December 14, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Further delay sought in Brown sentencing

Prosecutors asked Friday for another delay in the sentencing of Michael Brown, the former D.C. Council member who has pleaded guilty to a bribery charge. They asked a postponement until April 28 at the earliest.

Brown, as a part of his plea deal, agreed to aid the ongoing federal investigation into District political corruption. Brown admitted to accepting a secret campaign contribution in 2008 from a unnamed person. People familiar with the case have identified him as businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson — a central but still-uncharged figure in the corruption alleged to have taken place inside Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s 2010 campaign.

Prosecutors said the delay will “further assist the government in meeting with the defendant as part of his cooperation” particularly with regard to new-found evidence.

— Mike DeBonis

MARYLAND
Man charged in crash that injured officer

The man who collided head on with a Prince George’s County police cruiser Friday morning was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, authorities said.

They said Devonne Brooks, 32, had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit.

The car crash occurred near Baltimore Avenue and Muirkirk Meadows Drive in Laurel. Officer Andrew Wallman was released from a hospital after suffering minor injuries.

— Lynh Bui

THE REGION
Traffic is disrupted all over on Friday

Traffic was a trial Friday in many parts of the Washington area, and the delays, disruptions and detours involved neither snow, sleet nor ice.

Instead, the ingredients included an overturned truck, a trolley car, a shooting and a water main break.

The truck overturned on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway on the American Legion Bridge in early afternoon, backing up traffic into Virginia before it was pulled upright and hauled away.

Placement of the trolley car on the tracks on H Street NE at night prompted the closing of five blocks of the street.

An evening rush hour shooting at North Capitol and P Streets choked key arteries near the intersection.

A car crash on New York Avenue NE near Bladensburg Road added to the slowdown. Finally, the late-day water main break on Canal Road NW, near the Key Bridge and Whitehurst Freeway, imposed what authorities said were “heavy delays” there during hours when gridlock never seems far off.

— Martin Weil

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