Regional Digest

Regional Digest

October 18, 2003|By From staff reports

In Anne Arundel

Water conservation urged over weekend after main break

ANNAPOLIS - Public water customers in Howard County and northwest Anne Arundel County have been asked to conserve water this weekend after a water main break in Baltimore County.

For those in the northwest region of Anne Arundel, outdoor water use has been prohibited. Residents have also been asked to conserve water for cooking and bathing.

Although water from other parts of Anne Arundel County has been redirected to the northwest region, residents in ZIP codes 21076, 20724, 21144, 20794, 21225, 21090, 21240, 20701 and 21077 could notice a decrease in water pressure until repairs are made, officials said. Customers with water loss or discolored water should call 410-222-8400.

Howard County residents are asked to voluntarily restrict their water usage, said Victoria Goodman, a county spokeswoman. Howard also receives water through the Baltimore system.

Boy, 16, missing 2 weeks, found dead in crashed car

GAMBRILLS - A 16-year-old boy was found dead in an overturned car less than a mile from his home, Anne Arundel police said yesterday.

Lawrence Neal Sann had apparently lost control of his mother's 1998 Isuzu Rodeo while driving on Waugh Chapel Road near the Church of the Holy Apostles. The car tumbled into a ravine, where a youth discovered it Thursday while playing nearby in the woods.

A police spokesman said the boy's mother, Cynthia Sann, had reported the car missing two weeks ago, telling police that her son had taken it without permission, The Capital in Annapolis reported yesterday. Sann was a student at Anne Arundel High School, the newspaper said.

In Baltimore City

Woman, 50, pleads guilty to stealing from naval base

An Arnold woman pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore yesterday to stealing as much as $70,000 from cash registers at the Naval Station Annapolis commissary, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Jane Marie Chase, 50, who was a cashier at the base's commissary, had been indicted on one count of stealing government property and could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled Jan. 9.

The U.S. attorney's office said the thefts took place from March 2001 to July last year.

In Maryland

Court of Appeals denies death row inmate's appeal

ANNAPOLIS - The Court of Appeals denied death row inmate Wesley E. Baker's request for a new sentence yesterday, rejecting his claim that Circuit Judge Cypert O. Whitfill had imposed the death penalty illegally.

Baker, convicted in 1992 of fatally shooting 49-year-old Jane Tyson in front of her young grandchildren during a $10 robbery at Westview Mall in Catonsville, claimed that because Whitfill had temporarily moved from Harford County to Baltimore County during his term as judge, he had violated the residency requirements of his office and lost the authority to impose a sentence.

But the court said the judge's temporary move, during which time he remained active on the Harford County bench, did not void his judicial authority.

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