D.C. man ran illegal Chinatown casino, feds say
Federal agents have charged a District man with running an illegal gambling operation in Chinatown.
Chun Liu, 55, has been charged with money laundering and conducting an illegal gambling business.
Prosecutors are attempting to seize $230,000 in proceeds from the illegal gambling shop, housed at 817 Sixth St. NW, above a tiny delicatessen that specializes in authentic Chinese noodles and rice noodle rolls.
On the second floor, the room had three touch-screen gaming machines and six tables for mah-jongg, a game of chance that originated in China and is played with a set of dominolike tiles, documents say.
Kidnapping went wrong
A reported kidnapping on the streets of Bethesda on Thursday afternoon turned out to be nothing more than a bachelor party prank.
Witnesses reported two men grabbing another man outside of the Sport and Health Club at 4400 Montgomery Avenue shortly after 1 p.m., according to authorities.
But officers discovered the kidnapping was a part of a bachelor party prank -- the groom was taken to a party, and no one was taken anywhere they didn't want to go, according to Montgomery County police spokesman Capt. Paul Starks. No one was charged in the prank.