North Laurel/savage

February 02, 1993

Two facing drug charges

A North Laurel man is facing drug charges after allegedly swallowing at least $200 worth of crack cocaine during a police search at his home, Howard County police said.

The man went into seizures, police said. He was taken to Greater-Laurel Beltsville Hospital for treatment and was released over the weekend.

Members of the police street drug section arrived at a home in North Laurel about 10 p.m. Thursday with a search warrant. At the time, police said, the man was in the bathroom allegedly preparing to cut crack for distribution.

He told detectives he had ingested $200 to $300 worth of crack cocaine, possibly as many as 15 small packets, police said.

James Jordan of the 9200 block of Livery Lane was charged with possession with intent to distribute, possession of crack and possession of paraphernalia, police said. He is being held at the Prince George's County Detention Center.

A woman who lives with him, Kathleen M. Sewell, 22, also was taken into custody during the police search and charged with possession of drugs and paraphernalia, police said. She was released on her recognizance, a court commissioner said.

Country singer Montana to appear at college

Patsy Montana, the first female country music artist to sell a million records with her hit "I Wanna Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart," will perform at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in the auditorium at Capitol College in Laurel.

Ms. Montana will be joined by Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer and the Rhythm Ranch featuring Mike Stein on fiddle. The show is part of the Institute of Musical Traditions concert series.

Ms. Montana's real name is Rubye Blevins. A native of Hot Springs, Ark., she received her stage name as a young woman while performing in the Montana Cowgirls, a trio then backing world champion yodeler Monty Montana.

Now 69, Ms. Montana also performed with songwriter Stuart Hamblen and in western movies with Gene Autry. After visiting the 1934 World's Fair in Chicago, she landed a job performing with the Prairie Ramblers on the WLS Barndance, one of the most popular country radio shows of its time.

Patsy Montana remained with the show until 1953, writing and recording about 200 songs including "Texas Plains" and "I Wanna Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart.

Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer have dedicated much of their career to paying tribute to women in country music, beginning with the album, "The Leading Role" and continuing through their recording with the all female acoustic country virtuoso group Blue Rose.

Tickets are $12. Capitol College is at 11301 Springfield Road in Laurel. Information: (301) 270-9090.

Girl who fell into well is home from hospital

A 6-year-old Savage girl who fell 25 to 30 feet down an abandoned well Sunday has gone home.

Jessica Goins was treated for a fractured left wrist and bruises and released about 10:30 p.m. Sunday from the Children's Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, said a spokeswoman. She was transferred there from Greater Laurel-Beltsville Hospital, where she was originally taken by ambulance.

Jessica was playing with friends about 3 p.m. Sunday near the Ev Mar Trailer Park near her home in the 9300 block of Gorman Road when she fell into a 40-inch-diameter hole covered with dry-rotted boards, a county fire and rescue spokesman said. Her friends notified neighbors, who called 911.

Rescue workers used a 12-foot metal tripod to help hoist Jessica from the well, which was on the site of a house that burned down about a decade ago.

Firefighter Andrew Lester was lowered into the well in a harness and both were pulled to the surface, the spokesman said.

Yesterday, County Public Works Director James Irvin said county health authorities will ask the property owner to fill in the well in. Otherwise, the public works department will do the work, he said.


*North Laurel: : 9100 block of Tumble Weed Run: Someone damaged the windshield of a 1973 Ford between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday.

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