Cigarette smuggling alleged: A man traveling through Howard County on Interstate 95 was arrested and charged Wednesday with trying to smuggle 7,190 packs of untaxed cigarettes worth nearly $30,000, according to Maryland authorities.

It was unclear where Michael Zekry, 56, of New York City was headed in his 1994 Ford van or where he had gotten the cigarettes, said Michael D. Golden, a spokesman for the state comptroller's office.

Golden said agents from the comptroller's office have charged 106 people with cigarette smuggling since the tobacco tax on cigarettes was increased from 66 cents to $1 a pack in June.

Suspect sought in shooting: Prince George's County police said yesterday that they have identified a suspect in last week's shooting of a 12-year-old girl, who was wounded when she stepped into the crossfire.

Oneil Jarod Cover, 21, of the 5200 block of Illinois Avenue in Northwest Washington, was charged in an arrest warrant with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in the March 14 shooting. The girl was injured as she stepped off a bus in the 3500 block of Silver Park Drive; police said she is listed in good condition at a hospital.

Police ask that anyone with information about Cover's whereabouts call Crime Solvers at 301-735-1111.


Homicide arrests: D.C. police have made arrests in two recent homicides.

Jesse James Fleming Jr., 23, of Seat Pleasant was arrested a week ago and charged with first-degree murder in the Sept. 12 shooting death of Robert Smith. Police said Smith, 41, was shot four times while driving in his car on Field Place NE.

Clarence T. Paige, 38, of the unit block of New York Avenue NW was also arrested last Friday, and has been charged in a double homicide that occurred that day. Ronald Bowden, 17, of Oxon Hill and Marcella Butler, 37, were found with gunshot wounds to the head in Butler's apartment in the 3800 block of Ninth Street SE. A witness said Paige had run out of the apartment and pointed him out to officers at the scene, according to court documents.


Trucker sentenced in deaths: A truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel and slammed into the back of a Chrysler sedan, killing two Oakton High School students, pleaded guilty yesterday to reckless driving and was sent to jail pending sentencing in May.

Dwayne Mongold, 36, of West Virginia admitted responsibility for the Sept. 3 deaths of David Chu, 17, and Jacob Wilens, 16, both of Herndon. Authorities said Chu and Wilens were sitting in a 2000 Chrysler sedan at Route 50 and Alder Woods Road when Mongold's vehicle, a dump truck towing a trailer with large spools of cable, crashed into the car without stopping at 45 mph.

Sentencing is set for May 2.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.