Turning Water Into Money

Fairfax Utility Boosts Manager's Pension

The retiring chief of the Fairfax County Water Authority will receive almost twice the pension he would otherwise have been entitled to, thanks to a new policy that also guarantees his successor a similarly generous retirement package.

General Manager Charlie C. Crowder Jr. will receive $80,000 a year when he retires in December, up from the $45,265 he otherwise would be entitled to based on his length of service.

The bonuses were approved Sept. 15 in a 7 to 3 vote by the board of Virginia's largest water utility, which serves 1.3 million residents in Fairfax and parts of Loudoun and Prince William counties.

Supporters of the new policy said extra compensation would help attract top-quality general managers who had private-sector careers or retired from other governments.

DNA on a Cold Case

Death Row Inmate Linked to 3 N.Va. Killings

Nearly 17 years after three people were abducted and shot to death in Northern Virginia, police believe they have found their killer sitting on death row in a California prison.

Preliminary tests show that DNA taken from convicted killer Alfredo R. Prieto, 39, matches samples from the two crime scenes, according to court records. Prieto's DNA was returned to Virginia's crime lab, where it will be tested for confirmation that it matches the DNA from two cases. Investigators expect a final result within about a month.

In May 1988, Veronica "Tina" Jefferson, 24, was raped and fatally shot behind McKinley Elementary School in Arlington. Seven months later, Rachael Raver and her boyfriend, Warren H. Fulton, both 22 and George Washington University students, were abducted after leaving a restaurant in the District, taken to a field along Hunter Mill Road and fatally shot. Raver also was raped.

In 2000, Virginia's DNA database revealed that the same person was involved in both unsolved cases but provided no suspects. Then, last month, technicians in California entered Prieto's DNA into a national database. According to an affidavit filed in Marin County, Calif., Prieto's DNA matched the samples entered from Virginia's three killings.

Prieto apparently lived in Arlington in the 1980s, according to sources close to the investigation.

A Deal on Secrets

Suspect Had Contacts With Pro-Israel Lobby

A Defense Department analyst charged with passing government secrets to two employees of an influential pro-Israel lobbying group plans to plead guilty at a hearing this week, court officials said.

Lawrence A. Franklin, 58, is to enter his plea in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on Wednesday, the court said. Sources familiar with the case said Franklin is expected to plead guilty to conspiracy and possibly to other counts. He also is planning to resume his cooperation with prosecutors, they said.

Prosecutors say Franklin and the two former employees of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC -- Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman -- conspired to obtain and illegally pass on classified information to foreign officials and reporters over a five-year period. Although no foreign government has been publicly named, U.S. government sources have identified Israel as the country at the center of the probe.

Finding an Alleged Fixer

Clerk Charged With Erasing Conviction

An administrative assistant to Fairfax County's chief prosecutor has been arrested on a forgery charge after she helped erase someone's drunken-driving conviction from county computers, police said.

Cecilia A. Ruiz, 29, of Herndon was arrested Monday and charged with forging a public document, Fairfax County police said.

Rush-Hour Sprint Robert Jones comes in fourth in a "race" with five others from Woodbridge to the District. He took VRE.