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Crime Scene: January 9, 2011 - January 15, 2011

Victim cherished friends, young and old

James Clemons, the 81-year-old religious scholar who was killed by a commuter train Friday morning, had a way of making people feel better after they spoke with him, as reported here. He cherished his friends -- young and old. Here...

By Dan Morse  | January 15, 2011; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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13 years for 2009 fatal D.C. stabbing

D. C. Superior Court Judge Gerald Fisher sentenced a District man to 13 years in prison Friday for a 2009 fatal stabbing during a fistfight. In October, a jury found Adrian Lee, 35, guilty of voluntary manslaughter and carrying a...

By Keith L. Alexander  | January 14, 2011; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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49 years for D.C. gang leader

A District man authorities claim led a dangerous D.C. gang was sentenced to 49 years in prison in connection with a series of 2008 shootings that left one dead and 12 others injured. In November, a jury found Joseph A....

By Keith L. Alexander  | January 14, 2011; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Probation for man after guns found on Mall

An Arizona man was sentenced to one year of probation after police discovered firearms and ammunition in the trailer he parked on the National Mall on Nov. 3. In December, James M. Patock, 66, pled guilty to one count each of attempted carrying a pistol...

By Keith L. Alexander  | January 14, 2011; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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31 months for entering U.S. illegally

A garbage truck driver who struck and killed a bicyclist near Dupont Circle in July 2008 was sentenced Friday to 31 months in prison for illegally re-entering the United States after he was deported in 1994 for importing and distributing...

By Spencer S. Hsu  | January 14, 2011; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Pr. George's prosecutor turns to pastors

Prince George's County States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks is turning to the faith community to help address the recent spate of killings in the county. Alsobrooks said she will visit several churches this weekend and appeal to church members to help...

By Hamil R. Harris  | January 14, 2011; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Pr. George's  
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Gunfight ends with 1 dead in Va.

Two men exchanged gunfire in Manassas Thursday night, leaving one dead, officials said Friday morning. The other is expected to survive. About 9:20, the men fired at each other in the area of Stonington Lane and Emerald Drive, according to...

By Dan Morse  | January 14, 2011; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Sketch released of Md. pastor assailant

Montgomery County police have released a composite sketch of the suspect who assaulted a pastor inside a church earlier this week. Detectives said the suspect could also be recognized by cuts to his hands and head, as the preacher was...

By Dan Morse  | January 14, 2011; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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81-year-old pedestrian killed by train

An 81-year-old man, who appears to have been crossing the tracks to catch a commuter train in Gaithersburg, was struck and killed Friday morning, officials said. "Witnesses are saying that the gentleman was trying to cross the tracks," said Angela...

By Dan Morse  | January 14, 2011; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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2007 D.C. assault becomes homicide

A badly injured D.C. assault victim from 2007 passed away recently, and detectives are now investigating the case as a homicide, officials said Thursday. On June 30, 2007, at about 3:30 a.m., Demetrius Ormon Dempsey was found in the 200...

By Dan Morse  | January 14, 2011; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man demands food with shotgun: Police

A Missouri man was arrested after allegedly demanding food from a closed McDonald's drive-through window with the help of a shotgun, according to this report: "He told the employee he wanted food and pointed the shotgun at that time," Walter...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 14, 2011; 5:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Pr. George's homicide victim named

Prince George's County Police have identified the man stabbed to death Saturday in Langley Park as 30-year-old Alejandro Marcos Diaz Vasquez, authorities said Thursday. Vasquez, who lived in Langley Park, was the eighth of the county's 13 homicide victims this...

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 13, 2011; 7:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Hazmat at Pr. George's mail facility

The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department's hazardous materials team has been called to a federal mail facility in Capitol Heights to help investigators probe a suspicious package, said Mark Brady, a fire department spokesman.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 13, 2011; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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3rd death after Christmas Eve crash

A three-vehicle crash on Dec. 24 has claimed the life of a third man, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Department said Thursday. George J. Radston, 58, of Ashburn died Wednesday at Inova Fairfax Hospital from injuries he suffered in a Dec....

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | January 13, 2011; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Feds embed with Pr. George's squads

Federal agents have begun embedding with Prince George's County police department homicide squads as part of an increasingly concerted effort to solve and stop the spate of killings that has rocked the area so far this year, authorities said Thursday....

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 13, 2011; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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3 adults hurt in D.C. school bus accident

A school bus was involved in a crash in the 4700 block of South Dakota Avenue NE at 9 a.m., according to the D.C. Fire department. Three adults were hurt, one with serious injuries. No children were on the bus....

By Allison Klein  | January 13, 2011; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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1 dead, 3 hurt after Frederick-area shooting

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office says one person is dead and three are hurt after a shooting south of Frederick. Capt. Tim Clarke says the three injured people were flown Thursday morning to the University of Maryland Medical Center's shock...

By The Associated Press  | January 13, 2011; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Tax evasion sentence for cabbie Vincent Gray

A D.C. taxi driver named Vincent Gray was sentenced in federal court to 30 days in jail for failing to file tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Gray, 66, who has the same name as the District's new...

By Allison Klein  | January 13, 2011; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Illegal crab sales charges for 3 in Md.

Three Maryland men have been charged with selling crabs without a license. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police announced the charges Wednesday against the Eastern Shore men for selling crabs harvested between June and September....

By The Associated Press  | January 13, 2011; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Trial for accused cancer scammer

A woman has been ordered to stand trial in Baltimore County on charges she got $10,000 from former Ravens player Mike Flynn by fraudulently claiming she's dying of cancer. Prosecutors say Lisa Hoppenstein Cohen told friends and acquaintances she had...

By The Baltimore Sun  | January 13, 2011; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Baltimore, Celebrities, Cons & Scams, From the Courthouse  
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Memorial service for slain ex-Redskins cheerleader

The family of a Las Vegas Strip burlesque dancer and former Washington Redskins cheerleader whose body was found dismembered and encased in concrete plans a church memorial service. Celeste Flores Narvaez said a Catholic Mass will be held Thursday for...

By The Associated Press  | January 13, 2011; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Clerk turns back on would-be robber

A drugstore clerk put a stop to a would-be robbery by simply walking away from the suspect, according to this report: The clerk turned toward a back hallway and walked away. When he realized the clerk was not getting the...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 13, 2011; 7:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friday death ruled 13th Pr. George's homicide

The medical examiner has ruled that a woman found dead Friday in the Capitol Heights area near the D.C. line was the victim of a homicide, bringing Prince George's County's total to 13 on the year. The woman's body was...

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 12, 2011; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Amber Alerts now on Facebook

Amber Alerts for missing children are now available as a news feed on Facebook, an effort to reach more people faster, announced the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Facebook users can sign up to get alerts by state,...

By Allison Klein  | January 12, 2011; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. teen dies in car crash

A teenager was killed in a car crash Tuesday when she lost control of her Ford Mustang on an icy road in Mechanicsville, according to authorities. Marlene Martone, 17, died after the accident, which happened at 5:40 p.m. on Golden...

By Allison Klein  | January 12, 2011; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Park Police chief ordered reinstated

A federal board has ordered the reinstatement of a U.S. Park Police chief who was fired in 2004 after complaining publicly that her department was understaffed and underfunded. The Merit Systems Protection Board, in a decision Tuesday, also ordered that...

By The Associated Press  | January 12, 2011; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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3 arrested after Frederick bar brawl

Frederick police say three men were arrested after a brawl outside a bar that left one of the men injured. It happened early Monday outside the Olde Towne Tavern on North Market Street....

By The Frederick (Md.) News-Post  | January 12, 2011; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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30 yrs. for Md. murder-for-hire scheme

A Washington County Circuit judge has sentenced a Hagerstown man to 30 years in prison for trying to hire a fellow inmate to kill his estranged wife. James Keiser Jr. was sentenced on Tuesday....

By The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown  | January 12, 2011; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Trial in death of Md. girl, 6

A Cumberland man is heading to trial in the alleged kidnapping and attempted murder of a 6-year-old girl. Forty-five-year-old Stephen Westfall was scheduled for a jury trial Wednesday in Allegany County Circuit Court....

By The Associated Press  | January 12, 2011; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cocaine, heroin bust on cruise ship in Baltimore

Drug-sniffing dogs found nearly $100,000 worth of cocaine and heroin aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in a federal investigation of an employee smuggling ring, authorities said Tuesday. The search on Saturday uncovered 1 1/2 pounds of heroin and nearly...

By The Associated Press  | January 12, 2011; 6:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Around the World, Baltimore, Narcotics, Offbeat  
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Robbery at White Oak credit union

Montgomery County Police detectives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are investigating a bank robbery that occurred in White Oak, Montgomery County, on Saturday, January 8.

By Elizabeth Flock  | January 11, 2011; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Shooting victim Brian Scott laid to rest

Four white doves were released into the sky outside of Temple of Praise church in Southeast Washington Tuesday afternoon as hundreds of mourners came to pay their last respects to Brian Curtis Scott. Scott, 21, was one of four...

By Theola Labbe'-DeBose  | January 11, 2011; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Homicide, The District, Theola Labbé-DeBose, Unsolved  
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BMW explodes in Arlington

The trunk of an unoccupied BMW exploded in Arlington Tuesday morning, officials said. The car was parked on the street in a residential neighborhood in the 2100 block of South 9th Street at about 8:30 a.m. when the back of...

By Allison Klein  | January 11, 2011; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Md. inmate accused of threatening president

A Maryland inmate serving time for robbery was charged with threatening President Barack Obama and a federal judge in letters, federal authorities said. Willie Ray Bryant, 40, was indicted in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt Monday on charges of threats...

By Maria Glod  | January 11, 2011; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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11th 2011 homicide in Pr. George's

Prince George's County recorded its 11th killing in as many days Tuesday when a man was shot during an apparent residential robbery in the Hyattsville area, authorities said. Officers were called to the 8800 block of 38th Avenue for a...

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 11, 2011; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
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Richmond police drop demand for documents

The Richmond Police Department is dropping its demand for the return of dozens of internal documents it provided to a group called Richmond Copwatch, a week after filing suit in Richmond Circuit Court seeking an emergency protective order. The 600 pages of documents were supplied last month, at a cost of $89.25, after a Freedom of Information Act request by an anarchist who uses the name "Mo Karn," short for "Mo Karnage." Richmond police turned over materials such as their Emergency Operations Plan, the Homeland Security Criminal Intelligence Unit Operating Manual and the Mobile Command Center Operating Manual. Karn then put them online.

By Tom Jackman  | January 11, 2011; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man arrested for Md. Marine's death

Baltimore police have made an arrest in the slaying of a U.S. Marine who was shot to death while partying with fellow Marines at an after-hours club. Sgt. Chase Love was shot several times in July on the dance floor of the Queen's Hookah Lounge and Club. Love was 26 years old and a native of New Orleans.

By Associated Press  | January 11, 2011; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Montgomery teen dies after crash

A December car accident in Montgomery County involving three teens turned fatal last week when one of them died. Alexander Howard Popeck, 17, of the 18700 block of Rolling Acres Way in Olney, died Friday at an area hospital....

By Allison Klein  | January 11, 2011; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Judge halts sale of Civil War-era sword

A federal judge has ordered a Williamsburg collector not to sell a Civil War-era sword that Brown University contends was stolen from its collections more than 30 years ago. The Daily Press reports that the temporary restraining order blocks Donald...

By Daily Press  | January 11, 2011; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Courthouse electronics restrictions lifted

The Washington County, Md., Courthouse's ban on electronic devices has been lifted. Effective Jan. 1, most electronic devices can be brought into the house....

By The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown  | January 11, 2011; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Club owner mum after Md. cop killing

An attorney for a Baltimore nightclub outside which an officer was killed says his client is not commenting on the case because the investigation is ongoing. Paul Gardner issued a statement on behalf of Select Lounge late Monday that said...

By The Associated Press  | January 11, 2011; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Farmers leave suspect tied up, without pants

Don't try to steal fuel from Canadian farmers -- at least, if this report is any indication of the treatment you'll receive: Two central Alberta farmers served up some cold hard justice to an alleged fuel thief on their property,...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 11, 2011; 6:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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2 stabbed, 1 fatally, in Pr. George's

Two males were stabbed Monday night in Prince George's County, and investigators think the suspects may have been gang members who mistakenly believed that their victims were rivals, the department's public affairs commander said. Maj. Andrew Ellis said the...

By Erica Johnston  | January 10, 2011; 10:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Thieves steal thousands of pennies

For 10 months, the children of the New Creation Church in Montgomery County collected pennies and brought them to Sunday services. They dropped them into a 5-gallon bottle, the kind that fit upside down into water coolers. After 30,000 pennies,...

By Dan Morse  | January 10, 2011; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Baby' for sale on Craigslist

Under the "For Sale" category on Craigslist, there is a sub-category of "baby+kids." But rarely has a living baby been offered for sale. Until now. Fairfax County police are investigating a posting from Friday listing "a 2-month-old female for sale," which was promptly taken down by Craigslist administrators. No one has been charged, and there is some good news amid this seeming latest step in the devolution of the species: 1) Several Craigslist readers immediately called Fairfax police on Friday after seeing the listing, as did one in West Virginia, and 2) There appears to be no actual baby involved.

By Tom Jackman  | January 10, 2011; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Man arrested in Christmas Day killing

Police in Prince George's County have arrested a man who they say stabbed and killed an 84-year-old woman and wounded her granddaughter in a domestic dispute on Christmas. Police said they located 34-year-old Elvin Rashid Murphy, of Southeast D.C., and...

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 10, 2011; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Ashley Turton, former Hill aide, dead in burning car

The wife of a key White House aide was found dead early Monday in a sport-utility vehicle that was heavily damaged by fire in the garage of the couple's Capitol Hill home, sources familiar with the incident said. The cause...

By Paul Duggan, Anne Kornblut and Theola Labbé-DeBose  | January 10, 2011; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
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Body found in burning car in D.C.

D.C. police and fire officials are investigating the death of a person whose body was found in a burning car in Southeast Washington early Monday. A preliminary investigation indicated that the car crashed into the garage of a home in...

By Debbi Wilgoren  | January 10, 2011; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Police: Va. Man fatally shoots roommate

A 53-year-old Manassas man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his roommate, according to police. Police went to the 7200 block of Kings Arm Drive in Manassas in response to a report of a shooting about...

By David P. Marino-Nachison  | January 10, 2011; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison, Homicide, Pr. William  
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Huguely hearing postponed

A preliminary hearing for a former University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of killing a women's lacrosse player was postponed after about 10 minutes of back and forth between attorneys. George Huguely V, 23, of Chevy Chase, was scheduled to...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | January 10, 2011; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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In Va., man's passion is traffic activism

On the morning of Aug. 23, Ron Melancon sat in his Ford Taurus at Three Chopt Road and Forest Avenue in Richmond, and noticed the driver of a GRTC van using what appeared to be a cellphone. He immediately took...

By The Associated Press  | January 10, 2011; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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New trial date for 'Granddad Bandit'

A new trial date is expected to be set for the so-called Granddad Bandit, who is accused of robbing 25 banks in 13 states. Fifty-three-year-old Michael Francis Mara was scheduled to face trial Thursday for two bank robberies in Virginia....

By Associated Press  | January 10, 2011; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, From the Courthouse, Updates, Virginia  
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Man smashes concession stand in Mass.

A Massachusetts man was arrested after attacking a theater's concession stand during a showing of "Sound of Music," according to this report: On Jan. 5 at 7:41 p.m., police were called to the scene on the report of a fight...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 10, 2011; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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