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Crime Scene: October 10, 2010 - October 16, 2010

Police probe Va. man's death

An 18-year-old Fairfax County man died Thursday night after showing up at a Springfield health center, and Fairfax police said his death was a homicide.

By Tom Jackman  | October 15, 2010; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax, Homicide, Tom Jackman  
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Ex-marine gets life for abduction, rape

A former U.S. Marine was convicted Friday of abducting and raping a University of Maryland graduate student who he then left for dead in a secluded, wooded area on a cold February morning. Jorge Torrez, 21, also was found guilty...

By Maria Glod  | October 15, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Arlington, From the Courthouse, Maria Glod  
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900 grams of cocaine seized in Calvert

The Calvert County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit seized 900 grams of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $90,000, and arrested one adult male at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Prince Frederick.

By Christy Goodman  | October 15, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Calvert, Narcotics  
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Kids getting high on 'spice'

Several Leesburg teens have used a common incense product to get high in recent weeks, according to the Leesburg police department. The product, which is legal, is known as K2 and commonly referred to as "spice." It is a combination...

By Washington Post editors  | October 15, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Loudoun  
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Arenstein appears on pot charge

Veteran CBS Radio News correspondent Howard L. Arenstein, 60, and his wife, Israeli newspaper journalist Orly (Azoulay) Katz, 57, made a brief appearance in D.C. Superior Court Friday in connection with their Oct. 1 arrest for possession with intent to...

By Keith L. Alexander  | October 15, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Celebrities, From the Courthouse, Keith L. Alexander, Narcotics, Updates  
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DC9 owner, employees charged in beating death

UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: Officials at the Medical Examiner's Officer say they have not ruled Mohammed's death a homicide. They would not elaborate. Police had called a press conference for 3:45 p.m. Friday to possibly amend the charges, according to sources....

By Washington Post editors  | October 15, 2010; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (158)
Categories:  Homicide, Mary Pat Flaherty, Paul Duggan, The District  
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15 years for armored truck robbery try

The District man who attemped to rob an armored truck outside Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park in 2009 and eventually barricaded himself inside a home before being shot by a Prince George's County officer was sentenced Thursday to 183...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | October 15, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Mary Pat Flaherty, Maryland, Pr. William  
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Va. police investigate suspicious death

Police are investigating what they call the "suspicious death" of an 18-year-old Fairfax man who died about 11 p.m. Thursday shortly after being brought to Inova Springfield Healthplex by an acquaintance, Fairfax police said. The victim is believed to have...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | October 15, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax, Mary Pat Flaherty  
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Prostitution charges after police call

Two Ohio women were arrested after one called police to a hotel room under false pretenses, then asking them to investigate a customer's nonpayment for sex, according to this report: When the woman summoned officers to a Camp Washington motel...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 15, 2010; 5:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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Two cops on leave after man dies

Montgomery County police have placed two officers on administrative leave who were involved in an altercation with a 65-year-old man who died Thursday morning. The officers used a electronic stun device and pepper spray on the man Sunday night, and...

By Dan Morse  | October 14, 2010; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery  
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Police identify man killed in Bowie

Police in Prince George's County have identified the man shot and killed outside a banquet hall in Bowie early Saturday morning as Kenneth Lamarr Prince, 26, of Oxon Hill, authorities said Thursday. Prince was among two men shot just before...

By Matt Zapotosky  | October 14, 2010; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Homicide, Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's  
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Marriage license nabs wanted man

Federal authorities used a marriage license to track down a man wanted in Washington, D.C. Anthony Ross was found in central Ohio the day before his wedding. WBNS-TV in Columbus reports that Ross, 41, had been wanted since 2006 for...

By Washington Post staff  | October 14, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Around the Nation, The District  
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Fatal D.C. stabbing victim identified

D.C. police have identified a man found stabbed to death Tuesday night as a 46-year-old resident of Northwest Washington. Rodney Turpin was found bleeding from his wound in the 6900 block of Blair Road shortly before 10:30 p.m. by officers...

By Paul Duggan  | October 14, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Homicide, Paul Duggan, The District  
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No charges in pedestrian's I-270 death

No charges will be filed against either of the two drivers who fatally struck Natasha Nicole Tobin, 25, as she walked in a southbound lane of I-270 on Oct. 11 shortly before midnight, Maryland State Police said. Tobin, of Fort...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | October 14, 2010; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Mary Pat Flaherty, Montgomery, Traffic Accidents, Updates  
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Man dies who had conflict with police

A 65-year-old man hospitalized after a Sunday night encounter with Montgomery County police died early Thursday morning, according to his family and authorities....

By Dan Morse  | October 14, 2010; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery  
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Video: A costumed punishment

A Virginia man caught shoplifting at a costume store in Charlottesville agreed to wear a "Bert" costume and a sign in front of the store for two days....

By Washington Post Editors  | October 14, 2010; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Virginia  
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Girl, 7, assaulted in Md: Police

Howard County police say a 7-year-old girl reported she was sexually assaulted by four men near a playground in Columbia. It happened Tuesday about 7 p.m....

By Washington Post Editors  | October 14, 2010; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Homicide, Sex Crimes  
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Guilty plea in $500K cash smuggling

Federal prosecutors say a Catonsville woman has pleaded guilty to bulk cash smuggling after giving three people more than $500,000 to take to Jamaica. Forty-one-year-old Jean Brown entered the plea on Wednesday. She will be sentenced on Feb. 1. Brown...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 14, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Maryland  
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Md. inmate stabbed, 2 suspected

Correction officials say an inmate was stabbed at the Western Correctional Institution in Cresaptown. It happened Monday about 8 p.m. in a recreation hall in one of the housing units....

By Washington Post Editors  | October 14, 2010; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland, Prison Beat  
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Store clerk turns robber's gun on him

A store clerk in North Carolina scared off a robber after she grabbed his gun while he was cleaning out the cash register, according to this report: As the suspect was grabbing as much money as he could, Wilmer reached...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 14, 2010; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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Man injured after police altercation

A 65-year-old Silver Spring man remains hospitalized in critical condition today after a Sunday night clash with Montgomery County police, officials said Wednesday. Officers used an electronic-stun device and pepper spray to subdue the man. At one point, responding medics...

By Dan Morse  | October 13, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery  
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Woman hit by Jeep dies in Md.

Anne Arundel police are investigating the Wednesday death of Khardiatou Goloko, 49, of Baltimore, who was hit while crossing Fort Smallwood Road at about 6:30 a.m., police said. Goloko was lagging behind a group of adults that already had crossed...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | October 13, 2010; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anne Arundel, Mary Pat Flaherty, Traffic Accidents  
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Traffic charge dropped for 'Skins rookie

A reckless driving charge against Redskins' offensive lineman Trent Williams was dismissed by a Fairfax County judge Wednesday because the calibration of the arresting officer's speedometer was not properly notarized. Williams was driving a Porsche west on the Dulles Toll...

By Washington Post editors  | October 13, 2010; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Fairfax, From the Courthouse, Tom Jackman  
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Arrest in UMd. bar fight and stabbing

Police in Prince George's County have arrested a Kensington man in connection with the quadruple cutting that stemmed from a drunken altercation inside a College Park bar early Tuesday morning. Leonardo Alonso Ramos, 21, is charged with attempted second degree...

By Washington Post editors  | October 13, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's  
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1 dead in Northeast D.C. shooting

Veteran D.C. Public Works employee Larry Hutchins, 51, was killed Wednesday in an early morning shooting that wounded and hospitalized another DPW employee, according to District police. A third man who was wearing "some sort of a uniform" may have...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 13, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Homicide, Mary Pat Flaherty, The District  
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Man, 18, charged in D.C. homicide

District detectives on Tuesday arrested Meeko Carraway, 18, of no fixed address, charging him in the Sept. 25 daytime shooting death of Darrel Hendy of Bowie. Police found Hendy, 29, shot in the 800 block of Southern Avenue SE at...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | October 13, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Homicide, Mary Pat Flaherty, The District  
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36 years for Va. gang leader

Federal prosecutors say a 28-year-old Portsmouth man is set to spend 36 years in prison for his role in the Bounty Hunter Bloods gang. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia says Eric Drandell Ward was sentenced...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 13, 2010; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Gangs, Virginia  
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Frederick woman killed in Md. crash

Maryland State police say a Frederick woman was killed in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 40 west of Church Hill Road. Fifty-one-year-old Tammy Marie Jessee was trapped in her car and pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 13, 2010; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Frederick, Traffic Accidents  
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Report expected in DNA searches

The Virginia Department of Forensic Science is expected to present its report regarding the use of a controversial form of DNA searching that helps identify criminal suspects using genetic material from their relatives. The Forensic Science Board — which oversees...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 13, 2010; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Technology, Virginia  
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Costumed criminals take N.Y. boy's bike

Three costumed robbers, one in a chicken suit, stole a New York boy's bike, according to this report: The trio confronted the teenager while he was riding his bicycle on Route 25A at 1:15 p.m. One of the apes punched...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 13, 2010; 6:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Offbeat  
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Man found dead in Va. home after fire

A Fairfax City man was found dead in his home Tuesday morning after a fire that investigators think may have been sparked by a smoldering cigarette. The man’s name was not released pending notification of his family....

By Washington Post Editors  | October 13, 2010; 1:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax, Fires & Fire Safety, Tom Jackman  
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Help sought locating missing man

Prince George’s County police are searching for a Fort Washington man who has been missing since Sept. 30. Police are looking for Vincent A. Walker, 52, who was last seen driving a silver Mitsubishi Montero with Virginia tags JY42348....

By Washington Post Editors  | October 12, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Keith L. Alexander, Pr. George's  
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Loudoun deputy indicted for bribery

A Loudoun County sheriff's deputy was indicted by a county grand jury Tuesday on charges of bribery and filing a false report, according to the Loudoun sheriff's office. Deputy Jason C. Warren, of Kearneysville, W. Va., responded to a report...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 12, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Loudoun  
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More break-ins linked to Fairfax burglar

Fairfax County Police officers went door-to-door Tuesday notifying residents in the Hunter Mill Road area of an overnight burglary and an attempted burglary detectives believe may be related to 87 other incidents that have occurred throughout the county since August,...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | October 12, 2010; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax, Mary Pat Flaherty, Updates  
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Naked firefighter disciplined

A District firefighter who was photographed cooking eggs while naked in the Columbia Heights firehouse following a July retirement event for a fellow firefighter has been place on leave while an internal affairs investigation continues, department spokesman Pete Piringer said...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | October 12, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Mary Pat Flaherty, The District, Updates  
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Accused molester extradited to Fairfax

A Fairfax County day care worker accused of sexually assaulting a toddler is being held in the Fairfax County Jail on a sodomy charge after being extradited Friday from New York....

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | October 12, 2010; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fairfax, Manassas, Mary Pat Flaherty, Updates  
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Dad charged in death of infant

Police in Prince George’s County have charged a Greenbelt man with first-degree murder in the death of his 3-month-old daughter last month, authorities said Tuesday. Jonathan Jacobs, 22, is believed to have “assaulted” 3-month-old Zariyah Jacobs-Miller, police said in a...

By Matt Zapotosky  | October 12, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Homicide, Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's  
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Four cut after altercation at bar

Four young men — including three University of Maryland students — were cut and wounded early Tuesday morning after a drunken altercation inside an off-campus bar continued outside, police said. The incident began about 1:30 a.m., when the three students...

By Matt Zapotosky  | October 12, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's  
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Slain man's Lexus found in Fairfax

A Fairfax County police officer found the missing sport-utility vehicle of slain car wash owner Yong S. Yun in Annandale Monday night, but police still have no suspects in Yun's killing. Yun, 61, was discovered by his wife in their...

By Washington Post editors  | October 12, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fairfax, Homicide, Tom Jackman  
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SUV stolen in D.C. crashes in Md.

Baltimore police say a man trying to elude officers crashed a stolen SUV into three parked cars, then ran from the burning vehicles to hop on a bus, where he was arrested....

By Washington Post Editors  | October 12, 2010; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Woman hit, killed on I-270

A woman who was walking on Interstate 270 near Gaithersburg late Monday night was fatally injured when she was struck by a car and then an out-of-service Ride On bus, Maryland state police said. Police were working Tuesday morning to...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 12, 2010; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Montgomery, Traffic Accidents  
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Help sought finding homicide suspect

A homicide suspect sought by Montgomery County detectives is a member of the "38 Mob" street gang who opened fire on a 27-year-old after the victim had been beaten, robbed and was lying on the ground, police said this week....

By Dan Morse  | October 12, 2010; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Gangs, Homicide, Montgomery, Updates  
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Intoxication, drowning killed Md. woman

Ocean City police say an autopsy shows a woman whose body was found on the beach earlier this month died of accidental drowning with complications from alcohol and drug intoxication. Thirty-two-year-old Tara Chanise Taylor of Lanham was found unconscious on...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 12, 2010; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Maryland, Pr. George's, Updates  
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Man shot at Severn party

Anne Arundel County Police say a man was shot and seriously injured at a party in Severn. It happened Sunday about 1:15 a.m. on Citadel Drive....

By Washington Post Editors  | October 12, 2010; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Handcuffed man gets free, caught

A Washington state man who was sitting handcuffed in a police car on the way to jail managed to escape, according to this report: "Lair was handcuffed behind his back at the time of escape," the report said. Officers from...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 12, 2010; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Boy, 14, hit by police cruiser in Md.

A 14-year-old boy was struck by a Gaithersburg Police cruiser Monday, and taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, officials said. At 3:16 p.m., the marked police car was traveling west on Darnestown Road at Quince Orchard Road,...

By Dan Morse  | October 11, 2010; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery, Traffic Accidents  
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Child in stroller hit in Montgomery

For the second time in three days, a child in a stroller was struck by a vehicle in Montgomery County, officials said Monday afternoon. The child is expected to survive. About 3:30 p.m., a woman was pushing a stroller near...

By Dan Morse  | October 11, 2010; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery, Traffic Accidents, Updates  
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5 die in Baltimore shootings

A Baltimore police spokesman says five men have died in separate shootings over the weekend, and police are investigating the possibility that two of the shootings are related. Baltimore police spokesman Det. Jeremy Silbert says the first victim was a...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 11, 2010; 7:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Baltimore, Homicide  
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Frederick deputy is also Navy sailor

As a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve, Brian Mullennex has served on combat missions in Iraq. And as a deputy with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, he’s encountered his share of gun-toting criminals. But it’s his wife, Jennifer, who...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 11, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Frederick, Heroes  
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Robbery suspect flees after hose hit

A would-be Dunkin' Donuts robber fled empty-handed after he was shot with a water hose, according to this report: Kahn had been spraying trays with a sink hose, and turned it on the intruder, who apparently was afraid of water....

By Washington Post Editors  | October 11, 2010; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Boy, 9, dies in Va. motorcycle crash

A Virginia State Police spokesman says a 9-year-old boy has died in a motorcycle crash. Sgt. Les Tyler says Robert Darwin Promer was a passenger on his father’s motorcycle when it collided with a pickup truck Saturday afternoon on state...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 11, 2010; 1:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Man charged in fatal 2007 shooting

A 20-year-old Southeast Washington man has been charged in a fatal shooting that occurred almost three years ago, D.C. police said. Officers said Gerald Anderson was arrested Saturday in connection with the death of David Mayo, who was found fatally...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 11, 2010; 1:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Homicide, Martin Weil, The District  
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Suspect in slaying still at large

Montgomery County detectives and the family of slaying victim Julian D. Kelly appealed to the public this weekend to help locate a fourth remaining suspect in the killing: Tyshon Lateek Jones.

By Dan Morse  | October 10, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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2 pedestrians struck, killed in Rockville

Two men in their mid-20s were struck and killed in Bethesda early Sunday as they tried to cross Wisconsin Avenue.

By Joe Stephens  | October 10, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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