THE REGION
Man sentenced
in bribery scheme

The owner of a Rockville infor­mation-technology company who paid tens of thousands of dollars to a U.S. Postal Service official for information to help his firm win lucrative government contracts was sentenced Friday to serve a year and a day in prison.

Adel Elaraby, 40, of Gaithersburg, the owner of AH Computer Consulting, pleaded guilty in April to bribery of a public official.

Federal prosecutors had asked that he be sentenced to two years and three months in prison.

They wrote in court filings that Elaraby paid the official, Gene Quarles, $40,000 from April 2010 to June 2012. In exchange, prosecutors wrote, Quarles gave Elaraby confidential information about government contracts and let him listen in on conference calls between Postal Service officials.

AH Computer Consulting has been paid $31 million for work on government contracts since 2006, prosecutors wrote.

Quarles pleaded guilty for his role in the scheme and was sentenced in May to a year and a half in prison. Elaraby’s wife, Heba Elaraby, a co-owner of the company, also admitted to paying bribes and entered into a deferred prosecution agreement this year.

— Matt Zapotosky

THE DISTRICT
Patient steals ambulance in NE

A patient stole an ambulance in Northeast Washington on Saturday morning.

About 9:30 a.m., an ambulance transporting a patient was involved in an accident in the 200 block of Florida Avenue NE. While the patient was being moved to a second ambulance, responders noticed that one of the units was moving and spotted a non-authorized person in the driver’s seat, said Tim Wilson, a spokesman for the District’s Fire and EMS Department.

The patient, Darren Ethedge, 31, of Northeast Washington drove away in the ambulance, officials said.

Araz Alali, a police spokesman, said officers followed the ambulance for about seven blocks before arresting the driver at the intersection of Mount Olivet Road and Brentwood Parkway in Northeast.

The suspect was taken into custody and is facing auto-theft charges, Alali said.

— Nicole Chavez

Man’s threats lead
to street closures

A man threatening to hurt himself near the White House caused street closures for almost three hours Saturday morning, according to the Secret Service.

Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 15th and 19th streets was shut down, as was 17th Street NW between F and H streets, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said.

The streets were reopened around 11:45 a.m., Leary said.

The man, who was uninjured and whose name was not released, was taken by D.C. police to a hospital. He had a piece of luggage with him that police determined did not contain dangerous items.

The man did not have any weapons, a federal official said, and did not have an intention of doing anything at the White House.

— Stefanie Dazio

Pit bulls attack shoppers in NE

Two pit bulls attacked several people in a Northeast Washington shopping mall Saturday morning.

Around 10:30 a.m., two police officers responded to the Hechinger Mall near the intersection of 16th Street and Benning Road.

A man was bitten in the face by one of the dogs and was transported to the hospital. Police said his injuries were not life-threatening.

One of the two officers shot the dogs to try to stop the attacks.

A police spokesman said both dogs are alive and were taken by animal-control officials.

— Nicole Chavez

MARYLAND
Crash kills 2 in Howard County

Two people were killed Friday evening when their car struck a tree in Woodbine, police said.

The driver, John Reuben Graybeal, 22, of Woodbine, and his passenger, Leah Christine McElgunn, 20, of Catonsville, died after Graybeal was unable to navigate a turn on Daisey Road, just south of Cliff View Road, a Howard County police statement said. The 2003 Volkswagen Jetta left the road and struck a tree.

Excessive speed was the primary cause of the accident, the statement said. Graybeal and McElgunn were wearing seat belts, and alcohol did not appear to be a contributing factor.

— Stefanie Dazio

Police investigate slaying in Clinton

Detectives are investigating the slaying of a man in Clinton on Saturday morning, Prince George’s County police said.

Officers responded to the 6300 block of Coventry Way for a report of a shooting about 2:15 a.m., according to police. Officers found a man suffering from a gunshot wound; he died at a hospital.

Police said they were following strong leads, but further details were unavailable.

— Stefanie Dazio

VIRGINIA
Man injured in May car accident dies

An 85-year-old Alexandria man died from injuries suffered in a May car crash, Fairfax County police said Friday. He died June 5.

Richard Pro was a passenger in a Pontiac Vibe that hit a Toyota Camry shortly after 2:30 p.m. May 29 in Hybla Valley, police said. The Toyota was heading south on Richmond Highway and attempting to make a left turn onto Sherwood Hall Lane when it was struck by the Pontiac, which was heading north, police said.

The 80-year-old driver of the Pontiac and Pro were taken to the hospital.

Speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the crash, which is under investigation.

— Justin Jouvenal

Alexandria man’s body found in lake

An Alexandria man whose body was found in a Michigan lake Friday afternoon probably drowned, police said.

The body of the 58-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was found by the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office dive team in about 50 feet of water in Long Lake, a news release from the sheriff’s office said.

Sheriff Thomas J. Bensley said in a telephone interview that two men tried to swim from an island in the lake to the mainland. The victim yelled to the survivor that he couldn’t make it and would turn back to the island, Bensley said. The survivor reached the mainland.

Drownings are not a common occurrence in Long Lake, Bensley said.

— Stefanie Dazio