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Matthew Cella

Matthew Cella

Matthew Cella is The Washington Times' Metro editor. He can be reached at

Articles by Matthew Cella


Five former Virginia AGs want case against ex-governor Bob McDonnell dismissed

Five former Virginia attorneys general — three Democrats and two Republicans — said in a proposed court filing that corruption counts against former Gov. Bob McDonnell should be dismissed and that Justice Department attorneys overreached in bringing criminal charges for his indiscretions. Published April 3, 2014

Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray delivers his concession speech on election night at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill after losing to Muriel Bowser, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Scandal-weary D.C. voters send Mayor Gray packing

D.C. voters, weary of the shadow of corruption and federal investigation that clouded the administration of Vincent C. Gray seemingly from his first day in office, rejected the mayor's bid for a second term, choosing instead a two-term council member and political protege of the man he ousted four years ago. Published April 1, 2014

This undated photo provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Relisha Tenau Rudd. On Monday, March 24, 2014, authorities released more photos of Relisha, 8, who was reported missing in Washington last week, and a man who may be with her, 51-year-old Kahlil Malik Tatum. Police in Prince George's County, Md., obtained a warrant on Friday charging Tatum with murder in the death of his wife, whose body was found in an Oxon Hill, Md., motel room. (AP Photo/FBI)

New details lead police to D.C. park in search of missing 8-year-old girl

A weeklong search for a missing 8-year-old girl that has spanned the East Coast shifted Thursday to a large wooded parkland in the District, where police mounted a "recovery operation" and said they couldn't ignore the possibility that Relisha Rudd was killed. Published March 27, 2014

File - In this July 5, 1999 file photo, Samuel Sheinbein, accused of the 1997 murder of Alfredo Tello Jr., in Maryland, is brought in handcuffs to a Tel Aviv court.  Israeli special forces raided a prison in central Israel on Sunday, killing one of the country's most notorious inmates after he seized a guard's weapon, shot three guards and barricaded himself inside the compound. Police identified the inmate as Samuel Sheinbein, an American who fled to Israel after committing a gruesome murder in Maryland in 1997 and whose case sparked a high-profile row between the two allies.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Maryland teen killer gunned down in Israeli prison shootout

A Maryland man serving a prison sentence in Israel for a horrific murder he committed as a teen in Aspen Hill was gunned down Sunday by police special forces after he stole a gun and shot three guards. Published February 23, 2014

This photo released by the Howard County Police shows shooting suspect Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, of College Park, MD. Aguilar carried out  the Saturday Jan. 25, 2014, attack with a 12-gauge shotgun at a skateboard shop at the Mall in Columbia in suburban Baltimore before killing himself, police said. (AP Photo/ Howard County Police)

Maryland mall gunman said in journal he was prepared to die

A 19-year-old who fatally shot two employees at a Maryland mall before taking his own life mentioned killing people in his journal and wrote that he was prepared to die, Howard County police said Wednesday. Published January 29, 2014