In Anne Arundel County Boy, 4, reported missing, was...



In Anne Arundel County

Boy, 4, reported missing, was with friend of mother

MILLERSVILLE - A 4-year-old boy reported missing Tuesday was reunited with his mother yesterday at a Millersville motel, ending an episode of apparent family miscommunication after her arrest on a shoplifting charge.

Police said when Jennifer Guthrie of Glen Burnie was arrested Tuesday at Annapolis Mall, she handed her son to a friend, Holly Despeaux, whom Guthrie had identified as her sister. The boy had been staying since then at a friend's house in Brooklyn Park.

Despeaux told police she had been trying to call Guthrie, and stopped at the motel where they had been staying late Thursday - ending one mystery. But police were still looking for a man on a charge of stealing a rental car in which Despeaux had been riding with a friend Tuesday.

In Maryland

Perry Hall man is apparent lightning victim

A 46-year-old Perry Hall man was believed to have been struck by lightning and killed in Harford County last night during a severe storm that rolled through the Baltimore area about 7:30 p.m.

The unidentified victim, whose body was found beneath a tree in Joppatowne, was declared dead at Fallstown General Hospital.

The storm also caused as many as 15,500 power outages throughout the metro area. In Baltimore, about 14,000 customers lost power, according to the Baltimore Gas & Electric Company.

In Harford County

State police identify man who fled from trooper

CHURCHVILLE - A man who led a state trooper on a 1-mile chase on Route 22 two weeks ago and collided with another vehicle, killing the driver, has been identified as Abilio P. Teixeira, 26, of no fixed address, state police said yesterday.

Teixeira had been stopped for a traffic violation on southbound Interstate 95 when he fled, touching off the chase. Police said that before he drove off, Teixeira gave the trooper a Massachusetts driver's license in the name of his brother, Antonio P. Teixeira, 28. An FBI fingerprint check revealed the identity of Abilio Teixeira, who is believed to be from the Brockton, Mass., area.

Abilio Teixeira is in a coma and in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He is also wanted on federal drug charges.

In Baltimore County

Armed pair at large after robbing Towson hotel

TOWSON - County police are searching for two armed men who robbed the accounting office of the Sheraton North yesterday afternoon and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The men walked into the office about 3:15 p.m. and forced four employees into another office in the hotel, which is at Fairmount Avenue and Dulaney Valley Road, police spokesman Bill Toohey said.

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