April 2
MARYLAND
Ex-police officer sentenced to 10 years

A former Prince George’s County police officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in selling thousands of dollars in untaxed cigarettes and cocaine to an undercover FBI agent.

Sinisa Simic, 30, pleaded guilty in 2011 to cocaine trafficking, extortion and firearm offenses. His arrest and conviction were part of a sweeping corruption probe that brought down then-County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) along with three police officers and six others.

Simic received the longest sentence of the three officers, all of whom were involved in a cigarette and alcohol smuggling ring, because he and a co-conspirator also were selling cocaine in an unrelated scheme. Former police corporal Chong Chin Kim was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in the cigarette and alcohol conspiracy, and former sergeant Richard J. Delabrer to three years and 10 months.

— Rachel Weiner

Man is in custody
in 2007 killing

A 36-year-old man suspected in a 2007 killing in Suitland is in custody, authorities said.

Leumus Eric White of no fixed address has been charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in the killing of Taiwan Sadler, 31, Prince George’s County police say.

Sadler was shot on July 20 in the 2300 block of Shadyside Avenue.

Investigators determined that the shooting stemmed from an argument.

— Dana Hedgpeth

Development planned near creek is limited

The Montgomery County Council brought a formal end Tuesday to the battle over Ten Mile Creek, unanimously approving sharp limits on construction in the environmentally fragile watershed around Clarksburg.

The council amended Clarksburg’s 1994 long-term land-use plan, concluding that polluted storm runoff from major new development imperiled the health of the creek — one of the county’s last clean, biologically robust streams.

The master plan amendment thwarted efforts by the Peterson Cos. to build a retail and hotel project on 100 acres east of Interstate 270. Company officials, who have an option to purchase the land, have indicated that they will probably walk away from the project. Pulte Homes, which sought approval for about 800 single-family houses and townhouses on 538 acres west of the interstate, would be trimmed back to about 500 homes under the plan.

— Bill Turque

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