Roundup of news from around the region

MARYLAND

Man accused of stealing copper wire

For a thief, stealing copper is rarely a way to a six-figure income.

Unless, that is, you find the mother lode, which is what Prince George’s County police say a Suitland man did.

Once a week, often late on a Thursday or Friday, Kevin Andrew Price, 50, would drive his pickup behind a Pepco facility in Upper Marlboro, scale a fence and return with hundreds of pounds of copper wire, police said.

He would drive away with a truckload worth a hefty week’s pay and come back the next week for more, they said.

What’s more, police said, rarely would anyone at Pepco notice.

Price, of the 4800 block of Davis Avenue, was arrested Friday and charged with multiple counts of breaking and entering and theft.

Pepco reported only two thefts at the facility at 8500 Pepco Place, police said. But they said Price is believed to have burglarized the facility seven or eight times.

They estimated his haul in May at 2,500 pounds, worth about $10,000.

The department’s regional investigations unit used surveillance video from the location and ultimately found a worker at the facility who identified Price as the suspect.

— Aaron C. Davis

VIRGINIA

Man accused of molesting a minor

A man who is accused of sexually molesting a minor over about a decade was arrested at his family’s Woodbridge home Monday, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Edmond N. Londres was wanted by Fairfax County police on a charge of aggravated sexual battery.

U.S. marshals said they received a tip that Londres might be performing sexual acts on another minor. The marshals said they learned that Londres was at his family’s home. He was apprehended there without incident, they said.

After his arrest and interrogation, authorities filed two additional charges of rape and aggravated sexual battery against Londres, the marshals said.

Londres has previous convictions for larceny, statutory burglary, receiving stolen property and unlawful entry, the marshals said.

— Justin Jouvenal

Loudoun school chief

to retire next year

Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Edgar B. Hatrick III announced Tuesday that he will retire next year, ending his more than 20-year run stewarding one of the fastest-growing school districts in the region.

“This work has been an honor that has defined my professional life,” Hatrick said to Loudoun County school board members. “For that opportunity, I say a heartfelt and sincere thank you.”

Hatrick, a 1963 graduate of Loudoun County High School, spent his entire education career in the county’s public schools.

He became superintendent in 1991 and said that he will “enter the class of 2014” by retiring next year on June 30, after 46 years as an employee of Loudoun schools.

— T. Rees Shapiro

Appeals court hears Huguely murder case

A Virginia appeals court heard arguments Tuesday from an attorney for a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of second-degree murder in the May 2010 slaying of his former girlfriend.

George W. Huguely V is seeking a new trial on charges that he beat Yeardley Love in the bedroom of her Charlottesville apartment and left her to die. The Chevy Chase man is asking the Virginia Court of Appeals to overturn his February 2012 conviction.

The three-judge panel did not immediately rule.

The court had previously agreed to consider whether Huguely, who is serving a 23-year sentence, was denied the right to counsel when one of his attorneys became ill during the trial. The case moved forward in her absence while she recovered.

The court also is considering whether a prospective juror should have been struck from the panel after she voiced doubts about her impartiality.

— Associated Press

 
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