Murder Indictments A Montgomery County grand jury has indicted two teenagers in the drug-related shooting death of a Bethesda teenager last month.
Michael Manaugh of Silver Spring and Ricardo Thomas of the District, both 18, are facing first-degree murder, robbery, conspiracy and handgun charges.
Prosecutors say the pair and another suspect conspired to rob Bijan Nassirdaftari, 17, on July 17. Police say the victim was trying to buy marijuana when he got into the suspects' car. Nassirdaftari's friends later discovered that he had been shot in the head.
Ardele Monkonnen, 18, of the District also is charged in the case.
Bank Robberies The FBI yesterday was searching for a bandit suspected of robbing seven banks in Prince George's County since July 29. Some of the thefts took place within 15 minutes of each other.
The robber, who did not display a weapon, demanded money at banks in District Heights, Forestville, Temple Hills, Fort Washington, Clinton and Lanham, said FBI spokesman Barry Maddox.
On Aug. 11, the man robbed a bank in Temple Hills at 10:10 a.m. and then stuck up a bank in Clinton 15 minutes later, the FBI said. On Wednesday, he held up two Fort Washington banks within 13 minutes.
Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI's Baltimore office at 410-265-8080.
Vandalism Montgomery County police from the Germantown and Gaithersburg/Montgomery Village districts are investigating a series of thefts and acts of vandalism targeting houses and automobiles in the first two weeks of August.
From Aug. 2 to 13, there were 21 thefts from automobiles, 15 cases of vandalism against vehicles, three cases of vandalism to houses and five auto thefts, police said.
Most of the incidents occurred between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., and more than half occurred Friday nights and Saturday mornings. Four of the stolen vehicles have been recovered.
Police do not have a description of a suspect.
Estate Debate A Fairfax County judge Wednesday did not rule on who should inherit the million-dollar estate of Oakton murder victims Paul and Margaret Cooke, saying he wanted more legal briefs on the issue of whether the Cookes' daughter was entitled to their money.
The Cookes were shot to death by their son, Joshua Cooke, in February 2003. They signed identical wills in 1985, when they did not have children, leaving their estate to family members and a friend, "to the express exclusion of any child of mine now living or hereafter born." The Cookes adopted Joshua and his sister, Tiffany, then ages 6 and 5, in 1989.
Tiffany Cooke, now 21, filed suit in May 2003, claiming that the wills were void because they were written before she was adopted. Joshua Cooke, now 22, was sentenced to 40 years in prison and forfeited any claim to an inheritance because he killed his parents.
Fairfax Circuit Court Judge David T. Stitt heard testimony in the case, then set another hearing for Oct. 14.
Compiled from reports by staff writers and the Associated Press.