4 Charged in Death of Pr. George's Teen
Detectives have charged four people with first-degree murder in the Oct. 31 shooting of a 15-year-old Crossland High School student, Prince George's County police said yesterday.
Police said Steven Lawrence Sellman, of Temple Hills, was a bystander in a feud between two groups of youths when he was shot about 4:15 a.m. outside a town house complex in the 1700 block of Addison Road South in Capitol Heights.
Investigators said the suspects apparently did not mean to shoot Sellman, who was standing in a crowd outside the Pickwick Square subdivision. Police said the suspects had driven to the site to exact revenge on Sellman's friends after a fight that had occurred hours earlier at a District nightclub.
Lt. Andy Ellis said police arrested the suspects "over the past several days." He said investigators seized several firearms but have not found the gun used in the shooting.
Police identified the alleged triggerman as Howard Thomas Russell, 17, of the 4400 block of 23rd Parkway in Temple Hills. Russell was charged as an adult.
Named as accomplices were Troy Kenta Douglas, 21, of the 6600 block of Atwood Street in District Heights; Michael Antonio Gray, 20, of the 8400 block of Bella Vista Terrace in Fort Washington; and Larry Darnell Piper, 18, of the 4200 block of Suitland Road in Suitland. All are being held without bond in the county jail, police said.
Deputy Accused of Assaulting 2 Girls
A Prince George's County sheriff's deputy has been indicted on charges that he abused and assaulted two girls last summer, according to court records.
William Alfred Jayne, 43, of Hyattsville, assigned to the bureau of court operations, was indicted Oct. 26 on four counts of child abuse and three counts of second-degree assault by a grand jury in County Circuit Court, records show.
The charges allege that Jayne abused two girls younger than 18 on four occasions in April and July.
Jayne was suspended from his job Friday, when the Prince George's Sheriff's Department learned of the indictment, said Sgt. Bill Ament, a department spokesman.
Sterling Man Convicted in Shooting Death
A Loudoun County Circuit Court jury convicted a Sterling man yesterday of first-degree murder in a March shooting in Leesburg.
Arlando Valentine, 25, of the 21200 block of Huntington Square, was found guilty of gunning down Amos "Ty" Hicks on March 24 in a Leesburg apartment complex. Prosecutors said the men had fought earlier that day after Hicks tried to buy marijuana from Valentine.
Valentine, who also was convicted of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, could be sentenced to life in prison. The jury is to recommend a sentence Monday.
17 Workers Arrested in Raid at Steel Plant
The Immigration and Naturalization Service said 17 undocumented workers were arrested last week at a Sterling steel manufacturing company in an operation led by the FBI and the Defense Department's criminal investigative service.
The raid took place Nov. 3 as part of an investigation into Sibel Ayse Halac Iron Works Inc. on Ashgrove Court in Sterling, according to an INS statement. The FBI spokesman assigned to the case could not be reached for comment.
Company President Ahmet Halac said he could not comment on the raid. "I had no knowledge for anything, and we have done nothing wrong," he said.
Thirteen of the employees--from El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and Hungary--could be deported, INS spokeswoman Ernestine Fobbs said. Four others were released after the INS determined they had proper documentation.