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Andrea Noble was a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times.

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Albrecht Gero Muth has often donned a military costume and claimed to be a secret agent and Iraqi army general. Mr. Muth, 47, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife, Viola Herms Drath. (Mai Photo News Agency)

Judge: Muth cannot defend self in Drath murder trial

A Washington man accused of fatally beating his 91-year-old socialite wife will not be allowed to represent himself in court proceedings, at least until his physical and mental condition improves, a D.C. Superior Court judge ruled Thursday. Published February 9, 2012

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

D.C. fire department staffer suspended over online posts

A D.C. fire department spokesman has been placed on administrative leave for comments he made online characterizing a protest by firefighters against fire department leadership as "racist." Published February 8, 2012

Plea deal expected in U.Md. student's killing

A Hyattsville man accused of murdering a University of Maryland student during a robbery of the man's College Park home is considering a plea deal in the case, according to court records. Published February 8, 2012

Lt. Robert Alvarado (right) of the D.C. Fire Department speaks to fellow firefighters before entering Mayor Vincent C. Gray's State of the District address Tuesday at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Fire official's online racism claims removed

Comments made by a senior fire department spokesman on his personal social media accounts that characterized protests against the D.C. fire chief as racist disappeared shortly after the spokesman confirmed he was the author. Published February 7, 2012

Video contradicts P.G. officers' accounts of shooting

Some assault charges are being dropped against a man who was fired on by Prince George's County police after surveillance video taken from the scene of the shooting contradicted a version of events given by an officer, officials said Tuesday. Published February 7, 2012

Firefighters listen to Chief Kenneth Ellerbe's State of the Department speech Jan. 24, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. About 100 walked out to protest shift and uniform changes. A spokesman has used social media to call their actions racist. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Conflicting claims, racism charge roil D.C. fire department

D.C. firefighters and department officials are disputing whether orders were issued to rein in the possibility of protests at Mayor Vincent C. Gray's State of the District address, scheduled for Tuesday. Published February 6, 2012

Edward "Chip" Dent shows a video surveillance image on a screen in the basement of his home on N Street NW in Georgetown. There is one functioning camera mounted high on the outside wall of Martin's Tavern at the corner of Wisconsin and N Streets NW that is aimed down N Street. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Public surveillance from private property questioned

When D.C. police began installing surveillance cameras in neighborhoods more than five years ago as crime-fighting tools, privacy concerns voiced by civil liberties groups limited their scope and use. Published February 5, 2012

Two arrested after Northwest D.C. shooting

Police arrested two people in connection with a drive-by shooting that injured one man in the District's Takoma neighborhood Wednesday night. Published February 2, 2012

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

DYRS ward among minivan crash victims

One of the three people involved in Sunday's fatal police chase was a ward of the District's Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services (DYRS), officials said. Published January 30, 2012