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The Blotter for May 15

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5 D.C. firefighters take heat after Facebook posting

Five D.C. firefighters have been placed on desk duty after one of them posted a picture of D.C. police officer on Facebook and questioned why emergency crews should respond to incidents as fast as possible.

According to News4, a firefighter posted a photo of a D.C. police officer who had written a ticket for the firefighter with a comment to the effect of, "This is why we should be careful and take our time getting to incident scenes."

Four other firefighters who seemed to endorse the sentiment, were also placed on desk duty.

The incident comes two months after a D.C. police motorcycle officer who was struck by a hit-and-run driver waited more than 15 minutes before being rescued by first responders from Prince George's County.

Md. man sentenced for distributing child porn

A 47-year-old Maryland man was sentenced to six years in prison for possession and distribution of child pornography.

Shawn Fred Crawford, of Lusby, in July 2012 distributed six images and 16 videos depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to his plea agreement filed in federal court in Greenbelt.

FBI agents seized computers and other digital media from Crawford containing about 4,700 images and 1,100 videos of child pornography, including of children under the age of 12.

Va. judge sets new dates in ex-mansion chef's case

A judge in Richmond set new hearing and trial dates and agreed to modify a gag order in the politically charged embezzlement case against a former chef at Virginia's governor's mansion, according to the Associated Press.

Circuit Judge Margaret Spencer set a July 8 hearing on pretrial motions, including a defense request to dismiss the four-count indictment against Todd Schneider. The trial was pushed back to Oct. 15 to 18.

Spencer also said she will revise the gag order to allow attorneys to speak publicly to correct misinformation, provided the defense and prosecution agree, the AP reported.

-- Scott McCabe

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