Humane Society Investigator Pleads Guilty
A former top investigator with the Humane Society of the United States who was charged last year with embezzling $84,000 from the society pleaded guilty yesterday and agreed to make partial restitution and serve a six-month jail term.
David Keith Wills, 46, of Dickerson, entered his plea in Montgomery County Circuit Court, acknowledging that he had stolen money from the Gaithersburg-based society. He agreed to repay $67,800, according to the state's attorney office.
Wills was indicted on charges of embezzling the money from 1992 to 1995, when he was fired as head of the society's animal cruelty division.
Wills had portrayed himself as a daring investigator who conducted covert animal cruelty probes in exotic locations around the world and who didn't always keep track of the money he spent. Prosecutors said he used society money to gamble at Las Vegas and to pad his own bank account.
Hyattsville Police Shoot Burglary Suspect
A Hyattsville police officer shot a burglary suspect in the leg Tuesday night after responding to a report of a residential break-in, Hyattsville police said yesterday.
Hyattsville police said Sgt. Gary Blakes, a 10-year veteran of the force, saw the suspect about 11 p.m. climb out of a window of a home in the 3300 block of Lancer Drive in Hyattsville and ordered the man to stop. When the suspect ignored Blakes's command and turned toward him, police said, the officer fired one round, striking the man in the left thigh. Police said the suspect was holding "an unknown object" in his hand but refused to say whether the man was armed or whether a weapon was recovered.
The suspect, Marcus Garnett, 29, of the 3000 block of Buchanan Street in Mount Rainier, was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, where he was listed in stable condition yesterday after surgery, police said. He was charged with first-degree burglary and was being held at the hospital on bond of $75,000, police said.
Prison Term for Man Who Assaulted Agent
A man convicted of assaulting a Secret Service agent in January and who pleaded guilty to four counts of bank fraud and possession of stolen mail was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison by U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow.
Bentley O. Kalu, 26, was convicted Jan. 20 of assaulting a Secret Service agent July 22 on Annapolis Road in Lanham. Kalu was suspected of using other people's identities to open fraudulent credit union accounts, and Secret Service agents had gone to a Lanham car dealership that day in an effort to learn Kalu's true address from documents on a car he had purchased, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said Kalu arrived while the agents were at the dealership and ran to his Jeep Cherokee when agents tried to stop him. Kalu put the vehicle in reverse, hitting one agent, according to Maryland U.S. Attorney Lynne A. Battaglia, and was then wounded in the chest by a shot fired by the second agent. Kalu drove away and was later arrested at Howard University Hospital.
Arlington Police Car Recovered in D.C.
An unmarked Arlington police car stolen Tuesday by a jewelry theft suspect was recovered yesterday in the District, but no arrest has been made, police said.
Officials said D.C. police Cmdr. Rodney Monroe found the missing car yesterday in Southeast Washington.
The car had been missing since about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, when an Arlington detective spotted a man suspected of stealing some earrings at the Village Goldsmiths Jewelers, in the 4000 block of South 28th Street. Police said the detective tried to arrest the suspect. But after a struggle and short foot chase in the 4000 block of South 31st Street, the man slipped behind the wheel of the officer's gold 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix and took off, they said.
The detective chased the car on foot, but the suspect made a U-turn and sped toward the officer, who fired several shots at the car, police said. The suspect drove onto Interstate 395, where the Grand Prix struck another car, slightly injuring the other driver, they said.
25 Burglaries in McLean Since Feb. 12
A pair of burglars has been victimizing several McLean neighborhoods since Feb. 12, committing at least 25 break-ins, usually during the daytime, Fairfax County police said yesterday.
The burglaries have occurred in the area of Georgetown Pike and the Capital Beltway, and in neighborhoods near Chain Bridge Road and Kirby Road. No one has been injured in any of the break-ins, although homeowners confronted the suspects on several occasions, police said.
Detectives believe that most of the homes were entered through doors, rather than windows, and that a white, midsize American sedan may have been used by the burglars. The thieves typically have stolen jewelry, cash and credit cards, but sometimes cameras and other valuables also have been taken, police said.