- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 27, 2008

DISTRICT

Man arrested in couple’s killing

Police have arrested a man in the killings of a couple found dead in their home in an upper Northwest neighborhood.

Peiro Emanuel Fuentes Hernandez, 27, of Capitol Heights, has been charged with felony murder. He was arrested Tuesday about 4:15 p.m.

Michael Spevak, 68, and his wife, Virginia Spevak, 67, were found dead in their home Saturday. The couple’s daughter had called authorities after she had not heard from her parents since Thursday.

The couple died of sharp and blunt force trauma. Police Thursday said they could provide no new information about a connection between the suspect and victims.

MARYLAND

JESSUP

Six inmates reported stabbed

The state prison agency said six inmates were stabbed at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Jessup.

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said the stabbings happened at the medium-security prison as inmates were moving to and from lunch Wednesday.

Officials said two inmates were taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center and one was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Officials said that the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening and that one inmate had already been returned to the prison’s infirmary.

Three other injured inmates did not need to be taken to outside hospitals.

The prison was locked down while the department’s Internal Investigative Unit led a probe of the incident. Correction officials said they did not have a motive or suspect.

ROCKVILLE

County council cuts budget

The Montgomery County Council is resisting some proposed budget cuts for schools as the county works to close a projected $500 million budget shortfall for next year.

County Executive Ike Leggett, a Democrat, called for $49 million in cuts, including a $19 million reduction for county schools. Council members said Tuesday that the bulk of the education cuts would be premature but accepted $3 million in cuts suggested by the school system.

The council accepted most of Mr. Leggett’s plan to delay hiring for vacant government jobs, cut travel budgets and put off buying new equipment.

A total of $33 million in budget cuts was approved. Some Ride On bus schedules will be reduced, the number of police recruits will be cut, and libraries will have less money to buy books.

ROCKVILLE

Casa wants program stats

The Frederick County sheriff’s office is denying that it illegally withheld public information about its participation in a federal immigration enforcement program.

Sheriff Charles Jenkins said his office gave the advocacy group Casa de Maryland all the documents that it could legally give after the group’s initial public-information request last spring.

Sheriff Jenkins said Casa has balked at paying thousands of dollars for processing a more recent request for what he called “a huge amount of records” detailing arrests of illegal immigrants.

The group filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County on Tuesday, saying Sheriff Jenkins’ office will not release statistics on a program that allows local law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of people they stop for other reasons.

VIRGINIA

MANASSAS

Wife admits to murder plot

A Manassas woman has pleaded guilty to conspiring to have her husband killed by her daughter’s boyfriend.

Authorities said April Blasini’s husband was beaten with a baseball bat in May outside the family’s house, suffering severe injuries.

Mrs. Blasini initially told authorities that she did not know the man who attacked her husband, but police said she later admitted that her daughter’s boyfriend carried out the attack. Police said the 36-year-old woman planned to collect life insurance money after her husband’s death.

Mrs. Blasini pleaded guilty Tuesday in Prince William County Circuit Court. She is scheduled to be sentenced in February.

Her daughter, Jessenia Blasini, 18, pleaded guilty in the case last month and is awaiting sentencing in January.

RICHMOND

Election set for House seats

Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, has set a Jan. 6 special election to fill two open House of Delegates seats.

Voters in the 70th District will select a successor for former Delegate Dwight C. Jones, a Democrat who was elected Richmond’s mayor last month. The district includes parts of Richmond and Henrico and Chesterfield counties.

Those in the 81st District will choose someone to fill the seat left open by Republican Delegate Terrie L. Suit, who retired. The district includes parts of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

BEDFORD

Trial postponed for ex-administrator

The trial for a former assistant principal at Chesapeake’s Great Bridge High School has been postponed a second time.

Wesley Earnest of Moneta is charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the death last December of his estranged wife, Jocelyn Earnest. Prosecutors said he staged the scene to appear as if she had committed suicide.

Mr. Earnest’s first trial date was July 29, but that was postponed until Jan. 13. After delays in obtaining computer evidence pushed back pretrial hearings in the fall, the trial was postponed until June 3.

Mr. Earnest was an assistant principal at Great Bridge when he was arrested in February.

Mrs. Earnest was a graduate of West Virginia University, where she was a member of the women’s basketball team.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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