Maryland official's son is arrested on drug chargesJames...

Regional Digest

April 11, 1999

Maryland official's son is arrested on drug charges

James Twigg Willis, the son of Maryland's secretary of state, was released without bail by a court commissioner yesterday after being arrested with another man on drug charges.

Police said Willis, 27, of the 3100 block of St. Paul St. was arrested Friday evening with Tyree D. Brooks, 18, of the 400 block of W. 28th St. after an officer hiding in bushes on Huntingdon Avenue allegedly saw them engaging in a drug transaction.

Willis, the son of John T. Willis, was charged with attempted possession and conspiracy to possess drugs. Brooks was awaiting a bail hearing last night at the Central Booking and Intake Center on charges that included possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Body of woman, 76, found in burned-out rowhouse

A woman found dead in a burned-out Reservoir Hill rowhouse Friday afternoon was identified yesterday as 76-year-old Flora Saunders, the owner-occupant of the residence in the 2100 block of Park Ave.

The one-alarm fire apparently started in a second-floor bedroom next to the bathroom where Saunders was found, according to Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres. Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the fire, although it did not appear to be suspicious, he said.

Harford County

Aberdeen High gets county's first high-speed Net service

ABERDEEN -- The first high-speed Internet connection at a Harford County public school was celebrated Friday by state and local officials at Aberdeen High School.

The school will benefit from Comcast Cable's High-Speed Education Connection, which links schools and libraries with high-speed Internet access through cable modems. The program is offered at no cost to schools and libraries, officials said.

The company has pledged to install the service at all Harford schools.

Pub Date: 4/11/99

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