Suspected Potomac River Rapist, who ‘terrorized’ women in ’90s, caught with genetic genealogy

first_imgMontgomery County Department of Police(WASHINGTON) — The suspect behind a string of sexual assaults and one slaying that “terrorized” Washington, D.C., women in the 1990s is now in custody after he was nabbed through the novel investigative tool of genetic genealogy, authorities said.“Between 1991 and 1998 a man terrorized our community as he brutally preyed upon and attacked multiple women across this region,” D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a Thursday news conference.Known as the Potomac River Rapist, the suspect — now identified by police as 60-year-old Giles Daniel Warrick — allegedly committed at least eight sexual assaults in Montgomery County, Maryland, and two sexual assaults in Washington, D.C., authorities said.The Potomac River Rapist would cut phone lines, force his way into homes, cover the victims’ heads and sexually assault them, authorities said.It appears the attacks became more violent over time, police said. Among the 10 victims was Christine Mirzayan, a 29-year-old congressional fellow who was sexually assaulted, hit on the head, “brutally beaten” and murdered, Newsham said. The murder weapon was a 73-pound rock, according to the FBI.But the identity of the suspected Potomac River Rapist was unknown for decades, until genetic genealogy came into play, said Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones.Genetic genealogy compares unknown DNA evidence from a crime scene to public genetic databases to identify suspects through their family members who voluntarily uploaded their DNA to those databases.Genetic genealogy has been called a “game-changer” in the effort to crack cold cases. Since the arrest of the suspected “Golden State Killer” in April 2018, about 100 suspects have been identified through the technology, according to CeCe Moore, the chief genealogist at Parabon NanoLabs. Moore, who has appeared as an expert in ABC News “20/20” episodes and has been quoted in articles, investigated the Potomac River Rapist case among others.Police did not elaborate on which of Warrick’s relatives had voluntarily submitted their DNA to databases. Police also did not disclose how they obtained Warrick’s DNA to confirm the match.Warrick was arrested Wednesday at his home in Horry County, South Carolina, and has been charged with six counts of first-degree rape in Montgomery County, police said. All six of those cases were linked to the same suspect DNA, police said.Warrick is expected to be extradited to D.C. to be charged with first-degree murder and the D.C.-area sexual assaults, Newsham said.Warrick, who had a landscaping company and worked as a utility company contractor, had been living in the D.C. area before recently moving to South Carolina, Jones said.It was not immediately clear when Warrick will appear in court.“Detectives are concerned there may be additional victims in the area given the prolonged period of time that has elapsed involving Giles Daniel Warrick,” Montgomery County police said. “Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

PN-G’s Faircloth wants Indians to look ahead

first_imgForget the Week Zero win over Silsbee. Forget the Week One win over West Orange-Stark and also forget the Week Two loss to Humble Summer Creek. That is the message Port Neches-Groves Coach Brandon Faircloth is telling his players and coaches heading into next week’s District 20-4A opener at Lumberton. The Indians have this week off after an impressive opening three weeks.  “We need to put all that out of our minds,” Faircloth said. “The past success will not lead to future success. Our tough non-district opponents showed us a few weaknesses and now it is up to us to improve in those areas.” PN-G’s offense is off to a blistering start even against three tough opponents. The Indians are averaging 378 yards a game in 2013. Quarterback Ky Walker has thrown for 583 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Walker was knocked out of the Summer Creek game after suffering a concussion. Faircloth reported Tuesday Walker was back at practice this week and will be on the field against the Raiders. Freshman Adam Morse stepped in for PN-G against Summer Creek and threw for 153 yards on 21-for-36 passing with an interception and a touchdown.  Brent Halfin leads the PN-G rushing attack with 583 yards, while a pair of receivers are making headlines on The Reservation. Kaleb Sparks has 24 catches for 253 yards while Jeremiah Rose has 25 receptions for 316 yards. Yet it is another area on the offense Faircloth applauded the most. “Our offensive line has done a great job this year,” Faircloth said. “Those guys have been the key for us as a team. They have protected our quarterbacks and have done a great job in run blocking. We would not be where we are today without those guys.” PN-G’s defense is giving up an average of 383 yards a game. “Our guys on defense run to the ball well,” Faircloth said. “We are not the biggest team, and probably never will be, but our guys never take a play off on defense. Our coaches have come up with great schemes each week and our players have bought into the plans each week. “On special teams we will continue to look for consistency. We have to continue to hold our blocks and create some running room. We have done a good job on blocking during punts and we hope to continue to improve on special teams.” Any year the Indians do not make the playoffs is a disappointment for Faircloth, his team and the PN-G community. The Indians must get through a tough district schedule to reach the postseason. “Our district, simply put, is brutal,” Faircloth said. “It is incredible. Any Friday night you can get beat by anyone. You have to be at your best or you will not win a game. We want that taste out of our mouth of not making the playoffs. We want to play in Week 11 and I truly believe we have the team to reach our goal this year.”center_img  PN-G’s could not have gotten off to a much better start with big wins against 3A foes Silsbee and WO-S. The victory over the Mustangs was the first win against WO-S since 1996. PN-G then lost to No. 4 Summer Creek after holding a lead at halftime. The Bulldogs ran off 24 unanswered points in the third quarter to overtake the Indians. The record is solid but the non-district success means nothing if the Indians falter in the upcoming district race.last_img read more

Shawnee Mission attorneys’ brief in teacher contract dispute says district can’t keep deficit spending

first_imgTeachers gathered outside the Center for Academic Achievement prior to a board of education meeting last month.The salary proposal put forth by the National Education Association – Shawnee Mission would force the district to dip into reserves and leave it with less than a month’s worth of operating expenses on hand after three years, according to the attorneys representing the district administration in its contract dispute with teachers.In a pre-conference brief filed with the Kansas Department of Labor last week, the attorneys lay out the district’s arguments for the two-year contract offer it had on the table when mediated negotiations broke down in September.That offer included a 1% base salary increase for all district teachers for 2019-20 and a 1.25% base salary increase in 2020-21 in addition to “step-and-column” movement along the salary schedule — the mechanism through which teachers get paid more for additional years of experience and education. Along with a stipend to help offset increased health insurance costs, the district says, that package represented a $3.9 million increase in total compensation for teachers.The brief also details where the district has allocated the approximately $9.6 million in new state funding it received under the updated K-12 funding formula. That breakdown is as follows:Classified staff compensation increases: $961,076Teacher compensation: professional growth column movement at $500,000;Teacher compensation: additional employees purchasing health insurance with a district match expense of $675,154;Buses: contractually obligated additional increases to transportation of $346,576;Electricity: contractually obligated utility rate increases of $1,209,674;Resources: increased expenditures for supplies and services of $1,484,519; andTeacher workload: 28.44 additional full-time employee positions at $1,673,450.Teachers have pushed back on the notion that the district has earmarked a significant amount of that money for transportation, supplies and utilities. But, the district’s attorneys argue, it would be irresponsible to continue to dip into reserves to address such costs increases. Under the compensation proposal put forth by the NEA-SM, the district would be dipping into reserves and leaving a fund balance of $10.4 million after three years — a level significantly below the target of having one month’s operating expenses on hand at all times.“The District feels that it is critically important to cease deficit spending and begin slowly returning operating fund balances to the appropriate level,” reads the brief. “In the event of any future crisis, the District must have the ability to cover expenses (including payroll) for at least one month.”The teachers’ negotiating team is expected to strongly contest the assertions laid out by the district. In a response to a board member posting the brief on Twitter, NEA-SM President Linda Sieck categorized the document as only “one side of the story.” Sieck said the teachers union would file its own pre-conference brief this Thursday.Teachers have packed the board of education chambers the past four meetings lobbying for the administration to bring the contract negotiations to a close.The parties have the in-person conference in the matter set for Jan. 9.The full brief posted on the district’s Information Central page is embedded below:[gview file=””]last_img read more