MARYLAND

Two Killed in Shootings Two men were found fatally shot in Prince George's County on Thursday, one in Boulevard Heights and the other a few miles away in the Capitol Heights area, police said.

About 11:15 p.m., police discovered Nigel T. Ross, 28, of the 6100 block of Elder Street with a gunshot wound to his upper body. He was found in the block where he lived and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

At 1:45 p.m., police went to the 1600 block of Nova Avenue and discovered Gilbert M. Wood, 50, of Branchville, Va., with several gunshot wounds. At the scene, police charged Anthony Rorie, 35, with first-degree murder in Wood's killing. Detectives said that the two had argued and that Rorie shot Wood.

Arrest in Killing Prince George's County police arrested a man in a killing Tuesday on Guilford Road in Langley Park.

Franklin Osmin Sanchez of the 500 block of Greenlawn Drive was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree murder, police said.

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, police went to the 2100 block of Guilford Road and found Jose Ventura, 33, of the 2100 block of Hannon Street fatally shot. Another man, whom police did not identify, was shot in the leg and suffered wounds that were not life-threatening.

Baseball Bat Slaying A Montgomery County grand jury indicted a Germantown man Thursday on a murder charge in the death of a man who was beaten with a miniature baseball bat.

Quatrell Adedeji, 19, is accused of striking Stephone Wiggins, 23, on the head with the bat and kicking him in the chest. The beating happened at Wisteria Drive and Circle Gate Drive, authorities said. Wiggins died Sept. 23.

THE DISTRICT

Rape Conviction A District man was convicted Thursday in D.C. Superior Court of raping a woman last year after abducting her and her two children in Southeast Washington.

Melvin T. Watts, 37, carjacked the family as the mother, 26, was driving her children to day care last November, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Watts ordered the woman to drive to a dead end in Capitol Heights, where he held a knife to her throat and told her to put the children in the trunk of the car, prosecutors said. But she refused,and the children fled during an ensuing struggle, they said.

Prosecutors said that the woman was unable to escape and that Watts forced her into the trunk and drove to Fort Chaplin Park, a wooded area in Southeast. There he raped her and beat her on the head with a tire iron, prosecutors said.

Watts, of Southeast Washington, was convicted of sexual abuse, kidnapping, carjacking and other charges. He is to be sentenced Dec. 19 by Judge Judith E. Retchin.

Child Porn Plea A Northwest Washington man pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to child pornography charges, prosecutors said.

Bruce A. Schiffer, 34, admitted to charges in the June indictment against him, including that he advertised on the Internet and offered about 11,000 image and movie files of child pornography and erotic depictions of young children.

Prosecutors said authorities seized items in a search of Schiffer's bedroom, including several computers, videotapes, CDs, DVDs, a clown suit and two boxes of catalogued correspondence between Schiffer and about 160 prison inmates, many of whom prosecutors said had sexually assaulted or murdered children.

Under sentencing guidelines, Schiffer faces a likely sentence of 22 to 27 years in prison. He is to be sentenced Feb. 9 before U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman.

Bank Robbery Arrest Authorities arrested a man moments after he stole about $900 from a downtown bank yesterday afternoon, D.C. police said.

The man walked into the Eagle Bank in the 1400 block of K Street NW about 1:15 p.m. and passed a note demanding money, police said. As he fled, a dye pack hidden in the cash exploded, police said. Police and FBI agents in the area arrested the man at 15th and L streets NW, authorities said.

The man, whose identity has not been released, is suspected in several other recent bank robberies in the District and Maryland, authorities said.

HOMICIDES

* A 23-year-old man was fatally shot early yesterday in Northeast Washington, D.C. police said.

Nnandi Gibson Obi-Rapu of the 300 block of Douglas Street NE was found shot in the head about 4 a.m. in the 3900 block of 10th Street NE. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

* A 22-year-old man was killed and another man was wounded in a shooting early yesterday in Southeast Washington, D.C. police said.

William Cureton and an unidentified man were shot about 1:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of Savannah Street SE. Cureton, of the 1800 block of Alabama Avenue SE, died at the scene. The other victim, whose name was not released because police consider him a witness, was hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said. Both were shot in the head.

VIRGINIA

Gang Suspects Arrested Fairfax County gang detectives, watching an apparent meeting of members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang this month, witnessed one group break into a car later and steal a stereo, and they arrested four of the suspects, Fairfax police said yesterday.

The alleged gang meeting occurred Oct. 1 in Roundtree Park, off Annandale Road in the Falls Church area. A search warrant affidavit stated that detectives had been tipped that the gang, also known as MS-13, would be meeting, and police set up surveillance. Police then witnessed the car break-in, court records stated.

Police said that they arrested Moises Abdul Hernandez, 23, of Springfield and Elmer Gaitan, 19, of Falls Church and charged them with grand larceny, vehicle tampering and gang participation. Two 17-year-olds, one from Woodbridge and one from Alexandria, were charged this week in juvenile court with grand larceny, vehicle tampering and gang participation. Their names were not released because they are juveniles.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.