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Power out after Frederick transformer fire

April 25, 2011 - 03:26 PM
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Authorities are on the scene of a transformer fire at 17 East Patrick Street in Frederick, Md.

There are about 20 customers without power. Road closures and delays are expected in the area.

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Armored truck driver robbed in Clinton, Md.

April 25, 2011 - 03:06 PM
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Two suspects on Monday robbed an armored truck driver as he was transporting money into a Bank of America in Clinton, Md.

Prince George’s County police said they received a report at about 1:55 p.m. of the robbery at 7810 Old Branch Avenue. The two suspects jumped out of white van and robbed driver as he was wheeling money into bank

There were no injuries reported.

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Savanna Kidane Mouratidis, 15, dies days after Logmill Road accident

April 25, 2011 - 09:16 AM
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(Photo: Courtney Robinson/ABC7)

A second victim in last week's fatal car accident on Logmill Road in Haymarket has died, police say.

Authorities say that Savanna Kidane Mouratidis, 15, of Haymarket, died due to her injuries last Friday. It’s believed she was sitting in the back passenger seat at the time of the crash.

Mouratidis is the second teenager to lose her life as a result of the April 20 early-morning accident. Kendra Tucker, 15, also died in the accident.

Savanna Mouratidis died

A 14-year-old girl, a 17-year-boy and an 18-year-old male were also injured.

Police say that the car they were traveling in hit a deer a high rate of speed, causing the car to careen into a tree. Five teens were in the car at the time of the crash.

Tucker was pronounced dead at the scene.

Grief counselors are at Battlefield HS in Haymarket, Virginia Monday to assist students.

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St. Thomas Apostle Church burglarized, man arrested

April 25, 2011 - 08:59 AM
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D.C. Police arrested a man suspected of stealing high-end electronic equipment from a District church in Northwest early Monday morning.

Authorities say that officers responded at about 3 a.m. to a report of a suspect entering the St. Thomas Apostle Church at 2665 Woodley Road through the roof. He allegedly removed a large amount of the equipment and left the church.

Officers stopped the suspect's vehicle in the area of 14th Street and Spring Road NW, which was loaded down with the equipment. The unidentified man was charged with first-degree burglary.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the suspect is connected to other similar crimes in the area.

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Clark John Mueller charged with DWI, crashed into two houses

April 25, 2011 - 08:37 AM
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A New Market man was arrested and charged with DWI after crashing a car into two houses early Monday morning, Frederick County Police say.

Authorities say that Clark John Mueller, 22, of New Market, is also facing charges of failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision and driving too fast for road conditions.

Officers responded to the 400 block of W. Patrick Street in Frederick, where they found that Mueller's car had left the roadway, struck two houses and was wedged between a house and telephone poll. One house sustained significant damage, as did the vehicle.

Mueller was not injured in the crash.

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James Anthony Jackson killed in Fort Washington

April 25, 2011 - 05:37 AM
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A man was killed early Monday morning in Fort Washington, Prince George's County Police say.

Authorities say that officers responded to the 700 block of Cady Drive just after 1 a.m. to find a man laying in the street suffering from trauma to the body. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The victim has been identified as 28-year-old James Anthony Jackson Jr., of the 4700 block of Rockwood Street, Waldorf, Md.

No motive has been established.

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Reston man killed in accident on Fairfax County Parkway

April 24, 2011 - 01:26 PM
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A Reston man was killed and his passenger injured in an early morning car accident on the Fairfax County Parkway, police say.

Prince William County Poilce say that 22-year-old Arturo Cruz Zaldivar was not wearing his seatbelt he lost control of a 1988 Oldsmobile Bravada on Route 7100 near West Ox Road just before 2 a.m.

Crash investigators determined that Zaldivar was driving north on the Fairfax County Parkway when the car went off the left side of the roadway and traveled across the median. The car began to roll, continued up an embankment and crashed through a fence and into the backyard of a home in the 13100 block of Lou Alice Way.

Police say that speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash.

The passenger, who was only identified as a 20-year-old male, was treated for minor injures. He was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

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Power restored after snake causes large outage in Prince George's County

April 24, 2011 - 11:19 AM
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A large snake caused quite a headache for Pepco on Easter Sunday.

Nearly 7,000 customers in the Upper Marlboro area lost power for about three hours on Sunday morning and afternoon when a snake slithered a little too close to some feeder lines.

The outages were concentrated in the area of a bus section along Route 301 in Prince George's County. A bus section is a piece of equipment that provides power to five feeder lines, each of which feed about 1,500 customers.

Power was restored to all customers just after 1 p.m.

At its peak, the outage affected 6,912 customers.

 

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Potomac house fire kills one, injures another

April 24, 2011 - 07:00 AM
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Witnesses said an overnight fire, at 8509 Scarboro Ct. in Potomac, was a smoky, destructive blaze, that took the life of it's owner, a man in his seventies.

"It woke us around 5 a.m.," says neighbor Cindy Learned. "I didn't see any flames. Just the smoke coming out, billowing from the top window there."

The victim was identified as Sung Y. Kwack, 74, of 8509 Scarboro Court.

Home video shows thick smoke, rising above the house in darkness.

A neighbor, who spotted flames through a kitchen window, called 911.

Firefighters, arriving here around 4:40 a.m., found the house interior fully aflame.

Once inside, they discovered the homeowner unconscious.

Investigators believe a pot on a stove that hadn't been turned off caused the fire.

A family friend, also in the house, escaped and was sent to the hospital.

"I think it must be a horrible shock when they hear."

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Water main break in Arlington

April 23, 2011 - 08:44 AM
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UPDATE (9:52 a.m.): Officials are now saying that some residents in the area of the main break will be affected, specifically in one apartment complex closest to the broken fire line.

Officials expect the break to be repaired in the next three or four hours.

UPDATE (9:04 a.m.): An official with Water Services say s that the line that broke supplies fire services, and is not a supply line. Therefore, Arlington estimates that no customers have had their water service interrupted.

The water main break is under control and no more water is flowing. Crews are on site and the line will be repaired. Officials say the line probably broke as a result of the swift change in temperature in the region.

ORIGINAL POST: Arlington Water & Sewer confirms that a water main broke near the 4500 block of South Four Mile Run Drive in Arlington overnight.

There is no estimate to when service may be restored.

This post will be updated.

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Pedestrian struck, killed in Forestville

April 23, 2011 - 07:35 AM
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A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in Forestville late Friday night.

Prince George's County Police say that officers responded to the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Donnell Drive just before midnight to find a female lying in the road.

She was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The striking vehicle remained on the scene and police are investigating.

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One dead in Temple Hills shooting

April 22, 2011 - 11:31 PM
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Police were on the scene of a homicide Friday night that occurred on the 3300 block of 27th Avenue in Temple Hills. Patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting. When they arrived they found a male lying on the ground, police said.

The victim was pronounced dead on the scene. A motive has not been determined at this time. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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Marcus Silver sentenced to 22 years for 2010 slaying

April 22, 2011 - 02:20 PM
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A 30-year-old man was sentenced to 22 years in prison for a shooting and killing a man in 2010 in NE D.C.

Marcus Silver, of D.C., was sentenced in D.C. Superior Court. A jury in February convicted him of manslaughter while armed, assault with a deadly weapon and other firearm offenses.

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McDonald Abraham III's sentencing delayed, pleaded guilty in Stacey Seaton murder

April 22, 2011 - 10:56 AM
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The sentencing of a man who murdered a Bowie teenager in 2005 was delayed until August on Friday morning.

McDonald Abraham III was originally scheduled to be sentenced on March 31, but the proceeding was delayed because the request for Abraham's court appearance had been faxed to the wrong prison.

Abraham pleaded guilty in January of murdering 17-year-old Stacey Seaton in June of 2005.

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Tree falls onto, damages Glenn Dale house

April 22, 2011 - 07:15 AM
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A Glenn Dale house suffered significant damage and was declared unsafe to re-occupy Friday morning when a tree fell onto the roof.

Prince George's County Fire & EMS responded to the home in the 10000 block of Dubarry Road to find that a large, mature tree had fallen from the backyard onto the one-story, single family home.

One person was inside the home at the time of the collapsed. The person was uninjured.

 

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Suspicious garage fire in Northwest

April 22, 2011 - 05:38 AM
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D.C. Fire & EMS investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire in a Northwest Washington garage Friday morning.

Authorities say that two vehicles were inside the detached garage at 720 Sheridan St. NW. Officials are calling the fire suspicious.

D.C. Fire says that no one was injured in the blaze.

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Man shot in suspected botched robbery in Northeast

April 22, 2011 - 05:34 AM
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D.C. Police are searching for a suspect in a shooting in Northeast D.C. early Friday morning.

Police believe that the shooting at an Exxon gas station at 5571 South Dakota Ave. NE is a robbery gone bad. They say the victim was shot on Chillum Place NE, just up the road from the station.

The victim says that a man, dressed in all black and wearing a mask, pulled a gun on him and attempted to rob him. When the victim tried to flee, he was shot in the leg and foot.

Police have no motives or suspects.

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Police chase on I-66 ends with driver in custody

April 21, 2011 - 10:57 PM
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Virginia State Police say a high speed chase on I-66 has ended on Rt. 29 in Fauquier County and the driver has been taken into custody. Austin Griffith resisted a traffic stop, speeding away along I-66, and later tried to escape police after his truck had been stopped. He was charged with DUI, drug possession and a felony count of eluding police.

Another driver called police around 8:30 p.m. because he was concerned about the erratic driving behavior of a red 1996 Ford pickup truck traveling west on I-66, police said in a statement. A state police trooper was able to get behind the truck and initiated a traffic stop. The pickup eventually stopped on the shoulder of I-66 at Route 29/Centerville.

As the trooper walked up to the pickup truck, the driver sped away at high speed. During the pursuit, the truck crossed into the eastbound lanes at one point, going the wrong way on I-66.

The driver of the pickup eventually got off onto Route 29. State police deployed stinger spikes across the roadway in Fauquier County. The spikes deflated all four tires and the truck came to a rolling stop on Route 29 just north of Route 600.

The driver of the pickup then fled on foot. He was apprehended without incident by state police troopers within minutes.

Austin A. Griffith, 31, of Amissville, Va., has been taken to Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. He's been charged with DUI, driving on a revoked license because of a previous DUI conviction, felony count of eluding police, multiple drug possession charges, and for possessing drug paraphenalia.

 

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Eddie Leonard Jr. murder: Arrest made

April 21, 2011 - 10:55 PM
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Charles Monroe Coast of SE Washington was arrested Thursday around noon, Metro Police reported. The 41-year-old is charged with felony murder while armed for killing 32-year-old Eddie Leonard, Jr.

Leonard was shot on February 20 in the back of the 400 block of 23rd Place Northeast. Police were sent to the scene shortly before midnight. Medical personnel pronounced Leonard dead at the scene.

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Donald Everette McGill arrested for sexual assault

April 21, 2011 - 02:43 PM
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A 53-year-old Manassas man was arrested for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl, police said.

Police arrested Donald Everette McGill and charged him with two counts of object sexual penetration and one count of sexual assault and battery.

Police went to the 10000 block of Portsmouth Road in Manassas on Tuesday because of an assault call. A 15-year-old girl told police that the suspect, a known acquaintance, sexually assaulted her.

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