VIRGINIA

Suspect Admits Shootings

A 19-year-old man already charged with murder in Washington pleaded guilty yesterday in a pair of shootings in Reston last February that left one man dead and another seriously wounded.

Kennell Alexander pleaded guilty in Fairfax County Circuit Court to second-degree murder and unlawful wounding as part of a plea agreement, under which he could receive a prison sentence of up to 25 years rather than the 48-year maximum he otherwise would have faced.

Alexander pleaded guilty to shooting Alvin May, 23, and another man Feb. 13 during a drug deal at Cedar Ridge Apartments in Reston, where Alexander reportedly lived. May's body, riddled with bullet wounds, was found behind the apartment building on Beacontree Lane.

After Alexander is sentenced March 3, he is scheduled to be released to D.C. police to face trial in a Nov. 30, 1998, shooting in Anacostia that also left one man dead and another wounded.

Payroll Manager Charged

Fairfax County police have charged a Front Royal woman with embezzlement, accusing her of stealing more than $54,000 as a payroll manager at Government Technology Services Inc. in Chantilly.

Dale R. Carter, 38, could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted, authorities said. She is free on a $3,000 personal bond.

Carter allegedly deducted money from the federal income tax withholdings of employees, issued checks in the workers' names, and then cashed the checks herself.

Police said they did not know whether Carter is still employed by the company, which provides computers and other technology products to the federal government. Officials at GTSI could not be reached yesterday.

Burglars Hit Office Buildings

Arlington police said yesterday that more than a dozen burglaries have occurred in several high-rise office buildings in Rosslyn since September. Most of the crimes have taken place in buildings near Wilson Boulevard and Oak Street, they said.

In most cases, the buildings have been broken into by force and cash has been taken, police said. Police are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Police ask anyone with information to call 703-522-TIPS.

THE DISTRICT

Gun Battle Victim Identified

The teenager who died after a gun battle between two Columbia Heights gangs Sunday night has been identified as 18-year-old Leslie Tate, police said.

Tate was one of four people shot when a fight that began in a U Street night spot spilled onto Fairmont Street NW about 10:30 p.m., police said.

Two people were grazed by bullets, one was shot in the knee and Tate was shot in the head. He died at Howard University Hospital almost a day after neighborhood gangs known as the Hobart Crew and the Fairmont Crew clashed at the Kaffa House, police said.

No arrests have been made.

Police Seek Bank Robber

Police are looking for a man who held up at least three D.C. banks before the holidays, using a threatening note as his weapon.

In each case, the robber showed a teller his note demanding an undisclosed amount of cash and made off with the money, never having shown a weapon, said Officer Kenny Bryson, a D.C. police spokesman.

Investigators declined to detail the note's threats.

The robber first appeared Nov. 22 at the Riggs Bank at 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW. On Dec. 14, a robber struck Citibank at 600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE on Capitol Hill. Three days later, police believe the same robber went back across town to hit the Bank of America at 3401 Connecticut Ave.