Woman studying to become nun admits to killing newborn

A Somoan woman who came to the United States last fall to become a nun admitted to killing her newborn son after secretly giving birth at a Catholic convent in Northeast Washington.

Twenty-six-year-old Sosefina Amoa pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court Friday to a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of her infant child.Court ruling

On Oct. 10, 2013, a week after she entered a program to become a member of the Little Sisters of the Poor, Amoa asked to be excused, went to her room and gave birth to a boy. She named the child Joseph.

Afraid that members of the convent would hear the baby cry and learn of her pregnancy, Amoa admitted that she placed a wool garment over her baby’s nose and mouth and applied pressure for two or three minutes.

Amoa cleaned the room in what authorities determined was an attempt to hide the birth of the child.

The next day, she showed the child to a nun but denied killing the boy.

Amoa contacted one of the Sisters and took her to her room, where she showed her the dead child.

The baby was taken to a hospital in a black luggage bag, and police began their investigation.

The D.C. medical examiner office determined that the cause of death was asphyxia.

There was evidence in the lungs that the fully developed, full-term baby had cried and had been alive before being asphyxiated. Additionally, there was bruising and scratches to the infant’s nostrils.

 

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Dozens arrested in domestic violence sweep

Prince George's County Sheriff's Deputies served domestic-violence related warrants on nearly 60 people during a "Operation Broken Heart" sweep this week. (Photo Prince George's County Sheriff's Office)

Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Deputies served domestic-violence related warrants on nearly 60 people during a “Operation Broken Heart” sweep this week. (Photo Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office)

Prince George’s County law enforcement authorities arrested nearly 60 people as part of a sweep that focused on domestic-violence-related warrants.

The Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Maryland State Police and the U.S. Marshals Task Force, spread out to more than 150 address around the county and in the District of Columbia as part of “Operation Broken Heart.

The operation, which began in the late hours of Tuesday night and concluded in the early Wednesday, was comprised of seven teams.

“The focus of this operation was domestic violence warrants,” said Captain William Mints, assistant bureau chief of field operations. “Of the 58 arrests, 33 were for domestic violence-related crimes, a result we are certainly pleased with because the Office of the Sheriff is a committed partner in the fight against domestic violence.”

Crime History, Feb. 28, 1979: Crips co-founder ‘Tookie’ Williams goes on killing spree

On this day, Feb. 28, in 1979, Stanley “Tookie” Williams III, co-founder of the notorious Crips street gang in Los Angeles, killed the first of four people during a two-week armed robbery spree in Southern California.

Williams, who was found guilty of four killings, became an anti-violence crusader on death row. He insisted until his execution that he was innocent of the four murders.

Stanley "Tookie" Williams

Stanley “Tookie” Williams

The first victim, Albert Owens, 26, an Army veteran and father of two, was ordered to lie on the floor of the 7-Eleven store where he worked and then was shot twice in the back.

Two weeks later Williams shot and killed three Taiwanese immigrants who operated a motel in South Central Los Angeles, authorities said.

Williams was convicted of all four murders and sentenced to death.

He later became an author of several books including anti-gang and anti-violence literature.

He never admitted to the killings, but admitted to starting the Crips gang that terrorized Los Angeles, and spread throughout the country. The Crips have been blamed for hundreds of killings.

Williams’ case for clemency was championed by Hollywood celebrities, including actors Jamie Foxx, Danny Glover and Mike Farrell, rapper Snoop Dogg, and opponents of the death penalty.

Williams was executed in Dec. 13, 2005, hours after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to spare his life. Williams was 51.

– Scott McCabe

D.C. police identify teenagers killed in separate attacks

Crime scene tape surrounds a courtyard in the 3600 block of Jay Street NE after an unidentified women was shoot on Thursday, February 27.

Crime scene tape surrounds a courtyard in the 3600 block of Jay Street NE after a 19-year-old girl was fatally shot on Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

D.C. police are investigating the overnight deaths of two teenagers in separate attacks Thursday night.

At around 6 p.m. Thursday, police responded to a man down in the 4300 block of Halley Terrace in Southeast Washington. Police found a 17-year-old male suffering from a stab wound. The teen, identified Friday as Jonathan Adams of Southwest D.C., was taken to a hospital where he died.

Less than three hours later, a female victim was shot and killed in the 3600 block of Jay Street Northeast. She was taken to a hospital where she died, police said.

Police have identified the victim as 19-year-old Tykia Dickerson of Southeast Washington.

The Metropolitan Police Department is offering a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for either homicide.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s text tip line  by text messaging 50411.

There have been 21 homicides so far in 2014, compared to 12 over the same period last year, according to D.C. police.

— Scott McCabe

The Crime Scene: Facts of death outside firehouse kept from public; 1994 cold case solved; and MoCo teen missing since December

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We round up the top crime stories because you need to get out of Dodge.

Internal affairs report on death outside firehouse shows key info kept from public (Fox5)

D.C. police make arrest in 1994 cold case murder (D.C. Crime Stories)

District man found guilty in 2008 shooting that killed rival, bystander (D.C. Crime Stories)

Attorney General Eric Holder rushed to Washington hospital (D.C. Crime Stories)

Shot Alexandria police office reunited with U.S. Park Police pilot (NBC4)

Man with large knife robbed Silver Spring bank twice, police say (D.C. Crime Stories)

Shayla Franklin, 16, of Kensington has been missing for two months. (Photo Montgomery County Police)

Shayla Franklin, 16, of Kensington has been missing for two months. (Photo Montgomery County Police)

Montgomery Co. girl, 16, missing since December (WUSA9)

D.C. police make arrest in 1994 cold case murder

D.C. police have arrested a Silver Spring man for a decades-old cold case homicide in Northeast Washington.

Forty-one-year-old Frank Joseph Williams IV was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the 1994 shooting death of 29-year-old Kevin Spencer Proctor.

A D.C. police spokesman late Thursday said he did not know what new evidence led to detectives filing charges against Williams. He is expected to have his first appearance in court on Friday.D.C. police logo

According to police, on the night of Oct. 15, 1994, police responded to a report of the sound of gunshots near the intersection of Ogelthorpe Street and Riggs Road NE. Upon arrival, police found Proctor inside a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds.

Proctor, of the unit block of I Street NW, was taken to a hospital and died.

Proctor’s slaying remained unsolved. Four years after his death, a Justice Department review found that Proctor was among 107 D.C. homicides between 1991 and 1994 that likely could have been closed if not for fundamental police-work failures.

On Thursday, homicide detectives and members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Williams and charged him with first degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Proctor.

D.C. man found guilty in 2008 shooting that killed rival, bystander

A D.C. man who accidentally killed his father during a botched robbery has been found guilty in the slaying of a rival and a innocent bystander in a separate shooting.

7) D.C. Police Runaway Girls Scandal -- D.C. police officer Marc Washington was arrested on child pornography charges and veteran Officer Linwood Barnhill Jr. was arrested on accusations of running a prostitution ring after a missing girl was found at his D.C. apartment. Police are investigating whether the cases were connected. Washington died Dec. 11, 2013 after he was found in the waters of Hains Point.

Twenty-three-year old Arvel Crawford had been a part of a deadly dispute between gangs in the Sursum Corda public housing in the gentrifying NoMa neighborhood in Northwest Washington.

At least two bullets from Crawford’s gun ended up killing people they weren’t meant for, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Crawford and his group were responsible for multiple murders and related crimes, and even had the assistance of a corrupt D.C. police officer.

On the morning of Aug. 14, 2008, at around 10 a.m., Crawford snuck up on 18-year Johnquan Wright in front of a building at K Street and North Capitol Street NW and shot Wright multiple times in the back.

One of the shots went through Wright and struck an innocent bystander, 61-year-old Nolan Cooper. Both Wright and Cooper were killed.

On Thursday, a D.C. jury found Crawford guilty of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and related weapons charges for both deaths.

Crawford was already serving an 18-year prison sentence for accidentally killing his father in a robbery conspiracy that involved a D.C. police officer.

The officer, Reginald Jones, was serving as a lookout in his squad car while Crawford and his father, Arvel S. Alston, 40, attempted to rob and kidnap a drug dealer, prosecutors said.

But the plan failed and Crawford fired several shots from his weapon, one of which fatally struck his father.

— Scott McCabe

Man with large kitchen knife robbed bank twice, police say

Police say this man walked into a Silver Spring bank with a kitchen knife Feb. 21, and stole money from the tellers.

Police say this man walked into a Silver Spring bank with a kitchen knife Feb. 21, and stole money from the tellers.

Montgomery County Police are looking for a man they say twice robbed a Silver Spring bank, and they are asking the public to help identify him.

Both robberies were committed at the Wells Fargo bank located at 8701 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.

Police said this is the man who robbed a Wells Fargo bank twice in five weeks.

Police said this is the man who robbed a Wells Fargo bank twice in five weeks.

On Friday, police said, the man approached the teller, produced what is described as a large kitchen knife, and demanded cash.  He left the bank after receiving an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police say the same man robbed the bank on Jan. 21. He was last seen running on Fenwick Street.

The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 6’00″ tall, with a medium build.

Detectives are asking anyone who recognizes the suspect from the photos or has information about these robberies to call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or leave a Crime Solvers tip here.

Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this felony crime.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.

Attorney General Eric Holder rushed to D.C. hospital

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. has been released from a District of Columbia hospital where he was admitted Thursday morning after experiencing breathing problems and an elevated heart rate.

During his regular morning meeting with senior staff, Holder began experiencing symptoms including faintness and shortness of breath, to Department of Justice officials.

As a precaution, the Attorney General was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center to undergo further evaluation.

“He received medication that quickly restored his heart rate to a normal level, and after successfully completing a full range of tests, doctors were satisfied that the Attorney General could be discharged,” said Justice spokesman Brian Fallon.

He was released from the hospital at 1:15 pm. He walked out without any assistance, and has returned home to rest, officials said.

Several years ago, Holder experienced similar symptoms, but in milder form that did not require serious medical attention, Fallon said.

“Throughout today, the Attorney General has remained alert and in good spirits,” Fallon said. “He appreciates the well wishes from so many friends and colleagues, and is grateful for the excellent care he received from the professionals at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.”

Holder,  the 82nd Attorney General of the United States since 2009, previously served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1993 to 1997.

The 63-year-old Holder told Congress last summer that “fatigue” may eventually force him to step down.

Crime History, Feb. 27, 1859: Congressman kills D.C. district attorney over affair with wife

Daniel Sickles

Daniel Sickles

On this day, Feb. 27, in 1859, Congressman Daniel Sickles shot and killed his wife’s lover, the district attorney for the District of Columbia, Philip Barton Key, son of Francis Scott Key.

Key and Sickles’ wife, Teresa, frequently rendezvoused in Lafayette Square near the White House.

After learning of their affair, Sickles forced his wife to write a signed confession. The nexd day, Sickles looked out of his home in Lafayette Park and saw Key waiting outside.

Sickles rushed outside shot and killed Key in the park. He immediately admitted his guilt.

Newspapers declared Sickles a hero for saving women from Key, a known lecher.

Sickles’ attorney, Edwin M. Stanton, later President Lincoln’s secretary of war, successfully argued that Sickles had been driven insane by his wife’s infidelity.

Sickles was acquitted, the first time temporary insanity was successfully used in a murder trial.

The colorful congressman later became a Union general during the Civil War and lost his leg to cannon fire at Gettysburg. His leg bones remain on display at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The leg even made a cameo appearance during the 2012 movie Lincoln.

— Scott McCabe

Daniel Sickles' leg, along with a cannonball similar to the one that shattered it at Gettysburg, is on display at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring.

Daniel Sickles’ leg, along with a cannonball similar to the one that shattered it at Gettysburg, is on display at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring.