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City/County Digest

April 27, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

School counselor in jail after arrest on drug charges

A counselor at a private Randallstown school for emotionally disturbed children was arrested yesterday on drug charges.

Laval Lee Madden Jr., 29, of the 6600 block of Birchwood Road in Baltimore was indicted Wednesday on charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of heroin and intent to distribute "28 grams or more of morphine or opium or any derivative," according to the Baltimore District Office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Madden was being held in lieu of $250,000 bail at Central Booking and Intake Center, said DEA Special Agent William Hocker.

Hocker said that during the investigation of Madden, a resource counselor at the Strawbridge School, agents seized about 200 grams of heroin, a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun, nearly $15,000 and a Ford Expedition.

Rahman's wife, injured in accident, leaves hospital

The wife of Hasim Rahman, the new world heavyweight boxing champion, was released from Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday after being injured in a car accident after a celebration at City Hall on Wednesday.

Crystal Rahman, 27, suffered bruises and complained of dizziness after the accident at East Lombard and South streets, which also injured Rahman, his three children, his trainer and the driver. Mrs. Rahman was the only victim hospitalized overnight.

Police said the driver of a Volkswagen Jetta sped by a roadblock and an officer stopping traffic, and broadsided a convertible in which Rahman and his family were riding. The investigation was continuing, and no charges had been filed yesterday.

Katyn Memorial group to hold final event Sunday

The National Katyn Memorial Committee will hold its final event, a Remembrance Ceremony, at 1 p.m. Sunday at the monument, at President and Aliceanna streets.

The committee - organized more than 12 years ago - donated the monument to the city last year. It will go out of business after Sunday. U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, a Baltimore Democrat, will speak at the event.

The memorial commemorates the massacre of more than 4,000 Polish soldiers by Soviet forces in the Katyn Forest near Smolensk after Poland was invaded by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939. Information: 410-486-7226.

Widows in asbestos case awarded $7.2 million

A Baltimore jury has awarded $7.2 million to three widows of men who died of asbestos-related cancer.

The men died of mesothelioma, a cancer directly linked to asbestos. Richard Gallagher worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp. from 1946 to 1979; John Grey was a heating and air-conditioning maintenance worker from 1968 to 1996; and James Tamburrino worked at a General Motors Corp. plant from 1959 to 1986, according to a news release from the plaintiffs' lawyer, Peter C. Angelos.

The defendants were ACandS Inc., which made pipe coverings with asbestos, and John Crane Inc., which made asbestos-containing gaskets to seal pipes. The verdict Wednesday in Circuit Court followed a three-week trial.

In Baltimore County

Woman killed, 2 girls hurt as car overturns off I-795

OWINGS MILLS - An Owings Mills woman was killed early yesterday and her daughter and another girl were injured in a one-vehicle accident at the Nicodemus Road exit off Interstate 795.

Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a Baltimore County police spokeswoman, said Raisa Chikauroua lost control of her car as she tried to exit the interstate about 1:15 a.m. Chikauroua was ejected from the car when it rolled twice. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chikauroua's 12-year-old daughter, Vlada, and Shannon Bowen, 13, also of Owings Mills were treated at Sinai Hospital and released. Warehime said the accident investigation continues.

Police investigating death of man at Halethorpe motel

HALETHORPE - County police are investigating the death of a man yesterday at Tim's Motel in the 4400 block of Washington Blvd. Police said they were called to the motel about 11 a.m. and found the man's body in a room. He apparently died of a gunshot wound.

Bookmobile to stop twice weekly at Martin Plaza

MIDDLE RIVER - Baltimore County's newest bookmobile will stop twice weekly at Martin Plaza, 1400 block of Martin Blvd., from 4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Mondays and 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays.

The bookmobile contains about 3,000 adult and juvenile books, and public computers offering Internet access.

The 30-foot-long vehicle is equipped with a lift for disabled people.

Library branch schedules Hispanic Festival tomorrow

PARKVILLE - The Parkville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library will hold a Hispanic Festival from noon to 3 p.m. tomorrow.

The festival will feature a dance performance by the Latin American Folkloric Group, crafts, games and prizes for children. Three pinatas will be raffled.

Admission is free. Information: 410-887-5355.

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