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Police Blotter for Jan. 16

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe,The Blotter

Police investigating attack as a hate crime

D.C. police are investigating a Sunday assault on two men as a hate crime. The incident happened at about 6 p.m. Sunday at Third and Q streets Northwest. Two men were approached by three people, one of whom used a homophobic slur and punched the victims, said police spokeswoman Officer Tisha Gant. The victims refused treatment. A hate crime could carry a stiffer penalty than an assault without that designation.

Deadly arson victims ID'd

Prince George's County police have identified the two people killed Sunday in an intentionally set fire in New Carrollton.

The victims were identified as John Michael Abbate, 45, of the 7600 block of Fontainbleau Drive, New Carrollton, and Tanya Winston, 53, of the 8600 block of Leslie Avenue, Glenarden.

Police said Anthony Andre Allain, 44, barricaded himself and the victims inside the residence in the Fountain Club Apartments and lit the apartment on fire.

Fire crews discovered Abbate dead in the apartment and Winston on the ground three-stories below.

Allain, who was hospitalized after the blaze, will be charged with two counts of murder and first-degree arson, police said.

Ex-FEMA official pleads guilty

A former director of human resources at the Federal Emergency Management Agency pleaded guilty Tuesday to a conflict-of-interest charge for negotiating a job with a polling company while working to secure federal money for the firm.

Timothy W. Cannon, 63, faces a maximum of five years in prison at his sentencing set for April 9 before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

Charging documents say that Cannon got FEMA to hire the Gallup Organization in August 2008 to conduct polls of the agency's managers and provide employee training. The five-year contract was worth $6 million to Gallup.

-Scott McCabe

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