A Crime & Justice item in the May 12 Metro section incorrectly stated where Derrick Taylor was found slain Sunday. Taylor's body was found in the 3800 block of Jay Street NE. Taylor, 24, resided in the 1300 block of E Street NE. (Published 5/13/04)

MARYLAND

Body found in house: A 34-year-old Capitol Heights man was found shot to death in his home yesterday by a relative who went to check on him, Prince George's County police said.

James Ronnie Williams did not show up for work yesterday, and his employers notified friends and family members, one of whom went to his house in the 1500 block of Karen Boulevard, said Cpl. Robert Clarke, a police spokesman. Officers were called to the house at about 2:30 p.m. yesterday and found Williams shot in his upper body. Police had no motive in the slaying last night.

Sexual assault: A 59-year-old Prince George's County woman was forced off a footpath, dragged into a wooded area and sexually assaulted Friday afternoon, authorities said yesterday.

The woman, whose name was not released because she is a witness, was walking in the 4000 block of Evergreen Parkway in Bowie, behind the Bowie Town Center, a large outdoor mall, about 5:40 p.m. She was approached by someone wearing a ski mask, dark sweat pants, a white T-shirt and a silver necklace with a silver-colored heart pendant, authorities said. They said the man, an African American, possibly in his late teens, 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, dragged the woman off a footpath and assaulted her.

The man fled after a few moments, possibly because someone walked past the area, authorities said. They asked that anyone with information call 301-735-1111.

HOMICIDES

* A 16-year-old girl was found fatally shot in a bedroom at a relative's home in Annapolis early yesterday, police said.

Investigators have been told that Traykia Jones left her home at 131 Obery Court, where there were guests Monday night, and went next door to sleep. Someone from her home later checked on her, police said, and then returned saying she appeared to be injured.

Police arrived to find Traykia deceased, bleeding from the ear and head. A medical examiner has ruled the death a homicide, the city's first this year.

THE DISTRICT

Tax preparer fined: A federal judge in Washington yesterday ordered a former tax preparer to pay $233,435 to the IRS and complete 300 hours of community service for a scheme that involved claims for slavery reparations.

Rebecca Forsyth, 56, of the 4900 block of 16th Street NE, admitted that she told black clients in 1999 and 2000 that they could claim slavery reparations as tax credits amounting to $43,209 if they were single and $86,418 if they were married. There is no such tax credit. In all, she filed for credits that exceeded $500,000.

Appraiser sentenced: A housing appraiser was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Washington to 21/2 years in prison and ordered to pay the government $935,309 in restitution for his role in a housing scam commonly referred to as "flipping."

Watson T. Goffney Jr., 58, of Arlington pleaded guilty in April to inflating the values of 36 distressed properties financed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The properties were often bought and sold within a day, the U.S. attorney's office said. In many instances, Goffney noted that the properties were renovated when they were not, authorities said.

HOMICIDES

* D.C. police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old man who was found slain Sunday in Northeast Washington, authorities said yesterday. Derrick Taylor of the 1300 block of E Street NE was found dead about 6:45 a.m. in the 1300 block of E Street NE, police said. He had been shot in the head.

VIRGINIA

Dead man identified: A man shot and killed Saturday night by an Alexandria police officer was identified by police yesterday as James L. Hudson.

Hudson, 50, of no fixed address, was killed in the 4500 block of Raleigh Avenue, after police were dispatched to a call for possible domestic violence at the Foxchase apartment complex. When police tried to speak with Hudson, he became agitated, police said. The officer tried to arrest him, and a struggle ensued, they said.

When the officer tried to subdue him with pepper spray, Hudson snatched it away and used it against the officer, police said. The officer fired several shots at the suspect, police said. The officer, whose name has not been released, has been placed on routine administrative leave with pay pending an investigation, police said.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.