VIRGINIA

Arrest in slaying: A 32-year-old man was arrested today on a murder warrant in the slaying of a woman, whose body was found Monday in a dumpster outside a Loudoun County apartment complex.

Praveen Mandanapu of Ashburn was arrested in Winchester, Va., shortly after midnight, said Kraig Troxell, a spokesman for the Loudoun sheriff's office.

A maintenance worker found the woman's body inside a suitcase outside the Abbey at South Riding complex. Authorities have said the woman appeared to be of Middle Eastern or Indian descent and had shoulder length, straight black hair. She was in her thirties.

Troxell said the woman's name had not been released pending notification of relatives. He also declined to reveal the relationship between Mandanapu and the woman.

Murder charge: A Spotsylvania man was charged with murder yesterday after he called the sheriff's department to say that he had shot a man in his car, officials said.

Michael A. Miller, 41, was charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony and was jailed without bond, said Spotsylvania Sheriff Howard Smith. About 2 a.m., Miller summoned police to the parking lot of the Days Inn South on Route 1, where they found Miller in the driver's seat of his silver Chrysler Concorde and a second man slumped over in the passenger seat, dead.

Miller told police that he and the victim, who has not been identified, argued and that he had no choice but to use his .357 Taurus handgun. Smith said officials suspect that the motive was drug-related and that the two did not know each other.

MARYLAND

Fraud sentence: A former government employee was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison in a scheme to illegally divert $3.7 million in pension payments from the Civil Service Retirement Trust Fund, federal prosecutors said.

Agatha Malloy, 42, of Indian Head was a retirement benefits specialist with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which administers the trust fund. From 1996 to 2002, Malloy and another agency employee arranged for improper payments to individuals from whom they later received kickbacks, according to a summary of facts presented when Malloy pleaded guilty in February.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.