A hearing took place on March 21, before Judge Anthony Trenga at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, for arguments on the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ legal challenge to President Trump’s so-called "Muslim Ban 2.0" executive order.
Three local men who allegedly participated in several recent burglaries of local firearms dealers made their initial appearances today in federal court. Preston G. Holmes, 23; Matthew D. Jones, 23; and Daniel L. Quarles, 19, were charged with conspiracy and theft of firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer, including the March 11 burglary of 50 West Armory in Chantilly and two stores in Fredericksburg on March 14.
A man who fled to Guatemala following the 1999 murder of Eva Veliz in the Radnor/Ft. Myer Heights neighborhood of Arlington County was sentenced in the Arlington County Circuit Court on Friday, March 17. Judge Daniel Fiore imposed the maximum judgement permitted by the plea agreement and sentenced Ludvin Estrada, 41, to 45 years in prison.
A joint narcotics investigation by local and state law enforcement in Virginia and Maryland have resulted in the dismantling of a significant heroin trafficking ring operating throughout the National Capital Region. Eleven residents of Northern Virginia and Maryland remain behind bars on multiple counts related to illegal drug possession, distribution and racketeering.
Three men, all of Miami, Florida, have been charged with fraudulently obtaining credit card numbers using a financial skimming device hidden inside gas pumps at a gas station in the 5600 block of Columbia Pike, in the Falls Church area.
The Alexandria Police Department has made an arrest in a robbery that occurred at the Wells Fargo Bank located at 3624 King Street in Bradlee Center on Dec. 16, 2016. Lamont Sellers, 46, of Alexandria, was arrested on March 16, 2017 and charged with Robbery, Threats to Bomb, and False Summoning of Law Enforcement. Sellers is being held without bond.
On March 16, 2017, in the Alexandria Circuit Court, DiJuan Marquie Clark, 31 years old, of Alexandria, Virginia, pleaded guilty to the charges of Murder in the Second Degree and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of Murder, in connection with the shooting death of Saquan E. Hall, a 23-year-old City resident who was murdered in the area of First Street and North Patrick Street on July 2, 2016.
A federal court in Hawaii yesterday blocked key parts of President Donald Trump’s second executive order barring entry to the U.S. from six Muslim-majority countries and suspending refugee resettlement. The Temporary Restraining Order is in place nationwide. Early today, a federal court in Maryland issued an injunction blocking Trump’s revised executive order, in a separate challenge.