THE DISTRICT

Art Gallery Reports Destructive Customer

A District woman was charged with destruction of property after she went into an art gallery and began ripping pages from a book, D.C. police said yesterday.

Sarah Margaret Jespersen, 49, of the 800 block of E Street NE, was arrested about 6:30 p.m. Thursday near the Taylor and Sons Fine Art gallery at 666 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, police said.

Jesperson walked into the gallery filled with sculptures and landscape paintings and picked up a copy of "The Best Sketching and Drawings," according to gallery owner Michele Taylor. Jesperson allegedly removed several pages showing sketches of nude women.

"She was kind of scaring me because she was waving her arms yelling, 'disgusting filth,' " Taylor said. "There was absolutely nothing pornographic about the art."

As Jesperson left the gallery, she allegedly destroyed several signs hanging in the window.

Prince George's Man Found Slain

D.C. police are investigating the fatal shooting of a Prince George's County man early yesterday.

Anton Letroy Parker, 19, of the 4700 block of Hudson Avenue in Suitland, was found shot in the leg at 12:41 a.m. in the 1100 block of Stevens Road SE, police said. He was taken to D.C. General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:20 a.m.

Police ask anyone with information on the shooting to call the 7th District at 202-698-1260 or the D.C. Crime Solvers Unit at 1-800-673-2777.

VIRGINIA

Driver Hit Cars and Signs, Police Say

A Springfield man accused of driving his Jeep into front lawns and cars along a two-mile stretch of Greeley Boulevard was arrested yesterday as he backed away from a tree he had plowed into at West Springfield Elementary School.

Fairfax County police said residents in the 7800 block of Greeley started calling about 2:45 a.m. to report the 1992 Jeep Wrangler swerving through yards, knocking down street signs and crashing into a utility pole.

Officers arrested the driver, Troy Yesh, 25, of the 7800 block of Doane Court, without incident, police said. Yesh was charged with driving while intoxicated and felony destruction of school property. Police said he had caused thousands of dollars in damage to benches, trees, street signs, lamp posts and vehicles along Greeley between Rolling and Old Keene Mill roads.

Physician's Son Admits to Drug Charge

A District man pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to one count of distributing a controlled substance for using a prescription pad, which belonged to his deceased father, to dole out drugs.

Fred Whitney Edwards, 36, used his father's DEA registration number to write prescriptions after his physician father, Clarence C. Edwards, died on Dec. 3, 1997. In August, Fred Edwards was indicted on charges of illegally distributing drugs to five of his father's former patients. Edwards, who was not a physician, pretended to be one, investigators said. He worked at his father's clinic at 709 D St. SE.

Edwards faces a maximum of 20 years in prison when he's sentenced in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

Man Sentenced in Stolen Check Plot

A District man was sentenced yesterday to 33 months in a federal prison after he and an Anacostia mail carrier stole boxes of blank checks from about 200 postal customers and then arranged for accomplices with fake IDs to write checks for $430,000 in merchandise.

Richard Rosebar, 33, pleaded guilty in July in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to a count of conspiracy and four counts of bank fraud. In September, Herbert Bigby, 30, of Bowie, who was once assigned to the Anacostia Post Office, was sentenced to three months in prison for his role in the scheme.

Investigators said Bigby stole the checks and sold them to Rosebar for $50 a box. Rosebar recruited accomplices, providing them with fake IDs and having them use the checks to purchase expensive items at stores in Baltimore, the District and Northern Virginia. He then sold those items for cash.