2010; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Paul Duggan, The District  
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More details on SUV-stroller collision

Update: 5:25 p.m. Montgomery County police say the driver of the SUV, a 53-year-old Silver Spring woman, was driving under “a steady green traffic signal” when a woman pushing a stroller crossed in front of her. The driver’s Ford Explorer...

By Washington Post editors  | October 8, 2010; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison, Montgomery  
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Man guilty of killing over 'disrespect'

Osorio died of his wounds four days later.

By Ruben Castaneda  | October 8, 2010; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda  | Tags:  Prince George's County crime  
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'Interest' in Md. suspect in duck's death

The Montgomery County man suspected of slashing the tires of his Hispanic neighbors’ cars also is under suspicion for stealing a duck from one of their backyards and cutting its head off, according to police arrest records filed in court...

By Dan Morse  | October 8, 2010; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery, Updates  
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'Samaritan' made up attack: Police

A Minnesota man who claimed he was attacked while helping two people fix a flat tire faked it for reasons unknown, according to this report: Smith was found unconscious and lying in a ditch by people who were passing by....

By Washington Post Editors  | October 8, 2010; 6:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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Help sought in 2007 Oxon Hill killing

Police in Prince George's County are looking for help identifying the victim of a 2007 homicide in Oxon Hill. On Thursday, authorities released a composite sketch of the woman, whose body was discovered Oct. 9, 2007, under a temporary building...

By Matt Zapotosky  | October 7, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Cold Cases, Homicide, Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's  
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Probation for fake Italian 'diplomat'

An American University student who forged license plates and put a State Department decal on his driver's license was sentenced Thursday to probation and community service for claiming diplomatic immunity during a traffic stop. Nicholas A. Marino, 24, told a...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 7, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Schools, Spencer S. Hsu, The District  
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Man charged in Va. woman's death

A Springfield man has been charged with murder in the death of a Falls Church woman, authorities said Thursday. Lam Dang, 40, of the 6800 block of Floyd Avenue in Springfield, was hospitalized in stable condition after a Wednesday night...

By David P. Marino-Nachison  | October 7, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison, Fairfax, Homicide, Updates  
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Arrest in tire slashing hate case

Montgomery County police charged a 52-year-old man with slashing his neighbor's tires, and are investigating him in connection with a series of hate-based tire slashings going back four years in the Wheaton area. "It appears that he doesn't like people...

By Dan Morse  | October 7, 2010; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Man sought in Sterling bank robbery

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery that took place Wednesday at the Bank of America at Regal Plaza in Sterling. A man entered the bank around 4:30 p.m. and brandished a gun, according to the sheriff's...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 7, 2010; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Crime, Seen, Loudoun  
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Officer maced at Ballou High School

A student sprayed a D.C police officer with mace and a security guard was bitten during an altercation with a student Thursday morning at Ballou High School in Southeast. The incident happened at 9:30 a.m. when a Ballou student with...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 7, 2010; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Schools, The District  
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Deadly hit-and-run in D.C.

A Columbia woman struck by an SUV in a hit-and-run near Dupont Circle overnight has died of her injuries, D.C. police said. Officer Istmania Bonilla, a police spokeswoman, said the victim had parked her car in the 1300 block of...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 7, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, The District, Traffic Accidents  
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Va. death sentence appeal denied

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a jail escapee who killed a hospital guard and a sheriff's deputy in a rampage that set off a manhunt near Virginia Tech. William Morva appealed his 2008 capital murder conviction...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 7, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Death Penalty, From the Courthouse, Virginia  
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Explosives found in Dist. Heights home

Members of the Prince George’s County fire department’s bomb squad have disrupted what officials say appeared to be two explosive devices in the basement of a District Heights home. Fire department spokesman Mark Brady said Wednesday that the residents of...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 7, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Pr. George's  
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'Systemic' failures at Cheltenham: Report

The slaying of a teacher at a Maryland juvenile detention center was the result of "multiple systemic security failures," including outdated buildings and not enough security cameras and radios for staff, as well as a failure of the state agency...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 7, 2010; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Juvenile Justice, Pr. George's, Updates  
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Man shoots at 2 with baggy pants: Report

A Memphis man is charged with shooting at two teenagers he argued with who refused to pull up their sagging pants, according to this report: From a yard in the 4400 block of Whiteside, Bonds began yelling at the pair...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 7, 2010; 6:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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Levy homicide prosecutors want polygraphs excluded

Prosecutors in the Chandra Levy homicide trial are seeking to have the results of two polygraph tests excluded from the upcoming trial. In a D. C. Superior Court filing this week, prosecutors requested to have the results of Ingmar Guandique's...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 7, 2010; 2:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Chandra Levy, From the Courthouse, Keith L. Alexander, The District  
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Found: Lots of baseball cards

Let's take a break from murder.

By Paul Duggan  | October 6, 2010; 10:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Paul Duggan, Unsolved  
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Woman, 37, killed in Va. restaurant

A 37-year-old woman was attacked and killed in a Springfield-area restaurant Wednesday night by a man she knew, Fairfax County police said. Police who were called to the 5T Bar and Grill, in a strip mall in the 7000 block...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 6, 2010; 8:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Clarence Williams, Fairfax, Homicide  
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Silver Spring barricade ends

A 59-year-old man reportedly armed with a machete tried to assault his daughter-in-law Wednesday morning, holed up inside a Silver Spring house and eventually was taken into custody by police, officials said. Officers were called to the house -- in...

By Washington Post editors  | October 6, 2010; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery  
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Rape victim testifies in Prieto trial

A California woman, who was abducted at gunpoint by Alfredo Prieto in 1990, then raped and stabbed by another man while Prieto was raping and killing her best friend, made a surprise appearance in a Fairfax County courtroom Wednesday to bolster the prosecution's case that Prieto should be executed. It was a second day of new developments in a trial that has largely been a repeat of two previous prosecutions in Fairfax. On Tuesday, Prieto spoke in court at length for the first time.

By Tom Jackman  | October 6, 2010; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Fairfax, From the Courthouse, Homicide, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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Man slain at D.C. funeral is buried

A 21-year-old District man fatally shot after an acquaintance's funeral last week was peacefully mourned and buried Wednesday amid heavy police security. Jamal Coates, who lived in Northwest Washington, was shot Sept. 28 near 13th and U streets NW after...

By Paul Duggan  | October 6, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Homicide, Paul Duggan, The District  
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Woman shot dead in Landover: Police

A woman was shot to death Wednesday morning in the Landover area of Prince George's County, authorities said. At about 8:30 a.m., officers were called to the 2500 block of Markham Lane for the report of a shooting....

By Washington Post Editors  | October 6, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Homicide, Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's  
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Gun, assault charges for Loudoun man

A Loudoun man was charged Wednesday after firing a gun during an argument at his home on Short Hill Road in Purcellville, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Steven D. Underwood, 51, is accused of brandishing a gun and...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 6, 2010; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Loudoun  
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Man charged with $200K Md. bar fire

Authorities have arrested a Mechanicsville man and charged him with setting a fire that tore through a La Plata bar on Christmas Day. It took 49 firefighters from eight volunteer departments about an hour to control a Dec. 25 fire...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 6, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Charles, David P. Marino-Nachison, Fires & Fire Safety  
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Arrest in Pa. killing of Pr. George's man

Police in eastern Pennsylvania have arrested a man on murder charges in a speakeasy shooting that killed a Maryland man. Twenty-eight-year-old Jose Bonilla-Ortiz was arrested Monday in last year’s shooting at an underground club in Reading, about 50 miles...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 6, 2010; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Homicide, Pr. George's  
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Life for Va. man in double killing

A Newport News man has pleaded guilty to the stabbing deaths of his fiancee and her mother in order to avoid a possible death sentence. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports that 38-year-old David Wayne Hoshaw Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday in...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 6, 2010; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Homicide, Virginia  
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Lanham woman dies in Ocean City waters

Ocean City police have identified a woman whose body was recovered from the ocean over the weekend. Police spokesman Pfc. Michael Levy identified the woman on Tuesday as 32-year-old Tara Chanise Taylor of Lanham, Md....

By Washington Post Editors  | October 6, 2010; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland  
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100 women in Canadian strip club brawl

A 100-woman brawl broke out at a Canadian bar after a woman's view of a male stripper was obscured, according to this report: More than 100 woman were at a fundraiser in Nanaimo’s Cavallotti Lodge on Friday night watching a...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 6, 2010; 6:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the World, Offbeat  
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Deadly fire was sparked by candles

A fire that killed a woman and two children in their Lorton townhouse last month was started by candles that had been left burning, a Fairfax County fire spokesman said Tuesday. Capt. Willie Bailey said that Elieen C. Langham-Anderson, 24,...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 6, 2010; 1:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax, Fires & Fire Safety, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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Woman dies 10 days after hit-and-run

A 22-year-old Silver Spring woman died Tuesday of injuries sustained about 10 days ago when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Silver Spring, Montgomery County police said. Danny Elizabeth Alay-Mateo, of the 9100 block of September Lane, died...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 6, 2010; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Clarence Williams, Montgomery, Traffic Accidents  
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Arlington lawyer's license suspended

Arlington lawyer Howard D. Deiner, who faces trial in Arlington County Circuit Court later this month for practicing without a license, has now had his license suspended by the D.C. Bar, after a District court ruled that "he appears to pose a substantial threat of serious harm to the public." Deiner, 56, specialized in representing families of children with special educational needs. He was licensed in the District, but practiced mainly in Northern Virginia. But from January 2006 to April 2009, he failed to pay his bar dues and his license lapsed. Numerous parents said he continued to represent himself as a lawyer, and many of those parents filed complaints with the D.C. Bar when Deiner failed to return phone calls, refund fees or provide their case files.

By Tom Jackman  | October 5, 2010; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Arlington, From the Courthouse, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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Prieto speaks in Fairfax murder trial

Alleged serial killer Alfredo Prieto, who has not testified or spoken at any length through countless hearings and two full murder trials in Fairfax County, spoke in open court in Fairfax for the first time Tuesday, and provided his side of a dispute over whether he has cooperated with a mental health expert for the prosecution. It was a jaw-dropping moment at the end of an abbreviated day of testimony in Prieto's resentencing for a double murder and rape outside Reston in 1988. Prieto has watched attentively but sat mute through two previous trials in Fairfax, occasionally answering a judge's questions with a "yes sir." Prieto also did not testify during his capital murder trial in California in 1991, which resulted in the death penalty,

By Tom Jackman  | October 5, 2010; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Fairfax, From the Courthouse, Homicide, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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Video: Judge arrested for drug use

A federal judge in Georgia faces drug and firearms charges after an exotic dancer at an Atlanta strip club tipped off authorities to his illegal activities with her....

By Washington Post Editors  | October 5, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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4 injured by pepper spray at mall

After allegedly shoplifting and then running from a Ballston Common Mall store Tuesday afternoon, a woman attacked the store’s manager with pepper spray and left four mall bystanders needing medical attention. Arlington County police said the woman was seen stealing...

By Josh White  | October 5, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Arlington, Josh White  
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Struggle to restrain suspect: Police

How do you stop a suspect who remains unfazed after getting hit by pepper spray, a Taser and a police baton? That question was posed to Anne Arundel police Sunday night after a woman called them around 7 p.m. to...

By Matt Zapotosky  | October 5, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Anne Arundel, Matt Zapotosky  
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Montgomery to honor citizen rescuers

Montgomery County officials on Tuesday will recognize a group of "Everyday Heroes," including a FedEx driver who came to the rescue of unconscious passengers inside an idling vehicle, county officials said. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in...

By Dan Morse  | October 5, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Emergencies & Rescues, Heroes, Montgomery  
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No homicide in Laurel death: Police

Police no longer believe homicide to be the cause of the death of Roy Jackson, who was recently found dead alongside a Laurel roadway. An autopsy was recently performed, according to Anne Arundel County Police, who continue to investigate the...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 5, 2010; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anne Arundel, David P. Marino-Nachison, Updates  
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Guilty plea in Va. schools fraud

A former Virginia school board clerk has pleaded guilty to stealing from the Montgomery County public schools. U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy sais 45-year-old Anita Price Johnston of Elliston pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud Monday....

By Washington Post Editors  | October 5, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Schools, Virginia  
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Groups seek Md. 'profiling' documents

The Maryland American Civil Liberties Union, Maryland NAACP branches and a coalition of media groups are urging the state’s highest court to uphold a ruling requiring police to turn over documents relating to racial profiling allegations. In February the state’s...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 5, 2010; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Maryland  
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Strip search evidence disputed: Report

A man caught with drugs during a strip search claimed only some of them were his, according to this report: While searching Roberts’ person, deputies felt a soft object in his buttocks. The report said Roberts then said, "Let me...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 5, 2010; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Narcotics, Offbeat  
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Police: 2nd victim in soccer coach case

A second 17-year-old soccer player has stepped forward to tell Montgomery County police that a local coach fondled him, officials said Monday. The coach, Roger M. Fernandez, 38, is now accused of three counts of sex abuse of a minor...

By Dan Morse  | October 4, 2010; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tour bus driver suffered heart attack

The driver of a tour bus that crashed along Interstate-270 last week suffered a heart attack just before the wreck, Maryland state police said Monday. The state medical examiner's office has ruled the cause of death a heart attack, said...

By Dan Morse  | October 4, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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1 dead in Laurel house fire

One person is dead in a Monday house fire in Laurel, authorities said. The fire is ongoing in the 6700 block of Brooklyn Bridge Road in the Laurel area, authorities said. Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George's County...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 4, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's  
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Armored car guard shoots robber

A would-be robber was shot and wounded by an armored car guard on Monday after the suspect tried to grab a money bag out of the guard's hand, a D.C. police spokeswoman said. Officer Tisha Gant said the incident occurred...

By Washington Post editors  | October 4, 2010; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Paul Duggan, The District  
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Woman, 77, killed after Md. crash

A 77-year-old woman was killed Friday afternoon after she crashed her car into a tree in the Lusby area of Calvert County, police said. Joan Ardell Browning, of Lusby, was traveling east on Cove Point Road near Beacon Way when...

By Matt Zapotosky  | October 4, 2010; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Calvert, Matt Zapotosky, Traffic Accidents  
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Customer returns to rob store: Police

A man went shopping at Pier One Imports in Laurel on Saturday night. According to a store employee, he purchased a few items and left -- then came to get his money back the hard way....

By Matt Zapotosky  | October 4, 2010; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Anne Arundel, Matt Zapotosky  
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Robbery suspects caught after chase

Three people were arrested Sunday afternoon after they robbed a Takoma Park restaurant, then crashed their car as they fled, police said. Just before 4 p.m., the three suspects, each armed with semi-automatic handguns, entered Eastern Carryout in the 6900...

By Matt Zapotosky  | October 4, 2010; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Montgomery, Robbery  
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Shots fired at D.C. officer

Someone fired a gun at a D.C. police officer who was investigating the sound of gunfire early Monday morning, police said. The incident occurred about 12:30 a.m. in the 2100 block of Queens Chapel Road NE, police said....

By Matt Zapotosky  | October 4, 2010; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Man, 31, shot dead in Frederick

Frederick police say a 31-year-old Frederick man is dead following an early Sunday morning shooting. Police say officers responding to a report of shots fired about 3:20 a.m. Sunday found a man suffering from what appeared to be a single...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 4, 2010; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Frederick, Homicide  
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Officer shoots Balt. robbery suspect

Police say an officer shot and wounded a suspect in a store robbery in the eastern part of Baltimore. Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the officer was approached around 8:30 p.m. Sunday and told that a nearby store was...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 4, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Baltimore  
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Jeweler charged in big N.J. coin heist

Federal authorities say a Manhattan jeweler has been charged in connection to the theft last year of a multi-million-dollar coin collection stolen in New Jersey. The coins were taken Oct. 11, 2009, from a coin dealer’s van as he dined...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 4, 2010; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation  
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DUI driver offers grilled-cheese bribe: Police

A Florida woman hit with a DUI charge offered the deputy who arrested her a grilled cheese sandwich, according to this report: O'Conner told the deputy, “I almost made it home before you got me.” According to the report, she...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 4, 2010; 7:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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