August 27, 2013
THE REGION
Va. man charged at Dulles with arson

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Virginia man wanted on arson and fraud charges in Maryland when he landed at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Officials say 24-year-old Jose Mejia Pineda of Alexandria arrived on a flight from El Salvador on Tuesday. Authorities say he has waived extradition to Maryland.

Bruce Bouch, spokesman for the Maryland office of the state fire marshal, says Pineda set his car on fire Jan. 22 in Dunkirk for insurance. Bouch says Pineda is charged with second-degree arson and fraud.

— Associated Press

MARYLAND
3 killed, 6 hurt in
Anne Arundel crash

Three people were killed Tuesday in Anne Arundel County in a six-vehicle crash, authorities said. Two others suffered injuries described as potentially life-threatening. The crash occurred around 5 p.m. in the Millersville/Gambrills area, on Route 3 near Route 32, the county police said.

They said the crash involved five passenger cars and a commercial vehicle described as a flatbed delivery truck. The incident started when one vehicle ran into the back of another, said Lt. Glenn Shanahan of the Anne Arundel County police. All three who died were in the same vehicle, Shanahan said.

A total of six people were injured, the police said.

— Marty Weil

Two dogs die of flu
in Montgomery

Maryland officials are warning dog owners in Montgomery County to watch out for canine influenza after the deaths of two dogs.

The Agriculture Department alerted veterinarians that the illness was identified in six dogs in Montgomery County last week, and two of the sick dogs have died. Officials say the virus can cause an acute respiratory infection and is highly contagious.

Montgomery Parks officials are warning dog owners to contact their veterinarians if they notice symptoms including cough, runny nose and fever. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says dog flu can be spread by direct contact with infected dogs, by contaminated objects and through people moving between infected and uninfected dogs.

— Associated Press

Gallaudet studentsin assault probe

Anne Arundel County police are investigating an alleged assault involving two students from Gallaudet University’s secondary school during a school trip to Annapolis.

Police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said Tuesday that police are conducting a criminal investigation into the alleged incident Saturday morning on a bus in the county. He says police were notified Sunday night.

University spokeswoman Kaitlin Luna says the students are enrolled in the school’s Model Secondary School for the Deaf, a program for high-school-age students at the university’s D.C. campus. She says the incident occurred during a chaperoned, school-sponsored trip but referred questions to police.

— Associated Press

VIRGINIA
Officials identify teen found dead in Vienna

A 16-year-old girl found dead in Vienna on Friday has been identified as Emylee Lonczak, a student at McLean High School, according to a letter from the principal.

Fairfax County police are awaiting the medical examiner to determine the cause and manner of the McLean girl’s death, but spokesman Bud Walker said they “are confident . . . there is no threat to the neighborhood or public at large.” Officers found Lonczak’s body in the 8200 block of Madrillon Estates Drive about 11 a.m. Friday. She had been reported as a runaway.

“Emylee Lonczak was a rising 11th-grader at our school,” McLean High School Principal Ellen T. Reilly wrote in her letter to school families. “She was a cherished student who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.”

— Justin Jouvenal

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