45-year-old pleads guilty in dead girl's abduction A Cumberland man pleaded guilty to abducting a 6-year-old girl and leaving her for dead.

Forty-five-year old Stephen Westfall pleaded guilty to kidnapping and second-degree murder in Allegany County Circuit Court. Prosecutors said they will seek a 50-year prison term, 10 years short of the maximum for the charges. Police said Westfall snatched the child near her Cumberland home and drove her to a rural area where he allegedly choked her, beat her in the head with a rock and left her in a dry creek bed. The incident touched off a 12-day manhunt that ended when Westfall's girlfriend told police that he could be found in church in Grantsville, Md.

Five arrested in gang fight

Five people were arrested in connection with a gang-related fight in the parking lot of Potomac Mills Mall in Woodbridge. Prince William County police said at least three people were assaulted and suffered minor injuries in the Dec. 28 attack. Police have investigated and made several arrests: Eric A. Santos, 18, of Dumfries, Mario R. Trejo, 18, of Woodbridge, and three juveniles, a male age 17 and two females, ages 17 and 16. All were charged with assault and battery.

Cab driver sentenced on tax evasion

A D.C. taxi cab driver who shares the same name as the city's mayor was sentenced to 30 days behind bars for failing to file taxes.

Prosecutors said Vincent Gray, 66, failed to file federal and D.C. taxes in 2004, 2005 and 2006. He earned at least $38,723 in 2004, at least $67,372 in 2005, and at least $52,763 in 2006, well above the minimum filing amount for each of those years. Gray owed nearly $35,000 for those three years, prosecutors said.

Compiled by Scott McCabe