County prosecutors have dropped charges against...


July 24, 1996|By From staff reports

TOWSON -- County prosecutors have dropped charges against two Montgomery County men accused of raping a Towson State University student in April.

Assistant State's Attorney Robin Coffin said the cases were dropped because of a lack of evidence implicating the men.

Brereton C. Poole of the 23000 block of Frederick Road in Clarksburg and Jason A. De Santolo of the 20000 block of Waterside Drive in Germantown were charged with first-degree rape for an alleged "acquaintance rape" of an 18-year-old freshman in her dormitory room.

Man's death by drowning is ruled an accident


MIDDLE RIVER -- The state medical examiner has ruled that the drowning of a man found last week at Brigadoon Marina was an accident.

George A. Gephardt, 58, of the first block of Octant Way was found July 17 at the marina on Frog Mortar Creek. At the time, a spokesman for the county Police Department said investigators found no apparent sign of foul play.

Robert Wohrna, a mechanic at the marina, said Gephardt spent most of the day before the accident working on his boat. Gephardt was extremely knowledgeable about boats and had kept his boat docked at the marina for about 10 years, Wohrna said.

Eight fire stations to receive new trucks


TOWSON -- Eight county fire stations will receive modern firetrucks to replace aging engines.

The Brooklandville, Texas, Middle River, Chase, Westview, Golden Ring, Essex and Perry Hall stations probably will receive the trucks in December. Two of the trucks will be able to spray foam that is used in dealing with hazardous waste. Four will have enlarged water tanks that can pump up to 1,000 gallons.

The eight trucks, which together cost $1.9 million, will bring the number of new fire vehicles bought in the past two years to 15. The department's oldest fire engine was built in 1987.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier, who joined the force in 1993 from San Jose, Calif., was sworn in for a six-year term yesterday in a ceremony at City Hall.

Saundra E. Banks, clerk of the Circuit Court, swore in Frazier, who until yesterday was filling the remaining years of the term of former Commissioner Edward V. Woods. Woods retired in August 1993. Frazier, who earns $115,000 a year, took over in December 1993 and was confirmed by the City Council in February 1994.

Police identify man slain on west side Monday

A man fatally shot Monday on the west side was identified by police yesterday as Emmanuel Igwe, 34, of the 100 block of S. Beechfield Ave. in Southwest Baltimore. Police found him in the driver's seat of a 1983 Nissan about 8 p.m. Monday in the 2600 block of W. North Ave. He had been shot several times.

Beach volleyball scheduled for Druid Hill Park courts

The city's recreation department will hold the first round of its inaugural beach volleyball tournament at 6 p.m. today at the newly opened courts in Druid Hill Park. Trophies will be awarded to the first-place finishers in five skill levels, and teams can register up to the start of the tournament. Information: 396-7020.

Pub Date: 7/24/96

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