A Crime & Justice item in the July 12 Metro section incorrectly reported that Ronald "Ron G." Grose was sentenced to a 39-month prison term after pleading guilty to harboring a minor for the purposes of prostitution and pandering. His plea agreement calls for that prison term, but it is subject to a judge's approval at his sentencing on Sept. 30. (Published 7/13/2005)
Two Shot, One Dies A Capitol Heights man was found fatally shot on a street not far from his home last week, Prince George's County police said yesterday. Another man, a District resident, also was shot several times at the same location but survived.
Paul Lamont Hill, 29, of the 1300 block of Eastern Avenue was discovered with gunshot wounds at 10 p.m. Thursday. He was pronounced dead at the scene, in the 4100 block of Southern Avenue. The second man was identified only as a 28-year-old man.
Police have not made any arrests and ask those with information to call 301-772-4925.
Body in Car A 24-year-old District man was found dead in the trunk of a burning car in Prince George's County last week, police said.
John M. Wrenn of the 2300 block of Hartford Street SE was found Friday in the area of Central Avenue and Yeoman Place in the Capitol Heights area. Firefighters put out the blaze, and police found Wrenn's body in the trunk soon after.
Police said they knew of no suspects or motives in the case.
Guilty Plea A 26-year-old District man pleaded guilty yesterday to being a pimp for a 15-year-old girl in a New York Avenue hotel room for three days last year, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
One of Ronald "Ron G" Grose's prostitutes called police and told them which hotel room he was in, said U.S. attorney's office spokesman Channing Phillips.
The police investigation found evidence that Grose, of the 700 block of Peabody Street NW, had been using physical abuse and threats in prostituting young women and girls since early 2002, Phillips said.
Grose admitted picking up a 15-year-old girl at her Maryland home and putting her up in a New York Avenue hotel room to turn tricks for three days. Superior Court Judge Robert R. Rigsby sentenced Grose to three years and three months in prison for harboring a minor for the purpose of prostitution and pandering, a sentence three months longer than the maximum suggested by sentencing guidelines.
Church Arson Federal investigators have concluded that a fire at a church vandalized with anti-gay graffiti was arson. The fire was set Saturday within St. John's Reformed United Church of Christ in Middlebrook, near Staunton. The anti-gay graffiti included a message that members of the United Church of Christ were sinners.
On July 4, the United Church of Christ endorsed a resolution condoning same-sex marriage. The resolution is not binding on the denomination's 1.3 million members. The Rev. Dorcas Lohr, pastor of St. John's, said her congregation has not taken a position on gay marriage.
Firefighters who quickly snuffed the fire removed a stack of burned hymnals. Part of the choir loft and a pew also were damaged, and the church sustained smoke damage. There were no injuries. The FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Virginia State Police have been involved in the investigation.
Compiled from reports by staff writers.