Teenager slain: A Prince George's County teenager was fatally shot early yesterday about a block from his Capitol Heights home, police said.
Police said Frank J. Dawkins, 16, of the 1500 block of Nova Avenue, was shot once in the back shortly after midnight. They said he was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Police said they had no suspect or motive in the killing, which brought to 129 the number of slayings recorded in the county this year. Last year, 128 homicides were recorded during the whole year. The record was set in 1991, when 151 killings were committed.
Bomb-threat sentence: Jason L. Foster, 26, of the 400 block of Oklahoma Avenue NE, was sentenced yesterday to 50 months in prison and ordered to pay $60,000 in restitution for phoning in false bomb threats that paralyzed Northeast Washington in December 2003.
Foster pleaded guilty in August to one count of making threats to kill and injure others by means of an explosive. U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman handed down the sentence.
According to the government's evidence, on Dec. 12, 2003, an unidentified male made 12 phone calls to D.C. police, stating that he had placed three bombs in the area of the 400 block of Oklahoma Avenue NE. Police determined that the so-called explosive was not threatening but was designed to appear dangerous.
"These threats triggered a massive response from local and federal authorities, evacuating homes and expending vital law enforcement resources," according to a statement by the U.S. attorney's office.
Man charged with abuse: A youth minister was charged yesterday with sexually abusing a teenage boy, Arlington County police said.
Antawn McCullum, 29, who had been affiliated with Macedonia Baptist Church in Arlington, was charged with one felony count of forcible sodomy that allegedly occurred in 2002, police said.
McCullum also has been charged by Fairfax County police with one felony count of forcible sodomy and one felony count of taking indecent liberties with a custodial child. Police said those charges involve the same victim. McCullum is being held without bond at the Arlington jail.
Detectives believe that there may be other victims. They are asking anyone with information about McCullum to call 703-228-4243.
Visa fraud conviction: A 49-year-old Dumfries man was convicted yesterday in federal court in Alexandria of falsifying documents to help illegal immigrants remain in the United States.
Jose Vicente Mendez-Tenias was found guilty of six counts of visa/immigration fraud and one count of harboring illegal aliens. He faces up to 65 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 21 in U.S. District Court.
Investigators said the conviction stems from incidents that occurred between January 2000 and November 2003, when Mendez-Tenias provided immigration consulting services to illegal immigrants and others trying stay in the country. Officials said he charged each of his customers a $2,000 fee for his services and submitted at least 88 petitions to help them receive employment-based visas as "immigrant religious workers."
Investigators said the petitions and supporting documentation contained forged signatures and false employment and educational histories, degrees and certifications.
Tax fraud sentence: The owner of an Arlington-based tax preparation business was sentenced yesterday in Alexandria federal court to 33 months in prison and ordered to pay $401,000 in restitution for preparing false income tax returns.
In August, Juan N. Laines of McLean, owner of Latino Tax Service, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to preparing nearly 600 false tax returns for his clients from April 2000 to April 2002, causing more than $1 million in tax losses to the United States.
At his sentencing, Laines told the court that he committed the crimes to help the Latino community in Northern Virginia.
Compiled from reports by staff writers.