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Friday, December 17, 2004; Page B02


Health worker arrested: A nurse's assistant at Reston Hospital Center was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly stealing a patient's painkiller and replacing it with saline solution, Fairfax County police said yesterday.

Police said the patient, who was supposed to be receiving Dilaudid, became suspicious and notified other hospital staff members late Wednesday. Police investigated the allegation and then arrested Teresa Krol, 41, of the 1500 block of Sunstone Drive in the Tysons Corner area. She was charged with one count of obtaining drugs by fraud.

Armed robberies: A 17-year-old Kingstowne youth has been arrested and charged with four armed robberies that occurred near the Franconia-Springfield Metro and VRE stations this fall, Fairfax County police said yesterday.

The robberies were among eight nighttime holdups from Sept. 21 to Nov. 2 in the Barry Road area, police said. All eight involved a gunman who demanded purses, wallets, ATM cards and often the identification numbers for the ATM cards, police said. A search warrant affidavit stated that robbery detectives Paul Alexander and James Hardy obtained a surveillance photo from an ATM, placed the youth under surveillance and arrested him on weapons charges Dec. 10.

According to the affidavit, when police questioned the youth, he made incriminating admissions. The next day, police searched his home in the 6300 block of Staghorn Court, not far from the robbery scenes, and found a laptop computer similar to one taken in one of the holdups, as well as a pistol and bullets, according to the search warrant. The youth was not identified because of his age.

Fake lawyer: An Alexandria businessman convicted of misrepresenting his legal credentials was sentenced yesterday to six months in jail. He also was ordered to pay $5,900 in restitution.

Alexandria Circuit Court Judge Lisa Bondareff Kemler followed a jury's recommendation to incarcerate Simon Banks, 66, for three felony convictions of larceny by false pretense. Banks also was convicted of one misdemeanor count of unauthorized practice of law.

Banks, who graduated from Howard University's law school but never passed the bar, was not licensed to practice law, prosecutors said. Banks has been jailed in Alexandria since June and has completed his six-month sentence, said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Elliott Casey. He is to return to the District to complete a two-year sentence there for contempt of court.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.

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