MARYLAND

Fugitive Found The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office has captured a fugitive who was convicted in absentia of rape.

Montgomery County Sheriff Raymond M. Kight said deputies captured Charles Raines, 42, in Silver Spring on Wednesday. Raines had failed to appear in court May 24 when his trial for a 1996 rape began. He was convicted June 1.

Homicide Ruling The death of a 70-year-old Prince George's woman in April has been ruled a homicide by the office of the chief medical examiner, police said.

Alice Wheaton, of the 3900 block of Wallace Road in North Brentwood, was pronounced dead at Prince George's Hospital Center shortly after arriving there April 4, police said. Detectives later learned that she had been involved in a physical altercation during an argument between her sons.

The medical examiner ruled cardiac arrest as the cause of death and homicide as the manner of death. Police have not made any arrests in the case and ask that anyone with information call 866-411-TIPS.

Drug Indictment Three Prince George's men accused of being part of a violent drug gang that intimidated members so they wouldn't cooperate with police were indicted Wednesday on charges including four counts of murder, drug trafficking and carjacking, prosecutors said.

The indictment in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt charges that Lionel Dewayne Gilliam, 21, of Forestville; Sean Adonis Simpson, 22, of Suitland; and Norberto Quinones, 23, of Upper Marlboro, operated open-air drug markets at several apartment complexes in the Hilmar neighborhood of Forestville from 2000 to 2002.

Gilliam and Simpson, who are eligible for the death penalty if convicted of murder, had been indicted on related charges last year. Gilliam is now charged in the killings of Donald Twitty, Darrien Deron Lewis and Juan Joseph Clark and the carjacking slaying of Terrence Adams. Simpson is also charged in the killing of Adams. Quinones is charged with several drug counts.

THE DISTRICT

Victim Identified D.C. police have identified Jimmie Womack, 30, as the man who was found fatally shot Tuesday in Northeast Washington.

Womack, whose address is unknown, was found dead in the 4300 block of Ponds Street NE, police said.

Strangling Victim A Baltimore resident was identified yesterday as the woman who was found strangled in a stairwell of a Northwest Washington apartment building over the weekend.

Mayra Margot Gutierez, 31, was discovered dead Sunday in the complex in the 3100 block of 16th Street NW, police said.

Police ask that anyone with information call them at 202-727-9099.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.