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Crime Scene: January 30, 2011 - February 5, 2011

Petworth homicide victim identified

A man who was found shot to death in the Petworth area of the District was identified Friday as Derrick Rawls, 20, of Northwest Washington, D.C. police said. Rawls was found in an alley behind the 4500 block of 8th Street NW about 9:20 p.m. Police had responded to reports of gunshots and found Rawls unconscious from apparent gunshot wounds. Police said he was pronounced dead at the scene.

By Tom Jackman  | February 5, 2011; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Homicide, The District, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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D.C. group offers support to Fairfax police watchdogs

The District's Office of Police Complaints, a civilian agency which handles complaints about police conduct in Washington, has offered its assistance to Fairfax County as it considers whether to launch a similar entity in Virginia's largest county. A citizens group which formed in Fairfax last year, the Virginia Citizens Coalition for Police Accountability, has been lobbying for an independent agency to monitor the Fairfax police in the wake of fatal shootings and traffic accidents involving Fairfax officers. After the group actively pushed the county's Board of Supervisors to consider the idea, the board turned to Fairfax Police Chief David M. Rohrer for his thoughts. The chief said last May he would look into a process for how such a review mechanism might be structured and report back to the board.

By Tom Jackman  | February 5, 2011; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David Rohrer, Fairfax, Police Shootings, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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Va. police target Super Bowl drunk drivers

So it's Super Bowl Sunday. You're a Steelers fan and pounding the Iron City Beer. Or you're a Packer backer, quaffing some Milwaukee's Best Light. And then the game ends, and it's time to go home. In Virginia, the state police will be waiting for you. Virginia State Police said Friday they are launching "saturation patrols" on the Commonwealth's highways beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday and lasting until 4 a.m. Monday, or from roughly the second quarter until the last nacho has congealed. Increased numbers of troopers will patrol looking specifically for drunk and aggressive drivers, the police said.

By Tom Jackman  | February 5, 2011; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Fairfax, Tom Jackman, Traffic Accidents, Virginia  
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Prosecutor to seek death penalty

Bellard is accused in the Aug. 6 murders

By Ruben Castaneda  | February 4, 2011; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Death Penalty, Homicide, Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda  | Tags:  Prince George's County crime  
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Show horse shot in Charles County

As a teenager, Kimberly Fullerton of Charles County had the dream, but not the pocketbook, to compete in world class equestrian events. So in 2005, she bought the best horse she could afford after going to a local auction. He...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | February 4, 2011; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Animal Stories, Charles, Mary Pat Flaherty, Maryland, Unsolved  
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Woman in probe seeks more freedom

A Langley Park liquor store co-owner arrested amid a sweeping corruption probe in Prince George's County has asked the court to allow her more freedom as she awaits trial. Ravinder K. Melhi, 49, and her husband, Amrik S. Melhi, 51,...

By Maria Glod  | February 4, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Police talk to school official about charges

Update, 12:51 p.m. Friday: Montgomery County family crimes detectives have started speaking to a high school admissions director about allegations he sexually abused a student at Washington Christian Academy in Olney. Police today described the student as a 14-year-old female....

By Dan Morse  | February 4, 2011; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Leslie Johnson requests court delay

Prince George's Council member Leslie Johnson (D-Mitchellville) has asked a judge to delay her Feb. 16 hearing on federal evidence tampering charges, saying she needs more time to investigate the allegations. "Ms. Johnson and her counsel have diligently investigated this...

By Maria Glod  | February 4, 2011; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Arrests in Del Ray burglaries

Alexandria police arrested three Alexandria men in response to a rash of residential burglaries in the Del Ray section of the city over the past month. Demarious L. White, 19, Cordell A. Walker, 19, and Deshawn L. Strattman, 18, were...

By Christy Goodman  | February 4, 2011; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Alexandria, Virginia  
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Illegal document mill busted in Va.

A so-called "document mill" in Sugarland that provided hundreds or perhaps thousands of fraudulent IDs to illegal immigrants was shut down last week by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Gang Intelligent Unit, the sheriff said....

By Caitlin Gibson  | February 4, 2011; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Haynesworth charged in road incident

Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has been charged with simple assault for a road rage incident with another motorist on the Fairfax County Parkway in Reston, Fairfax police said. Haynesworth, 29, has not been arrested but is planning to turn himself in next week, Officer Shelley Broderick said. The episode occurred Wednesday morning, and started with a 38-year-old man driving a 1994 Honda Civic and another driver, allegedly Haynesworth, both driving south on the Fairfax County Parkway, Broderick said. The driver of the Civic reportedly felt that a pickup truck following behind him was tailgating him, and issued a "non-verbal hand gesture" to the pickup driver, Broderick said.

By Tom Jackman  | February 4, 2011; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (167)
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My Car Break-In, Caught on Video

I am the kind of city dweller who is on guard nearly all of the time. You won't find me walking around listening to music on my iPod, texting on my Blackberry, or carrying my wallet in my hand (the...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  | February 4, 2011; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime, Seen, Personal Safety, The Criminal Mind, The District, Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Va. banker accused of stealing $8 mil

A Wells Fargo bank employee in Loudoun County has been arrested and held in federal custody without bond after allegedly embezzling nearly $8 million from one customer's account. Linda Speaks Tribby, 42, lives in Lovettsville, and was a business relationship manager for Wells Fargo. She had worked for the bank and its predecessor, Wachovia, for more than 25 years, according to an affidavit written by FBI Special Agent Mark Richard Stanley. One of her longtime clients, identified in the affidavit as "MDM," opened a "wealth management account" in 2003 which would allow MDM to avoid federal taxes on its earnings, Stanley wrote.

By Tom Jackman  | February 4, 2011; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Financial Crimes, Loudoun, Tom Jackman  
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Missing man found through LoJack

An 85-year-old man with Alzheimer's disease who had wandered away from his Arlington home for six hours Wednesday was quickly located by police through a LoJack person finder program. The man, who was missing from the 1500 block of Danville...

By Allison Klein  | February 4, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Maryland inmate murdered in prison

Maryland's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled that an inmate found unresponsive in his cell Wednesday at Western Correctional Institution near Cumberland was a homicide victim who died of blunt force trauma and asphyxia, prison officials said Thursday....

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | February 3, 2011; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Homicide, Mary Pat Flaherty, Maryland, Prison Beat  
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D.C. police captain on desk duty

Was it a locker room ruckus between feuding co-workers or a serious threat and violation of a command position? The D.C. police trial board is trying to sort that out in the case of a D.C. police captain who was...

By Clarence Williams  | February 3, 2011; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Clarence Williams, Internal Affairs, The District  
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Va. prisoner files innocence claim

An Virginia man who is in prison for a series of 1984 attacks against women has asked a Virginia court to declare him innocent. Modern-day DNA tests have exonerated Thomas Haynesworth, 45, in two sexual assaults and implicated a convicted...

By Maria Glod  | February 3, 2011; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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More arrests in case of missing DC woman

Update, 9:10 p.m.: Three more suspects, ages 16,18 and 23, have been charged with murder in the suspected killing of 18-year-old Latisha Frazier of Southeast Washington, who has been missing for six months. D.C. homicide detectives said they think...

By Paul Duggan  | February 3, 2011; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Fairfax police investigate burglaries

Fairfax County police are investigating whether 20 recent burglary cases are linked to the same thieves. The four most recent break-ins occurred in the Fairfax Station area Saturday when thieves forced open doors of unoccupied homes between 5 and 7...

By Allison Klein  | February 3, 2011; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Allison Klein, Burglary, Fairfax  
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Poll: which alleged criminal is more bumbling?

A story today about a cell phone allegedly left behind in a house by a robber made us think back on stories from the past year or so about bumbling accused criminals. Which one of these gets your vote?...

By Washington Post editors  | February 3, 2011; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Burglary  
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Ex-D.C. police officer admits running dice games

A former District police officer has admitted in federal court that he ran an illegal gambling business at his Maryland home, according to court records. Darrell Alphonso Carter, who was on the District force from 1990 through 2002, hosted dice...

By Maria Glod  | February 3, 2011; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Man ordered fast food, robbed restaurants

Anne Arundel County police have arrested a man who allegedly robbed two fast food restaurants within a half hour in Odenton Wednesday. The first happened at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in the 1600 block of Annapolis Road, when a man...

By Allison Klein  | February 3, 2011; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Elderly woman burned in MoCo fire

Montgomery County rescue workers pulled an elderly woman from her apartment when it caught fire Wednesday night, officials said. She was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. The fire, ignited by a burning cigarette in her bed, started about...

By Allison Klein  | February 3, 2011; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Allison Klein, Fires & Fire Safety, Montgomery  
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Customer calling for pizza hears robbery

Police got word of an armed robbery at a California pizzeria Tuesday night when a customer phoning in an order overheard a gunman demanding cash. The man took money from the cash register at the Pizza Hut in Palm Springs,...

By Allison Klein  | February 3, 2011; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Throat slashing at Pr. George's Jail

Fenstermacher was not released.

By Ruben Castaneda  | February 3, 2011; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda  | Tags:  Prince George's County crime, jail  
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Guilty plea in 2005 slaying of Bowie girl

Tyler, 25, waived extradition

By Ruben Castaneda  | February 2, 2011; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Homicide, Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda  | Tags:  Prince George's County crime, homicide  
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Guandique's attorneys seek new trial

Attorneys for Ingmar Guandique, the man convicted in November of killing former federal intern Chandra Levy, submitted a request to a D.C. Superior Court judge for a new trial claiming "juror misconduct" and a prosecutor's "improper closing arguments." Attorneys Maria...

By Keith L. Alexander  | February 2, 2011; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Chandra Levy, From the Courthouse, Homicide, Keith L. Alexander, The District  
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Clemens back in court

Baseball legend Roger Clemens was back in federal court in Washington this afternoon in his perjury and obstruction case involving performance-enhancing drugs. U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton of the District set a hearing to allow the seven-time Cy Young...

By Spencer S. Hsu  | February 2, 2011; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Md. man convicted in bar fight killing

Lewis pulled the gun from his waistband,

By Ruben Castaneda  | February 2, 2011; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Homicide, Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda  | Tags:  Prince George's County crime  
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Teen is 2nd suspect in missing woman's death

Homicide detectives from the Metropolitan Police arrested 17-year-old Johnnie Sweet, of the District on Tuesday and charged him as an adult with felony murder (kidnapping) in the Aug. 2 death of Latisha Frazier, 18. Sweet was the second suspect charged...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | February 2, 2011; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Comcast to feature videos of missing children

What if watching television could help reunite missing children with their loved ones? Comcast and the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children are teaming up to have profiles of missing children "on demand," which in TV parlance means that...

By Theola Labbe'-DeBose  | February 2, 2011; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Cold Cases, Juvenile Justice, Theola Labbé-DeBose, Unsolved  
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Someone is keying cars at dealership

A Manassas car dealer discovered 10 cars keyed over the length of both sides of the cars on Tuesday, Manassas City Police said. About $1,000 in damage was reported by the AIC/KIA Dealership at 9100 Centreville Road---and $1,000 now is...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | February 2, 2011; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Manassas, Mary Pat Flaherty, Pr. William, Virginia  
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Timeline: Thomas Haynesworth

For nearly three decades, Thomas Haynesworth has been locked in a Virginia prison for a string of rapes and other attacks. DNA evidence has since proven Haynesworth is innocent in two of the cases. Two polygraph tests have shown that...

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  | February 1, 2011; 9:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Conviction in credit union theft case

A federal jury convicted an accountant Tuesday of stealing nearly $220,000 from the Hoya Federal Credit Union, where he worked. Under federal guidelines, Reginald A. Clark, 41, of the District, faces a likely sentence of 51 to 63 months in...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 1, 2011; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Financial Crimes, From the Courthouse, Spencer S. Hsu, The District  
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Fairfax man arrested in stabbing death

A man who was stabbed to death in Fairfax County Monday afternoon has been identified as Kenneth J. Russell, and his roommate has been charged with murder. Russell, 55, lived in a garden apartment in the 7900 block of Audubon Avenue, just off Buckman Road in the Hybla Valley area of southern Fairfax County. A search warrant affidavit filed Tuesday said that police received a call at 3:07 p.m. and that the "caller stated he had killed his roommate."

By Tom Jackman  | February 1, 2011; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Fairfax, Homicide, Tom Jackman, Updates  
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3 nominated to D.C. Court of Appeals

Three Washington attorneys were nominated Tuesday to fill the vacancy of retiring D.C. Court of Appeals Judge Inez Smith Reid. The District's Judicial Nomination Commission nominated Washington's Solicitor General Todd Sunhwae Kim; Corinne Ann Beckwith, an attorney with the appellate...

By Keith L. Alexander  | February 1, 2011; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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67 yrs. for 2008 shootings of brothers

A District man was sentenced to 67 1/2 years in prison Tuesday for the 2008 fatal shooting of another District man and the wounding of his brother.  D.C. Superior Court Judge Herbert B. Dixon Jr. sentenced Charles Elegalam, 23, in connection with...

By Keith L. Alexander  | February 1, 2011; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man taken off plane at Reagan National

A man wanted in Delaware was taken off of a Spirit Airlines plane that had just landed at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Tuesday morning, officials said. The man, who authorities did not name, had an open warrant for failing...

By Allison Klein  | February 1, 2011; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Md. woman charged in 2010 shooting

A 20-year-old Maryland woman has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a man in Northeast D.C. almost a year ago, police said. Latonya Hall, who lives in Oxon Hill, was charged with felony murder in the homicide...

By Allison Klein  | February 1, 2011; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Sentencing postponed in CIA case

A federal judge on Monday postponed the sentencing of a former top CIA top operative in Algeria who admitted sexually abusing a woman who had passed out from drinking with him in his government-funded residence. The case had raised questions...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 1, 2011; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Spencer S. Hsu, Updates, Virginia  
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Prison phone crackdown working

Maryland's prison agency says its crackdown on cell phone smuggling is showing results. The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said Monday that the number of cell phones found in the prisons dropped 32 percent in fiscal year 2010...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 1, 2011; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Maryland, Prison Beat  
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Md. man convicted of 2010 murder

The State's Attorney's Office say a Suitland man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a Texas woman after a bar fight. Thirty-one-year-old Adrian Lewis was found guilty Monday in the death of 32-year-old Cynthia Aaron...

By Associated Press  | February 1, 2011; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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2 Md. teens charged in cat burning

Baltimore police say two 17-year-old boys have been charged with setting a cat on fire. The youths were charged as juveniles with animal cruelty in the Jan. 8 incident....

By The Baltimore Sun  | February 1, 2011; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Fla. man charged with aiding girlfriend's robbery

A Florida man has been arrested and charged with helping his girlfriend rob her employer -- the Donut Hole, according to this report: Lucas Marsh, of Fort Walton Beach, went to see his girlfriend at her work at the Donut...

By Washington Post Editors  | February 1, 2011; 5:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man found dead in Fairfax County

An unidentified man was found dead inside an apartment in the Hybla Valley area of Fairfax County Monday afternoon, a second man was in police custody, and police are investigating the death as a homicide. The man was discovered shortly after 3 p.m. in the 7900 block of Audubon Avenue, in a garden apartment complex just off Buckman Avenue, north of Richmond Highway.

By Tom Jackman  | January 31, 2011; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Suspect in 2005 slaying arrested

Authorities believe her murder was not motivated by her pregnancy.

By Ruben Castaneda  | January 31, 2011; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Homicide, Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda  | Tags:  Prince George's crime  
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Takoma Park bank robber ID'd

Update: This post has been updated to reflect that the robbery suspect, Carlos Rudolfo Espinoza Arcia, didn't live in Hyattsville as originally written. He lived in an unincorporated section of Prince George's County, approximately three-quarters of a mile outside of...

By Dan Morse  | January 31, 2011; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Sketch released in Md. hit-and-run

Police in Prince George's County have released composite sketches of a woman killed in a Jan. 3 hit-and-run crash in Fort Washington, and they are hoping someone who knew the woman might come forward and help investigators identify her. A...

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 31, 2011; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's, Traffic Accidents, Updates  
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Photo of hit-and-run suspect released

Alexandria Police have released a photo of the suspect of a January 21 fatal hit and run. Photos of the man and vehicle were captured on surveillance video from a nearby gas station.

By Elizabeth Flock  | January 31, 2011; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Cat set afire in Baltimore

Officials at Baltimore's animal shelter say they are caring for a cat that was intentionally doused with lighter fluid and set on fire. Sherry Seibel, a veterinarian at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, says the cat lost her...

By The Baltimore Sun  | January 31, 2011; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Police close to naming robbery suspect

Montgomery County police are close to confirming the identity of a suspected bank robber who was shot and killed by police on Friday. Police said Sunday that they've received information from the employer and the landlord of the probable suspect....

By The Associated Press  | January 31, 2011; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Montgomery, Updates  
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Calif. 'Geezer Bandit' strikes another bank

An apparently elderly bank robber has hit his 13th bank, according to this story: Given his nickname due to his apparently advanced age, the robber hit a Bank of America branch in Goleta in Santa Barbara County on Friday afternoon,...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 31, 2011; 5:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anne Arundel, Offbeat  
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Police identify man killed in Temple Hills

The Prince George's County police released the name of a 24-year-old man who was fatally shot outside a Temple Hills meeting hall early Saturday morning. Brandon E. Baswell of the 2900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE was shot about 3:30...

By Kevin Sieff  | January 31, 2011; 1:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Homicide, Pr. George's, Updates  
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