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D.C. News Briefs

Council Hears Gang Law Debate

D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles told a D.C. Council committee yesterday that civil injunctions can be effective in dealing with suspected gang members who are intimidating people in city neighborhoods, but a public defender warned of problems.

Nickles testified on behalf of legislation that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) wants the council to pass on an emergency basis. The legislation would allow civil judges to issue orders barring suspected gang members from making threats and harassing people.

Kate Easterly, staff attorney for the D.C. Public Defender Service, testified that the mayor's bill was worded so loosely that a family member related to a suspected gang member could face penalties, too.

Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large), has proposed his own crime legislation and chaired yesterday's hearing of the committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary.

-- Theola Labbé-DeBose


AARP Ex-Official Pleads Guilty

A former director of events at AARP pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing $140,000 from the nonprofit group.

Bruce A. Sanders, 54, of the District pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to transportation of stolen funds. Federal prosecutors said Sanders stole the money between November 2006 and February 2007 by arranging AARP contracts with a company he controlled. He is to be sentenced Sept. 18.

-- Del Quentin Wilber


Package Found to Be Harmless

Amid heightened security surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington, D.C. police and federal agents were summoned to the Israeli Embassy yesterday for a report of a suspicious package that turned out to be harmless, officials said.

The incident occurred about 3 p.m. at the embassy in the 3500 block of International Drive, in the Van Ness area of Northwest Washington.

-- Paul Duggan

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