Darrell Lynn Bellard guilty of first-degree murder of two children, two women

Darrell Lynn Bellard

A Texas man has been found guilty of killing two women and two children after the drugs he brought to sold went missing. A Prince George’s County jury found Darrell Lynn Bellard, 47, guilty of four counts of first-degree murder in the 2010 deaths of a Shayla Shante Sikyala, 3, Shakur Sylvester Sikyala, 4, their […]

Chinatown businessman pleads guilty in scheme to pay off D.C. taxi officials

The owner of Tony Cheng's Mongolian Restaurant and his son pleaded guilty in scheme to pay off a public official. (Photo by John Kopkowski)

A politically connected Chinatown businessman and his son pleaded guilty to trying to pay off District officials in a scheme to start a D.C. taxicab and towing company. Anthony C.Y. Cheng Sr., 65, the owner of the popular Tony Cheng’s Mongtolian Restaurant pleaded to to a misdemeanor charge offering an unauthorized compensation to a public official. […]

Bodies found near I-295 exit ramps


D.C. police are investigating the discovery of two bodies found about 50 feet apart near an Interstate 295 ramp in Southeast Washington. Police found the body of an adult around 9:30 a.m., then discovered the second body nearby. The area, near Pennsylvania Avenue, is known as campsite for homeless people. Police are conducting separate death […]

Md. parents charged in death, abuse of toddler

Frankie Williams (left) and Stephanie Williams have been in jail since their 21-month-old daughter Anayah Nevaeh Williams died last month.

A Maryland couple faces charges in the death of their 21-month-old child, a young girl who was fatally beaten shortly after being returned to the family by social services, authorities said. Frankie Aubrey Williams, 24, of Frederick, was charged with first-degree murder and seven other offenses. His wife, Stephanie Ramirez Williams, 21, was charged with […]

Former State Department official placed on FBI’s Ten Most Wanted

William Bradford Bishop Jr.

A State Department official who disappeared after bludgeoning his Maryland family with a sledgehammer nearly 40 years ago was added to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted fugitives list Thursday. The crime is the most mysterious and oldest of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office fugitive files. The FBI says it is elevating William Bradford Bishop Jr., to the […]

Fort Washington man kills ex-wife, himself after her birthday celebration

Lester Fletcher Jr.

A Fort Washington man killed his ex-wife and then himself after she returned to her home from celebrating her birthday with friends, Prince George’s County Police said. It happened just after midnight Wednesday in the 7200 block of Jaywick Avenue in Fort Washington. Police said Lester Lee Fletcher Jr., waited for Michelle Miranda-Fletcher in the parking lot […]

22-year-old fatally shot in Southeast Washington

Anacostia shooting

D.C. police are investigating a homicide in Anacostia. At about 10:30 p.m., Tuesday, police responded to a report for the sounds of gunshots in the 1500 block of V Street Southeast. Upon arrival, police found 22-year-old Virgil Wood suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital where he died. The Metropolitan Police […]

Caught on camera: Three men sought in D.C. homicide

The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public's assistance in identifying several persons of interest in connection to the homicide of Daniel Short, which occurred in the 400 block of Florida Avenue, NE.

D.C. police have released surveillance video footage of three people in connection to a February homicide, and they are asking the public to help identify the men. People have describred the trio as “persons of interest” in the shooting death of 36-year-old Daniel Calvin Short of Southeast Washington. The video can be seen here. Short […]

Well-dressed bandit sentenced for downtown D.C. bank heists on same day

Clyde Lacy Rattler, 56, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to an 8 ½-year prison term on two counts of bank robbery stemming from a pair of hold-ups committed in downtown Washington on the same day.

A well-dressed bank robber was sentenced Tuesday to 8 1/2 years in prison for a pair of bank robberies in downtown District of Columbia on the same day. Clyde Lacy Rattler, 56, was captured in 2013 shortly after a news report described the hold-ups and showed surveillance images of the suspect robbing in a suit. […]