Laurel man sentenced in shooting near TolliverANNAPOLIS...


January 25, 1994

ANNAPOLIS — Laurel man sentenced in shooting near Tolliver

ANNAPOLIS -- A 19-year-old Laurel man who fired a pistol near the state police superintendent during a 1992 undercover drug deal gone sour was sentenced yesterday to six months in jail.

Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. also sentenced Isaac Brown to five years' probation but agreed to let him to serve his time each night at the jail and leave each day to attend Annapolis Senior High School.

Brown, of the first block of Morris Drive, pleaded guilty Oct. 18 to possession with intent to distribute cocaine, reckless endangerment and handgun charges stemming from an incident which Col. Larry W. Tolliver, the superintendent, went to see firsthand what police described as an open-air drug market in Pioneer City.

When attempts by Colonel Tolliver's driver to buy crack cocaine fell through, the seller became angry and shots were fired near the car.

Brown admitted firing his .25-caliber pistol into the air but said he did it to impress friends who were nearby.

Contractor fined over creek pollution


SEVERN -- The State Highway Administration has fined a Rockville contractor $14,000 for allowing sediment-laden water to drain into Sawmill Creek from a retention pond at a Route 100 construction site near Severn.

The contractor, Francis O. Day Co., was fined $7,000 for each of the two days that the sediment flowed into the creek, said Kristene Bevans, a spokeswoman for the SHA.

William Babcock, vice president of Francis O. Day Co., declined to comment.

Man charged in beating of his mother, 80


BALTIMORE -- A 40-year-old man has been charged in the beating of his 80-year-old mother, who was listed in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday.

Mary Virginia Delevett, who lives in the Madison Apartments in the 800 block of St. Paul St., was found in her apartment shortly after midnight by a police officer who had responded to a report of malicious destruction of property. A wheelchair had been thrown through a window in the building lobby, where Thomas Lee Delevett, 40, a suspect in the incident, was standing, a police spokeswoman said.

While the officer and building manager were discussing the window incident, a tenant came up to the officer and told him that there was an injured woman -- Mrs. Delevett -- in an upstairs apartment.

The officer went to the apartment and found Mrs. Delevett "bleeding profusely and suffering severe trauma to the face," police said. She was taken to Mercy Medical Center, then transferred to Shock Trauma, police said.

Mr. Delevett was charged with attempted murder, assault and destruction of property, police said.

Main break impedes McHenry Tunnel traffic


BALTIMORE -- The northbound tubes of the Fort McHenry Tunnel were closed to traffic last night after a water main broke and flooded the roadway carrying Interstate 95 under the Patapsco River.

Authorities said the water was about 4 inches deep in the lowest section of the tunnel and that electricity was turned off as a precautionary measure as workers began pumping the water out and repairing the broken pipe.

Toll Facilities spokesman Thomas Freburger said the light northbound traffic was diverted off I-95 at Key Highway, while electronic signs on approach roads advised motorists to use the Harbor Tunnel or the Francis Scott Key Bridge as alternative routes. He said efforts were being concentrated in one tube in hopes of opening it to traffic by the morning rush hour.

Inmate awaiting trial is stabbed in fight


BALTIMORE -- An inmate awaiting trial on charges of assault and attempted murder suffered stab wounds last night in a fight with two other prisoners at the Baltimore City Detention Center, authorities reported.

Walter Burris Jr., a Baltimorean with no fixed address, was treated for wounds to the back, chest and head, and held for observation at Johns Hopkins Hospital, jail spokeswoman Barbara Cooper said.

Mr. Burris, who turned 34 at the jail Sunday, was stabbed about 7 p.m. in the maximum security section's dayroom, which inmates use when they are not confined to their cells. It resulted from an argument over an alleged theft, Ms. Cooper said.

Jail officers were searching for the weapon and were continuing to investigate the attack late last night, the spokeswoman said.

Pay boost sought for 2 city officials


BALTIMORE -- The Schmoke administration is pushing for pay increases for the city solicitor and the public works director that would push their salaries up to $100,000 from $75,000 annually.

Legislation authorizing the pay increases was introduced at last night's City Council meeting. The city solicitor and public works director have not received pay increases in seven years, and the proposed increases would bring their salaries into line with other Cabinet officers, according to administration officials.

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