Teacher Charged A Howard County teacher has been accused of shoplifting from a Lord & Taylor store, police said.

Nadia Eliasson, 53, a teacher at Mount Hebron High School was charged with two counts of theft for allegedly stealing $845 in merchandise Saturday night from the store in the Mall at Columbia.

Employees said Eliasson, of the 11700 block of Foxspur Court in Ellicott City, cut the security tags off the clothing before stuffing the articles into her purse, police said.

Victim Identified Prince George's County police have identified a man who was fatally shot in Langley Park on Sunday as Alejandro Rubi-Hernandez. Investigators say they are looking into whether the slaying was gang-related.

Rubi-Hernandez, 22, of the 8200 block of 14th Avenue, was found shot in the block where he lives at 5:20 p.m. Detectives believe he was talking to a group of people outside when some people approached and started shooting.

Bank Robberies A federal judge in Greenbelt yesterday sentenced a Washington man who robbed or tried to rob 13 Prince George's County banks to seven years and three months in prison, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said.

Judge Alexander Williams Jr. also sentenced David A. Massey, 25, to pay $52,736 in restitution. According to a statement of facts that was part of a guilty plea, Massey admitted that he robbed 12 banks between June 25 and Oct. 8, 2004.


Merrifield Rapes A man who tried to attack a woman in her Merrifield apartment left behind a hockey puck with the logo of the Wichita Falls Rustlers after he broke in early Sunday, Fairfax County police said yesterday.

A 26-year-old woman who lives near Park Tower Drive and Gallows Road told police that the man appeared in her bedroom about 4:15 a.m. The woman fought the attacker off, and he ran away. He also left behind a gray-and-black Puma warm-up jacket.

The intruder's description matches that of an assailant in two rapes that occurred outdoors in the same neighborhood, on Sept. 21 and Oct. 7: a black man in his twenties, about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a medium build.

The Wichita Falls Rustlers was the name of a junior developmental league team in Texas that changed its name to the Wildcats after the 2003-04 season. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 866-411-TIPS.

Fraud Investigation Arlington County police are investigating whether three men charged with operating a business without a license might have swindled homeowners by using shoddy materials on repair jobs.

The men, arrested Oct. 12 on the misdemeanor charges, were released by a judge.

Police said they are seeking witnesses and other potential victims. The men -- John G. Berry, 34, and Andrew Cassidy, 21, both of England, and Michael Carty, 28, of Ireland -- are accused of cheating a homeowner in the 6500 block of North 29th Street out of $500.

In that case, police said, the men resurfaced the home's driveway with 25 gallons of black surfacing materials that washed away with the next day's heavy rain.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.