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Court employee indicted for falsifying drug tests

A former contract employee for the federal courts in Maryland has been accused of taking bribes to falsify drug tests for defendants charged with federal crimes.

Lauren Jeannette Diggs, 50, of Rockville, has been indicted on charges of conspiracy to seek and accept a bribe, witness tampering and making false statements to the grand jury.

Prosecutors say that for the last three years, Diggs took bribes to provide falsified certificates claiming the defendants passed their drug tests.

The cost for one fake result was about $400. Prosecutors estimated that the conspirators made about $15,000.

Man killed in D.C. crash

A New Carrollton man was killed after driving into two parked cars and a tree in Northeast Washington, police said.

About 5:30 p.m. Sunday, a 1994 Ford Explorer driving on the 1700 block of Kearney Street, veered across the road and collided with a parked car, police said.

The Explorer bounced onto the curb, struck a tree, then hit another car.

The driver, identified as 61-year-old Ellsworth Rucker, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police are investigating.

D.C. man shot, killed

A 23-year-old man shot in Southeast D.C. early Monday has died, police said.

Robert Maurice Lesueur, of Northeast, was found by police at about 1:30 a.m. on the 1700 block of 27th Street SE suffering from a gunshot wound.

He was taken to a hospital but died a short time later, police said.

Anyone with information can call police at 202-727-9099. People can also submit anonymous information by texting 50411.

- Scott McCabe

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