May 29, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Evans sets date to launch mayoral bid

D.C. Council member Jack Evans said Wednesday that he will launch his second mayoral run June 8, becoming the third sitting council member to formally seek the city’s top office next year.

Evans (D), who has represented Ward 2 since 1991 and is the council’s longest-serving member, said he will make his announcement at 14th and Q streets NW.

Evans, 59, said the location, first tweeted by reporter Tom Sherwood of WRC (Channel 4), reflects his desire to highlight the “rebirth” of the Logan Circle area.

The choice is akin to that of Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), who launched his mayoral campaign this month at H Street and Bladensburg Road NE, highlighting his work there bringing the new and old together.

Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) kicked off her run in March on the steps of her childhood home, emphasizing her deep roots in the city.

— Mike DeBonis

Trash pickup to start an hour earlier

The D.C. Department of Public Works will begin trash and recycling collection an hour earlier for the rest of the week. The reason: Temperatures are expected to reach 90 degrees and higher, and air quality is predicted to be unhealthy.

Crews will start at 6 a.m. Thursday and Friday. Residents may put their trash and recyclables out for pickup starting at 6 p.m. the day before.

Throughout the summer, when the temperature and heat index are predicted to be 90 degrees or higher, Public Works crews will begin work at 6 a.m.

MARYLAND
Teen who shot youth at Metro is sentenced

A Rockville teenager behind a daytime shooting at the Rockville Metro station last May was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison.

Kevin Q. Nguyen, 17, pleaded guilty in December to attempted second-degree murder and the use of a handgun in a violent crime in an incident that stemmed from an after-school dispute. Nguyen was a student at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville.

Nguyen admitted to shooting his intended victim, then 16, four times in the leg, abdomen and groin. A fellow student from Richard Montgomery, Tavares Harris, was found guilty of first-degree assault and a gun charge in December. His sentencing is scheduled for next month.

— St. John Barned-Smith

New transportation chief takes over

Former Baltimore County executive James T. Smith (D) took over Wednesday as Maryland’s new transportation secretary, filling a Cabinet-level post that had been vacant for close to a year.

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) announced the appointment at an event off the Baltimore Beltway in Catonsville that was meant to highlight the state’s ability to spend more on road and transit projects in coming years.

Thanks to a gas-tax increase passed by the General Assembly this year, transportation officials say they will have an additional $4.4 billion to spend in the coming six years, including on projects in the Washington region.

— John Wagner

Contractor sentenced for taking bribes

A former drug-testing contractor was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison for accepting bribes to falsify urine tests for criminal defendants in the U.S. court system in Maryland, federal officials said.

Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow handed down the sentence on Lauren Jeannette Diggs, 51, of Rockville, which also included three years of probation following her release, prosecutors said.

Diggs pleaded guilty to a bribery conspiracy from July 2009 to December 2010, when she worked as a counselor for a company contracted by federal officials to provide urine tests for defendants on supervised release. In exchange for cash payments, Diggs and another company employee provided falsified certificates to clients.

— Clarence Williams

Police officer is allowed to post bail

A police officer charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a handcuffed suspect last fall in Prince George’s County will be allowed to post bail to spend the summer at home awaiting a bench trial, probably later this year, a county judge ruled Wednesday.

District Heights Sgt. Johnnie Riley was originally ordered held without bail, but Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge Hassan Ali El-Amin reduced that Wednesday after a defense attorney argued the shooting was an isolated blemish on the career of a decorated police officer.

Riley is also charged with misconduct and other offenses for shooting suspect Calvin Kyle in September. He had been put in a police cruiser after he was seen riding a stolen motorcycle, officials have said. But as Riley attended to other matters, Kyle got out of the cruiser and began to run. Riley shot Kyle in the back.

— Aaron C. Davis

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