April 22, 2001 |
Another white-shoed golfer stepped up to the counter at the driving range, but not just to buy a $4 bucket of balls. Like the others, he wanted a fix on the most prominent ongoing political drama in Fairfax County, Va. "John out of the pokey?" the man asked. "Not yet." "A shame," the man said, shaking his head, before heading off. "John" is John Thoburn, the 43-year-old owner of the Reston driving range who has been imprisoned indefinitely since Feb.
June 12, 1999 |
The Virginia Supreme Court in Richmond ruled that both parents must be notified when a minor is arrested--a decision that may enable thousands of juvenile prisoners to challenge their convictions. The ruling affirmed an appeals court decision ordering a new trial for Jeramie Baker, who was convicted at 17 of trying to rob a convenience store and stabbing a clerk. Only his mother was notified of his arrest, despite a state law that says summonses must go "to the parents" of the juvenile.
February 18, 1998 |
A former Pentagon lawyer, her union-representative husband and a former Army paralegal were indicted Tuesday on charges of conspiring to spy for East Germany, the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation and South Africa. The indictment, returned by a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va., indicated that the defendants, arrested in an FBI sting operation in October, had rejected the chance to plead guilty to lesser charges, legal sources said.
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November 28, 1997 |
A man burned his girlfriend alive during a domestic argument, according to police who say he doused her with flammable liquid and set her on fire. A witness said Lynell McKleny fled her boyfriend's second-story apartment in flames. A neighbor called police to report the argument Wednesday and when authorities arrived, they found the apartment on fire and McKleny, 26, dead outside, officials said.
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October 9, 1997 |
A 31-year-old Virginia man was arraigned Wednesday on felony sex charges after authorities found a 12-year-old Palm Springs boy--whom he apparently befriended through a telephone chat line--hiding in a closet in the man's home over the weekend. The two had met through a 900-number telephone chat line called "Hollywood's Hell Hole," in which callers record profiles of themselves and leave telephone numbers for further contact. The boy and Roland L.
October 7, 1997 |
Three Washington-area residents, including a former high-ranking lawyer at the Pentagon, are being held on charges of spying for East Germany in the years before the end of the Cold War, federal law enforcement officials announced Monday. The three, arrested last weekend in an FBI sting operation, decided to become spies during their student days at the University of Wisconsin and were motivated by leftist leanings, the government officials alleged.