MARYLAND

Man Enters Plea in Wife's Death

A Columbia man charged with murdering his wife in the parking lot of the Howard County Circuit Court on March 11 entered a plea Monday of not guilty and not criminally responsible, authorities said.

Tsu Sheng Liu, 49, was arrested after police said several rounds were fired from a shotgun and a semiautomatic pistol just after he left divorce proceedings in the courthouse. He is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, So Shan Chan, 52, and with attempting to murder her daughter, Wing Sau Wu, 26.

Liu is being held at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup, a state institution for the criminally insane, where he is undergoing psychiatric evaluation. His attorney, Louis P. Willemin, said yesterday that he will argue that Liu is incompetent to stand trial.

Motions in the case are scheduled for Aug. 9.

2 Pr. George's Officers Suspended

Two Prince George's County police officers have been suspended with pay after they were charged last weekend in separate off-duty incidents, department officials said yesterday.

Cpl. James Gamble Jr., 32, a 10-year veteran of the force assigned to the Bureau of Patrol, was charged with second-degree assault Monday in a criminal summons sworn out by his wife, Robyn M. Gamble, according to court records.

According to the summons, James Gamble allegedly punched, choked and shoved his wife during a fight at her Bowie home on June 15. Gamble is scheduled to appear for trial July 29 in Prince George's County District Court.

Cpl. Kenneth Sylvester Goodwin II, a seven-year member of the force assigned to the Bureau of Patrol, was given a citation Saturday charging him with reckless driving, negligent driving, speeding and attempting to elude a police officer near the intersection of Route 50 and Route 410 in Landover, police said.

VIRGINIA

Chiropractor Sentenced for Fraud

An Alexandria chiropractor was sentenced yesterday to three years in federal prison for misrepresenting her services as neurological tests when she billed federal and private health benefit programs, authorities said.

Paulette A. Higgins, 32, was convicted in March of 29 counts of mail fraud and 11 counts of money laundering by a U.S. District Court jury in Alexandria.

Many insurance plans do not cover chiropractic services, according to prosecutors, who said Higgins tried to circumvent those rules by billing her work as $1,200 nerve conduction velocity tests, even thought the two neurologists whose names were on the bills had not ordered or recommended the tests.

Higgins also billed for $100 "rehabilitation therapy" sessions that were actually $10 visits to a Gold's Gym, officials said.

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema sentenced Higgins to 37 months in custody, to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Higgins was also ordered to pay $132,071 in restitution to the 32 insurance companies that were victimized.

Man Jailed for Letting Dogs Loose

A 34-year-old Springfield man has been sentenced to jail in a matter that began when two of his dogs attacked and killed a neighbor's cat, Fairfax County police said.

They said that William S. Delbrook, of the 8700 block of Scott Street, was found guilty Oct. 15 of owning dangerous dogs after his Jack Russell terriers killed the cat last July 3.

He was then convicted Dec. 16 of violating provisions of a dangerous dog order and of allowing his dogs to be unrestricted after a neighbor testified that the dogs were loose in November, police said.

They said he was fined $200 and given a 30-day jail sentence that was suspended. Police said dangerous dogs must be confined in a secure place and not allowed to run free.

Last month, they said, a neighbor saw the dogs running loose, and the 30-day sentence was imposed in District Court on Friday.