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Grand jury indicts Zollicoffer's nephew on drug charges

Lawrence Hutchings, whose drug arrest by Baltimore police led to a confrontation between the officers and his uncle, City Solicitor Thurman W. Zollicoffer Jr., has been indicted on charges of possession, possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of cocaine.

The indictment was returned by a grand jury in Baltimore County, where a special assistant state's attorney, Frank C. Meyer Jr., has been assigned to prosecute the case. The case was moved to avoid a possible conflict of interest because of the defendant's mother's administrative job in the city state's attorney's office.

FOR THE RECORD - A City/County Digest item in yesterday's editions incorrectly reported the jurisdiction of the case of Lawrence Hutchings. Hutchings was indicted by a grand jury in Baltimore and will be prosecuted in Baltimore. The Sun regrets the error. PLEASE READ MEMO.

According to Meyer, Hutchings, 23, is accused of selling cocaine to a Baltimore undercover police detective April 29.

The arrest was highly publicized after Zollicoffer -- whose office represents the Police Department -- went to his sister's house and harangued police who had arrested his nephew and were awaiting a warrant to search the Northeast Baltimore home. The solicitor subsequently apologized.

Helicopter forced to land after warning light goes off

A city police helicopter was forced to land early yesterday after a warning light began blinking in its cockpit, the first such precautionary landing made by one of the city's new $1.4 million copters, police officials said.

The helicopter was flying on routine patrol at 12:05 a.m. when the warning light indicated a possible problem in the transmission, police said. The pilot then landed the helicopter, an American Eurocopter Corp. EC-120, on a field at Edmondson Ave. and Woodington Road, police said.

Mechanics determined that the sensor was incorrect, and the helicopter flew back to its hangar in Middle River about 5:30 a.m., police said. The Eurocopters have been deployed by city police since July.

Baby's death appears to be accident, police say

The death of a 15-month-old in an inflatable pool at his family's Calvert Street home Wednesday evening appears to have been an accidental drowning, city police reported yesterday.

The toddler was standing next to the pool at the home in the 1600 block of N. Calvert St. about 7 p.m., police said, when a sibling, believed to be about two years older, playfully pulled him into the water while the father was momentarily distracted. He was pronounced dead a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Police said they were awaiting results of an autopsy to confirm the cause of death. Names were not divulged.

U.S. 40, Hanover bridge to be closed for repairs

Two lanes of eastbound Pulaski Highway (U.S. 40) and the Hanover Street bridge will be closed this weekend for repair work, the city Office of Transportation announced.

Pulaski Highway from 64th to Monument streets will be closed from 7 p.m. today to noon Sunday, while the bridge will closed from 10 p.m. today to 5 a.m. Monday -- except for one southbound lane that will be opened for two hours after each of the weekend's Orioles games.

The Maryland Transit Administration also announced a closing -- of a segment of its Metro line between the Mondawmin and Cold Spring Lane stations from 6 p.m. tomorrow to 10 a.m. Sunday -- for maintenance work. A bus run will be used to bridge the gap in service, the MTA said.

In Baltimore County

Police seek car, clues in fatal shooting of man

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police are looking for the car that was being driven by a Baltimore man before he was found shot to death along Pulaski Highway near Middle River Road on May 22.

The body of Neil Otis Stockhausen, 34, of the 600 block of E. 41st St. was found by a passing motorist. The missing car, which did not belong to Stockhausen, is described as a four-door, 1986 Mercury Lynx, gray with maroon interior with Maryland tag JHZ 660. When last seen, it was missing a right-side rearview mirror.

"We're looking for that car hoping that it might lead us in the direction of what happened that night," said Cpl. Ron Brooks, a department spokesman. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

Agency to discuss plans for Philadelphia Road

ROSEDALE -- The State Highway Administration will meet with residents from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday to discuss proposed streetscape improvements for Philadelphia Road, between Route 40 and the Baltimore Beltway.

Display boards will show design concepts, including new curbs, gutters and sidewalks, along with landscaping, pavement markings and roadway signs.

The meeting will be held at Golden Ring Middle School, 6700 Kenwood Ave. Information: 410-321-2851 or 1-888-962-3077.

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