Suit accusing Del. Alfred W. Redmer Jr. of...

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August 11, 1998|By From staff reports

PERRY HALL -- A suit accusing Del. Alfred W. Redmer Jr. of redirecting sales commissions from his former employer, Client First Brokerage Services Inc., to his insurance company has been settled.

Both Rodger A. Bayne, chairman of Client First, and Redmer, a delegate since 1991, said the suit was settled "to the satisfaction of Client First," but they declined to discuss the terms. Bayne said that Redmer, a Perry Hall Republican, no longer owns any portion of the company or its affiliates.

A legislative ethics panel delayed a decision -- pending resolution of the lawsuit -- on whether Redmer inappropriately noted his position in the House in a letter written under a private company's letterhead.

Police target U.S. 40 east in alcohol, drug crackdown

TOWSON

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police will be "taking up residence" along U.S. 40 east from the city to the Harford County line this month to crack down on drug- and alcohol-related accidents.

Officers will look for aggressive and drunken drivers and those using drugs, said police spokesman Bill Toohey. Assisting in the effort will be the county's police dog unit, the DWI Task Force, Baltimore City police, Maryland State Police and the Motor Vehicle Administration's Administrative Services.

Recent studies have shown a high incidence of accidents related to substance abuse on U.S. 40 east, police said.

Blast investigation ends; cause is undetermined

BAYNESVILLE

BAYNESVILLE -- County Fire Department officials have concluded their investigation into the Baynesville apartment building explosion that displaced 32 people, but they have not determined its cause.

Fire investigators suspect a natural gas leak caused the blast, but they could not find where it might have occurred, said Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard. He said investigators ruled out an explosive device, sewer gas, and Baltimore Gas and Electric PTC Co.'s equipment as factors in the blast July 29.

One apartment building in the 8700 block of Loch Bend Drive was heavily damaged in the explosion, and people living there and in three connected buildings were evacuated. Some are staying at the nearby Welcome Inn.

Police said yesterday they had no suspects and were seeking a motive in the slaying of a 28-year-old man who was fatally shot Sunday while walking with friends in West Baltimore.

Detective Lenny Willis said a gunman shot Shawn Powell of the 2100 block of Guilford Ave. in the back about 3: 45 p.m. as the victim and friends were walking in the first block of N. Monroe St. Willis said it was not known whether Powell was the intended target.

Willis said a friend drove Powell to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died at 4: 21 p.m.

Pub Date: 8/11/98

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