103-Count Racketeering Indictment
A Southeast Washington man, described by prosecutors as the leader of a ruthless drug gang known as the 1-5 Mob, has been charged along with 10 other people in a 103-count racketeering indictment, prosecutors said.
Tommy Edelin, 31, has been in custody since his arrest last year on narcotics charges. In January, prosecutors unsealed an indictment linking Edelin and other alleged gang members to at least seven killings and numerous assaults and shootings. The new indictment includes the earlier charges as well as allegations involving eight more slayings, prosecutors said. The violence allegedly took place during a drug war from 1985 until 1998 near the Stanton Dwellings public housing complex in Southeast Washington.
The new indictment was returned last week in U.S. District Court after additional investigation by a task force of D.C. police and FBI agents. Edelin pleaded not guilty at his arraignment yesterday. Prosecutors said all 11 defendants could face life in prison if convicted.
Off-Duty Officer Stabbed, Fires Gun
An off-duty Prince George's County police officer was stabbed in the arm last night and fired his service weapon at a would-be carjacker last night in Northeast Washington, police said.
The officer, who was not identified, was approached about 11 p.m. and fended off the would-be suspect, police said. He summoned help from the D.C. police department in the 4500 block of Grant Street NE. The officer fired his weapon, but officials said it was unclear whether the suspect was struck.
Officials did not release any additional information and said the incident remained under investigation this morning.
Farmer's Market Vendors Sentenced
Four vendors from the D.C. Farmer's Market were given prison terms yesterday on charges stemming from the illegal use of food stamps.
Prosecutors said the vendors illegally bought food stamps from people who received the benefits, paying just a fraction of their face value. The vendors then redeemed them for the full amount, collecting a windfall, they said.
The vendors pleaded guilty to federal charges of illegal food stamp trafficking. U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson sentenced Migual Sigaran and Ana Sigaran, of Wheaton, the owners of Sigaran Grocery, to one-year terms and ordered them to pay a total of $155,000 in restitution. Pedro Rubio and Teresa Rubio, of Northwest Washington, owners of Vanessa Grocery Store, got terms of five and 10 months and were ordered to pay back a total of $100,000.
Two Charged With Attempted Murder
A Prince George's County man and a 15-year-old were charged with attempted murder yesterday after they allegedly sprayed gunfire into a group of four people at a bus stop Tuesday night, Greenbelt police said.
Joseph Millegan, 18, of the 2200 block of Brightseat Road in Landover, and Marcus Allen Gross, 15, of the 7000 block of Hanover Parkway in Greenbelt, each was charged with four counts of attempted murder, police said. They remained in custody last night as they waited to make their initial appearance before a district court commissioner, police said. Gross was charged as an adult.
Police said four people were waiting at a bus stop in the 7800 block of Mandan Road in Greenbelt about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday when two of the bystanders--an 18-year-old man and a 13-year-old girl--were struck in the legs by gunfire. Both victims were taken to Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, where the girl was treated and released, police said. The man was listed in stable condition yesterday, police said. Investigators said they didn't know a motive for the shooting.
Husband's Statement Is Admissible
A Mount Airy man's statement to police that he strangled his wife can be used as evidence at his first-degree murder trial, a Frederick County Circuit Court judge ruled yesterday.
Judge Julie Stevenson concluded after a three-day hearing that Maryland State Police troopers who questioned Donald Wayne Holt at Carroll County General Hospital in early February did not illegally obtain a statement from Holt saying that he had killed Nancy Holt.
Donald Holt, 45, a senior editor of the Bethesda-based Journal of the National Cancer Institute, was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at the time. Defense attorney Richard Bricken contended that police and prosecutors ignored doctor-patient confidences while questioning Holt's doctor and psychologist.
Police say Holt told police about the slaying and directed them to Nancy Holt's body, which was found in a car parked at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. She had been dead about three weeks. Holt's trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 16.
Slaying Suspect Transported From Atlanta
Roy Junious Greene Jr., the 50-year-old former Fairfax County man charged in the stabbing death of Mary Jean Wilcox, has waived extradition and been transported to Alexandria from Atlanta, police said yesterday.
Greene, who was arrested in Atlanta last week by FBI agents, is charged with capital murder and robbery. Wilcox, a 44-year-old co-worker, was found slain on June 29, 1998, at the Association of Alexandria Radiologists on Duke Street.
Greene was scheduled to be arraigned in General District Court at a hearing this morning. He is being held without bond in the city jail.