In Baltimore County Pennsylvania man, 29, killed in...

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May 25, 2002

In Baltimore County

Pennsylvania man, 29, killed in accident near Gorsuch Mills

GORSUCH MILLS - A York County, Pa., man was killed early yesterday in a one-vehicle accident on Stewartstown Road, north of Gorsuch Mills, Baltimore County police said.

Cpl. Ronald Brooks, a police spokesman, said Kipp Alan McCleary of the 3900 block of Orchard Town Road in Stewartstown, Pa., was driving north in a 1999 Porsche when the car left the road, hit an embankment and flipped onto its roof. McCleary, 29, was thrown from the car but was then pinned under the vehicle. He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Brooks said a preliminary investigation indicated alcohol might have played a role in the accident.

In Baltimore City

Officer suspected of assault stripped of police powers

A second Baltimore police officer was stripped of his police powers and placed on administrative duty yesterday after being identified on a videotape that showed him hitting a spectator at the Preakness last week, police officials said.

The officer, Anthony N. Fata, 28, a four-year veteran, had previously been suspended in connection with the incident. He will remain on administrative duties pending the outcome of an internal investigation, police said.

The tape also shows a police commander, identified as Maj. Robert F. Biemiller, who appears to be watching the incident. Officer Sheri Albrecht, a police spokeswoman, said Biemiller and other officers who were at the scene are "part of the investigation" into the alleged assault. She would not clarify the statement. Biemiller declined to comment.

Police identify victims in 2 separate homicides

Baltimore police identified yesterday a man killed Thursday in a carryout restaurant in Govans as Darryl Lamont Powell, 20, of the 800 block of McCabe Ave.

Powell was found fatally shot in Corner Carryout in the 5400 block of York Road about 2:50 p.m., police said. He was the 101st homicide victim of the year.

Police also identified a 17-year-old boy who was found fatally shot about 1:20 a.m. Thursday in the 2100 block of Garrison Blvd. as Dominic Eric Blow of the 2000 block of W. Saratoga St.

No arrests have been made in either case.

Tribute today to honor late civil rights pioneer

The Friends of Lillie May Carroll-Jackson, the civil rights pioneer and longtime president of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP, will hold a tribute to her today that will include tours of her home in the 1300 block of Eutaw Place.

The tribute will begin at 9 a.m. with a graveside prayer service at Mount Auburn Cemetery in the 2600 block of Waterview Ave. A program in Carroll-Jackson's honor will be held at 11 a.m. at Douglas Memorial Community Church, at Madison and Lafayette avenues.

After her death in 1975, Carroll-Jackson's home became the city's first civil rights museum. The museum closed several years ago. Those sponsoring today's event hope to reopen the museum.

In Garrett County

Boys sentenced to prison in carjacking after escape

OAKLAND - Two 17-year-old boys have been sentenced to 12 years in prison for an attempted carjacking and other offenses after escaping from a state Department of Juvenile Justice youth camp in western Maryland.

Devon L. Adams of District Heights and Andrew E. McLean of Bowie were sentenced Thursday in Garrett County Circuit Court. According to court documents, they escaped from Backbone Mountain Youth Center in April last year by climbing out a bathroom window.

Amy Buser of Deer Park told police the two were hiding in her garage and tried to steal her Jeep Cherokee when she returned home with her 2-year-old son. She raced them back to the vehicle, drove to a neighbor's house and called police.

In Maryland

Johnson faces more than 800 charges in theft case

ANNAPOLIS - More than 700 additional charges were filed yesterday against Brent M. Johnson, the one-time state official charged with stealing $368,000 from an Anne Arundel County social services program he ran until last year.

Yesterday's filing in county Circuit Court brings the number of charges against Johnson to more than 800, involving more than 100 alleged victims, said a spokeswoman with the county state's attorney's office. Johnson is accused of felony theft, passing forged checks and misappropriation of government funds from a program that was designed to help parents who owed child support find jobs. The maximum sentence for felony theft, the most serious of the charges, is 15 years in prison.

In the 1980s, Johnson was first secretary of the state's Department of Employment and Training under Gov. Harry R. Hughes. He resigned in 1986 to launch an unsuccessful bid in the Democratic primary for state Senate.

Pilot experiencing problems lands plane in South River

EDGEWATER - An Annapolis man landed his small biplane in South River near the mouth of Almshouse Creek about 4 p.m. yesterday after apparently losing power on his way to Lee Airport, officials said.

Neither the pilot, 64-year-old William Finagin of Annapolis, nor his passenger, 43-year-old Wesley Jones also of Annapolis, was injured. The men had taken off from Lee Airport earlier that day and were returning after a trip to Easton when the plane experienced engine problems, said Chuck Porcari, spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources.

A boater helped the men from the water. The plane was partially submerged in shallow water and was being removed by a private contractor. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

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