MARYLAND

Abuse sentence: A Montgomery County judge sentenced a Bethesda music teacher yesterday to 18 months in prison for sexually abusing his young students and taking photographs of them nude.

Carl E. Fritts Jr., 56, a former co-owner of Bethesda Music Inc., pleaded guilty Oct. 14 to one count of sexual abuse of a minor, one count of solicitation of child pornography and one count of third-degree sex offense. He was arrested in March after police seized dozens of photographs of teenage girls in various stages of undress. Fritts also was sentenced to five years of probation and was ordered to have no contact with minors.

Carjacking: U.S. Park Police sought clues yesterday in a carjacking early Wednesday in which a Southeast Washington woman and her two children were abducted.

A man jumped into the passenger side of a car as the mother put the children in the vehicle in the 2100 block of Southern Avenue SE in the District shortly before 5 a.m., police said. He then told the woman to drive away.

After the car entered Prince George's County, the man took out a knife, and the woman yelled for the children to get out, police said. They escaped and were picked up by a passerby.

Police said the assailant drove the woman to Fort Chaplin Park and sexually assaulted her and struck her on the head with an object. The woman was hospitalized in stable condition.

VIRGINIA

Fatal stabbing: A man allegedly stabbed his ex-wife to death yesterday outside a Falls Church bakery where the woman worked, authorities said.

The woman, 41, died at the scene in the rear of Banh Mi So 1, a store in the Eden Center shopping plaza in the 6700 block of Wilson Boulevard. She is the first homicide victim in the city in five years, city spokeswoman Dionne Williams said.

Investigators are trying to determine what happened, said Williams, who added that the man, 39, was stabbed during the fight about 4 p.m. He was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

The couple have a 10-year-old daughter, who was at home at the time, Williams said. No charges had been filed last night.

Woman killed: A 27-year-old Engleside woman was stabbed to death early yesterday, authorities said. Fairfax County police arrested her boyfriend at the scene and obtained a murder charge against him.

Police were dispatched to an apartment in the 5300 block of Bedford Terrace, just east of Fort Belvoir in southeastern Fairfax, after Nelson N. Moreno, 39, called a relative to say he was going to kill his girlfriend. When officers arrived, they found Maria J. Alvarenga, 27, stabbed to death on her bed, and two knives in the bedroom, according to a search warrant affidavit. Moreno, his hands bloody, surrendered when police walked in.

Jeff Hairston, a police spokesman, said that Moreno and Alvarenga lived together and that the stabbing appeared to arise from a domestic dispute. Moreno called relatives and acquaintances before and after the killing, Hairston said. Moreno was being held without bond last night in the Fairfax jail. The slaying was the county's seventh this year.

Schools worker arrested: A Loudoun County schools social worker was arrested yesterday on charges of indecent liberties with a child, officials said.

Franklin T. England, 38, a social worker based at the Loudoun school system's Douglass Support Facility, was charged with two felony counts. Sheriff's spokesman Kraig Troxell said investigators suspect England has been illegally involved since 2001 with a teenage boy.

Troxell would not say whether the boy is a student in Loudoun. He said there is no evidence that England -- who joined the school system in August -- used his job to meet the victim.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.