VIRGINIA

Store Robbed by Man in Face Cream

The man had white cream all over his face and a red towel on his head, and he wanted to buy a beer at 10:15 in the morning. The clerk at the Huntington Market convenience store yesterday asked him for identification. As Fairfax County Police later told it, the man began cursing.

That's when another customer started chastising him for his impudence.

By way of reply, the man wearing the cream pulled a gun out of his waistband and robbed both the customer and the store in the 5800 block of North Kings Highway, police said.

Warren Carmichael, Fairfax police spokesman, said the clerk asked for identification because the man's face cream--which witnesses said appeared to be medicating ointment--prevented her from seeing how old he was.

The man fled on foot. No one was hurt.

Ex-Lorton Officer Sentenced in Tax Case

A former Lorton correctional officer was sentenced yesterday to 71 months in prison for preparing about 600 fraudulent income tax returns for himself and his clients.

Orlandous L. Maye, 31, of Woodbridge, was indicted in March by a federal grand jury in Alexandria on 13 counts of aiding in the preparation of false tax returns between 1994 and 1999, three counts of making and subscribing to false tax returns and two counts of witness tampering. Maye pleaded guilty to the three counts of subscribing to false tax returns. He was convicted in May by a jury that found him guilty of all the remaining charges except one count of witness tampering on which jurors deadlocked. U.S. District Court Judge Albert V. Bryan Jr. yesterday attributed a $2.5 million tax loss to Maye's scheme.

MARYLAND

Death Sentence in Double Killing

A 28-year-old former Navy seaman has been sentenced to death for a second time for killing his ex-fiancee and her friend.

Darris Ware stood stone-faced as Anne Arundel County jurors read the decision they reached Thursday after two hours of deliberations. The jury of 10 men and two women convicted the former cryptologist for the National Security Agency of first-degree murder for the Dec. 30, 1993, shootings of Betina "Kristi" Gentry, 18, and her friend, Cynthia V. Allen, 22.

All death sentence cases are automatically appealed to Maryland's highest court. After a Howard County jury sentenced Ware to die in 1995, the Court of Appeals overturned the conviction and ordered a retrial, chastising Anne Arundel County prosecutors for withholding from the defense crucial information about a prosecution witness.

Israelis Delay Visit to U.S. in Murder Case

Israeli prosecutors have delayed next week's scheduled visit to Maryland to examine evidence in the Samuel Sheinbein murder trial.

State's Attorney Douglas Gansler (D) said yesterday that the chief Israeli prosecutor has put off his visit to Montgomery County until September, one month before Sheinbein, 19, is scheduled to go on trial. Gansler did not give a reason for the delay.

Sheinbein, of Aspen Hill, fled to Israel in 1997, after the dismembered body of another teenager, Alfredo Tello Jr., was found.

THE DISTRICT

Puerto Rico Activists Arrested

Seventeen supporters of political independence for Puerto Rico were arrested on the sidewalk outside the White House yesterday after ignoring U.S. Park Police demands to move away from the fence around the presidential mansion, police and protesters said.

The arrested activists, who are calling for an end to U.S. presence in Puerto Rico, were charged with demonstrating in a restricted area and then released, said Bob Lederer, a spokesman for the National Committee to Free Puerto Rican Prisoners of War and Political Prisoners.