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EVICTIONS-ARRESTS

Landlord accused of hiring man to scare tenants

OLNEY, Md. (AP) - Montgomery County Police have charged an Olney landlord with hiring a man to scare tenants into leaving their apartment.

Officers say on Aug. 6, a woman and her adult son reported that five people entered their basement apartment. Police say the five suspects grabbed the woman and her son, forced them out of the apartment and took their cellphones.

Investigators say the landlord, 71-year-old Martin Winepol, paid a man $1,000 to force the tenants out.

Winepol surrendered to police on Aug. 12. He is charged with conspiracy to commit assault and other offenses.

Fifty-year-old Garfield Johnson of Parkville, whom, police say, was the man Winepol hired, was arrested on Aug. 13. He is charged with burglary, robbery and assault.

ROMANCE SCAM

Man indicted in $1M online romance scam

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - A Maryland man has been indicted on federal charges of defrauding elderly people on online dating services of more than $1 million by pretending to be romantically interested in them.

The 11-count indictment charges 32-year-old Krist Koranteng, who has addresses in Burtonsville and Laurel, with conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud. The indictment was returned Aug. 11, and unsealed Thursday, when Koranteng was arrested.

The indictment alleges that Koranteng and others searched online dating sites for elderly men and women and initiated romantic relationships with them.

Prosecutors say Koranteng and others used false stories and promises to convince the victims to give money via checks and wire transfer.

FORMER GOVERNOR TRIAL

Ex-Virginia governor downplays Ferrari ride

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Gov. Bob McDonnell downplayed the significance of his joy ride in a Ferrari owned by a former CEO of a dietary supplement maker.

McDonnell testified about his use of the sports car Thursday at his corruption trial in Richmond. He and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's supplements.

McDonnell said it was fun to drive the sports car back to Richmond from a free vacation at the businessman's Smith Mountain Lake house and he did not think it was "big deal."

Jurors have been shown several photos of McDonnell driving the Ferrari, which is one the world's most expensive sports cars.

ISRAEL-STUDY ABROAD

Some US colleges calling students back from Israel

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, raising concerns that schools may be overreacting.

Colleges say security was the top worry. They cite advisories about hazardous travel from the U.S. State Department and from insurance companies that cover students there.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and other schools left when flights were temporarily halted to Tel Aviv's airport in July. School officials said they were concerned that students and staff in summer programs could have been stranded. UMass Amherst and New York University have called off their fall programs.

Jonathan Sarna is president of the Association for Jewish Studies. He questions whether universities overreacted. He notes that most of Israel was protected by a sophisticated anti-missile system and military superiority over Hamas.

He says schools should act on reality, not perceptions in the media.

ENDANGERED ARTIFACTS

Va-area artifacts vie for 'endangered' designation

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Time is running out to vote for some of the area's most unique relics that are vying for the title of Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts.

The program sponsored by the Virginia Association of Museums is designed to create awareness of the importance of preserving artifacts.

While the designation doesn't come with award money, officials say it has helped some of those previously listed apply for grants and help with fundraising efforts.

Using input from public online voting that ends on Saturday, an independent panel of experts will select the top artifacts in mid-September.

The nominees include regalia of the Pamunkey Indian tribe, a 1930s German Box Car, a 1905 Steinway piano, a skeleton tank, and the tombstone of the founder of Virginia Tech.

FIRE STATION-DEATH

DC chief: firefighters deserve tougher discipline

WASHINGTON (AP) - The interim fire chief in the nation's capital says he's frustrated that he can't issue stronger disciplinary sanctions against three firefighters who didn't help a dying man across the street from a fire station.

Interim D.C. Fire Chief Eugene Jones said Thursday that he "has begrudgingly accepted" the discipline recommended by trial boards for three firefighters. One was suspended, one was reprimanded and one was found not guilty. The chief can only accept or reduce disciplinary actions.

Medric Cecil Mills Jr. went into cardiac arrest across from a fire station on Jan. 25. According to an internal report, five firefighters inside the station were aware that someone needed help, but none provided any aid. A police officer flagged down an ambulance, and Mills later died at a hospital.

BABY BORN-INTERSTATE

Woman delivers infant along I-66 in Arlington

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Fire officials say a woman gave birth to a baby girl in a car along eastbound Interstate 66 in Arlington.

Arlington County Fire Department Capt. Bill Shelton says crews were called to the highway around 4:30 a.m. Thursday. The baby was born before medics arrived.

Medics treated the mother and baby and took them to a hospital. Both are reported to be in good health.

DIAMONDBACKS-NATIONALS

Nats stretch streak to 10 with 1-0 win vs. D-Backs

WASHINGTON (AP) - Denard Span scored from second on third baseman Jordan Pacheco's throwing error in the ninth inning, and the Washington Nationals stretched their winning streak to 10 games with a 1-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Five of Washington's last six wins have come in its final at-bat of the game, and the streak is tied for the franchise record. Kansas City is the only other team to win 10 consecutive games this year.

Rafael Soriano (4-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the Nationals, who swept three-game series against the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates before winning all four games of this series.

Oliver Perez (2-3) got the loss for the Diamondbacks.

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