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July 02, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Bishop rejects request to reinstate ousted priest

Representatives of Holy Cross and St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic churches met with Bishop Gordon D. Bennett yesterday at his downtown office in an unsuccessful attempt to persuade him to reinstate their pastor, the Rev. Thomas Malia, who resigned last month.

Malia was asked to resign by his superiors after he notified them that he had employed Robert Gee as a church organist for 1 1/2 years. Gee, an acquaintance of Malia's from a seminary in Milwaukee, was convicted of a sex offense in 1997 for engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student at Mount St. Joseph High School, where Gee taught.

Bill Romani, who spoke for the delegation of parishioners, said they were "disappointed" at the results of the meeting and would consult a canon lawyer as they consider legal action to challenge Malia's reassignment. Parishioners are also sending petitions with "hundreds of signatures" to Rome and to the papal nuncio in Washington, asking church officials to intercede on Malia's behalf. Archdiocese of Baltimore officials maintain that Malia knowingly skirted church policies by hiring Gee on an interim basis, avoiding a background check that would have been required for fulltime employees.

Laurel boy, 12, is killed in Mount Washington crash

A 12-year-old Prince George's County boy was killed and three people were injured in a two-car crash yesterday in Mount Washington.

Police said Michael Kessler, whose age and address were not available, was driving a Mercedes-Benz west in the 1600 block of Kelly Ave. at 11 a.m. when he lost control of the car, struck a bridge wall and collided with a 1987 Ford Escort driven by Eleanor Barale of the 5500 block of Mayview Ave.

Police said Christopher Price of Laurel, a back-seat passenger in the Escort, died at the scene. Barale was injured and treated at Sinai Hospital. Ashley Price, 9, who is believed to be Christopher's sister, was treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Police said that Kessler was admitted to Sinai Hospital with back injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

Pennsylvania man dies in motorcycle-van collision

A 24-year-old Pennsylvania man died Sunday night in East Baltimore after the motorcycle he was driving collided with a van, police said. His female passenger was listed in serious but stable condition yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

James Burnard Mosley Jr. was driving a 1999 Suzuki motorcycle westbound in the 5400 block of Bowleys Lane near Sinclair Lane when he drifted into oncoming traffic while turning. The motorcycle struck the driver's front side of a 1993 Ford Aerostar about 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Mosley, from York, Pa., did not possess a Pennsylvania motorcycle license, a police spokeswoman said. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at 9:07 p.m. at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, police said. His passenger, 21-year-old Jennifer Rose Hardeman of Norfolk, Va., was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Patterson Park ceremony to mark funding success

Patterson Park in Southeast Baltimore will be honored by the Americans for Our Heritage and Recreation as a federal funding success story at a ceremony tomorrow evening.

The organization named Patterson one of 10 "21st-Century American Heritage Parks" for major renovations at the park after it received funds under the Urban and Recreation Recovery Act. U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes and a representative from Mayor Martin O'Malley's office will speak, pushing for expanded federal funding in other urban Maryland parks.

The ceremony will be at 6 p.m. at Patterson Park on Eastern and Linwood avenues near the Pulaski Monument.

In Baltimore County

Woman killed, man hurt after crash causes car fire

HALETHORPE - A Volkswagen erupted into flames after a two-vehicle collision on Interstate 195 last night, killing a woman trapped inside and sending a passenger to the hospital with severe burns, state police and witnesses reported.

The collision occurred about 7:30 p.m. on the interstate near the connecting ramp to Interstate 95 in Halethorpe. Few details on the cause of the accident were available last night as state police continued to investigate.

Moments after the crash, motorists who stopped at the scene told authorities that they found a man - his body covered in flames - rolling on a patch of grass near the burning Volkswagen. They helped him extinguish the flames, and he was taken to the burn center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, county fire officials said.

Two escaped youths are returned to custody

CUB HILL - Two male residents of a treatment center for emotionally disturbed youths on the grounds of the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School at Cub Hill were back in custody yesterday after they escaped Sunday while on a shopping tour, said a spokesman for the state's Department of Juvenile Justice.

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