MARYLAND

Drug sentencing: A federal judge in Greenbelt sentenced a member of the Hells Angels yesterday to five months in prison and five months of home detention for a drug offense and a weapons violation, Maryland U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio announced.

U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. also sentenced Lewis James Hall, 34, of Owings to three years of supervised release and levied a $3,000 fine. Hall pleaded guilty April 6 to distribution of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a felon.

THE DISTRICT

Counterfeit documents: Immigration agents arrested 18 people yesterday in a strike against a document-forging ring operating in Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan, authorities said.

The sweep was part of Operation Card Shark, targeting producers and distributors of counterfeit identity documents.

Two of those arrested were picked up in the building where the fake cards were produced. Sixteen others, identified as vendors of the fraudulent goods, were picked up on the street.

Guilty plea: A D.C. jail inmate pleaded guilty yesterday to manslaughter in the killing of a fellow prisoner, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Dominic Jones, 23, of the 1300 block of Saratoga Avenue NE, ambushed 24-year-old Givon Pendleton in the gym Dec. 11, 2002, stabbing him nine times.

False claim: A woman who allegedly practiced dentistry without a license was arrested yesterday in Northwest Washington, and her husband was being sought for the same offense, authorities said last night.

Virginia Vargas was arrested by investigators from the D.C. police and FBI at the couple's home on Holmead Place in Columbia Heights, according to the Associated Press. Carlos Vargas, who pleaded guilty in 2002 to similar offenses, was not there, authorities said.

Four stabbed: Four people were stabbed yesterday afternoon in a melee in Northeast Washington, police said.

The incident, apparently involving four women, unfolded just before 4 p.m. in the 1300 block of Saratoga Avenue, police said. None suffered life-threatening injuries, police said. All four were taken to hospitals.

THE REGION

Elderly targeted: Federal prosecutors announced charges yesterday against six people accused of defrauding elderly Washington region women of more than $100,000 with a variety of scams that the suspects referred to as "granny hunting."

The six, all from the Culpeper, Va., area, were indicted on charges of conspiracy, interstate transportation of property taken by fraud, money laundering and bank fraud. They are accused of posing as employees of home repair or tree service businesses and inducing elderly homeowners in Northern Virginia, Maryland and the District to pay for repairs that were not needed or not performed.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.