MARYLAND

Animal Hospital Slaying Victims

Identified The two people fatally shot inside a Bladensburg animal hospital Wednesday were identified yesterday by Prince George's County police as the Lanham couple who owned the facility.

Nirwan Thapar, 52, and his wife, Shashi Thapar, 51, of the 5800 block of Lawton Court in Lanham, may have been shot during a robbery, police said.

Police were called to the Bladensburg Animal Hospital in the 5600 block of Annapolis Road about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Nirwan Thapar was pronounced dead at the scene, and Shashi Thapar was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center, where she later died.

Detectives are trying to identify a man seen near the hospital at the time of the shootings.

The man was described as a white male, 25 to 30 years old and about 6 feet tall. He has an olive complexion, a thin build, dark hair and a slight mustache, police said. He was seen wearing a light-colored shirt and dark pants.

Two Pr. George's Slayings Probed

Prince George's County police are investigating two apparently unrelated slayings that occurred in recent days.

At 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, police were summoned to 17th Avenue and Elson Street in Hyattsville, where they found Larry Donnell Ruffin, 36, of the 7400 block of 18th Avenue in Hyattsville, suffering from a head injury. Ruffin was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where he died Thursday.

Police also are investigating a homicide that occurred in Capitol Heights sometime between Sunday and Wednesday.

About noon Wednesday, police went to a home in the 4800 block of Nash Street to check on someone who had been missing. They found Brian Keith Rainey, 30, of the same street, suffering unspecified wounds to the upper body. Rainey was dead at the scene.

THE DISTRICT

4 Convicted in Water-Sewer Agency Scam

A D.C. Superior Court judge yesterday convicted four men, including three D.C. Water and Sewer Authority employees, of misdemeanor fraud charges stemming from an undercover police investigation of illegal moonlighting by authority workers.

The U.S. attorney's office said the three employees worked private jobs while on duty for the city and used D.C. government supplies and equipment. The guilty verdicts reached by Judge Truman Morrison brings to nine the number of defendants convicted in the case.

The three employees, who have been on leave without pay since being indicted, are Roland D. Jones, 35, of the District; Anthony Bell, 35, of Oxon Hill; and James L. Banks Jr., 51, of Hyattsville. The fourth defendant was plumber Thelmuris Forte, 58, of the District, prosecutors said.

Morrison could sentence each man to as many as 180 days in jail and a fine of $1,000. Five authority employees, including two supervisors, pleaded guilty to fraud or conspiracy charges in federal court in Washington, drawing sentences ranging from probation to 21 months in prison.