Man Pleads Guilty in Dulles Mail Thefts

Credit Card Scheme Cost Firms $4 Million

A former United Airlines baggage handler at Dulles International Airport pleaded guilty to stealing mail containing credit cards that passed through the airport, a scheme that authorities said defrauded financial institutions of nearly $4 million.

Emmanuel Osho, 49, admitted that he stuffed large quantities of mail into a black duffel bag and drove the letters to a co-conspirator in New York. The credit cards inside were then activated and distributed to teams of people, called "strikers," who used them to get fraudulent cash advances at banks and credit unions in about 100 towns along the East Coast.

Osho, a Nigerian citizen, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in U.S. District Court in Alexandria. He faces up to 30 years in prison when sentenced Oct. 14.

Loudoun Board Backs Controls on Growth

5-4 Vote Bucks Expectations of Developers

Loudoun County supervisors voted to support growth controls that could help shape development in one of the last remaining open spaces in the Washington region.

The 5 to 4 vote ran counter to the expectations of some landowners and developers who in November 2003 helped elect a Republican majority on the county's Board of Supervisors with the hope of avoiding such controls. The decision also represented a vigorous response to a March ruling by Virginia's Supreme Court, which threw out a set of tighter building limits on a technicality.

The proposed development restrictions -- backed by two Republicans, two independents and the lone Democrat on the board -- would prevent the construction of tens of thousands of houses worth billions of dollars in the western two-thirds of the county. A final vote is required.

No Charges Filed in Fair Oaks Slaying

Prosecutor Says Victim Attacked Shooter

A man who fatally shot a 23-year-old Falls Church man last month during a scuffle did not commit a crime, a Fairfax County grand jury found in declining to file charges.

Jack "Steve" Cornejo and a young woman had attended an apartment party early June 25 in the 12000 block of Pender Creek Circle, just off West Ox Road in Fair Oaks. About 4:30 a.m., police said, Cornejo and the woman were arguing loudly in a hallway outside the party, awakening neighbors. The two moved down to the apartment building's entryway, where one of the neighbors then intervened "to prevent an assault that was going on a young woman," said Fairfax Commonwealth's Attorney Robert F. Horan Jr., who presented the case to the panel. Horan received no indictment for only the third time in his 38 years as prosecutor.

The neighbor apparently was armed with a concealed handgun. After the neighbor determined the conflict between Cornejo and the woman was over, Horan said, "every bit of evidence we had was he [the neighbor] was trying to leave, he had broken it off and was going back to his apartment when the victim [Cornejo] attacked him."

Man Charged With Videotaping Roomer

Woman Found Camera Hidden Behind Wall

An Annandale man was arrested for secretly videotaping a woman who was renting a room in his house, Fairfax County police said.

Police said the woman, 32, discovered a video camera behind the wall of her room in March. She moved out of the house in the 3800 block of Hummer Road soon after but did not report the videotaping system until this month, police said.

Martin G. Shepp, 40, turned himself in to police and was charged with five counts of unlawful videotaping. The charge is a misdemeanor, with a possible penalty of up to a year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500 on each count.

Panda Markings: The National Zoo's cub, born July 9, now has dark skin around its eyes and on its ears, back and hind legs.