Monday, April 22, 2013
Prosecutors said Larry Poole, 50, admitted to possessing explicit images of girls under 14.
A Laurel man pled guilty to receiving child pornography Monday at U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, prosecutors said. Larry Poole, 50, admitted to accepting explicit images of girls under 14 on his computer and phone, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland. As described in his plea agreement, prosecutors said Child Protective Services received a report on June 11, 2012 that Poole "was sending text messages claiming to be molesting an unidentified nine year old girl." Officials referred the matter to Laurel Police Department, which was reportedly unable to locate any child in Poole's neighborhood matching the description in his texts. But the LPD later learned that Poole was on federal probation, prosecutors …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The former agent could face up to 13 years in prison.
A former FBI agent that was convicted of motor vehicular manslaughter is set to be sentenced Friday. Adrian Johnson will go before a judge on Jan. 4 at 1:30 p.m. In October 2012, a jury found Johnson guilty of motor vehicular manslaughter; homicide by motor vehicle while intoxicated; and causing a life-threatening injury while impaired by alcohol, according to the Prince George's State's Attorney office. In 2011, Johnson was speeding in his car when he struck 18-year-old Lawrence Garner, Jr.'s car and killed him. Johnson faces more than 13 years in prison. Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge Michael Pearson will preside over the sentencing.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Former Prince George’s County Police officer is from Laurel.
A former Prince George’s County Police officer was sentenced to 46 months in prison on extortion charges related to a scheme to transport and distribute untaxed alcohol and firearms, announced the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland. U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte additionally sentenced Richard Delabrer, 47, of Laurel, to two years of supervised release, for conspiracy to interfere with commerce by extortion under color of official right and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The charges are part of a scheme involving the transport and distribution of untaxed alcohol and cigarettes. Delabrer also will be required to forfeit the purchase of a home he made with funds from the scheme and will be …
Monday, July 9, 2012
The FBI warns that 277,000 computers worldwide could lose internet access unless users employ a fix to the "DNS changer" malware.
Monday, July 9, 2012
Without a fix that is being put out by the FBI, it is possible that hundreds of thousands of computer users infected by the DNS Changer computer virus could lose access to the Internet on Monday, July 9. The Huffington Post reported in April that the problem began when international hackers — aka "Operation Ghost Click" — ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers. The FBI has set up a website that will check to see if a user's computer is using "rogue DNS". There is also a document on the site that explains how to fix the problem. The problem arises during the process of shutting down the computer. Once the shutdown is complete, computers infected by DNS Changer could lose access to the internet. D-day is set for…
Friday, March 9, 2012
The former councilwoman convicted of conspiracy starts her sentence in a West Virginia prison Friday.
Former Prince George's County councilwoman Leslie Johnson headed to a West Virginia prison Friday to start her year-and-a-day-long sentence, ABC7 reports. Johnson pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy for her role in a corruption scheme lead by her husband, former county executive Jack Johnson, who is currently serving his sentence in a North Carolina prison. She is infamously known for stuffing cash into her bra after being directed to do so by her husband, while they were being wiretapped by federal investigators.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
The former Prince George's County Executive must start his federal prison term in North Carolina Saturday.
Time has run out for former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson to remain a free man. Johnson is scheduled to begin his 87-month sentence in federal prison today, Feb. 18, in Butner, NC, Jeffrey Harding, one of Johnson’s attorneys told The Washington Post. Johnson and his wife, Leslie, were both indicted on federal charges in November 2010. Johnson pleaded guilty to conspiracy, extortion and witness evidence tampering after admitting he accepted cash, airfare and other gifts in exchange for changing laws and results of inspections in May 2011 and his wife pleaded guilty to detroying evidence, after she infamously stuffed $79,000 in her underwear and tried flushing a $100,000 check down the toliet. She later resigned from her …
Friday, August 12, 2011
Each week, Patch will run a report about a county fugitive. Let Crime Solvers know if you have any information about the criminals mentioned here. They're counting on you!
Most of us have heard of America’s Most Wanted, the TV show dedicated to rooting out the nation’s most vicious criminals on the lam. The show, which recently came to an end, was created and hosted by John Walsh, whose son Adam was kidnapped and killed when he was a child. The FBI also has a top 10 most wanted list. And if you ever read a local police blotter, you are probably aware of Crime Solvers, a national law enforcement program that offers cash rewards to people with tips that help them close cases. Prince George’s County has its own Crime Solvers program, complete with a “most wanted” list of criminals associated with local cases. It is a nonprofit organization begun in 1979 that is governed by a volunteer board of business and …
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The FBI is said to be investigating a connection between the 16-year-old honor student and Baltimore men.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The FBI is investigating whether slain teenager Phylicia Barnes, whose body was discovered in the Susquehanna River in Harford County in April, may have been a victim of child pornographers in Baltimore, ABC News reported. Federal investigators were seeking access to Barnes’ accounts on e-mail and Facebook as well as accounts of four Baltimore men, according to a report from ABC News affiliate WSOC-TV in Charlotte, N.C. Barnes, 16, was an honor student from Monroe, N.C., and was visiting her half-sister in Baltimore when she went missing three days after Christmas. Her body was found just north of the Conowingo Dam on the Harford County side of the Susquehanna River almost four months later. An autopsy ruled her death a homicide but few …
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Police, FBI agents, volunteers and dogs searched for Phylicia Barnes, a North Carolina teen who went missing from the Baltimore area in December.
As reported in the Baltimore Sun, hundreds of police officers and volunteers this morning started the second search effort for Phylicia Barnes, who went missing in December after visiting a relative in Baltimore, at Patapsco Valley State Park. Investigators have said they do not have any reliable tips that provide a particular location for the girl’s whereabouts, but have “actionable intelligence” which led them to the park. The Sun reports the search started near Ilchester Road, south of Ellicott City and Catonsville, because investigators "identified this as an area of interest. It was associated with one of the people of interest we talked to, one of the 30 people who last saw Phylicia." An initial search in the area occurred earlier in…
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker says public support is crucial in deterring homicides.
Joined by a coalition of law and public safety leaders, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker said today that community support is needed to help end violence in the county that has left 13 people dead since Jan. 1. Speaking during a press conference at Prince George’s County police headquarters in Landover, Baker joined acting Police Chief Mark Magaw, Sheriff Melvin High and State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks in giving an update of what the departments were doing to prevent more crimes from happening. Baker called on the community, public safety offices and the state’s attorney to help fight back against homicides. “We are not going to make a good county great without all three coming together,” he said. “I will do everything…