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Local Digest

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Fairfax man slain in California

A Fairfax County man was fatally shot Sunday night on a street in downtown Oakland, Calif., where he had traveled for a job interview with Google, Oakland police said Monday.

Jinghong Kang, 45, was a computer engineer who lived in the Fair Oaks area of Fairfax with his wife and three children, police said. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that he was in his rental car, entering directions to his hotel into his GPS system, when two men approached him. The men demanded money, then one shot Kang while he sat in the car, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

-- Tom Jackman

Anti-gang operation leads to 30 arrests

Immigration authorities have arrested 30 alleged gang members and associates in Northern Virginia, all but one of them foreign nationals, and charged them with an array of crimes, including entering the United States illegally, federal officials said.

The three-day operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents targeted members and associates of such Latino gangs as Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), Mexican Pride and Southside Locos, the agency said in a statement. One of the arrestees is a U.S. citizen, and the others are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.

Charges include assault, grand larceny, destruction of property, carrying a concealed weapon and reentering the county illegally after being deported, authorities said. They said the 29 foreign nationals will face deportation proceedings in the near future or after they have been prosecuted on the criminal charges against them.

The immigration agency said it was assisted in the operation by Fairfax County police officers and sheriff's deputies.

-- Paul Duggan


Zoo euthanizes sick Speke's gazelle

The National Zoo euthanized an aged Speke's gazelle Monday because of his declining health.

The zoo said the 15-year-old animal, named Bati, was its only Speke's gazelle. He was born at the St. Louis zoo in 1995 and came to the National Zoo in 1996. Speke's gazelles are among the smallest of gazelles. They usually have a life span of 12 years, the zoo said.

-- Michael E. Ruane

Closings planned on Kenilworth Ave.

Watch for overnight lane closings through Friday on Kenilworth Avenue (D.C. 295), where the District Department of Transportation is rebuilding the Eastern Avenue Bridge. Two lanes will be closed from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Through traffic will be directed to use the service roads.

Workers are installing the new, pre-cast bridge structure above Kenilworth Avenue.

-- Robert Thomson

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