Officer indicted, reassignedA city police lieutenant had...

MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

April 22, 1992

MARYLAND — Officer indicted, reassigned

A city police lieutenant had his police powers suspended and was placed on administrative duty this morning after his indictment by a Baltimore County grand jury on charges including theft.

Lt. James P. Carnes Jr., 39, who was transferred one week ago from the city's Western District to the Eastern District, was charged yesterday in connection with the sale of an automobile in which he allegedly rolled back the odometer about three months ago, Baltimore police spokesman Sam Ringgold said.

Lieutenant Carnes will continue working at the Eastern District pending the outcome of the case. He joined the police force 18 years ago today, Mr. Ringgold said.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer may see Europe in late spring, if a trade mission he's planning works out.

The governor expects to meet with companies in Italy and England that do business with Maryland firms during a trip tentatively set for May 29 to June 5, press secretary Frank Traynor said last night.

Mr. Traynor said the mission made economic sense, despite criticism from legislative auditors last fall that the administration exaggerated the benefits of costly economic development trips abroad.

The state needs to look for foreign trade to stay healthy, Mr. Traynor said. "To keep a healthy and aggressive port and airport, you're looking at not just a regional market, but a world market. The international front is our marketplace of the 1990s and beyond," he said.

Last year, state legislators questioned the effectiveness of six foreign missions organized for Mr. Schaefer from June 1989 through June 1991. The trips cost more than $700,000.

Arundel County:

A 17-year-old Severn boy faces more than three years in a juvenile detention facility after being found delinquent in an automobile accident that killed a New Rochelle, N.Y., couple last October on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

The youth was found delinquent Monday on two counts of automobile manslaughter and on speeding and reckless driving charges, said Robert Bittman, an assistant state's attorney.

A driver on the parkway testified that a 1987 Chevrolet Celebrity driven by the youth passed him at about 90 mph minutes before the crash.

The Chevrolet crossed the median strip of the highway, just inside the Anne Arundel County border,entered the northbound lane and crashed head-on into the New York couple's late-model Lincoln Continental.

Victor L. Ridder, 49, and his wife, Mary J. Ridder, 48, were killed in the crash.

The youth, whose listed address is in the 7900 block of Millstone Road, faces the possibility of commitment to a juvenile detention facility until he turns 21, Mr. Bittman said. His sentencing is scheduled for May 18.

Baltimore County:

A Baltimore County Circuit Court jury yesterday declared that Rep. Helen Delich Bentley did not try to choke an Owings Mills process server during a June 1, 1990, confrontation in her Towson office.

But neither did the process server, John E. Burns, 42, assault Mrs. Bentley, according to the jury's verdict, reached yesterday after a two-day trial and 80 minutes of deliberation.

"I'm just glad it's over with," said Mrs. Bentley, 68, the 2nd District Republican. "It's been a long time hanging." She had filed a cross-complaint alleging that Mr. Burns assaulted her by making her afraid she might be struck.

Mr. Burns, a licensed private investigator and former Baltimore police officer, deferred questions to his attorney, Stanley Kantor, after the verdict was announced.

"Yeah, we're disappointed," Mr. Kantor said. "We thought we were entitled to a verdict. We think Mr. Burns was assaulted and we were entitled to a verdict."

Carroll County:

Discovering why the trout left a designated stream in Winfield and trying to reintroduce the species there have become a class project for several students in a South Carroll High science class.

Junior Leigh Anne Reger and others in Robert Foor-Hogue's class are testing the water to determine if there is enough dissolved oxygen and if the balance of nitrates, phosphates, acid and carbon dioxide is correct to support the fish.

Students are also building a stronger foot bridge over the stream keep the school's cross country team and others from running through it.

Harford County:

Residents of some Aberdeen Proving Ground neighborhoods are being advised to take precautions this weekend while 3,000 acres of forest are sprayed with insecticide to combat gypsy moths.

Authorities say area residents should stay inside during the spraying, although the insecticide is non-toxic to humans and animals. Also, residents should wash their vehicles after spraying because the oil-based insecticide could cause color spotting.

Forests near the Skippers Point and Bush River Road communities are among the sites that will be sprayed.

The spraying will be done on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 6:30 a.m., and again five to 10 days later, depending on the weather. Rain and cold temperatures would postpone the work.

Howard County:

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