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Manassas Police Officer Mourned

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:59:49 GMT

Some knew him as J.K., others as Jimmy, and still others just called him Jim.



No Charges for Woman Who Fatally Shot Intruder

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:59:49 GMT

No criminal charges will be filed against a Bryans Road woman who fatally shot a man who broke into her home and attacked her boyfriend this month, Charles County authorities said.



Va. Expands Use of Sentencing Tool for Judges

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:59:49 GMT

RICHMOND -- It used to be that Virginia justices went about sentencing nonviolent criminals the way judges across the country do: They scanned convicts' rap sheets and court files and took into account such general factors as age and history to decide how dangerous felons were to the public and whether they should go to prison.



Sheriff Candidates Setting Out Early

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:59:49 GMT

One thing is certain about the sheriff's race in Alexandria: Come Election Day in November, incumbent James H. Dunning's name will not appear on the ballot, as it has every four years since 1985.



Despite Law, D.C. Jail Conditions Unimproved

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:59:49 GMT

Mayor Anthony A. Williams and the Department of Corrections have failed to comply with a 14-month-old law negotiated with the D.C. Council to improve conditions and operations at the District's main jail after the stabbing deaths of two detainees and other inmate violence.



Appeals Court Upholds Verdict in Sword Killing

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:59:49 GMT

RICHMOND -- The Virginia Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed the murder and conspiracy convictions of a woman who arranged the sword slaying of her father in Loudoun County.



Crime Briefs

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:59:49 GMT

Warning About Meth Labs
St. Mary's County Sheriff David D. Zylak (D) asked residents last week to be on the watch for signs of illegal activities connected to the methamphetamine trade.



UPDATE: Fired Police Chief Working to Get Back Job

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:59:49 GMT

Teresa C. Chambers, who was fired last year as U.S. Park Police chief after publicly calling for more funding and personnel, is still trying to get her old job back.



Alexandria Man, Dog Killed Crossing Street

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:59:49 GMT

Michael Finucan was a cautious man, his wife said, not one to try to cross a busy, dimly lighted street in the pouring rain. So it baffles her that he did just that early yesterday while walking the family's dog.



Md. MVA Employee Charged in ID Card Sales

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:59:49 GMT

A Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration employee conspired with the owner of a driving school and a third person to sell state identification cards, many to illegal immigrants, for as much as $2,000 each, federal authorities alleged yesterday.



Va. Court Upholds Muhammad Sentences

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:59:49 GMT

The Virginia Supreme Court upheld the convictions and death sentences of sniper John Allen Muhammad, saying he had acted with "breathless cruelty."



Boy in Prince William School Siege Is Released

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:59:49 GMT

A former Bull Run Middle School student who smuggled guns and ammunition into the building and briefly held a group of people hostage last year was released by the Department of Juvenile Justice this week, the Prince William County commonwealth's attorney's office said yesterday.



A Mix of Ordinary, Drama at Courthouse

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:59:49 GMT

Near the soaring figure of blind Justice, her arms reaching out toward rows of television vans and satellite dishes, a nuclear materials detector had been installed yesterday at the federal courthouse in Alexandria -- a white arch fitted with a black box and wires.



Landlords Tout Security Upgrades

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:59:49 GMT

Men in white overalls coated apartment doors with fresh paint yesterday as Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson nodded his head in approval.



District Man Admits Killing Mayor's Aide

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:59:49 GMT

A neighbor charged with killing longtime civil rights activist Wanda R. Alston plead guilty to second-degree murder Thursday, admitting to an addiction to crack cocaine.



Ruling Saves Part of D.C. Gun Liability Law

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:59:49 GMT

The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that gunmakers can be sued for shootings in the District that are carried out with a broad range of automatic weapons.



15-Year-Old Charged in Charter School Arson

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:59:49 GMT

A 15-year-old student was arrested yesterday and charged as a juvenile in the first of two arsons that badly damaged a Northeast Washington charter school in December, officials said.



Older Riders Add to Rise In Motorcycle Fatalities

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:59:49 GMT

More than 3,900 people died on motorcycles in the United States in 2004, up 7.3 percent from the year before, according to preliminary highway safety numbers released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.



CRIME & JUSTICE

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:59:49 GMT

THE DISTRICT
Murder Conviction An aspiring model was convicted yesterday of first-degree premeditated murder while armed in connection with the 2002 slaying of the owner of a downtown modeling agency, authorities said.



CRIME & JUSTICE

Sun, 24 Apr 2005 7:59:49 GMT

MARYLAND
Sentence in Slaying A Montgomery County judge sentenced a Chevy Chase man yesterday to five years in prison for his role in the death last summer of a 71-year-old psychiatric social worker.