Tax Evasion An Annapolis couple pleaded guilty in federal court in Maryland yesterday to tax evasion charges related to their plumbing business, officials said.

Henry M. Eberly and Dolores C. Eberly, both 76, acknowledged that they evaded personal income taxes for the 1997, 1998 and 1999 tax years. The couple failed to report more than $464,000 in income for those years and therefore failed to pay about $138,000 in taxes, according to a statement attached to their plea agreement.

The Eberlys face a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $100,000 fine. They are to be sentenced Feb. 15.


Strangulation Charge A D.C. woman has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the strangulation of a 68-year-old man two years ago in Northeast Washington, D.C. police said.

Police arrested Delene Bush, 40, on Friday in the killing of Herman Valentine, who was found dead in his house in the 4200 block of Hayes Street NE on Sept. 12, 2003, police said.

Bush and Valentine lived in the same home, police said, and the victim was found in Bush's bedroom. Bush told investigators that she did not kill Valentine but admitted to grabbing his neck and possibly having an epileptic seizure when she squeezed him, police wrote in papers charging her in the killing.

Bystander Shot A bystander was shot and wounded in his right foot during an attempted robbery of a Brinks armored truck in Northwest Washington yesterday morning, D.C. police said.

Police said an unknown man approached the driver as he was getting out of the truck about 9 a.m. in the 5000 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW, police said. The assailant opened fire, wounding the bystander, identified as a 29-year-old man, police said. The man was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for the wound, police said.

The driver of the armored truck jumped back into the vehicle and was not hurt, police said.


Guilty Pleas Two former Fairfax County Circuit Court employees pleaded guilty yesterday to misdemeanor charges of petty larceny for stealing money while working at the Fairfax courthouse, and both were fined $200, authorities said.

Helen Sokos, 25, of Triangle, Va., and Kristie Andrews, 28, of Woodbridge, who worked at the public service desk on the third floor of the courthouse, were arrested Aug. 12 and charged with felony grand larceny for allegedly being handed a "lost" purse that contained $250 and not turning it in. A cooperating witness actually turned over the purse, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

Prosecutors reduced the charge to a misdemeanor in exchange for guilty pleas. Both were sentenced to 360 days in jail, all suspended. Both women declined to comment.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.