Abuse Charge A substitute English teacher at Calvert High School in Prince Frederick was charged with child abuse after allegations that he had an encounter with a 16-year-old female student, Calvert County law enforcement authorities and school officials said.

Thomas J. Markham, 57, of St. Leonard, taught English and drama and was the supervisor of the school yearbook, officials said.

On Nov. 7, the student and her parents went to the Calvert sheriff's office and told authorities that Markham and the student were "allegedly kissing, hugging and fondling" in the school after classes had ended, said Lt. Thomas A. Buckler Jr. of the Calvert criminal investigations team. Markham was charged three days later.

Calvert Superintendent J. Kenneth Horsmon said he believed the allegations involve one student and took place "over time."

Arrest in Prostitution Case Federal agents investigating an alleged prostitution ring that operated out of apartments in Montgomery County arrested another person yesterday.

Rigo Diaz, 30, of Gaithersburg is one of seven defendants charged with conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens for financial gain and conspiracy to shelter foreigners who are in the country unlawfully. Six people were arrested Wednesday.


Possible Suicide Attempt The man who walked to the Jefferson Memorial on Wednesday night after suffering stab wounds is suspected of trying to take his own life, police said.

The 50-year-old man, whose name was not released by police, walked up to a U.S. Park Police officer about 7:30 p.m. to get help for his wounds, authorities said.

The case remains under investigation by Park Police. The man told police that he was visiting Washington. He was hospitalized yesterday in critical condition, authorities said.

Fatal Shooting A man was fatally shot and a woman was wounded yesterday morning as they stood on a street in Northeast Washington, D.C. police said.

Patrick Carter, 29, whose address was not known, died after being taken to a local hospital with gunshot wounds. A 22-year-old woman suffered gunshot wounds to both arms and was expected to survive, police said. Her name was withheld because she is considered a witness.

Two people apparently had approached the victims as they stood in the 1800 block of Corcoran Street NE shortly after 9 a.m., police said.


Gang Arrests At least 10 gang members in the Prince William County area were arrested Wednesday on vandalism, drug and gang participation charges, police said yesterday.

The arrests were part of a coordinated sweep by local law enforcement agencies, said Charlie Deane, chief of Prince William County police.

Five adults and one juvenile already in jail for other reasons were charged with felony gang participation for having gang graffiti in their cells.

Four others were also charged: Rigoberto Chavez-Hernandez, 18, of the 8400 block of Rugby Road, accused of gang participation within a school zone; Adrian Kinard, 21, of the 1400 block of Gatwick Square, for allegedly violating probation and possessing cocaine; Vanessa Kay, 20, of the 15600 block of Sabine Hall Place, for contempt of court; and Henry Vigil, 18, of the 100 block of Manassas Drive, for failure to appear in court on a charge of marijuana possession.

Stabbing Sentence A Fairfax County judge yesterday sentenced a man to 25 years in prison for stabbing his girlfriend to death last year.

A Fairfax jury convicted Nelson N. Moreno, 40, of first-degree murder in September. Moreno killed Maria J. Alvarenga, 27, the mother of his two young children, in their apartment in the Engleside area of Fairfax, with the children in the apartment, court testimony showed.

Moreno testified that he had drunk six beers and taken pain medication and that he did not remember the Nov. 18, 2004, stabbing.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.