- The Washington Times - Friday, May 1, 2009

MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS

Currie discloses consultant work

A state senator who has been under federal investigation relating to previously undisclosed consultant work for a grocery store chain has acknowledged the work in a recent filing to the state Ethics Commission.

Sen. Ulysses Currie’s filing covers calendar year 2008.

Mr. Currie, Prince George’s Democrat, was paid about $207,000 between 2003 and 2007 in consulting fees from SuperValu Inc., the parent company of Shoppers Food Warehouse, according to federal court documents unsealed last summer.

Mr. Currie, who is the chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, was required to report the work, but he didn’t for several years while he took an active interest in helping the company.

GREENBELT

Three sentenced for fishing violations

The Justice Department says three commercial fishermen have been sentenced for illegally harvesting and underreporting their catches of rockfish.

John W. Dean of Scotland, Md., was sentenced Thursday to a month in prison. Thomas Crowder Jr. of Leonardtown was sentenced on Tuesday to 15 months in prison, and Charles Quade of Churchtown was sentenced Monday to five months in prison.

Officials said each of the men was also ordered to pay fines and restitution.

Federal prosecutors said the men dodged state regulations from 2003 to 2007, overcatching the fish and underreporting their catch to state authorities.

FREDERICK

Former firefighter gets 27 years

A former volunteer firefighter has been sentenced in Frederick to 27 years in prison for setting fires that injured three people and killed a dog.

Wayne Duncan, 29, of Jefferson was sentenced Thursday by Frederick County Circuit Judge G. Edward Dwyer Jr.

Duncan pleaded guilty in March to setting two fires in the Jefferson area in 2008. One damaged a home, killed a dog and caused three people to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Another fire damaged a century-old feed store.

In return for his guilty pleas to first- and second-degree arson, prosecutors dropped charges that he set two other fires.

VIRGINIA

ROANOKE

Charges against ex-official dropped

Criminal charges against a former Roanoke councilman stemming from political ad contributions have been dismissed.

A Circuit Court judge dismissed the misdemeanor charges against Brian Wishneff on Thursday.

Special prosecutor John Alexander requested the dismissal, saying he decided to not go forward with the case after learning about recent actions by the state Board of Elections.

The board ordered Mr. Wishneff, who ran as an independent, to pay a $3,700 civil penalty for violations related to the same ads.

Mr. Wishneff was indicted in December on charges of failing to report the ads as an in-kind contribution to his re-election campaign.

A political action committee paid for the newspaper ads, which attacked another candidate in the race for three council seats.

Mr. Wishneff lost his re-election bid.

DISTRICT

Protesters arrested at White House

U.S. Park Police arrested about 60 anti-torture activists in front of the White House on Thursday.

Sgt. David Schlosser said the demonstrators violated a permit regulation that required them to remain in motion on the center portion of sidewalk. The protesters wore orange jumpsuits to represent Guantanamo Bay detainees who have been cleared for release but remain in custody.

Earlier, activists marched from the U.S. Capitol to protest detention policies in the United States and what they termed the government’s refusal to prosecute torture.

Activists said they support a criminal inquiry into torture under the previous Bush administration. They said President Obama has been reluctant to begin such an investigation.

The protest comes as U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. spent this week asking European countries to help relocate detainees, of which about 30 have been cleared for release.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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