Fast Round Trip for Sex Offender
Suspect Out on Bail Is Returned to Arlington
A convicted sex offender who has admitted abusing about 300 boys and is charged in Arlington County with molesting a teenager has been arrested in Guatemala and whisked back to Arlington.
Over the objections of prosecutors, Thomas R. Koucky, 41, was released June 17 from the Arlington jail, where he was being held on a charge of sexually abusing a boy for several years. At the time, Koucky was on probation for similar offenses in Florida, according to court records.
Despite a criminal record and a report detailing Koucky's predilection for young boys, an Arlington juvenile court judge on June 21 upheld his release.
Police learned late Wednesday that he had fled town, catching a flight to Guatemala. He was arrested Friday and sent back to the United States.
And the Dog Ate Their Homework
Students Must Retake Tests Destroyed in Transit
More than 270 students at Fairfax's Edison High School will have to retake their Standards of Learning exams after a problem with a UPS conveyor belt in Kentucky destroyed their original tests.
A box containing hundreds of completed answer sheets for the tests disappeared at a UPS sorting facility in Louisville. Some Edison students will have to retake tests over the summer or in the fall because of the shipping accident -- the second in two years for the school. More than 90 Edison students retook tests last fall because a box of answer sheets was accidentally delivered to a private residence.
More Meningitis, but No Outbreak
Number of Cases in Fairfax Is Considered Normal
Fairfax County public health specialists have identified 12 medical cases that meet clinical and laboratory criteria for viral meningitis in the past two weeks, officials said. They say the numbers are average for the area and have determined that there is no outbreak of the disease in Fairfax.
While conducting 31 investigations, the Health Department also found that about 150 viral meningitis cases occur per year in the county, based on hospital discharge data. The investigations began after Courtney "Kay" Richard, a 16-year-old student at Chantilly High School, died of the disease June 17. Fatalities from viral meningitis are extremely rare.
No Proof of Murder
Widow Acquitted in Millionaire's Death
A nurse accused of poisoning her wealthy husband to escape an unhappy marriage and inherit his fortune was acquitted Tuesday by a judge who said the circumstantial evidence had too many holes.
Orange County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Bouton found reasonable doubt that Donna Somerville, 51, gave Hamilton Somerville, 57, an overdose of Oxycodone, codeine and morphine in fall 2001.
Two civil suits filed against Somerville by her husband's three daughters remain. However, she is the primary heir to an estate valued at about $15 million. If she had been convicted, she would have faced a sentence of 20 years to life.
Islamic Group Raided
Saudis Dropped Sponsorship of N.Va. Institute
Federal agents on Thursday raided an Islamic institute in Northern Virginia that has been the target of a joint U.S.-Saudi crackdown over allegations that it promoted an intolerant brand of Islam.
Dozens of FBI, customs and Internal Revenue Service agents participated in the morning raid on the Fairfax County-based Institute for Islamic and Arabic Sciences, law enforcement sources said.
Federal officials would not comment on the raid. The institute is a "distance learning" center that teaches Arabic and Islamic studies. Until recently, it was sponsored by the Saudi Embassy. The Saudi government revoked its sponsorship in December after examining allegations that the school promoted a form of Islam that is intolerant of other strains of the religion as well as Christianity and Judaism.