Local digest: Arrest made in killing at Oxon Hill party

August 21, 2013
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Arrest made in killing at Oxon Hill party

A D.C. man has been arrested in the slaying Wednesday morning of an Oxon Hill man, Prince George’s County police said. Shawn J. Turner, 45, is charged with manslaughter and first-degree assault in the killing of Derrick R. Espeut, 52.

Police said that the men, who were attending a party at a Wheeler Road apartment, argued and that the fight turned physical. Police said they think that Turner punched Espeut, who fell to the ground and struck his head. Espeut was pronounced dead at the scene.

— Trishula Patel

Naval Academy alters anti-assault training

The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis plans to integrate training to prevent sexual assault into the regular academic workday.

Capt. Bill Byrne, the commandant of midshipmen, said Wednesday that previously such training has been done at night, during briefings and in role-playing venues outside of classroom hours. He said it is thought the change will improve the training by making it part of the core curriculum.

Byrne said the academy will implement the change for the spring semester. The program was begun in 2007 to bring a more structured approach to raising awareness about sexual misconduct by providing 25 hours of training.

A hearing to determine whether three former Navy football players will face a court-martial in a sexual assault case is expected to begin this month

— Associated Press

VIRGINIA
23 men are arrested in prostitution sting

Nearly two dozen men were arrested last week on charges that they solicited prostitutes at hotels in Fairfax County, authorities said Wednesday.

Police said 23 men were arrested Aug. 15 after communicating over the Internet with undercover officers they thought were prostitutes. They made arrangements to meet at one of four hotels in Springfield, Falls Church, Herndon and Tysons Corner, where they were arrested, police said.

All the men were charged with solicitation, and one man also was charged with cocaine possession. Police did not release the men’s names or ages or the names of the hotels involved.

— Maggie Fazeli Fard

Worker killed in accident identified

The worker digging a hole for a water line who died Tuesday morning in Fairfax County after falling into a 15-foot-deep hole has been identified by police.

Juan Francisco Cerna Alfaro, 36, of Falls Church was working at a home under renovation on Kinglet Court in McLean, authorities said.

After he fell into the trench, the hole collapsed, trapping him. Fire officials recovered the victim just after 5 p.m. Tuesday. Police did not give details about Alfaro’s employer. The investigation is ongoing.

— Trishula Patel

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