Drug suspect found -- in prisonA man wanted since...

MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

July 07, 1992

MARYLAND STATE: — Drug suspect found -- in prison

A man wanted since narcotics officers raided his shop last week and confiscated more than 1 million vials, bags and other alleged drug-packaging materials has been found in prison.

The suspect, Joseph Yi, 33, is serving a sentence for counterfeiting at a federal penitentiary in Pennsylvania, said Sgt. John Sieracki, a city narcotics officer.

Yi owns Sonja's Wholesale Co. in the first block of N. Eutaw St., which sells such items as wigs, umbrellas and perfumes.

When the shop was raided June 30, police found numerous chemicals believed to be used for cutting drugs and packaging materials. Police believe the items were being sold to drug dealers.

Police say they expect to charge Yi and about a dozen others with counts relating to the selling of drug paraphernalia. Yi has several months of his federal sentence left to serve, Sergeant Sieracki said.

A young couple from Rockville beat the odds last week, winning $4.8 million in Maryland's Lotto game.

Mark Gaydos, 26, and his wife, Sherry, 22, went to the State Lottery Agency headquarters in Baltimore yesterday to claim their prize.

Mr. Gaydos bought the ticket from a Frederick County convenience store just 15 minutes before Wednesday's 8 p.m. drawing.

But the couple then drove to a relative's house in Pennsylvania.

They returned to Maryland Friday night. Mrs. Gaydos bought more lottery tickets Saturday, then casually checked the old ones and discovered they had won.

"We're going to buy a house, a boat, a Harley Davidson motorcycle and two new cars," Mr. Gaydos said. For the next 20 years, the couple will receive $174,000 a year after taxes.

Mr. Gaydos, a correctional officer at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup, and his wife, an animal technician at the National Institutes of Health, together have been making about $45,000 a year. Both have decided to retire.

Anne Arundel County:

A woman convicted of killing a man she said was abusing her got a new trial yesterday from Maryland's second-highest court.

The Court of Special Appeals in Annapolis said the judge should not have allowed testimony that the victim, James McDonald, told people he feared Thelma Jean Banks and she had assaulted him.

Mr. McDonald's statements "to his mother, sister and the two police officers about alleged violent behavior toward him were hearsay," said a three-judge panel.

Even if Mr. McDonald's statements were true, the court said, they were irrelevant and "highly prejudicial" to Ms. Banks' case.

Mr. McDonald was stabbed with a kitchen knife Aug. 14, 1990, in the apartment in Baltimore he shared with Ms. Banks.

She was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced last Sept. 19 to 20 years in prison.

Baltimore County:

Twenty-six unexploded fireworks shells were found in a field in Dundalk after a Fourth of July fireworks display, the second fireworks spectacle that was tainted by misfired "duds," authorities reported.

County police gathered the unexploded "star clusters" Sunday and yesterday from a field near Wise Avenue and Merritt Boulevard.

Children found five devices Sunday and turned them in at a fire station, said Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a police spokesman.

When police went to the scene to investigate, they found more of the golf ball-size fireworks, including 12 on the roof of an elementary school, Sergeant Doarnberger said.

In Bel Air, a fireworks display was shut down after 15 minutes because unexploded shells sailed into a crowd of 50,000 people.

Fireworks Productions Inc. of Glen Rock, Pa., set up the displays in Bel Air and Dundalk, said Bob Thomas, deputy state fire marshal.

The company complied with state licensing requirements, Mr. Thomas said. "What this appears to be at this point is a bad batch of commercial fireworks," he said.

A 30-year-old man was electrocuted yesterday while working omachinery near power lines in western Baltimore County

Police said the victim, David Logue, 30, of the 1100 block of Pfeffers Road in Bradshaw, was working in the 11300 block of Marriottsville Road when he touched a power line about 6 p.m. Mr. Logue, en employee of Genstar Stone Products Co. of vTC Cockeysville, was dead on arrival at Baltimore County General Hospital, police said.

Carroll County:

Margaret A. Payne, marketing teacher and department chair at Westminster High School, has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit in county Circuit Court against the county Board of Education.

The suit says Ms. Payne, 43, was denied a promotion because she is a woman.

In April 1991, Ms. Payne was among three men and five women interviewed for two openings as personnel specialist.

One position was filled by a woman who formerly worked with the state Department of Education. A male guidance counselor, with 10 years of experience and a master's degree in guidance counseling, was chosen for the other position, the suit says.

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