- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 18, 2009

MARYLAND

ROCKVILLE

Man in custody after threats

A 22-year-old former Montgomery College student was accused of making threats that led to an evacuation of a building on the Rockville campus Monday morning.

Police said Dan Dadem Le of Montgomery Village was taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

A call was made to 911 about 8:40 a.m., describing an Asian male waving a gun near the college’s Counseling Advisory Building.

About 22 officers from Rockville, Montgomery County and the Sheriff’s Office responded and evacuated about 30 people from the building. School is not currently in session.

Dispatchers tried numerous times to call the cell phone caller back, but were unable to reach him. Officers later tracked the call to Mr. Le and found he had been describing himself. He was not armed.

UPPER MARLBORO

Developer sentenced in housing fraud case

A Prince George’s County judge has sentenced a housing developer to spend 12 years in prison after a fraud scheme cost potential homebuyers more than $1 million.

Leon Coleman, 41, of District Heights, was found guilty of eight counts of theft over $500 and eight counts of failing to put money in an escrow account.

On Monday, Judge Leo E. Green Jr. sentenced Coleman to 120 years in prison, suspending all but 12. He also ordered Coleman to pay restitution of nearly $100,000 to each of five victims.

Coleman and his wife, Emma Coleman, were charged with making contracts with would-be homebuyers to build new homes.

Authorities say the homebuyers paid more than $1 million to the Colemans, who did no work on the projects.

DISTRICT

Cross-dressing man held in dress theft

Police have arrested a cross-dresser suspected of stealing a $2,000 Chanel dress from Saks Fifth Avenue and using pepper spray on a security guard who tried to stop him.

The incident occurred late last month at the store in Chevy Chase. Montgomery County police released images from a security camera that appeared to show a man dressed as a woman.

Investigators obtained a warrant charging Jonathan Bradley, 20, with theft over $500, malicious destruction of property over $500, second-degree assault, and intent to injure by mace or chemical device.

Police arrested him during a routine traffic stop in Southeast Washington on Thursday. He waived an extradition hearing and was being transported to Montgomery County on Monday.

VIRGINIA

MIDLOTHIAN

Organizers extend job fair hours

Organizers extended the hours of a job fair in Chesterfield County after it drew more than 2,000 people.

Monday’s fair at Clover Hill High School in Midlothian was sponsored by House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican.

The fair began at 9:30 a.m. Monday and was to have ended at 1:30 p.m. By 11 a.m., the line of people waiting to get in was wrapped around the building and organizers extended the event until 3:30 p.m.

About 70 employers participated in the fair.

CENTREVILLE

Woman charged in fatal shooting

A 63-year-old woman has been charged with fatally shooting a man at her apartment, Fairfax County police said.

Police said Maria De Las Mercedes Tizon shot Ahmed Chouaib, 34, of the Alexandria area, in the upper body Saturday evening after an argument in her apartment in the Centreville area.

Mr. Chouaib was taken to Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, poice said.

Detectives think Ms. Tizon and the man knew each other.

RICHMOND

State expands flu call center

People who have questions about swine flu can get answers from the Virginia Department of Health by calling a toll-free number.

Gov. Tim Kaine said Monday that the department is expanding its call center to handle questions about swine flu. The toll-free number is 877/275-8343.

Calls will be answered during state business hours. When necessary, Mr. Kaine said the hours will be adjusted to accommodate the volume of calls.

Questions about swine flu also can be submitted by e-mail to the health department through its Web site, www.vdh.virginia.gov.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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