Labor union worker gets 2 years

A 61-year-old Bowie woman was sentenced to two years in prison for embezzling at least $379,000 from a labor union.

Ava L. Ramey stole the money from 2005 to 2009 while serving as an official for the United Government Security Officers of America Local 21 in Bowie, prosecutors said.

During those four years, Ramey wrote more than $80,000 in checks from the union account to herself; purchased more than $70,000 worth of merchandise with the union debit card; withdrew more than $60,000 from ATMs; withdrew more than $100,000 of union funds; and wrote more than $60,000 in checks from the union account to her family members.

Mail thieves sought

Police believe that the person or persons responsible for a string of mail thefts in Montgomery County may be driving a gray sedan-like vehicle.

The thefts have occurred throughout Montgomery County since October. The thief or thieves have been stealing mail from mailboxes, removing checks from the mail, altering the checks and cashing or attempting to cash them, county police said.

The gray car has been seen near several of the theft sites.

Citizens should report any suspicious situations, vehicles and people by calling 911 or the police nonemergency line, 301-279-8000.

Elderly man succumbs to crash injuries

A 76-year-old Reston man has died from injuries he suffered in a vehicle crash last month.

The crash happened about 9:30 a.m. Dec. 26 on Lee Highway in the McLean area. The driver of a Ford Ranger lost control of his pickup, crossed into oncoming traffic and struck two SUVs.

The driver of one of the SUVs, Frederick Naef, died Sunday from the injuries in the crash.

The driver of the Ranger was charged with failing to maintain control of his vehicle. Speed and alcohol were not considered factors in the crash.

-- Scott McCabe