All taxis will accept credit or debit cards

The D.C. Taxicab Commission voted Wednesday to require all city cabs to accept credit and debit card payments by Aug. 31.

If no hiccups arise in the coming weeks, cab owners will start installing commission-approved “modern taximeter systems” June 1. They will have three months to come into compliance.

The new regulations include some fare changes that will make most rides more expensive. The base fare will be raised June 1 from $3 to $3.25, and an additional-passenger fee of $1 per rider will be reinstituted after a year-long hiatus. A new 25-cent-per-ride surcharge also will be collected to pay for the commission’s various costs.

All other fees, such as baggage fees, have been eliminated, with the exception of charges for telephone dispatch and snow emergencies, and cabs are not permitted to pass on transaction fees to riders.

— Mike DeBonis

City attorney general defends office in suit

D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan appeared in federal court Wednesday to defend his office’s handling of a wrongful-arrest lawsuit involving an International Monetary Fund and World Bank demonstration that took place more than a decade ago.

Under sometimes-heated questioning from Jonathan Turley, an attorney for the protesters who are suing, Nathan rejected the idea that his office failed to investigate allegations of evidence tampering in the case.

Initial reports that someone had deleted a key document in the case proved untrue after the document was retrieved, Nathan said — and so no investigation was needed.

Attorneys for the protesters argued that the city knew about the attempt to destroy the document but failed to say anything.

Nathan said the more important matter was getting the lawsuit to trial. When Turley argued about delays in the case, Nathan said Turley and his team of attorneys were the reason for the delays.

— Keith L. Alexander

21 are indicted in
alleged conspiracies

A federal grand jury in Baltimore charged 18 alleged gang members on racketeering charges Wednesday, including a detainee at a state-managed detention center, news that could draw more scrutiny to Maryland’s beleaguered state correctional system.

Federal officials say the alleged Bloods members, most of them operating out of Howard County, broke into houses, stole money and other items, and sold drugs including oxycodone, ecstasy and marijuana.

Eighteen alleged Bloods members were charged with racketeering. Three people not in the gang were charged with selling drugs.

The investigation began in February 2012 with a separate federal indictment of Michael D. Johnson, 20, of Columbia. Investigators began monitoring Johnson’s communications from jail. Officials say Johnson, an alleged Blood, called other gang members more than 50 times from the Chesapeake Detention Center to discuss drug trafficking and other “gang business.”

The indictment follows sensational allegations of gang activity at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

— Baltimore Sun

10-year sentence in prostitution-ring case

A District Heights man convicted in January in connection with a prostitution ring run out of a Hilton Hotel in Rockville will spend more than 10 years behind bars, a Montgomery County judge ruled Wednesday.

Nahshon Kornegay, 32, was nicknamed “The Pimp of the Pike” during the prostitution and human-trafficking trial.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Rubin said he considered Kornegay’s “total lack of remorse” before issuing a 201 / 2 year sentence, with 10 years suspended and five years of supervised probation.

Kornegay pimped for two women, renting rooms at the Hilton and posting ads for their services, Mays said. Kornegay gave the women drugs so they could work all night, and he threatened to hit them if they did not turn over their earnings, he said.

— Gazette

Treasurer of PTO
is accused of stealing

The treasurer of a Prince William County school’s parent-teacher organization has been accused of stealing money she was responsible for safeguarding, according to a police department news release.

Police arrested Sabrina Ann Corra-Reynolds, 35, of the 16000 block of Sheringham Way in Gainesville. She is accused of stealing $2,200 from Glenkirk Elementary School’s PTO funds between December and April. The volunteer organization’s funds are generated through donations and fundraisers and are not school funds, police said.

A court date has been set for July 7.

— Jeremy Borden