MARYLAND

Drug sentence: John Anthony Beal, the president of the North Beach chapter of the Hells Angels, was sentenced yesterday to nearly four years in prison on cocaine and firearms charges, the U.S. attorney's office in Greenbelt said.

Beal, 38, of Dunkirk, was given a 46-month sentence by U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams Jr. and was ordered not to have any contact with the motorcycle club for two of the three years of his supervised release.

Beal pleaded guilty Jan. 5 to distribution of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with two incidents in 2003.

Impersonating an officer: A Halethorpe man was charged yesterday with impersonating a police officer in Frederick and forging prescriptions for drugs, police said.

Arthur W. Thomas Jr., 41, was arrested shortly after a police and emergency medical services dispatcher saw him enter a Kmart on Route 40 while openly carrying a handgun in a holster, Frederick police said in a statement. The man also was dressed in black with POLICE emblazoned on his shirt, police said. The dispatcher felt something was not right and called police.

After stopping Thomas's vehicle at the Westridge shopping center, police found forged prescriptions, a pellet gun in a holster, a fake Maryland State Police identification card and other police equipment, authorities said.

They said Thomas was passing the forged prescriptions in Carroll, Frederick and Montgomery counties.

VIRGINIA

Nightclub stabbing: A Woodlawn area man was stabbed in a nightclub late Friday, and Fairfax County police said yesterday that the incident may be gang-related.

The victim, a 19-year-old whose name was not released because the suspects are at large, was inside the Mexico Lindo club in the 8700 block of Richmond Highway. Officer Bud Walker said that the man told police that he argued with a group of men, that the men displayed gang signs and that he then was stabbed.

The man remained hospitalized yesterday, Walker said, but his injuries were not life-threatening. The victim was not able to give much information about the gang signals, and police do not believe he was a gang member, Walker said.

Sex assault charges: A 56-year-old Manassas area man has been charged with sexually assaulting two 14-year-old boys in June, Prince William County police said yesterday.

Donnie Lee Feltner, of the 12700 block of Forest Oak Court, allegedly assaulted one boy at his home on one occasion and assaulted both youths during another visit, police said. Police said the boys were acquaintances of Feltner's.

Feltner was arrested Saturday. He is charged with three counts each of indecent liberties and crimes against nature, police said.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.