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Murder suspect seized with drugs in Laurel motel


A 35-year-old Virginia man, wanted in the slaying of a woman in Loudoun County, has been arrested on a drug charge in Laurel, police said.

Brian Kent Watt of the 2000 block of Kedge Drive, Vienna, Va., faces murder charges in Virginia and possession with intent to distribute narcotics in Maryland.

Mr. Watt allegedly stabbed Diane Hedeen, 41, of Washington, to death on June 22, said Deputy Edward Pifer, spokesman for the Loudoun County Sheriff's Department.

Mr. Watt picked up Miss Hedeen in Washington on June 21, drove her to his home, then to a field off Route 28 in the Sterling area of Loudoun County where he allegedly stabbed her, police said. Police have no motive for the crime. Mr. Watt was last seen in the Washington area on June 29.

Around 4 a.m. Thursday, Anne Arundel County police received information that he was staying in Room 219 of the Laurel East Motel. Police found him, a woman and nine bags of crack cocaine at the motel.

Mr. Watt is being held at the Anne Arundel County jail in lieu of $75,000 bail. He also faces fugitive charges from Loudoun County, said police spokesman Randy Bell.

Francine Deirdre Freeman, 35, of the 100 block of Fort Drive in Washington, also was charged with possession with intent to distribute. She is being held in lieu of $15,000 bail at the county jail.

Koonce is named to Spalding post

Jennifer Koonce has been named director of admissions at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn.

Ms. Koonce, of Odenton, was the head of the school's mathematics department for 14 years. She was born in Bedfordshire, England, and received her degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Wales.

She also holds a master's degree in education from Bowie State University.

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