55-year-old Hampstead woman whose...


February 08, 1996

HAMPSTEAD -- A 55-year-old Hampstead woman whose disappearance has baffled police from Westminster to Niagara Falls, N.Y., for nearly three months has contacted her family from New Orleans.

Sara Virginia Reed, known as "Sue," phoned her family Tuesday night. She last was seen Nov. 9 after she left her home in the 3500 block of Basler Road. She had left a note saying she was "going to the mall."

"All I know is that my mother's alive and that's enough for me," said the woman's son, Chris Reed, 28. "My father has gone to Louisiana to be with her. We believe it [the cause of her disappearance] may be something medical -- she called from a doctor's office -- but we're just not sure." State police said yesterday they were investigating the report but had not confirmed the woman's whereabouts.

BALTIMORE -- Harold Wilson, a Silver Spring physical therapist, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court here to one count of mail fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud GEICO insurance company and Hertz-Penske Truck Leasing.

Wilson, 32, of Glendale was part-owner of Dimensions Health Care. Andrew J. Nunoo-Quarcoo, a Silver Spring lawyer, asked him to participate in a staged accident by providing false medical claims, according to court records. Wilson provided Nunoo-Quarcoo, who has been convicted in the case, with a false medical report that said a claimant suffered bruises and lacerations.

He is the fifth person convicted in the case and faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

PRINCESS ANNE -- Circuit Court Judge Daniel Long ordered yesterday a change of venue for two men accused in the fatal shooting of a state trooper last fall.

William S. Lynch, 21, of New York will be tried in Cecil County, according to documents filed with the clerk of court in Somerset County, where Tfc. Edward A. Plank Jr. was shot Oct. 17. If convicted, Mr. Lynch could be sentenced to life in prison.

Ivan F. Lovell, 24, of Manteo, N.C., will be tried in Talbot County. The state is seeking the death penalty because he told police he shot Trooper Plank, said Somerset County State's Attorney Logan Widdowson.

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