THE DISTRICT

Man, 31, Charged in 1997 Hit-and-Run

Police arrested a 31-year-old Capitol Heights man yesterday and charged him with negligent homicide in connection with what authorities said was a two-year-old hit-and-run.

Derrick Darnell Hill, of the 1500 block of Ruston Avenue, was charged in the death of Brian Kenneth Walters, 23, a heavy-equipment operator from College Park, said Assistant Police Chief Brian Jordan. On May 24, 1997, Walters was talking to friends in the 3000 block of V Street NE when he was struck by a van and killed, police said.

Police reported little progress in the investigation for weeks, but Walters's relatives persisted in prodding authorities, raised reward money and spotted failings in the initial police probe. Jordan credited the arrest to the work of two investigators to whom the case was ultimately transferred: Detectives Anthony Patterson and Joseph Diliberto.

VIRGINIA

Police Post Sketches of Assault Suspect

Arlington County police distributed wanted posters yesterday near the Goodwill store in the 4700 block of Columbia Pike where a 31-year-old customer was sexually assaulted on Tuesday in a fitting room.

The poster included a sketch of the suspect. Police described the suspect as a white Hispanic man between the ages of 20 and 25 who is 4 feet 10 inches tall and has a slight mustache. They said he wore a red-and-black plaid jacket and a black ball cap and spoke to the victim in Spanish.

Man Gets 30 Months for Bilking Clients

A 54-year-old Reston man was sentenced in federal court yesterday to 30 months in prison for defrauding 10 of his investment clients, many elderly or widowed, of more than $628,000 over seven years, a federal prosecutor said.

Bruce H. Whitson, a financial planner, misled some of his clients to invest money and property through him that he instead used for his own purposes, according to court records.

To carry out the scheme, he created fake prospectuses, stationery and periodic reports purporting to show interest earned on the fake investments, the records said. Whitson, who operated a business called Capital Forum Inc., pleaded guilty in October to one count each of mail fraud and failing to file a federal income tax return, said Assistant U.S. Attorney David G. Barger. He has agreed to pay restitution to his victims, most of whom were from Northern Virginia.

Ex-Fugitive Sentenced in INS Fraud Case

An Iranian national who fled the United States to Iran seven years ago on the eve of his indictment in 1992 was sentenced yesterday in federal court to 15 months in prison for making a false statement to an Immigration and Naturalization Service officer and wire fraud in connection with his ownership and operation of several car dealerships, officials said.

On Sept. 6, Mohammed R. Sina, 40, was caught trying to re-enter this country using a counterfeit Israeli passport and, on Oct. 4, pleaded guilty to the two federal charges in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, officials said. According to court records relating to the wire fraud charge, Sina made false statements in 1991 to the General Motors Acceptance Corp. to obtain wholesale financing.

MARYLAND

Prince George's Officer Suspended

A Prince George's County police officer has been suspended with pay after he was charged with assaulting a man in Queen Anne's County, Prince George's County police officials said yesterday.

Cpl. Patrick Carmody, a three-year veteran of the force assigned to the Bureau of Patrol, was charged with second-degree assault in a criminal summons sworn out by a man with whom he allegedly engaged in a "pushing and shoving match" on Dec. 13, said Lt. Andy Ellis, a police spokesman. Carmody was off-duty at the time of the incident, Ellis said.

CAPTION: Police seek this man, described as about 5 feet tall, in an assault.