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December 19, 1996 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mary Pitts had one choice and no choice, really. Her country? Or her husband? As an FBI support clerk, she became suspicious that her husband, Earl Edwin Pitts, a career supervisory agent with the bureau, might be compromising the security of the United States. She found a letter he had left in their rural Virginia home that, FBI investigators said, indicated her husband might be giving U.S. secrets to the Russians for cash.
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March 29, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A manhunt for shooters whose potshots at passing cars shut down a mountain highway ended Friday when authorities stormed a central Virginia farm. Investigators said they thought the shootings, which slightly injured two drivers, were part of a long night of random gunfire in which a 19-year-old former high school athlete, who has a record of making trouble, and a 16-year-old also shot at a credit union and a residence.
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October 10, 1990 | DAN WEIKEL
Two Westminster men suspected of ambushing a Vietnamese family at their home and holding them at gunpoint overnight were arrested in Virginia this weekend after a shoot-out with police at the family's jewelry store, authorities said Tuesday. Trung Viet Cao, 19, and Charlie Hung Vu, 23, were booked on suspicion of robbery and abduction Saturday after the terrifying takeover of the family's home in Fairfax County, Va., outside of Washington. They are being held in lieu of $525,000 bond each.
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June 11, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A man wanted in connection with a 1988 murder has been arrested in Culpeper, Va., by Huntington Beach police detectives aided by the Virginia State Police. Carlos Ortega, 34, is awaiting extradition to Orange County in the murder of Luis Rios, who was shot on Jan. 28, 1988, when he returned to his residence and confronted three armed men who had forced their way into his apartment. One of the men, Mario Duran of Los Angeles, was arrested in 1992, convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
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November 28, 1997 | Associated Press
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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July 2, 1996 | From Associated Press
Three white teenagers were arrested in a fire that destroyed a black church building April 16, but investigators ruled out race or religious bias as a motive Monday. "They wanted to burn something. The fact that it was a church was not a factor," said Bill Dunham, agent in charge of the Richmond office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Suspicious fires have hit more than 40 black churches in the South in the last 18 months.
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April 22, 2001 | From the Washington Post
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.
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December 19, 1996 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that rocked the proud Federal Bureau of Investigation, the agency arrested one of its career supervisory agents Wednesday on charges that he sold government secrets to the former Soviet Union in the late 1980s and, more recently, to FBI undercover investigators. Earl Edwin Pitts, 43, became only the second agent in the bureau's 88-year history to face espionage charges. He is accused of providing information about fellow agents and boosting Soviet efforts to penetrate the bureau.
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February 10, 1991 | RUDY ABRAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The FBI said Saturday it had arrested three men in connection with a possible attempt to blow up two huge chemical storage tanks near a U.S. Navy base at Norfolk, Va. Officials cited extortion rather than terrorism as the apparent motive. The discovery last Monday of six pipe bombs attached to the storage tanks triggered an immediate federal investigation because of the possibility that the incident marked the beginning of a terrorism campaign encouraged by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
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November 15, 1990
The son of Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan Jr. was arrested and jailed Wednesday on a rape charge after an unidentified victim said she awoke Sunday to find an intruder in her apartment and was forced to have sex, police said. Robert Jeffrey Lujan, 28, who works as a house painter, was in custody in Alexandria City Jail late Wednesday and charged with rape, Alexandria police said. They said the victim's apartment is located in the same high-rise condominium where Lujan lives with his parents.
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April 22, 2001 | From the Washington Post
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.
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June 12, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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February 18, 1998 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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 | Associated Press
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1997 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 23, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man who said he found a $6.8-million lottery ticket on the floor of his restaurant was charged with stealing the ticket from a patron. Jaspaul Narang duped the man, identified by police only as "R. Bernard," by telling him his numbers had only entitled him to a free ticket, police said. They said Bernard told them that he later found that the six winning numbers are the same numbers that he regularly plays. Narang, 45, of Annandale, Va.
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February 18, 1998 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1994
Immigration agents Monday arrested a deportee in Virginia who Los Angeles detectives want to question about the murder of Manhattan Beach police officer. The 25-year-old man "is not considered a suspect" in the Dec. 27 killing of Martin Ganz, but "he has similar features described in the composite (drawing of the killer) and in one of the clues received by the task force" of investigators, said George Ducoulombier, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman.
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February 20, 1997 | Associated Press
A man was ordered held without bond Wednesday after police caught him inside a burning abortion clinic that has been a frequent target of protests. James Anthony Mitchell, 38, of Nokesville, did not enter a plea when arraigned on charges of burglary with the intent to commit arson and possession of burglary tools.
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December 19, 1996 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that rocked the proud Federal Bureau of Investigation, the agency arrested one of its career supervisory agents Wednesday on charges that he sold government secrets to the former Soviet Union in the late 1980s and, more recently, to FBI undercover investigators. Earl Edwin Pitts, 43, became only the second agent in the bureau's 88-year history to face espionage charges. He is accused of providing information about fellow agents and boosting Soviet efforts to penetrate the bureau.
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