May 11, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Judge sentences four gang members

Four D.C. men who pleaded guilty to being part of a downtown Washington street gang that targeted residents and businesses from Chinatown to Woodley Park to Bloomingdale were sentenced Friday in D.C. Superior Court to up to nine years in prison.

Authorities said the gang called itself the “Show Out” crew, and members often teamed up and assaulted and robbed individuals they deemed vulnerable because they were walking alone, talking on cellphones or homeless.

Police and prosecutors said the gang also engaged in robberies in which multiple members would flood into stores and gas stations and steal items.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz sentenced Quayshawn L. Legget, 20, who prosecutors said was a leader of the gang, and James D. Matheny, 19, to nine years. Ricardo J. Williams, 20, was sentenced to more than eight years. Travis L. Morris, 21, was sentenced to more than six years.

Two other members of the gang, Bernard Trowell, 19, and Deandre M. Williams, 19, are scheduled to be sentenced May 24.

— Keith L. Alexander

MARYLAND
Lawmaker to discuss charges before trial

A Maryland delegate accused of operating a powerboat while drunk plans to discuss the charges against him as he prepares to stand trial.

According to the Capital of Annapolis, Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr. (R-Anne Arundel) will hold a news conference Monday, one day before his trial in Annapolis is scheduled to start.

Dwyer is charged in a boating crash on the Magothy River in August that injured several people.

Dwyer, who is seeking reelection, has admitted being drunk at the time of the crash.

He has said he began drinking heavily as a result of a separation from his wife and because he felt betrayed by fellow lawmakers who voted in support of same-sex marriage legislation.

— Associated Press

Child on life support after near-drowning

A 23-month-old boy who nearly drowned in Prince George’s County was on life support Saturday, officials said.

The toddler was not breathing and had no pulse when he was found on a water-filled swimming pool cover Friday night in the 12400 block of Sturdee Drive in Upper Marlboro, said Mark Brady, a spokesman for the county fire and rescue service.

Medical personnel revived the child, but he was in critical condition, “struggling for his life,” Brady said Saturday.

Police said the near-drowning was under investigation.

— J. Freedom du Lac

VIRGINIA
Doctor is arrested, faces 95 counts

A Stafford County doctor has been charged with 95 felony counts, including involuntary manslaughter, in the death of a patient.

News media said that Nibedita Mohanty, 54, was arrested Friday for allegedly prescribing tens of thousands of doses of narcotics to addicts and drug traffickers. Along with the manslaughter count, she faces 72 counts of felony distribution of narcotics and 22 counts of obtaining money by false pretenses through insurance fraud.

Mohanty, the former chief of medicine at Stafford Hospital, was being held in Rappahannock Regional Jail. An initial court appearance has not been set.

According to state Board of Medicine documents released Friday, Mohanty allegedly prescribed thousands of doses of narcotics to a 41-year-old patient who died two years ago despite indications that the patient was abusing pills or had become addicted. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the records show that the patient, who had been admitted to a hospital for a drug overdose two weeks earlier, died of “acute combined oxycodone and (an antidepressant) toxicity.”

Mohanty’s home and office were raided in January and her medical license was suspended on an emergency basis in April.

The FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration have assisted Stafford authorities in the probe.

— Associated Press

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