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STOLEN MAIL FOUND IN VA POSTAL WORKER'S HOME
A U.S. Postal Service worker has been charged with stealing mail — mostly envelopes she suspected contained gift cards — from the Arlington Main Post Office.
According to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Alva D. Jackson, an Arlington mail carrier, allegedly stole items from the mail from October 2008 to March 2010.
She stole and used gift cards for Target, Macy’s, Best Buy, Wal-Mart and various restaurants, according to the affidavit. Jackson estimated that she took about 10 to 20 pieces of mail per week during the holiday seasons, and 10 or fewer pieces at other times. (Washington Examiner)
POLICE TEST SEMEN SPRAYED AT WOMAN FOR HIV
The semen that police say Michael Wayne Edwards Jr. squirted on the back of a woman at a Gaithersburg supermarket is being tested for HIV, city of Gaithersburg Police Chief Mark Sroka said Monday.
Police do not know when the test results will be back, Sroka said. If the semen tests positive for HIV, Sroka said he will try to get reckless endangerment added to the charges against Edwards.
"He didn't have a criminal record up until this," Sroka said by phone Monday. "This is unusual." (Maryland Gazette)
MOTEN GOES AFTER 'COUNT' GRAY
Folks have been tough on Mayor Adrian Fenty lately—booing him at forums (and at funerals), slapping posters mocking him up around Adams Morgan, voting against him at straw polls. At times like these, a guy needs to know he’s got a friend he can count on.
Fortunately for Fenty, he’s got Ron Moten.
Just in time for the mayoral primary, the Peaceaholics founder (whose group has reportedly received $8 million in city contracts in the last four years) has dropped a new issue of The Otherside Magazine, a publication whose chief purpose seems to be to convince people that they don’t really want to vote for Vincent Gray, after all. (Washington City Paper)
WILL ROBERTO DONNA RISE FROM THE FINANCIAL ASHES?
The recipe for opening a successful restaurant generally does not call for stewing in federal court.
But there was Roberto Donna -- the renowned Italian chef who is racing to revive his former flagship restaurant, Galileo, along with his own battered reputation -- in Courtroom 22A at the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington on Wednesday, his brow furrowed, his massive arms folded. (Washington Post)