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Andrea Noble

Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

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Mara Salvatrucha, a violent gang known as MS-13, marks its territory with graffiti where it operates in the U.S. The FBI says its violent activities, including at least eight homicides in Maryland and Virginia over the past year, reflect the current state of the gang in El Salvador. (Associated Press)

Eight D.C.-area homicides linked to MS-13 street gang

The notoriously violent MS-13 street gang, known for slashing victims to death with knives and machetes, is reviving its brutal brand of violence to reassert its dominance in the Washington metropolitan area -- with authorities linking at least eight homicides in Virginia and Maryland over the past year to the gang. Published March 21, 2016

Richard W. Roberts, the chief U.S. district judge for Washington D.C., suddenly resigned Wednesday as news surfaced of a sex-abuse lawsuit filed against him by a Utah woman. (Associated Press)

Judge to retire after accusations of rape by then-minor

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has submitted paperwork to retire within hours of a Utah woman filing a lawsuit accusing him of initiating a predatory sexual relationship with her more than three decades ago. Published March 17, 2016

The gurney in the death chamber is shown in this May 27, 2008, file photo from Huntsville, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File) ** FILE **

Death penalty repeal efforts flaming out in red states

When Nebraska last year became the first red state in 40 years to abolish the death penalty, it offered a glimmer of hope for repeal supporters that the national momentum against capital punishment was taking hold in Republican-led states. Published March 15, 2016

In this Jan. 4, 2016, file photo, a U.S. Border Patrol agent drives near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Santa Teresa, N.M. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

Border Patrol inability to curb corruption poses security threat: report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection's disciplinary system takes far too long to resolve allegations of misconduct, making it an ineffective deterrent to corruption of border agents and posing a potential national security risk, according to findings of an independent task force. Published March 15, 2016

Police respond to the scene of a deadly shooting in Wilkinsburg, Pa., Thursday, March 10, 2016. Police say multiple people were killed in the shooting late Wednesday and several were injured in suburban Pittsburgh. (Michael Henninger/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) MAGS OUT; MONESSEN OUT; KITTANNING OUT; CONNELLSVILLE OUT; GREENSBURG OUT; TARENTUM OUT; NORTH HILLS NEWS RECORD OUT; BUTLER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Cell tracking device use limited, say state police

Maryland State Police acquired secret cellphone tracking technology about six years ago and have made it available for use by other law enforcement agencies in the state, according to testimony given Thursday before a Maryland House committee. Published March 10, 2016