Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale


December 24, 1992

Pizzeria fined in hiring of illegal aliens

An Annapolis restaurant has been fined $6,150 in the hiring of three illegal aliens, the Immigration and Naturalization Service said yesterday.

Mamma Lucia's Pizzeria, in the 100 block of Jennifer Road, employed a cook from Italy, one from Colombia and a busboy from Brazil with the knowledge that they were in the country illegally, said Thomas E. Perryman, supervisory special agent for the INS Baltimore office.

The restaurant also was charged with nine violations of the citizenship verification process required of all employers. The restaurant's owners were notified of the fines last week, Mr. Perryman said.

The three men were arrested Aug. 19. Two other men, both Mexican nationals working as busboys, were also arrested, but the restaurant was not charged because the men presented forged documents indicating their legal status.

The Brazilian citizen agreed to return to his country. The others posted bond and are awaiting a hearing before an administrative law judge.

The restaurant can pay the fine or request a hearing to contest the action.

Annapolis man robbed of boots and jacket

An Annapolis man told police he was robbed at gunpoint early yesterday by two men who stole his leather jacket and boots.

Norman L. Dorsey of O'Bery Court said he was in the 700 block of Newtowne Drive at 1:45 a.m. when two men accosted him, pointed a gun at him and demanded his clothes. He surrendered a beige leather jacket worth $211 and a pair of Polo boots worth $150, police said.

Lothian child reported in good condition

A Lothian toddler who apparently swallowed a small amount of PCP while at home with his father Tuesday evening was in good condition at a Baltimore Hospital yesterday.

According to the police report, the child was at home with his father in the 100 block of Patuxent Mobile Homes Park at 8:50 p.m. Police said the child's father told them that he was in the bedroom watching television when he noticed that his son apparently had some parsley flakes laced with PCP, or phencyclidine hydrochloride, in his mouth.

The father grabbed the child, cleaned out his mouth, flushed the remaining flakes down the toilet, and called an ambulance, the police report said. The child was taken to North Arundel Hospital before being transferred to University Hospital.

Police and Social Services officials are investigating the incident. No charges have been filed.

L The child's mother was not home at the time of the incident.

Police warn users of drug contaminant

County police are warning drug users to beware of a deadly pesticide being sprayed on parsley flakes and passed off as PCP.

Southern District Narcotics Sgt. Dave Evans said he has come across several cases in which drug users smoked parsley flakes laced with Diazinon, an insect killer, when they believed they were smoking PCP.

Patrol officers were the first to discover the pesticide during routine arrests last month, he said. There have been no serious injuries.

"When the arrests were made, the parsley flakes were tested for PCP and came back negative," Sergeant Evans said. "We had to do further tests to find out what was on the flakes."

He said he believed that the pesticide was not being distributed with an intention to poison people, but to make money.

"There was a major PCP distributor who was recently arrested in Prince George's County, and this is probably just being distributed until someone can make a new connection," he said. "You wouldn't know the difference until you smoked it. It tastes a little different but has the same ether-type of smell."

Sergeant Evans said the pesticide can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, muscle twitching and excessive sweating within four hours of exposure. Smoking cigarettes after inhaling the pesticide can intensify the symptoms and can cause death, he added.

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