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August 28, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Licensed waterman accused of illegal crabbing on river

ESSEX -- A licensed waterman was charged with illegal crabbing on the Back River early yesterday by Maryland Natural Resources Police.

Crabbing is not allowed in tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay, said John Surrick, a Department of Natural Resources spokesman. In addition, crabbing is allowed only from 30 minutes before sunrise to seven hours after sunrise, he said.

Thomas W. Pannebaker, 32, of the 1500 block of Galena Road in Essex is accused of harvesting from commercial pots shortly after midnight and operating a boat without lights, police said. The violations carry fines of up to $5,000.

Nursing home resident found after search

TOWSON -- After an overnight search with helicopters and police dogs, a 77-year-old nursing home resident who apparently walked away from Dulaney-Towson Health Care Center was found yesterday morning.

John Clemson, who suffers from dementia and poor eyesight, was in serious but stable condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He left the nursing home in the 100 block of West Road wearing no shoes between 10:30 p.m. and midnight Monday, said Sgt. Vickie Warehime, a Baltimore County police spokeswoman. He was found behind a used-car lot in the 900 block of York Road by an employee about 8 a.m. yesterday.

Warehime said Clemson, who was bruised and bleeding, told officers he had fallen. The incident is under investigation. Kelly Kessler, a spokeswoman for the nursing home, issued a statement saying that the home is conducting its own investigation "to safeguard this from happening again."

Combustibles too close to kiln caused fatal fire

PERRY HALL -- A house fire that killed a 79-year-old man this month was caused by combustibles that were kept too close to a pottery kiln, a Baltimore County fire official said yesterday.

Roy Shifflett died from smoke inhalation during the fire Aug. 9 that began in the basement of his home in the 4100 block of Kahlston Road, said Capt. Glenn A. Blackwell, a Fire Department spokesman.

Shifflett is the seventh person to die in a fire this year in Baltimore County.

Newsweek lists UMBC among 12 `hottest schools'

CATONSVILLE -- The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has been named one of the 12 "hottest schools" in Newsweek's new college guide.

The magazine pointed to UMBC's high numbers of undergraduates who are involved in research and go on to graduate and professional schools. It also mentioned the university's Meyerhoff Scholarship Program for minorities in science and engineering.

Other schools designated as "hot" include the University of North Carolina, McGill University, Boston College and George Washington University.

In Baltimore City

Man driving with brother is fatally shot in the head

A 22-year-old man was fatally shot while driving with his brother in Northwest Baltimore, police said yesterday.

Haydn I. Williams was driving a 1985 Chevrolet Impala when someone approached and opened fire about 9:20 p.m. Monday in the 4100 block of W. Belvedere Ave., police said. Williams, of the 4200 block of Fernhill Ave., was hit in the head and crashed the car into a tree, police said.

Williams died about an hour later at Sinai Hospital, police said. His brother, whom police declined to identify, was not injured. Anyone with information is asked to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

5 accused of possessing prescription drugs illegally

Five people remain in custody after their arrests Monday on charges of illegal possession of prescription drugs at what police described as "an open-air drug market." Recovered were a total of 1,300 tablets of methadone, OxyContin and clonazepam, three handguns, a vehicle and $6,700.

Detective David Jones of the Central District's drug enforcement unit said the arrests in the 1800 block of N. Charles St. came after officers witnessed drugs being distributed by two men to three women. Each was charged with illegal possession of prescription drugs with intent to distribute and conspiracy.

Charged were Augustus Green, 55, of the 900 block of E. Chase St., Anthony Banks-Bey, 50, of the 200 block of Silver Court, Felicia Wicks, 42, of the first block of N. Carlton St., and Debbie Smith, 42, of the 400 block of Long Island Ave., all of Baltimore; and Irene Johnson, 26, of Delaware.

Sons of Italy state president is parade grand marshal

Regina "Dolly" Della Noce Bekowitz will serve as grand marshal of Baltimore's Columbus Day Parade on Oct. 13, organizers announced yesterday.

Born and raised in Little Italy, Bekowitz, 57, is state president of the Sons of Italy in America. Her family operated a funeral home in the neighborhood for many years.

FOP President McLhinney unopposed for another term

Gary McLhinney, president of the union that represents city police officers, was nominated without opposition for re-election Monday night and will serve another two-year term.

McLhinney has been president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 since 1994.

He is the longest-serving president in the history of the local union, which represents 3,200 members of the city Police Department.

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