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Upper Marlboro man pleads guilty in 'Nigerian scam'

The Washington Examiner reports that an Upper Marlboro man originally from Nigeria admitted that he posed as a federal agent to run a "Nigerian scam" that defrauded victims out of about $300,000.

David Johnson, who also goes by Ukoha Eke, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and impersonate a federal official in a Florida federal court. He was apprehended in a sting operation in Maryland in May.

Early Voting In Maryland Begins

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Gov. Martin O'Malley is hoping early voting in Maryland for the first time will create higher voter turnout.

O'Malley, a Democrat, was the 222nd voter who cast a ballot in the primary at the Public Safety Training Facility in Baltimore on Friday afternoon, the first day of early voting in Maryland.

Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, O'Malley's likely opponent in November, also is encouraging people to vote early, even though he's been critical of early voting and vetoed legislation to create it when he was governor.

Ehrlich says it's now the law in the state and he's going to live with it and, it is hoped, take advantage of it. Andy Barth, an Ehrlich campaign spokesman, says Ehrlich is expected to take part in early voting next week.

Should All Security Guards Be Armed?

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) - Round after round, Tiente Howell, fires her weapon, imaging a scenario like Wednesday's when a gunman burst into the Discovery Channel building.

Howell is a security officer for the Department of Defense and she's practicing to be a sharpshooter. She can often be found here at Maryland Small Arms Range. She experts her company will soon have her and other officers doing drills to counter a similar situation where a gunman comes in with a bomb strapped to him.

"Within a slip second, you have to decide whether to shoot or run for cover. Most of the time, if someone's pointing a gun, you're gonna shoot," said Howell.

But the security guard who became one of James Lee's hostages in the lobby of the Discovery Channel was not armed, and had few options.

Prince Georges County experiencing highest Foreclosure Rates in the Region

Prince Georges County has been experiencing a continued spike in foreclosures despite a new ruling that went into effect July 1. On July 1, the Maryland legislature’s “Mediation before Foreclosure” rule went into effect. Under this ruling, homeowners facing foreclosure can ask for a mediation hearing to explain their specific situation to the Judge and maybe get more time to improve their situation. Unfortunately, Judges have not been enforcing this ruling and many homeowners are still losing their homes at a rapid pace. Many of these homes now sit empty and are becoming a blight which is negatively impacting the Prince Georges housing market. Area real estate agents have no choice but to sell these homes through the short sale process which affects the housing prices in the surrounding area.

Maryland Man Gets 2 Life Terms For Newlywed Slaying

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) -- A judge has sentenced a Landover man to two life terms in prison in the fatal stabbing of a man and the attempted murder of his new wife.

The Prince George's County State's Attorney's office says 36-year-old Lawrence Covington was sentenced Wednesday. A jury found Covington guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder and other charges in May.

He is convicted of killing Maurice Fountain, whose wife, Genea Simms Fountain, was injured but survived the March 2009 incident.

Prosecutors say Covington was talking to the woman's stepfather, LePrince Hall, at their Upper Marlboro home about a business matter when the couple left and when they returned he bound them, took their wedding rings and cut their throats.

Covington was found not guilty in Hall's murder, who prosecutors say also was fatally injured.

Prince George's County Police Officer Shoots Three Suspects

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) -- An investigation is underway after a Prince George's County police officer shot three suspects late Wednesday night.

Captain M. Mints, spokesperson for Prince George's County Police, says an officer was patrolling a Largo neighborhood where there have been several high-profile robberies. The officer was canvassing the area of Campus Way South near Route 202 when he spooked a group of men who had gathered near a mini-van in the parking lot of a business. Mints says some of the loiterers scattered in the street while three men jumped into the mini-van and took off.

Mints says the officer gave chase, trying to relay tag information to dispatch while following the suspects southbound on Route 202 towards Upper Marlboro. The mini-van hit a dead end when it turned into the drive of the County Courthouse in Upper Marlboro, and attempted to turn around.

Bail Denied For Lanham Murder Suspects

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) - A Maryland Judge denied bail Monday for two people suspected of killing two children and two women in Lanham, Md., last Friday.

43-year-old Darrel Bellard and 18-year-old Tkeisha Gilmer will have a public defender appointed. The judge also informed them that each count of murder carries the possibility of the death sentence. However, the Prince Georges County States Attorney's office has not decided if it will seek the death penalty when the trial begins in early September.

Prince George's County police said the two suspects, described by sources as marijuana couriers from Texas, got into a dispute over drug debts and that led to the deaths.