Officer in marked cruiser hurt in head-on...


July 18, 1993

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY DAVIDSONVILLE — Officer in marked cruiser hurt in head-on collision

DAVIDSONVILLE -- A 34-year-old Anne Arundel County police officer was injured seriously in Davidsonville early yesterday when his marked cruiser was hit head-on by another car whose driver was alleged to have been drunk.

Sgt. David E. Pressley, who had to be removed from his car by firefighters, was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in a state police MedEvac helicopter. He was in serious condition last night. Officer Terry Crowe, a police spokesman, said the 15-year veteran had a broken leg, a fracture around his eyes and a collapsed lung.

The driver of the other car, Christopher Davidson, 32, of the 7800 block of Emilys Way in Greenbelt, was flown to the Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, where he was in critical condition.

Police said pending charges include driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, failure to drive on the right side of the road and speeding.

Police said Sergeant Pressley was driving the marked 1988 Dodge Diplomat west on Davidsonville Road near Rutland Road about 2:30 a.m. when an oncoming 1993 Mercury Sable suddenly veered into his path.

Man fatally shot standing on corner



BALTIMORE -- A 26-year-old man was shot and killed while standing at the corner of an alley in the 500 block of N. Denison St. early yesterday, police said.

Michael Hawkins of the 600 block of Edgewood St., shot several times, was dead at the scene. Police said no witnesses had come forward and there were no suspects.

Man's body pulled from Inner Harbor


BALTIMORE -- The body of an unidentified man was pulled from the Inner Harbor near Pier 6 about 11:40 a.m. yesterday morning.

Police said the victim appeared to be an elderly white man and was wearing a light polo shirt, gray pin-striped pants, a blue belt and black shoes.

An autopsy was scheduled.

Alleged child molester beaten by residents


BALTIMORE -- A 5-year-old boy was sexually assaulted Friday in a West Baltimore alley, and several neighborhood residents took justice into their own hands by beating his alleged attacker, city police reported yesterday.

Police charged James Wise, 28, of the 800 block of McKean Ave. with perverted sexual practice, child abuse and assault.

The child and Mr. Wise were treated at University of Maryland Medical Center.

Area near APG lacks safety equipment



ABERDEEN -- Congressional auditors say communities near eight chemical weapons depots -- including Aberdeen Proving Ground -- lack basic equipment such as face masks to deal with an accidental release of chemical warfare agents and sirens to alert residents.

Such shortages persist even though the Army has spent $187 million on the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program over the past five years to address the problem, the General Accounting Office said in a report Friday.

The GAO, Congress' investigative arm, said the chance that liquid nerve or mustard agents might be released by accident is extremely low -- perhaps as low as 100 million to 1. But people living near the eight depots are at risk, the report said, because equipment, such as protective clothing or masks, to deal with such an emergency has not been provided. It said no preparations have been made to evacuate or shelter residents and communities surrounding the bases lacked the medical resources to treat chemical casualties. All chemical agents stored at APG are awaiting destruction.

John G. Yaquiant, a spokesman for APG, said the base is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, "to ensure the Army and the civilian community have appropriate response procedures worked out in the event of a chemical accident."


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