Man stabs, robs Brinks driverA Baltimore man has been...


October 24, 1990

Man stabs, robs Brinks driver

A Baltimore man has been charged with attempted murdeand armed robbery after an armored car driver was stabbed and robbed near Cockeysville, Baltimore County police say.

The wounded Brinks Inc. driver, Robert LeRoy Hadel, 59, of the first block of Maidstone Court in White Marsh, was in satisfactory condition in the intensive care unit at Sinai Hospital, a spokeswoman said.

According to police, about 1:13 p.m. yesterday, Hadel was leaving a United Parcel Service facility in the 14000 block of York Road, where he had just picked up a money bag, when a man attacked him from behind and stabbed him in the right buttock.

Hadel fell to the ground, and the assailant grabbed the money bag and fled, said Sgt. David Jagodzinski.

Jagodzinski said a man, who had been hiding in a UPS utility closet, was spotted by a UPS employee, who then chased the man.

Police were called, and they captured and arrested a suspect -- identified as Jeffrey Lee Billings, 37, of the 2700 block of Springhill Road -- and recovered the money sack, which contained five smaller bags. Police did not say how much money was in the bags.

Vicki Hunter, a Sinai spokeswoman, said Hadel was in intensive care "because they are monitoring him for his heart. His [blood] pressure had dropped considerably at the scene. I don't think they anticipate a heart attack. He sat up, and is resting comfortably."

Police-car crash injures 3

Two Northern District police officers and a civilian werinjured last night when their radio car crashed into a utility pole, mailbox and a building at the intersection of Greenmount Avenue and 30th Street.

Police said the officers were in the same police car and were responding to a report of a man with a knife, police said.

At the time, the vehicle's lights and siren were in use, police said.

Police said Officers James M. Reid, the driver, and Lisa Johnson were responding as a back-up unit to the armed-person call and were southbound in the 2900 block of Greenmount Ave. at 10:42 p.m. when a 1988 Chevrolet Camaro driven east in the 500 block of E. 30th St. by James Bradshaw, 28, of the 600 block of E. 29th St., entered the intersection.

Police said Reid turned to his left to avoid a collision and struck a utility pole and a mailbox.

Police said Reid was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was treated for injuries to his right shoulder, right knee and right ankle before being released. Johnson, police said, was taken to the Homewood Hospital Center and released following treatment for minor leg and hip injuries.

Police said Bradshaw also was taken to Sinai Hospital and released after treatment for an injured left elbow. He was charged with failing to grant the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle.

Woman killed on wet road

A 43-year-old Washington County woman was killed yesterday morning when she lost control of her car and crashed into a utility pole in Frederick County, state police said.

About 6 a.m. yesterday, Linda Laurie Preston of Keedysville was driving a 1986 Dodge south on Md. 85, just north of Md. 28 near Tuscarora, police said. She was passing another car when she ran into heavy water on the road. Her car hydroplaned across the road and crashed into the pole.

Preston died of multiple injuries at Frederick Memorial Hospital shortly after the accident, police said.

BWI will test security system

A $9 million security system that will be tested at Baltimore-Washington International Airport could be used around the country, the FAA said.

New security methods that could allow for screening or watching of all visitors and employees at the nation's airports will probably begin next summer at BWI and last through 1991.

The $9.3 million test by the Federal Aviation Administration is part of a new approach to security that abandons reliance on individual airlines focusing on selected areas, the FAA said.

Aviation officials do not expect any of the 10 million passengers who use BWI in Linthicum each year to be delayed unnecessarily by experimental security systems.

The scope of the tests hasn't been determined, said Nicholas J. Schaus, deputy administrator of the Maryland Aviation Administration.

Schaus cautioned that, so far, the state has talked about testing the airport-wide security approach in and around only two of BWI's passenger piers that carry relatively light traffic. Piers are long passageways leading to airline gates.

Under current plans, he said, international airlines would not be part of the test program. Nor would USAir, which uses BWI as a regional hub.

In those areas of the terminal used in the test, Schaus said, the FAA is discussing screening employees and passengers by X-ray metal detectors; installing closed-circuit television, now used to monitor terminals, on runways and in hangars, and installing new state-of-the-art sensors to detect intruders in secure areas.

Officer charged in fraud

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