Police boost patrols in Ferndale after reported...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

March 06, 2002

Police boost patrols in Ferndale after reported abduction try

Anne Arundel County police increased their patrols yesterday in Ferndale, where a man reportedly tried to abduct a 7-year-old boy Monday.

The child's parents told police that a man in a black sedan approached their son, who was walking on Forestdale Avenue near Andover Road about 6:40 p.m. Monday. The boy told police that the man said, "Get in the car," and tried to grab him.

The boy ran away and was not injured, said Officer Charles Ravenell, a county police spokesman.

Officers searched the area for potential witnesses and for the man, described by the child as a black male in his late 20s with a goatee, wearing red sweat pants, a black jacket and light-brown boots, police said. The department increased the number of patrols yesterday in Ferndale "to ensure the children are safe in the area," said Ravenell.

Officers also were looking for the man's car, described as midsize black four-door with black wheel rims, said Ravenell.

Man charged in crash that killed teen-ager

A Lusby man has been accused of negligent manslaughter, negligent homicide while under the influence of alcohol and related charges in a November car accident that claimed the life of a Glen Burnie teen-ager, according to a 10-count indictment that was unsealed yesterday.

Paul Joseph Bedient, 27, was charged in the death of Alisa Mare Celentano, 18. Prosecutors said he has been released on a $10,000 bond.

The fatal crash occurred Nov. 30 on Route 175 at California Terrace in Gambrills. A truck driven by Bedient crossed the center line on the highway and struck head-on a minivan in which Celentano was a passenger, police said.

Judge postpones hearing in red-light camera suit

An Anne Arundel County circuit judge postponed yesterday a hearing in which a lawyer from Davidsonville planned to challenge the application of a law that allows cameras to be used to catch drivers who run red lights.

Samuel L. Serio, charged with running a red light at Riva Road and Route 665 nearly a year ago, had been scheduled to go to court to appeal a fine he received in District Court. Serio contends that the use of the cameras places an unfair burden on a defendant to show that he wasn't driving the car that was photographed.

Judge Joseph P. Manck postponed the hearing to allow Serio to interview a witness in the case. No new date was set for the hearing.

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