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Crime Scene: March 6, 2011 - March 12, 2011

Man, 72, arrested for sex abuse in Va.

A Loudoun County man believed to have sexually abused a child over the last several months has been arrested by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, according to authorities. Earl Bufford Sandloin, 72, of Buffalo Run Ln., Centreville, was arraigned Friday...

By Caitlin Gibson  | March 11, 2011; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Loudoun, Sex Crimes  
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Man gets 137 years in NW killing

A man convicted in the 2008 slaying of a Northwest Washington couple was sentenced on Friday to 137 years in prison, becoming the first of three killers to receive his punishment in the high-profile killing.D.C. Superior Court Judge Michael L....

By Keith L. Alexander  | March 11, 2011; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Homicide, Keith L. Alexander, The District  
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Two charged in separate DC slayings

Two men were arrested Wednesday in separate homicide cases in the District, one stemming from a stabbing last week and the other from a shooting in October, police said. In the recent case, police said, Keith Littlepage-El, 49, was...

By Paul Duggan  | March 11, 2011; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Homicide, Paul Duggan, The District  
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D.C. attorney charged in child sex sting

A D.C. attorney and former adjunct George Washington University Law School professor was arrested Thursday on charges of child sexual exploitation. Richard Donald Lieberman, 64, of Bethesda, was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for allegedly emailing...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  | March 11, 2011; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Sex Crimes, Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Man re-sentenced in terror case

A federal judge in Alexandria re-sentenced a former third-grade teacher at a Muslim school who was involved in a group known as the "Virginia jihad network" to 15 years in prison. A jury convicted Ali Asad Chandia in June 2006...

By Dana Hedgpeth  | March 11, 2011; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Alexandria, Dana Hedgpeth, From the Courthouse  
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Increase in Pr. George's non-fatal shootings

There was more than a little consternation within the Prince George's County Police Department when 16 people were killed in the county in the first month of the year. Enforcement efforts were stepped up in communities inside the Beltway. Federal...

By Matt Zapotosky  | March 11, 2011; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime Statistics, Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's  
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Revealing tapes of ride after 1981 Reagan shooting

The Secret Service on Friday released never-before-heard audio recordings made during one of the American presidency's most dramatic and dire episodes: the attempted assassination and wounding of President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981. The recordings reveal poised Secret Service...

By Del Quentin Wilber  | March 11, 2011; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Crime History, Del Quentin Wilber, The District  
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$3M jury award in Md. pedestrian death

A Circuit Court civil jury in Prince George's County Thursday awarded $3.3 million to relatives of a woman killed by a motorist as she walked on a stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue that did not have a sidewalk or guard rails....

By Ruben Castaneda  | March 11, 2011; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda, Updates  | Tags:  Prince George's County civil lawsuits  
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Man convicted in mother's death

A Pennsylvania man has been convicted of second-degree murder for killing his 85-year-old mother by running over her with a truck. Steven Molin of Darby, Pa., had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Emily Molin in August...

By The Daily Times of Salisbury  | March 11, 2011; 7:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Man, 70, implicated in 1974 rape dies

Prosecutors say a former professional boxer implicated in a decades-old rape case has died. Henrico County prosecutors tell the Richmond Times-Dispatch they learned last month that 70-year-old John Henry Howard Jr. had died at the Piedmont Geriatric Hospital in Burkeville....

By Richmond Times-Dispatch  | March 11, 2011; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Sex Crimes, Virginia  
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Arrest in Norfolk teacher's death

Police say a man wanted in connection with the death of a Norfolk teacher has been arrested in Florida. Norfolk police said Thursday that Frederick Thomas Hoskins was arrested in Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday....

By The Virginian-Pilot  | March 11, 2011; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Homicide, Schools, Virginia  
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Police: Robbery suspect used sword in attempt

Police have arrested a man accused of trying to rob a Lynchburg pharmacy twice in the same day -- once while wielding a sword. Lynchburg police arrested 27-year-old Michael Edward Towler and charged him with robbery, brandishing a weapon and...

By The News & Advance  | March 11, 2011; 6:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Offbeat, Virginia  
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Leslie Johnson requests court delay

For the third time, Prince George's Council member Leslie Johnson (D-Mitchellville) has asked a judge to delay a scheduled preliminary hearing on federal evidence tampering charges, saying she needs more time to investigate the allegations. "Although Ms. Johnson continues to...

By Maria Glod  | March 10, 2011; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Va. man arrested in Dec. hit-and-run

Arlington police have arrested a Fairfax man in a hit-and-run accident that seriously injured a woman in December. A woman was struck by a dark colored sedan Dec. 30 as she crossed the 4200 block of Fairfax Drive at 12:20...

By Allison Klein  | March 10, 2011; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax  
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U-Md. hall evacuated after small fire

The University of Maryland's Denton Hall had to be evacuated early Thursday morning after some type of charger ignited a fire in a fifth-floor room, authorities said. A student pulled the fire alarm at about 4:20 a.m., alerting residents to...

By Matt Zapotosky  | March 10, 2011; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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First photos of alleged East Coast Rapist

Two law enforcement photographs of the suspect in the East Coast Rapist case were released on Thursday, and the images taken 10 years apart show how the man has aged and changed since some of the early attacks in the...

By Josh White and Maria Glod  | March 10, 2011; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  East Coast Rapist, Josh White, Maria Glod, Updates  
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Nesky appointed as Bowie police chief

The City of Bowie has appointed Acting Police Chief John Nesky to lead the department of 48 officers in a permanent capacity, officials announced Thursday. Nesky, who had been serving as the acting chief since Katherine Perez left for another...

By Matt Zapotosky  | March 10, 2011; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pirates indicted in Norfolk

Update, 2 p.m.: The indictment was handed up and announced at a news conference. Original post: A federal grand jury in Norfolk is expected to indict 13 men from Somalia and one from Yemen for allegedly pirating a yacht and...

By Dana Hedgpeth  | March 10, 2011; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Around the World, Dana Hedgpeth, From the Courthouse, Updates  | Tags:  Pirates; Americans killed  
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Pedestrians hit in D.C.

Two pedestrians were struck by vehicles in separate incidents in the morning rush hour, including a woman who was struck by a car at 14th and Madison streets NW at the National Mall at about 9:30, according to D.C. officials....

By Allison Klein  | March 10, 2011; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Allison Klein, The District, Traffic Accidents  
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Actress, others caught in Md. drug raid

More than 30 people, including the actress known as "Snoop" from the Baltimore-based HBO series "The Wire," were arrested Thursday morning across the city and its surrounding counties in connection with a large-scale heroin and marijuana operation. Raids were carried...

By The Baltimore Sun  | March 10, 2011; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Baltimore, Celebrities  
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New trial sought for Md. men in killings

Two men tried twice and convicted once in the near beheadings of their three young relatives have asked Maryland's highest court for a new trial. Policarpio Espinoza Perez and Adan Espinoza Canela were convicted in 2006 at their second trial;...

By The Daily Record of Baltimore  | March 10, 2011; 7:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Guilty plea in Va. teacher sex case

A former Christiansburg (Va.) High School teacher has been convicted of eight misdemeanor charges stemming from a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. The Roanoke Times reports that Diana Canter pleaded guilty Wednesday to contributing to the delinquency of a...

By The Roanoke Times  | March 10, 2011; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Schools, Virginia  
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Man calls 911 after breaking into Oregon house

A man who had broken into a house in Oregon called police after he worried that the homeowner had a gun, according to this report: When the homeowner arrived home, the suspect was in the bathroom taking a shower. The...

By Washington Post Editors  | March 10, 2011; 6:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Police ID man hit by train in Va.

Fairfax County police have identified a man who was discovered dead on railroad tracks Saturday morning. Kevin E. Eversburg, 46, was discovered at 9:45 a.m. by a railroad employee at Pohick Road and Interstate 95. Eversburg, who did not have...

By Allison Klein  | March 9, 2011; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Alexandria, Fairfax  
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Va. man's shooting justified: Officials

Prosecutors say a former police officer was justified in fatally shooting a tourist from Woodbridge outside a South Beach club. Miami-Dade prosecutors released their final report Tuesday, clearing former Miami Beach Officer Adam Tavss in the June 2009 shooting of...

By The Miami Herald  | March 9, 2011; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Md. trial for man in mother's death

The trial of a Pennsylvania man accused of killing his mother by running her over with a car has begun in Worcester County, Md. A jury of eight women and four men are expected to hear testimony Wednesday in the...

By The Daily Times of Salisbury  | March 9, 2011; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Homicide, Maryland  
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Woman assaulted along busy Md. roadway

A man tried to drag a 20-year-old woman into a wooded area as she walked along Veirs Mill Road in the Rockville area during commuting hours Monday evening, police said. The woman was able to escape and call police....

By Dan Morse  | March 9, 2011; 7:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Toilet seat handprint leads police to Fla. suspect

A man charged with burglary in Florida was caught because he left a palm print on a toilet seat, according to this report: The missing items from the break-in include a TV, several DVD players, a 12 pack of beer,...

By Washington Post Editors  | March 9, 2011; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dead man, officers ID'd after shooting

Authorities have identified the man shot and killed by Prince George's County police officers Monday after he was reportedly threatening residents with a handgun in a Landover neighborhood. Trayvon Dodson, 19, of the 6500 block of Hansford Street in District...

By Matt Zapotosky  | March 8, 2011; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Three D.C. officers charged in sting

Three Metropolitan Police Department officers were arrested Tuesday and charged with attempting to receive stolen property, authorities said. The officers, named as Guillermo Ortiz, Silvestre Bonilla and Dioni Fernandez, were willing to purchase what they believed were thousands of dollars...

By Paul Duggan and Clarence Williams  | March 8, 2011; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Life in prison for Pr. George's murderer

Nichols also sentenced Brooks to 20 years in prison for using a handgun in the commission of a felony, and five years in prison for a handgun violation.

By Ruben Castaneda  | March 8, 2011; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Homicide, Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda, Updates  | Tags:  Jacob L. Brooks, Prince George's County crime  
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Arrest in violent Suitland robbery

Prince George's County police on Monday arrested the man suspected of violently snatching a purse from a 71-year-old woman, causing her to fall and break her kneecap at a Suitland cigarette shop, authorities said. A District III community police officer...

By Matt Zapotosky  | March 8, 2011; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Man killed by fire he set in Md. ID'd

Prince George's County police have identified the man killed after he set his own home on fire during a standoff with officers as 39-year-old Edward Carl Martin. A woman who said she was trying to end her relationship with Martin...

By Matt Zapotosky  | March 8, 2011; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's, Updates  
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Police: Man shot outside Md. club has died

A District man shot outside a Prince George's County nightclub early Saturday morning has died, police said Tuesday. Philip J. Watson, 30, of Northeast, was shot and wounded at about 1 a.m. Saturday outside the Surf Club in the 4700...

By Matt Zapotosky  | March 8, 2011; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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4 to hospital after D.C. battery explosion

UPDATE 9:15 am: Four people have been taken to area hospitals for evaluation. The building is a former Washington Times warehouse now being used by D.C.'s Department of Public Works. ORIGINAL POST: A truck battery exploded in a warehouse on...

By Allison Klein  | March 8, 2011; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Bond reduced for charged Md. priest

A retired Episcopal priest accused of molesting two girls while living in Cecil County is still be held in custody after a judge reduced his bond. Prosecutors say Donald Belcher molested a 15-year-old girl in 2006 and an 8-year-old girl...

By Cecil Whig  | March 8, 2011; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Va. wants $10M student rape suit dismissed

The state is asking a Circuit Court judge in Fredericksburg to dismiss a $10 million lawsuit by a University of Mary Washington student who says she was raped in a school parking garage. The lawsuit stems from an October 2008...

By The Free Lance-Star  | March 8, 2011; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Schools, Sex Crimes, Virginia  
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Capital murder charge for Va. Beach man

A Virginia Beach sailor accused of killing his neighbor has been indicted on a capital murder charge, making him eligible for the death penalty. Robert Lee Sadler was charged in January with first-degree murder in the death of Shana Hight....

By The Virginian-Pilot  | March 8, 2011; 7:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Death Penalty, Homicide, Virginia  
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Dentist charged with ripping off student

A dentist in Florida for his son's baseball tournament was charged with stealing a college student's credit card and using it to buy pizza, according to this report: Richard Lewis Ludwig, 54, of Okemos, Mich., also faces charges of impersonating...

By Washington Post Editors  | March 8, 2011; 6:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Man sets house on fire, dies in Md.

A man died after allegedly setting his house on fire during a domestic incident, Prince George's County police said. Police got a call at about 5 p.m. Sunday from a woman who said she was trying to end her relationship...

By Allison Klein  | March 7, 2011; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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D.C. officer charged in burglary sting

A D.C. police officer was arrested Saturday for allegedly taking part in a burglary that, unbeknownst to her, was part of a sting operation, authorities said. Officer Jennifer Green, who joined the force two years ago and was assigned...

By Paul Duggan  | March 7, 2011; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Man shot by police charged with assault

The man in a stolen car who was shot and wounded by a Prince George's County police officer in Clinton Friday has been formally charged with assault, theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, authorities said Monday. Terrance Lloyd...

By Matt Zapotosky  | March 7, 2011; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Police ID Germantown collision victim

Montgomery County police released more details on an early morning fatal collision in the Germantown area. Shortly before 5 a.m. Monday, a 2008 red Honda Civic, driven by Kirsten Danielle Mergner, 18, of Damascus, was traveling north on Ridge Road....

By Dan Morse  | March 7, 2011; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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One killed in morning Md. crash

One person was killed and another seriously injured in a two-car accident in Gaithersburg at about 5 a.m. Monday, according to Montgomery County police. It happened at Brink and Ridge roads, police said. As of 8 a.m., the roadway was...

By Allison Klein  | March 7, 2011; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Murder charges after Md. break-in

Baltimore police say a man has been charged with running over an employee who caught the man apparently breaking into a truck outside a warehouse. Police say 55-year-old Ellerson Carter of Annapolis was arrested after the attempted break-in Saturday and...

By the Associated Press  | March 7, 2011; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Summer trial in Va. officer's death

The estranged wife of a slain Orange County police officer will go on trial in his death this summer. Media outlets report an Orange County judge on Friday set a July 13 trial date for 50-year-old Brenda Lee Canosa in...

By The Associated Press  | March 7, 2011; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Theft was present for incarcerated girlfriend: Report

A Florida man charged with theft from a Wal-Mart store told police he was taking a present for his girlfriend who was about to get out of jail, according to reports: Johnnie L. Brown, 29, was arrested shortly before 7...

By Washington Post Editors  | March 7, 2011; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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