Paving Scam The FBI and local law enforcement agencies issued a warning yesterday advising homeowners to beware of a group of men involved in a driveway paving scam in Northern Virginia and Maryland.

At least 20 times in the past six months, the men -- described as having Irish accents -- have repaired driveways that subsequently cracked and collapsed, the FBI said. Some homeowners paid for repairs that were never completed.

In each case, homeowners tried to telephone the workers but got only a disconnected cell phone or an answering service.


Shooting Outside Store A man who stepped out of a small grocery store in Northeast Washington was shot and wounded last night during an apparent robbery, D.C. police said.

The victim had just exited the Neighborhood Market in the 1600 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE when he was approached by two robbers shortly after 9:30 p.m. and shot in the stomach, police said.

It was unclear whether the robbers got anything of value, police said. The man was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where he was listed in critical condition, police said.

Robbery Sentence A man who was employed as a private security guard when he and his uncle committed armed robberies in Georgetown and Southwest Washington last summer was sentenced yesterday to 51/2 years in prison, the U.S. attorney's office announced.

Xavier D. Brooks, 35, was suspended from his job at Hawk One Security Inc. after his arrest in connection with the robberies, which took place July 9. D.C. police said Brooks and Antwane Brooks, now 34, used revolvers belonging to Hawk One when they robbed three pedestrians. The men, both of Capitol Heights, pleaded guilty in September to armed robbery and robbery charges.


Gun Convictions An alleged MS-13 gang member was convicted yesterday of four handgun charges after a July 31 shooting in Silver Spring in which no one was injured.

Giovanni Laebi, 21, of Hyattsville was in a Toyota Corolla with three other alleged gang members who reportedly shot toward another vehicle.

Laebi was previously convicted of second-degree assault for trying to run over a police officer with a vehicle Feb. 4, 2004. He faces up to 18 years behind bars, including a mandatory five-year sentence.

Driver Charged The driver of a pickup truck who struck a pregnant woman before slamming into a building in Rockville on Tuesday was charged with first-degree assault yesterday after officers discovered he might have been impaired by drugs.

William L. Moran, 30, of Rockville was being held on a $75,000 bond at a Montgomery County jail yesterday. He also was charged with second-degree assault, possession of marijuana and injuring someone with a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs.

Moran told police that a medical condition made him pass out before the accident at West Edmonston Drive and Rockville Pike. But a police dog led investigators in another direction when he dug up a small bag with marijuana near the accident scene. Compiled from reports by staff writers.