Woman charged in slayingA bail hearing was set today in...


April 30, 1992

BALTIMORE CITY: — Woman charged in slaying

A bail hearing was set today in District Court for a woman charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death last night of her boyfriend, police say.

Police said Laverne Cozart, 29, of the first block of N. Gilmor St., was arrested about midnight and charged with first-degree murder and using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.

The victim, Leamon Fenn, 39, of the same address, was stabbed in the chest and arm with a steak knife during an argument, police said. Mr. Fenn died at 12:10 a.m. today at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The knife was recovered.

Officers found the victim lying at the top of the third-floor landing, bleeding from knife wounds.

The Greater Baltimore March of Dimes chapter called for help yesterday from the more than 5,000 people who signed up but failed to show for last Sunday's chilly, damp walk-a-thon.

While the 4,400 volunteers who took part in the annual event, the chapter's executive director said the turnout threatened to leave the local March of Dimes program with a $300,000 hole in its 1992 budget.

Mr. Donovan said missing marchers would be contacted and asked to collect and mail in money pledged by their sponsors -- even though they did not walk.

A 54-year-old man died last night from neck injuries after he apparently jumped from the Orleans Street viaduct and landed nearly 40 feet below on the pavement in the 800 block of Hillen St., police said. Police identified the victim as Elmo Percelle Silver Sr., of the 1900 block of N. Rose St.

Maryland State:

A Navy anti-submarine plane crashed in flames in Tangier Sound yesterday, injuring two crew members who parachuted into the water as their craft was going down.

The two were fished out of about 8 feet of water just east of Bloodsworth Island by Maryland Department of Natural Resources police who were on routine patrol in the area about 3:30 p.m., said Rob Gould, a DNR spokesman.

The pilot of the S-3 Viking, Cmdr. Sean Brennan, suffered burns and a broken right shoulder and was flown to the Francis Scott Key Medical Center burn unit in Baltimore. He was listed in critical but stable condition today.

Lt. Cmdr. Steve Eastburg, flight officer aboard the aircraft, was treated for minor cuts and bruises and later released from the Patuxent River Naval Hospital.

The jet-powered, twin-engine aircraft went down while on a routine test flight from Patuxent River Naval Air Station, the Navy said.

Baltimore County:

A 42-year-old Lutherville man was convicted last night of automobile manslaughter and homicide in an accident last year that claimed the life of his daughter. Prosecutor Sue Schenning said defendant Eric D. Siegel's intoxication and speeding caused the accident.

A Baltimore County Circuit Court jury deliberated eight hours before convicting Siegel, of the first block of Barthel Court.

He drove his Mercedes north in the 8400 block of Greenspring Ave. last July 6 about 6 p.m. when he stuck a tree, testimony showed. His daughter, Courtney, 10, died at Sinai Hospital of a ruptured aorta.

The Baltimore County Planning Board is to wind up its series of public hearings on rezoning tonight when it considers petitions for the southeastern corner of the county, a largely developed area with much of its land along the waterfront.

The hearing in the 7th Councilmanic District begins at 7:30 p.m. at Patapsco High School, 8100 Wise Ave. Sign-up for speakers is from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Carroll County:

A Reisterstown man has lodged a wrongful termination suit against his former employer, Bees Distributing Co., a beverage distributorship in Finksburg.

Robert De Paola, a draught-goods sales manager for Bees, was fired five years before he was due to retire and two days after he told his boss he had to undergo major heart surgery.

The suit in Carroll County Circuit Court seeks more than $200,000 in wages and Mr. De Paola's reinstatement to his $40,000 a year job.

Mr. De Paola, whose age was unavailable, claims Bees, for whom he had worked for 12 years, discriminated against him because of his age and a physical handicap, his heart condition.

Harford County:

Aerial insecticide spraying to combat gypsy moths on Aberdeen Proving Ground will take place tomorrow and Saturday.

A second spraying of Bacillus thuringiensis, a biological insecticide known as Bt, is planned for five to 10 days later.

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

Howard County:

A Pomfret man has been sentenced to six years in jail for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl, after a judge last month rejected an earlier plea agreement of two years in jail as too lenient.

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