Drug conviction: A jury yesterday convicted a Southeast Washington man of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, PCP and marijuana, as well as related drug trafficking and weapons offenses.
Jack D. Davis, 27, of the 1000 block of Congress Street SE, was the focus of a long-term investigation of drug and gang activity in Southeast. He was identified by law enforcement authorities as one of the leaders of the 10th Place/Trenton Place gang, a violent drug gang that allegedly had been feuding with the rival neighborhood Congress Park gang since the mid-1990s.
According to evidence presented at trial, Davis had boasted to fellow gang members that he often was able to avoid conviction on drug charges because he claimed his twin brother was actually the person involved in the crime. Davis faces a maximum sentence of life in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 14 by U.S. District Judge Richard W. Roberts.
* A man was fatally shot Monday night in Southeast Washington, police said. Responding to reports of a shooting, police discovered the man about 10:30 p.m. in the 4600 block of Livingston Road SE. The man, who police said remains unidentified, was pronounced dead at Washington Hospital Center.
Embezzlement charge: A director at a Fairfax County substance abuse center was arrested yesterday on a charge of felony embezzlement for alleged fraudulent use of a county credit card.
Police said Andrea Rae Howard, 39, of the 8900 block of McDowell Commons in Manassas, is the youth clinical director at Crossroads Residential Facility and has worked there since 1997. Police spokeswoman Mary Ann Jennings declined to specify how much money is thought to have been embezzled, but she said that the sum was not expected to be large and that the unauthorized expenditures on Howard's credit card had not been occurring for long.
Howard was released yesterday on a recognizance bond. Her employment status at Crossroads was unavailable yesterday.
Spam trial: A Loudoun County Circuit Court jury will resume deliberations today in the trial of three North Carolina residents charged with violating Virginia's anti-spam law.
Jurors deliberated for seven hours yesterday after hearing five days of testimony in a trial Virginia prosecutors have called the nation's first felony prosecution of people who send unsolicited bulk e-mail.
Prosecutors said defendants Jeremy Jaynes, Jessica DeGroot and Richard Rutkowski, all of the Raleigh area, illegally used false or forged Internet addresses to send e-mail advertisements to thousands of subscribers of Loudoun-based America Online. Defense attorneys say that the state's case is circumstantial and that there is no evidence that the defendants sent ads to people who did not ask for them. If convicted, each defendant could face as much as 15 years in prison and $2,500 in fines.
Compiled from reports by staff writers.