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Crime Scene: December 5, 2010 - December 11, 2010

Ex-D.C. officer jailed for excessive force

Kisha Coley, a 2-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department, is spending the weekend in jail after being sentenced Friday for using excessive force during a March arrest. Coley, 36, will spend this weekend and next in jail after pleading...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | December 10, 2010; 8:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Sylvie Cachay dies; boyfriend charged

Update, 7:44 p.m. Police say the son of an Oscar-winning composer has been arrested on charges of choking his girlfriend, who was found dead in a tub at an upscale Manhattan hotel. Twenty-four-year-old Nicholas Brooks was arrested on charges of...

By Associated Press  | December 10, 2010; 7:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Brittany Smith, missing Va. girl, found

Updated, 9:55 p.m. A 12-year-old girl who had been missing for a week was found unharmed Friday after she and the man accused in her abduction were recognized in a store in San Francisco, police said. Brittany Mae Smith has...

By Associated Press  | December 10, 2010; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Missing Persons, Updates, Virginia  
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Cyclist dies in Fairfax crash

An 82-year-old Falls Church area man died Thursday of injuries he received when he was hit by a truck while riding his bike in the Seven Corners area of Fairfax County last month. Police said Minh Van, of the 3300 block of Nevius Street, was trying to cross Willston Drive near Route 50 on November 24. A man driving a 2003 Dodge pickup truck, turning from Willston Drive on to Route 50, struck Van. Van was hospitalized until his death, police said. Investigators do not believe speed or alcohol were involved, and no charges have been filed.

By Tom Jackman  | December 10, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Teacher accused of molesting student

A teacher at Centreville High School has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a student in 2007 and 2008, Fairfax County police said Friday. Brian White, 32, of Haymarket, was arrested Thursday and charged with four counts of indecent liberties with a child under his supervision. He is being held without bond in the Fairfax jail.

By Tom Jackman  | December 10, 2010; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Fairfax, Schools, Sex Crimes, Tom Jackman  
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Man charged with killing D.C. teenager

A District man was charged with murder Friday in the shooting of a 16-year-old boy, police said. Raymond Roseboro, 20, of Northwest, was arrested by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force and charged with second-degree murder in...

By Paul Duggan  | December 10, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Suspect shot in gun battle with police

A Prince George's County police officer shot and critically wounded a robbery suspect Thursday night after the suspect fired at least one shot at him at point blank range, authorities said. The suspect, an 18-year-old from Landover, remained hospitalized with...

By Matt Zapotosky  | December 10, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Video: Machete vs. feather duster

Caught on Tape: Two would-be robbers, one wielding a machete, entered a mini-mart in Waltham, Mass., only to be met by an employee fighting back with a feather duster....

By Washington Post Editors  | December 10, 2010; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Multistate search for Va. girl, 12

Authorities are ramping up their search for a missing 12-year-old Virginia girl by putting her picture on billboards in several states. Roanoke County Police Chief Ray Lavinder said Thursday that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is preparing...

By The Associated Press  | December 10, 2010; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Child porn indictment for Md. man

Federal prosecutors say a Cumberland man has been indicted on charges of advertising, transporting, receiving and possessing child pornography. A detention hearing was conducted Thursday for 69-year-old George Sell....

By The Associated Press  | December 10, 2010; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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6 trials for serial stabbing suspect

A Michigan judge ordered four attempted-murder trials Thursday stemming from a summer stabbing spree in Michigan, raising the number of trials to six for a man accused of being a serial killer. District Court Judge Nathaniel Perry found enough evidence...

By The Associated Press  | December 10, 2010; 7:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Report on Md. juvenile center escape

A report from a monitor outlines failures by the staff at a juvenile justice center during an escape in September by two youths who commandeered a food truck. The report (PDF), released last month by the Attorney General's Juvenile Justice...

By The Associated Press  | December 10, 2010; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Radio Shack robber punches employee

Montgomery County detectives are looking for a man who punched a Radio Shack employee in the face and fled with a Sony PlayStation, authorities said Thursday. Just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, police were called to the store at 8213 Georgia...

By Dan Morse  | December 10, 2010; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Toys for Tots trove recovered in Maine

Police in Maine recovered a trove of toys they say were meant for the Toys for Tots program, according to this report: Bangor Police say they received a tip a couple of days ago that a Patten Street resident had...

By Washington Post Editors  | December 10, 2010; 6:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Plea deal, possible trial in Betts case

Artura Williams, a relatively minor player in the Brian Betts murder case, pleaded guilty to two stolen credit card-related offenses this week. Meanwhile, a lawyer for the final defendant, Deontra Gray, said Thursday that he hasn't pleaded to anything, raising...

By Dan Morse  | December 9, 2010; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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7 suspended Pr. Geo.'s cops back

Seven suspended Prince George's County police officers were returned to full duty Wednesday night in what police officials say was an effort to clear those who were accused wrongly and put back to work those whose conduct did not warrant...

By Matt Zapotosky  | December 9, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Pedestrian killed in Md. crash IDd

Police have identified the pedestrian killed in a hit-and-run crash in the District Heights area of Prince George's County Wednesday night as 28-year-old Krystal Brown. Brown was walking home from the library with her brother when the two were struck...

By Matt Zapotosky  | December 9, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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2 charged in Columbia stabbing

Howard County Police have charged two with the stabbing of a Columbia man near his home. Eighteen-year-old Damian Jones Jr. of Columbia and a 16-year-old have been charged with attempted murder and assault in the stabbing Dec. 6 of 37-year-old...

By The Associated Press  | December 9, 2010; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Va. abduction suspect bought tent, supplies

A man who disappeared with his slain girlfriend's 12-year-old daughter bought a tent and other camping supplies before vanishing, a police chief in Virginia said Wednesday. Roanoke County Police Chief Ray Lavinder said at a news conference that authorities have...

By The Associated Press  | December 9, 2010; 7:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Missing Persons, Updates, Virginia  
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Bush plotter wants life sentence tossed

A U.S. man who became an al-Qaida terrorist and plotted to assassinate then-President George W. Bush is asking a federal appeals court in Virginia to throw out his life sentence. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of...

By The Associated Press  | December 9, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Four hearings for Elias Abuelazam

It will be a long day in court for the man accused of a series of stabbings in Michigan's Genesee County. There are four hearings scheduled Thursday for Elias Abuelazam, all involving charges of attempted murder in and around Flint...

By The Associated Press  | December 9, 2010; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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High-speed Va. conviction thrown out

A Virginia motorcyclist whose throttle was stuck open has had his conviction for driving at least 130 mph thrown out in court. The Virginian-Pilot reports a judge overturned 27-year-old Frank Parker's conviction on charges of reckless driving and eluding police....

By The Virginian-Pilot  | December 9, 2010; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Setback for prosecutors in 1964 Va. killing

Prosecutors in Virginia have been ordered to provide lawyers for a man charged with killing his wife in 1964 information about another man she was having an affair with at the time of her death. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Hopewell...

By theRichmond Times-Dispatch  | December 9, 2010; 7:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stabbing over remote control: Police

A Florida woman stabbed her husband seven times after a disagreement about the remote control, according to this report: St. Pete Police say Deloris got so angry that her husband wouldn't give up the remote she ran to the kitchen,...

By Washington Post Editors  | December 9, 2010; 6:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man indicted on murder charges in fire

A federal grand jury indicted a 40-year-old former truck driver Wednesday on first-degree murder charges after he set a fire in 2007 at a Northwest Washington strip club, leading to the club manager's death, the U.S. attorney's office said. Federal...

By Clarence Williams  | December 9, 2010; 1:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Clarence Williams, Fires & Fire Safety, From the Courthouse, The District, Updates  
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3 pedestrians struck in Pr. George's

Three pedestrians were struck and critically injured in separate incidents Wednesday evening in Prince George's County, authorities said.

By Matt Zapotosky  | December 8, 2010; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Judge rejects petitions in Wone trial

D.C. Superior Court Judge Brook Hedge rejected three requests Wednesday by the attorneys for the three D.C. roommates in the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the family of Robert E. Wone, the Washington lawyer who was staying the night at the three men's home the evening he was stabbed to death four years ago.

By Keith L. Alexander  | December 8, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man arrested in Md. terror bomb plot

A Baltimore man who is a recent convert to Islam has been charged with plotting to blow up a military recruiting office in Catonsville, Md., authorities said Wednesday, but the bomb was a fake provided by the FBI. Antonio Martinez,...

By Maria Glod  | December 8, 2010; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Crime commission endorses new police pursuit rules inspired by Fairfax case

The Virginia Crime Commission has endorsed a proposed law designed to ensure that police pursuits don't endanger other drivers on the road, The Post's Roz Helderman reports on the Virginia Politics blog. The bill would require emergency vehicles passing through...

By Washington Post Editors  | December 8, 2010; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Woman killed in Southwest D.C.

D.C. detectives are investigating a homicide that happened at 8:40 p.m. Tuesday night in the unit block of Galveston Place SW. D.C. police have identified the victim as Tawanna Barnes-Copeland, 41, of Southwest Washington. Barnes-Copeland was stabbed, police said. This...

By Allison Klein and Theola Labbé-DeBose  | December 8, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rabbi sues Army over beard ruling

An Orthodox Jewish rabbi from Brooklyn sued the U.S. Army Wednesday for denying him a commission to serve as an Army chaplain because his faith prohibits him from shaving his beard.

By Spencer S. Hsu  | December 8, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Elderly D.C. man hit by bicyclist dies

A 78-year-old man died in a hospital Tuesday after being struck by a hit-and-run bicyclist in downtown Washington two weeks ago, police said. Quan Chu, who lived in Northwest Washington, and a woman, who is also in her 70s,...

By Paul Duggan  | December 8, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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14 charged in auto shop drug ring

Fourteen people face federal charges this week in connection with an interstate cocaine and marijuana ring that operated out of a Clinton auto repair shop, authorities said. The arrests took place Sunday and Monday in Maryland, the District, Virginia, Texas...

By Allison Klein  | December 8, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Clemens attorneys can seek evidence: Judge

A federal judge in the District on Wednesday authorized attorneys for Cy Young award-winner Roger Clemens to subpoena Congress and baseball's Mitchell Commission to turn over evidence gathered in their investigations of the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Both the House...

By Spencer S. Hsu  | December 8, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Body found in Southwest D.C.

D.C. police are on the scene of a homicide in Southwest in the 1300 block of Half St. Detectives responded to a call at 8:20 Wednesday morning, police said. This item has been updated since it was first published....

By Allison Klein  | December 8, 2010; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Md. thieves loading TVs, driving off

Police believe a group of men has been targeting Wal-Mart and Sams Club stores in Laurel, making off with televisions from back storage areas. They have released pictures are from a heist on Nov. 17 at the Wal-Mart at 3549...

By Allison Klein  | December 8, 2010; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Sex offender law challenge rejected

A law allowing the indefinite confinement of "sexually dangerous" federal inmates after their prison terms end does not violate their due process rights, an appeals court has ruled. The unanimous ruling Monday by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S....

By The Associated Press  | December 8, 2010; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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New Md. county sheriff sworn in

Worcester County, Md., got its first new sheriff in 12 years with the swearing in of Reggie Mason. Mason, who was elected in November when Charles Martin didn't run for re-election, was sworn in this week....

By The Daily Times of Salisbury  | December 8, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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2 charged in Frederick robbery case

Frederick police have arrested two men they say robbed a third man of $9,000 worth of items. Eighteen-year-old Russell Smith of no fixed address, and 21-year-old Joshua McDonald of Frederick, were charged late Sunday with robbery, theft and assault....

By The Frederick (Md.) News-Post  | December 8, 2010; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. commission to vote on police, drug issues

The Virginia State Crime Commission is set to vote on a number of legislative proposals regarding police issues, protective orders and synthetic marijuana. The commission will vote Wednesday whether to recommend the proposals to the General Assembly, which convenes in...

By The Associated Press  | December 8, 2010; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Guilty plea in coach teen sex case

A former Staunton River High School football coach has pleaded guilty to having sex with two underage girls. Thirty-seven-year-old Rick Witt entered his plea Tuesday in Bedford County, Va., Circuit Court to 10 misdemeanor counts of consensual sexual intercourse with...

By The Roanoke Times  | December 8, 2010; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Woman charged with biting off man's tongue

A Wisconsin woman has been accused of biting off her husband's tongue while kissing him, according to this report: Karen Lueders, 57, of 2833 Windepoint Court, severed half of Willard Lueders' tongue during a "manic episode" about 11 p.m. Monday,...

By Washington Post Editors  | December 8, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pr. Geo.'s chief to review suspensions

The interim Prince George's County police chief said Tuesday that as his first official acts, he plans to create a special office to oversee side jobs officers work and have a panel that normally handles police shootings review the cases...

By Matt Zapotosky  | December 7, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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20 yrs. for man who took Md. girl, 11

A Texas trucker who took an 11-year-old Prince George's County girl from her home and had sex with her was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison, federal authorities said. Elmer Zelaya-Robles, 41, of Grand Prairie, Tex., a friend of...

By Maria Glod  | December 7, 2010; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Va. girl sought after mother found dead

Police in Virginia continue searching for a 12-year-old Roanoke County girl believed taken against her will after her mother was found dead in their home. State police issued an Amber Alert for Brittany Mae Smith on Monday....

By The Associated Press  | December 7, 2010; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Jail for postmaster who stole $59k in stamps

A former Charles County postmaster was sentenced to nine months in prison on Monday for stealing more than $59,000 worth of stamps, federal officials in Maryland said. It all started in November 2009 when Gilbert Ennis, 56, then postmaster for...

By Maria Glod  | December 7, 2010; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Man chooses arrest over returning heavy planter

A man in Massachusetts caught trying to steal a planter turned down the offer to escape arrest if he returned it, according to this report: Enson M. Ibanez, 25, is charged with disorderly conduct, malicious destruction, and larceny, but police...

By Washington Post Editors  | December 7, 2010; 6:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Police release sketch of park attacker

Montgomery County police have put together a computer-generated likeness of the man they say followed a woman off a bus and tried to drag her into woods in the Wheaton area over the weekend, officials said Monday. His attack was...

By Dan Morse  | December 6, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Cars spray-painted in Dale City

Fourteen cars in a Prince William County neighborhood were vandalized with spray paint over the weekend, county police officials said. The vandalism took place on Hawthorn Lane in Dale City sometime between 10 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 8:30 a.m....

By Jennifer Buske  | December 6, 2010; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cars vandalized, stolen from in Sterling

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office is investigating a spate of related larcenies and reports of destruction of property in Sterling, according to authorities. The incidents all took place between midnight and 7 a.m. on Saturday, police said. Deputies first responded...

By Caitlin Gibson  | December 6, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. lawyers nominated for judgeships

The District's Judicial Nomination Commission has submitted the names of nine Washington attorneys to President Obama ahead of his selection of three nominees to fill three upcoming judicial vacancies on D.C. Superior Court....

By Keith L. Alexander  | December 6, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Riverdale homicide victim identified

Police have identified the man found shot to death in Riverdale Sunday morning as 28-year-old Jamie James Allan, authorities said. Allan's body was discovered shortly before 3 a.m. in a car that was idling near the intersection of with Auburn...

By Matt Zapotosky  | December 6, 2010; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Arrest in Anne Arundel tavern shooting

Anne Arundel police have made an arrest in Saturday's homicide at Dietrich's Tavern in Glen Burnie. Kelly Terrell Fisher, 30, of Glen Burnie was killed at about 12:15 a.m. when a man got out of a car with a rifle...

By Allison Klein  | December 6, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Allison Klein, Anne Arundel, Homicide  
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Marshals burned as supect ignites self

Two deputy U.S. Marshals were burned Monday morning when a man they were arresting set himself on fire in Northwest Washington, authorities said. The Marshals were at 12th and N streets looking for a rape suspect around 8 a.m. when...

By Allison Klein  | December 6, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Possible homicide investigated in D.C.

D.C. homicide detectives are investigating the discovery of a man found dead in Southwest. He was found shortly before 9 a.m. at South Capitol and I streets, authorities said....

By Allison Klein  | December 6, 2010; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Alex. jail to be named for slain deputy

The Alexandria jail will be re-named the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center in honor of the sheriff's deputy who was shot in the line of duty in 1981 while escorting an inmate from court to the jail. Truesdale, who...

By Allison Klein  | December 6, 2010; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Allison Klein, Prison Beat  
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Va. justice prepares to retire

A Virginia Supreme Court justice is preparing for mandatory retirement after spending nearly his entire career in the state's judicial system. Justice Lawrence Koontz spoke to The Roanoke Times about reaching that milestone Feb. 1, when he turns 70. He...

By The Roanoke Times  | December 6, 2010; 7:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Virginia  
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Va. jury wants 30 years after attack

A Virginia jury has recommended 30 years in prison for a man convicted of breaking into an 87-year-old woman's home and beating her so badly she was blinded in one eye. The Louisa County jury on Friday found 20-year-old Remone...

By the Richmond Times-Dispatch  | December 6, 2010; 7:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Stolen snowman prompts emergency call

A woman in the UK called for emergency assistance after a snowman was stolen from her front yard, according to this story: Police said she thought it demanded their involvement because she had used pound coins for the eyes and...

By Washington Post Editors  | December 6, 2010; 6:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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