Local Digest: Sentencing delay for former D.C. official; man stabbed near Columbia Heights

September 14, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Sentencing is delayed for ex-councilman

As the federal investigation into District political corruption expands to national dimensions, the sentencing of a former D.C. Council member has been delayed for more than three months to allow him to cooperate with authorities.

Michael A. Brown, who pleaded guilty to a bribery charge in June, had been set for an Oct. 3 sentencing. But with a deadline for pre-sentencing filings looming, prosecutors asked Wednesday that the proceedings be delayed at least until Dec. 16.

Prosecutors explained in a court filing that they have “recently identified evidence of additional suspect conduct in the ongoing criminal investigation in which the defendant is cooperating.”

Brown’s acceptance of $55,000 in bribes is not directly related to the investigation that centers on businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson — a probe whose scope has expanded, it was disclosed in court last week, to include the 2008 presidential campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But in plea documents, Brown admitted to taking a secret $20,000 payment from Thompson during his own 2008 campaign for an at-large D.C. Council seat. He was not charged in relation to that activity.

Brown’s attorney, Brian Heberlig, declined to comment on the extension, as did William Miller, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.

— Mike DeBonis
and Ann E. Marimow

Man is stabbed near Columbia Heights

A man was stabbed multiple times in a neighborhood north of Columbia Heights about 1 a.m. Saturday, D.C. police said.

Police have classified the crime as an “assault with intent to kill,” police spokesman Araz Alali said. The incident occurred in the 1500 block of Oak Street NW.

The victim, who has no fixed address, was breathing when he was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. His condition is unknown, police said.

Alali said police have identified a suspect.

— Michael Laris

MARYLAND
Inmate is suspected in prisoner’s death

An Maryland state prison inmate was found dead Friday night, and a fellow prisoner is a suspect in the homicide investigation, officials said.

Jason T. Wallace, serving a sentence for robbery, was found unconscious on the floor of his cell about 9:30 p.m. at the Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, according to the Maryland State Police.

Police said Saturday that no charges have been filed in the case. Wallace’s age and residence were unclear Saturday.

Last week, a 33-year-old man convicted of grand larceny and burglary was killed at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va., according to the Virginia Department of Corrections. The man died Sept. 12 at a nearby hospital. The corrections department said in a statement that an “inmate-on-inmate attack is suspected” and that an investigation is ongoing.

— Michael Laris

VIRGINIA
Woman killed trying to run across Beltway

A 27-year-old woman was killed while running through Beltway traffic late Friday, according to the Virginia State Police. Her companion told investigators that she had asked him to pull over so she could smoke.

A Subaru driver was unable to stop and hit Echo D. Davis, 27, of Benson, N.C., authorities said. Witnesses told police that Davis had been wandering into the highway after 10 p.m. near the Eisenhower Connector exit before trying to bolt across.

Neither the Subaru driver nor Davis’s companion was charged in the incident.

“We advise people to never pull off on a shoulder for any reason,” “Unfortunately, it was just a very tragic situation,” said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne N. Geller. “Even with mechanical troubles such as a flat tire, it’s better to roll off at the nearest exit, Geller said.

— Michael Laris

Fairfax police warn about club drug Molly

Fairfax County police have seized in recent months nearly 17 pounds of a club drug that may be linked to the death of a University of Virginia student and others at Northeastern concerts and raves, according to authorities.

“Molly,” a purified form of the drug ecstasy, has made headlines for a string of overdoses in Boston and New York. The narcotics unit of Fairfax County has seen about 170 cases involving the drug between January 2012 and last month. The unit seized more than 3,000 pills during the same time period, authorities said. Police said they were not aware of any deaths caused by the drug in Fairfax County. They asked parents to talk to their children about the dangers associated with Molly.

Mary “Shelley” Goldsmith, 19, a sophomore at U-Va. from Abingdon, Va., died late last month after her friends said she ingested Molly, D.C. police sources said. Police are awaiting a toxicology report for a final determination of Goldsmith’s cause of death.

— Justin Jouvenal

Lawyer leaves library $800,000 in her will

A retired federal government attorney who died June 24 left Arlington County Library nearly $800,000, which county officials believe to be the largest single gift the library has ever received.

Rosemarie G. Bowie, 76, who retired from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, was a frequent user of the county’s Central Library. In her will, she instructed that the proceeds from the sale of her north Arlington home and half her remaining estate be given to the library system, county officials said.

— Patricia Sullivan

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