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April 14, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Anne Arundel

Man gets 3 years after assault on state prosecutor

ANNAPOLIS -- A defendant who tackled a longtime state's attorney who had prosecuted him pleaded guilty yesterday to assault in an arrangement that added three years to his 20-year prison term for attempted rape.

Craig Tyrone Collins, 31, stood quietly yesterday before Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Ronald A. Silkworth before being led out in handcuffs.

On Jan. 16, as soon as jurors left the courtroom after convicting Collins of attempted rape and four other charges, Collins jumped up, grazed prosecutor Frank J. Ragione with a punch and tackled him. The two scuffled on the courtroom floor before deputies subdued and handcuffed Collins.

Police await autopsy in death of 13-year-old boy

ANNAPOLIS -- Anne Arundel County police were waiting yesterday for autopsy results on a 13-year-old Annapolis boy who collapsed at the Annapolis Mall video arcade and died an hour later at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

The boy, Montel Branch, of the 200 block of Clay St., was pronounced dead about 8:20 p.m. Thursday.

A friend of the teen told police he thought Branch had passed out from heat exhaustion because the video arcade was hot, said Sgt. Thomas O'Connor, a department spokesman. Branch's friend dragged him outside of the mall to get air and had someone call 911, O'Connor said. The teen had no known medical problems, and there was no sign of trauma, according to police.

Driver, 20, leads police on 100-mph chase, crashes

RIVA -- A 20-year-old driver led Anne Arundel county, Annapolis city and state police on a chase with speeds up to 100 mph early yesterday before his car crashed into a concrete barrier on Route 665 in Riva, police said.

Ian Michael Bigelow, of the 200 block of Cardamon Drive, Edgewater, was in fair condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday, authorities said.

Anne Arundel County Officer Charles Dalton said he tried to stop Bigelow and another driver after he saw them arguing on Route 2 just north of Route 50. They sped away, and Dalton chased Bigelow, with other police vehicles joining in, police said. Near the intersection of Vineyard Road and Route 665, Bigelow swerved and lost control of his Volkswagen, police said. He was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, eluding police, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt.

In Baltimore County

Woodlawn man, 54, killed when vehicle strikes his car

WOODLAWN -- A 54-year-old Woodlawn man was killed yesterday after the car in which he was riding was struck by an oncoming vehicle on Windsor Mill Road, Baltimore County police said.

Norman Generette of the first block of Chadnor Court was pronounced dead at the scene about 2 a.m., police said. The driver of the car was treated at a nearby hospital and released.

Police said Wayne Green, 23, of the 800 block of Braeside Road in Catonsville was driving east on Windsor Mill Road near Featherbed Lane when his vehicle crossed the center line. Police said the investigation is continuing. Green was not injured.

Man crushed to death when van slips from jack

REISTERSTOWN -- A 54-year-old Reisterstown man was killed when the van he was working on slipped off its jack and crushed him.

Baltimore County police said Alvin Williams of the 100 block of Sunnyking Drive was found by family members yesterday morning.

Williams had been working on the van in his driveway during the night, police said.

Man, 25, is charged in death of girlfriend

TOWSON -- County police arrested yesterday the boyfriend of a 29-year-old woman who was strangled a week ago in her Eastpoint rowhouse.

Police charged Richard Lee Joswick, 25, of the first block of Sharondale Way, with first-degree murder in the death of Melissa Taylor of the 7300 block of Edsworth Road. Taylor was found dead inside the house April 7.

Joswick was denied bail.

Hydes man killed in accident on Joppa Road

CARNEY -- A 51-year-old Baltimore County man died after a collision yesterday afternoon on East Joppa Road near Old Harford Road.

The victim, a resident of Hydes whose name was not immediately released, was driving east on Joppa when a westbound Jeep turning left into a carwash struck his car, said county police Cpl. Ronald Brooks.

The driver of the Jeep, whose name was also unavailable last night, was arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked license. A passenger in his vehicle was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment of a head injury that was not believed to be life-threatening, Brooks said.

In Carroll County

More charges filed against man arrested after fire

MANCHESTER -- An 18-year-old volunteer firefighter arrested last week in connection with a fire at a vacant house April 6 was arrested again yesterday on additional charges stemming from the same fire.

Joshua Spicer was charged with the manufacture, possession and distribution of a destructive device. He was released on $10,000 unsecured bond yesterday.

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