Trespasser sentenced: An Arkansas man was sentenced in federal court in Washington yesterday to 11 months in jail for posing as a congressional employee to gain entrance to the Cannon House Office Building through the Library of Congress.

Phillip Douglas, 29, who went by many aliases, pleaded guilty in April to one count of false personation of an officer or employee of the United States and one count of false and fictitious statements.

Authorities said Douglas used an official 108th U.S. Congress identification, which had been reported lost in November, to gain entry to the congressional building through a restricted area on Feb. 3. Authorities said they did not know what his motive was.

Burglary arrests: Two homeless men were arrested yesterday after they were spotted breaking into a Capitol Hill rowhouse by an off-duty police officer, officials said.

Anthony Ward, 50, and Darryl Montgomery, 37, were being processed last night on second-degree burglary charges. Police said an off-duty officer watched one of the men push an air-conditioning unit into a rowhouse in the 800 block of D Street NE. Police have been battling a spike in burglaries in that area, recording about 30 in the past month. About a dozen of those involved burglars pushing in air-conditioners or breaking bars off windows. The thieves took mostly small items, including jewelry and laptop computers, police said.

Arson arrest: A 46-year-old man was charged yesterday with arson in two house fires in Northwest Washington, D.C. fire officials said.

Gregory Louallen, who has no fixed address, is accused of setting fire to two homes in the 1500 block of Fourth Street NW in Shaw on March 17 and June 27. Louallen was arrested Monday on charges of breaking into a house in the same block. The arson charges were filed yesterday after fire officials received a tip from a neighborhood resident, authorities said. Those fires are not believed to be related to 39 fires believed to have been set in the region by a serial arsonist.


* A 31-year-old man was shot to death yesterday morning in Northwest Washington, D.C. police said. Sean Carter of the 1200 block of Holbrook Terrace NE was shot about 5:30 a.m. in the 900 block of Crittenden Street NW, police said. Carter was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where he died about two hours later. Anyone with information is urged to call police at 202-727-9099.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.