MARYLAND

Officer charged: A Prince George's County police officer was arrested and charged yesterday with domestic assault after police were called to a house in the 11700 block of Cheviot Court in Upper Marlboro to calm a dispute, police officials said yesterday.

The officer, identified as Cpl. Eddie E. Ward Jr., a 16-year member of the force assigned to the patrol bureau, was suspended with pay pending the outcome of a suspension hearing, authorities said.

Officials said Ward was released from custody on $5,000 bond.

Sexual assault arrest: A 17-year-old Virginia youth has been arrested in Prince George's County and charged with the July 31 sexual assault of a 32-year-old woman, one of three people attacked recently in a similar manner in the Temple Hills area.

Police said yesterday that Tashaun C. Vickers of Occoquan was charged Saturday as an adult with first-degree rape. Police said Vickers was being held without bond at the Prince George's County jail. The rape occurred in the 3800 block of 28th Avenue in Temple Hills.

Police said they are continuing to investigate two incidents that involved attempted sexual assaults on two girls, ages 10 and 14.

Fraud sentence: An Edgewater woman who stole more than $1 million from her employer, an Annapolis-based technology company, was sentenced yesterday to 37 months in prison and ordered to pay $185,000 in restitution, federal authorities said.

Joanna L. Cook, 31, pleaded guilty in June to one count of bank fraud. She admitted stealing $1.1 million from TeleCommunications Systems Inc. and spending it on a race car, fishing boats and other personal luxuries. In June, Cook's attorney said she already had paid $636,000 in restitution.

The thefts began in September 2000 and ended last October, U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio said in a statement.

THE DISTRICT

Smuggling arrests: Customs officials announced that they arrested three Michigan residents yesterday in the Detroit area on charges of running an immigrant smuggling operation that brought people from Middle Eastern countries to the United States.

Neeran "Nancy" Hakim Zaia, 50, Basima "Linda" Sesi, 59, and Basil "Jack" Yousif Denha, 54, were indicted by a federal grand jury Sept. 3, but the charges were not unsealed until yesterday in federal court in Washington. The three were charged with running a profit-making conspiracy to smuggle at least 200 illegal immigrants into the United States starting in 2001.

Man killed: A 37-year-old Hyattsville man was fatally shot in Southeast Washington late Tuesday, D.C. police said yesterday.

About 9:15 p.m., officers found Derrick Hinson suffering from several gunshot wounds in the 2300 block of Ainger Place SE, authorities said. Hinson, of the 4700 block of Rockford Drive, died at Washington Hospital Center.

VIRGINIA

Guilty plea: A 22-year-old Centreville man who struck a pedestrian with his car in April, severing the victim's arm, pleaded guilty yesterday in Fairfax County Circuit Court to felony hit and run.

Edward C. Sliter admitted he was driving on Lee Highway about 3:30 a.m. April 24 when his vehicle swerved off the road and struck Christopher Pinkerton, 32, of Barboursville, W.Va. Pinkerton, whose lower left arm was severed, also suffered a fractured skull.

Sliter, who faces a prison term of up to 10 years, will be sentenced Nov. 12.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.