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The Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CAGLCC) held its annual awards ceremony at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel on Friday. (Washington Blade photos by Michael Key) CAGLCC Awards 


Fall collection

The Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams store on 14th Street revealed its fall 2013 collection at an event cosponsored by the Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Studio Santalla on Aug. 22.  Randy Fiser, CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers, served as the guest speaker. (Washington Blade photos by Tyler Grigsby) buyphoto 


The Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Capital Pride produced the LGBT business expo,, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on Nov. 9. (Washington Blade photos by Jon Wooten) buyphoto 


Community service for gay business leader

Mark Guenther, CAGLCC, Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, gay news, Washington Blade

Mark Guenther, director of the Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. (Washington Blade file photo by Pete Exis)

An unlawful entry charge filed by police in October against D.C. gay business leader Mark Guenther will be dismissed in four months if Guenther successfully completes community service work under a deferred prosecution program approved Dec. 13 by a D.C. Superior Court judge.

D.C. police charged Guenther, executive director of the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, with entering a male neighbor’s apartment without permission at 3 a.m. on Oct. 26.

A police charging document says Guenther emailed the neighbor to apologize for his action shortly after the neighbor, who was in bed, told him to leave the apartment. Guenther lives in an apartment across the hall from the neighbor’s apartment in a building on the 1400 block of Chapin Street, N.W., according to the charging document.

At a Dec. 13 court hearing, Judge Marisa J. Demeo approved a joint request by Guenther’s attorney and the prosecutor that Guenther be admitted into what officials call a deferred prosecution-diversion program involving community service work. Demeo left in place her earlier order that he stay away from the neighbor whose complaint led to the arrest.

The judge scheduled a status hearing for April 12, when she is expected to dismiss the charge after determining that Guenther fulfilled his obligations under the program.

Guenther and his attorney and the complainant have declined to comment on the case.