Police Blotter for Feb. 5

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Former employee of federal court contractor sentenced for bribery

A former Maryland courthouse employee was sentenced for accepting $10,000 in bribes to falsify more than 100 urine tests of federal defendants.

Christopher Womack, 43, of Forestville, was sentenced Monday to nine months of home confinement and three years probation.

Womack, who worked for a company that provides drug tests to the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services in Maryland, accepted dozens bribes and received more than $10,000 in bribe payments, prosecutors said.

Womack's sentence comes a week after his former boss, Lauren Jeannette Diggs, of Rockville, pleaded guilty to the bribery conspiracy and to falsely testifying before a grand jury investigating the bribery scheme.

Diggs, 50, is set to be sentenced April 22.

2nd-grader brandishes gun on bus

A second-grader displayed a loaded handgun on a school bus on his way to a Henrico County elementary school.

Media outlets report that the 7-year-old boy made a threatening statement after taking out the gun on Monday morning.

School officials found the gun in the student's possession and notified police. No one was injured in the incident.

The student was released to a guardian and school officials say that there will be a disciplinary review. Police haven't said whether the child or his parents will face charges.

Smash and grab at jewely store in Pentagon City mall

Four men robbed a jewelry store at the Pentagon City mall on Monday, Arlington County police said.

It happened around 11:30 a.m. at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. The suspects wore hoodies over their heads and masks on their faces, walked into the Zales Jewelers and began smashing display cases. They fled and hopped into a red vehicle driven by a fifth person.

Nobody was injured.

Police estimate that the thieves made off with $130,000 in jewelry.

-Scott McCabe

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Scott McCabe

Staff Writer - Crime
The Washington Examiner
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Naomi Jagoda

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The Washington Examiner