The parents of a 7-month-old boy whose death three months...

Regional Digest

March 01, 1998

WHITE MARSH — The parents of a 7-month-old boy whose death three months ago has been ruled a homicide surrendered to police Friday night and early yesterday and were being held on murder and child abuse charges, authorities reported.

Police said the father, Andre Reginald Jones, appeared at the Western District station at 11 p.m. Friday and the mother, Lisa Banks Smith, came to police headquarters at 2: 30 a.m. yesterday. Both are 31 and live in the 100 block of N. Fremont Ave., police said.

The state medical examiner's office ruled last week that the death of John Adrian Jones was a homicide. Autopsy results showed the baby died of a heart attack Nov. 19 after being malnourished.

WHITE MARSH -- Three people killed Friday night in a two-car crash on Pulaski Highway were residents of the Perry Hall area, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

The victims were the drivers, Renato Van-den-Elzen, 39, of the 3900 block of Link Ave.; and John Rafferty, 32, of the 9400 block of Cross Road; and Ronald Tanner, 25, of the 4200 block of Chapel Road, who was in Rafferty's car.

Police said Van-den-Elzen was driving a 1985 Lincoln Town Car west on Pulaski Highway about 9: 30 p.m. when it collided with Rafferty's 1990 Oldsmobile, which was northbound on Stevens Road and failed to stop at the intersection.

HAGERSTOWN -- This little piggie was not the type to go to market -- but it also should not have been running around loose in downtown Hagerstown.

The potbellied pig apparently ran away from its home early Friday and made its way downtown. Officer Justin Wert, alerted to the runaway about 4: 30 a.m., was able to corner it against a fence after the animal ducked into an alley.

The pig was turned over, unharmed, to the Washington County SPCA, where officials are hoping the owner turns up to get the creature -- and pay a reclaim fee.

Pub Date: 3/01/98

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