4 die in weekend traffic accidents
Drivers swerving to avoid animals in the road accounted for two of four weekend traffic fatalities in Maryland, authorities reported.
The first fatal crash blamed on an animal occurred in Anne Arundel County about 7:50 p.m. Saturday when Robert Frederick Beall, 21, of Davidsonville, heading west on Mount Airy Road near Davidsonville Road, swerved and lost control of a 1987 Chevrolet Blazer.
Killed was passenger Robert Owen Suit Jr., 21, of the 1300 block of Double Gate Road in Davidsonville. He was thrown out and the vehicle rolled over him, police said.
Nearly three hours later, in a similar accident, Dannie Edward Young Jr., 31, of Largo, swerved on River Road in Seneca Creek State Park, in Montgomery County. His 1986 BMW flipped and rolled 400 feet before stopping. A passenger, Robert Weaver Savoid, 30, of Upper Marlboro, was thrown out and killed, police said.
In Washington County, a woman and one of her sons died and another son was critically hurt about 7:15 p.m. Saturday when their 1987 Ford Aerostar van ran off eastbound Interstate 70 near Md. 66, hit a guardrail and rolled over.
Killed were the driver, Ruth Ann Jaegers, 39, and Frank Jaegers Jr., 20, of Foley, Mo. Authorities said Jamie Jaegers, 13, was in critical condition at the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center.
A South Baltimore man surrendered today after firing at police and barricading himself in a home for 4 1/2 hours, officials said.
The man fired at least one shot through the door of his apartment in the three-story building in the 1600 block of Elmtree Ave., police said. No one was injured.
The man, who eventually surrendered about 4:30 a.m., was expected to be hospitalized for mental evaluation.
A police Quick Response Team was sent to the scene and police evacuated tenants from the first floor, but others remained in their apartments on the third floor.
Investigators said they were not sure what prompted the incident.
Anne Arundel County:
Homicide detectives have checked about a dozen leads in the last month on a man they say could know something about the stabbing death of an Arnold woman in January. But, they say, they have come up empty.
The tips came after police released a sketch of a man they want to question in the slaying of Marlene "Pat" Kilpatrick, 56, of the 100 block of Church Road. Detectives believe Mrs. Kilpatrick was beaten and stabbed to death in her bedroom between 11 p.m. Jan. 1 and 7 a.m. Jan. 2. Her daughter found the body about noon Jan. 3.
The man police are looking for was seen taking a cab from the Severna Park area to Jones Station Road, near Mrs. Kilpatrick's house, at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 2.
"We've had calls from people saying they recognized the man or that he looked like a guy they used to date," says Sgt. Mark Howes. "We are checking out every lead."
The man, who called a cab from a pay phone and had the driver pick him up at McKenzie Road and Ritchie Highway, is described as white, 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 220 pounds. He is in his late 20s or early 30s and has blond hair. He was unshaven and wearing a checkered gray flannel shirt and light-colored pants.
After the slaying, the killer apparently took Mrs. Kilpatrick's car and abandoned it in the parking lot of a hardware store at McKenzie Road and Ritchie Highway. Witnesses saw the car there as early as 7:30 a.m. Jan. 2.
The state has fined Union Bridge $5,625 for violations at its sewer plant.
Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. says a complaint from the Department of the Environment details unlawful discharges of chlorine from the plant into Little Pipe Creek, which the state calls a "put and take trout stream."
The complaint calls for actions to prevent recurrence, says John Goheen, department spokesman.
Union Bridge has until July 19 to discuss options with the state.
Fred Haifley, the plant operator, says the violations stemmed from equipment that disinfects sludge before it leaves the plant. The incidents occurred before he began working there May 15.
"Since I arrived, the amount discharged has been well within the permit standards," he says. "Most drinking water has chorine residual greater than the amount leaked into the stream."
Mr. Haifley says the state, instead of fining the town, should allow the town to use the money to solve the problems at the plant.
The United States Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense has received the first County Executive's Partnership Award as the best employer of people With disabilities.
The research institute, at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground and commanded by Col. Ernest T. Takafugi employs 28 people who have disabilities.
The institute was nominated for the award by Mary Pat Massarelli. Her son, Michael Massarelli, who has cerebral palsy, is a clerk in the institute's logistics section.
"I don't know where else he would have found the patience, understanding and friendliness he has at MRICD," wrote Ms. Massarelli in her nomination.