Ex-P.G. jail guard sentenced in prisoner's death

A former Prince George's County corrections officer was sentenced to two years behind bars for obstruction of justice in the investigation into the 2008 death of a detainee who had been accused of killing a county police officer.

Anthony McIntosh, 49, is accused of turning his back on 19-year-old inmate Ronnie White, who either hanged himself or was strangled in his jail cell.

White had been arrested two days earlier in the hit-and-run death of Prince George's County Police Cpl. Richard Findley.

The medical examiner ruled White's death a homicide. A grand jury investigated without returning indictments, and the Department of Justice pursued charges last year against McIntosh.

McIntosh is the only person charged in the case.

Contractor sentenced for cheating elderly D.C. woman

A contractor was sentenced to more than two years in prison and ordered to pay restitution to a 93-year-old District woman he tricked into paying more than $170,000 in home improvements that were not performed.

James F. Butler, 52, admitted that he and his workers asked the woman, whose memory was deteriorating, to pay for material and labor a total of 38 times during a period of one-and-a-half months. Sometimes Butler, would have her write multiple checks on the same day, knowing that she did not remember already paying him.

Butler is the owner of Nationwide Tree Specialists.

Boat captain gets jail for illegal fishing

A Tappahannock, Va., man was sentenced to 30 days imprisonment Monday for possession of illegally-harvested striped bass.

William W. Lowery IV, 44, a charter fishing captain, admitted that he took a client to fish for striped bass in restricted area about seven to 10 miles offshore.

When law enforcement officers approached his boat, Lowery attempted to flee, and a trash barrel containing 13 striped bass was thrown overboard.

-- Scott McCabe and Naomi Jagoda