- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 24, 2007


Drug charges filed against reputed mob

The Metropolitan Police Department and FBI yesterday announced charges against a dozen people who they said are members of the so-called Fourth Street Mob, a drug ring based in Southeast.

Authorities said they had been investigating the organization’s trafficking of crack cocaine in the 4200 and 4300 blocks of Fourth Street in Southeast for months.

The indictment charges the defendants with drug possession, drug trafficking and intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school.

U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Taylor said the “long-standing crew, known as the Fourth Street Mob, is now out of business.”



Doctor: Law required treatment for Cho

The agency that delivers mental-health services in the Blacksburg area was legally bound to establish a treatment plan for Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho in December 2005, the agency’s director told a newspaper for a story published yesterday.

Dr. Les Saltzberg said the New River Valley Community Services Board is required by law to set up treatment plans for mentally ill patients released into the community for outpatient care, as Cho was ordered by a special justice.

However, Dr. Saltzberg told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that his agency was never told that Cho was in outpatient care and that the practice of sending a board representative to commitment hearings was discontinued “many years and many dollars ago.”

In statements since the April 16 Virginia Tech massacre, the board contended that it oversees outpatient care only for patients who have been hospitalized rather than temporarily detained.

Joseph G. Painter Jr., a Blacksburg lawyer and special justice, described the handling of Cho’s case as “an egregious breakdown of a system that had been in place for years.”

He said he had made sure that a CSB representative was present at each of the about 15,000 commitment hearings he conducted before 2000.

The apparent breakdown is a major focus of the panel appointed by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine to investigate the massacre. Cho, a Tech student from Fairfax County, fatally shot 32 persons before committing suicide.


Sex offender loses registration fight

A man convicted of a misdemeanor sex offense has lost his court fight to keep his name off Virginia’s public sex-offender registry.

Dennis Craig Corbett, 57, sued the state in October, arguing that the law governing the registry is ambiguous and that his single crime should not qualify him for placement on the registry.

Prosecutors contended that the law was clear and that as a sex offender, Corbett must register once a year.

A judge in Chesapeake heard arguments from both sides in April and ruled this week that Corbett must register. That makes public his name, photograph, address, employer, crime and other information.

Corbett was convicted in 2000 of sexual battery, which involved inappropriate touching of a child. At the time, Virginia law did not require him to register as a sex offender.

Last year, however, Virginia State Police sent Corbett a letter, telling him that he was required to register.



Bank manager guilty of taking cash in pants

A Lutherville bank manager was sentenced to prison yesterday for embezzlement by hiding his bank’s money in his pants, federal prosecutors said.

Joseph Green, 36, was sentenced to 21 months in prison and three years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty to 56 instances of embezzlement.

Prosecutors said he took cash out of the bank’s minivault and hid it in his work apron or pants. He then altered bank documents to conceal his thefts.

He also has to pay more than $150,000 in restitution. Prosecutors said he has made a partial payment on the $162,000 he took in 2004 and 2005.


Man charged in two of 3 killings in county

Howard County has had three homicides so far this year, and on Tuesday, county police charged a 23-year-old Columbia man with two of them.

Police arrested Charles David Richardson after a traffic stop and charged him in the April 26 slaying of Alevtina Zhilina, 40, who was shot during a robbery at a 7-Eleven in Columbia.

Police also charged Mr. Richardson with the Monday killing of Trae Allen, 19, whose body was found in Mr. Richardson’s home not far from the 7-Eleven.

Police arrested two other men who were in the car when Mr. Richardson was stopped. They charged Kenneth Wayne Sledd, 19, with aiding and assisting Mr. Richardson after the killing of Mr. Allen, saying he helped Mr. Richardson clean his clothes.

They charged Mr. Richardson’s brother, William Richardson, 22, with possession of marijuana.


Instructor admits to having child porn

A gymnastics instructor from Edgewood has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of receiving child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said the volume of material belonging to Patrick Bogan, 41, makes the case one of the most significant child pornography cases ever prosecuted in Maryland.

The case arose from a nationwide FBI sting involving an Internet message board containing child porn. Undercover agents used it to post a link to a file on an FBI computer. When Bogan tried to download the file last October, agents traced his Internet address to his home.

Prosecutors said Bogan was a gymnastics teacher at Baltimore County Gymnastics near White Marsh and worked with children ages 5 to 15.

More than 800 videotapes were seized. Agents also found numerous images on his computer.

Bogan is to be sentenced Aug. 9.


Man gets 9 years in midshipman’s death

A Pensacola, Fla., man has been ordered to serve nine months in jail for vehicular manslaughter in a crash in November that killed a Naval Academy midshipman from Edgewater.

Patrick Britton-Harr, 23, pleaded guilty Tuesday in the death of Midshipman Charles Carr, 20, who was a passenger in his car.

Britton-Harr told the court that he was sorry and was taking full responsibility for his actions. His parents live in Annapolis.

Anne Arundel County prosecutors said Britton-Harr had a blood-alcohol level about twice the legal limit and was driving 65 mph in a 30 mph zone at the time of the crash.

Britton-Harr hit a tree near the intersection of Riva and Glen Isle roads.


2 killed, 11 injured in two-day period

Baltimore police said two persons were killed and 11 persons were injured in a series of shootings and stabbings between late Tuesday afternoon and early yesterday morning.

Police said the first incident was a double shooting on East Fayette Street. One man was killed, and another was wounded.

In another shooting, a 6-year-old boy was shot in the foot on Pennsylvania Avenue in West Baltimore.

Meanwhile, a man was fatally shot in the head Tuesday night on East 21st Street in East Baltimore. And a woman was shot in the stomach on Roland View Avenue; she is expected to recover.

Four men were found shot along Mount Royal Avenue in two separate areas. One is in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the head and hip.

Police also reported a shooting victim Tuesday night in the 3000 block of Eutaw Street.

Officers said three persons were stabbed in the 600 block of Water Street about 2 a.m. yesterday. There is no word on the severity of their injuries.


Settlement made in Medicare scam

Federal authorities reached a settlement yesterday with a Towson doctor who was charged with filing false health-insurance claims for cosmetic treatments.

Federal prosecutors said Dr. David McCarus, 55, will pay the government $300,000.

He was charged with submitting false claims to Medicare, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and TRICARE. Prosecutors said the claims were all for noncovered treatments such as bikini lines, stretch marks, varicose veins and facial hair.

The complaint against the obstetrician-gynecologist said he filed the false claims from November 2000 to September 2004.

Prosecutors said Dr. McCarus denied the charges. Prosecutors said the court did not find any instances of fraud.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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