Regional Digest

Regional Digest

November 22, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

$800,000 worth of cocaine found during traffic stop

WHITE MARSH - A New York City man was arrested yesterday after Maryland Transportation Authority Police discovered eight kilos of cocaine - worth about $800,000 on the street - in his trunk.

Ralph C.J. Hoffman, 32, of New York, was charged with possession of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute a large amount of cocaine and importation of five to 45 kilograms of cocaine, according to spokesman Cpl. Gregory Prioleau.

Hoffman was heading north on 1-95 in Baltimore County in a rented 2004 Chevrolet van with Arizona tags when he was pulled over by Officer Christopher Reiber for following a vehicle too closely, Prioleau said. Reiber is a member of the department's Aggressive Traffic and Criminal Enforcement team.

Authorities are not sure where Hoffman began his trip or where he was headed.

Group's attempt to stop Bethel AME plans rejected

TOWSON - A Baltimore County Circuit judge has rejected the Greater Patapsco Community Association's most recent attempt to stop the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church from building a 3,000-seat sanctuary in rural Granite.

The association argued that the county's hearing officer improperly determined the sanctuary's traffic impact and that he and the Board of Appeals failed to properly consider the historic crypts and gravesites on the property, or the development's compliance with the community plan or the county's 2010 master plan. In an order signed yesterday, Judge John F. Fader II upheld the county's decision to let the church's plans move forward.

Police identify woman killed in Kingsville crash

KINGSVILLE - Baltimore County police identified yesterday the woman killed in a four-vehicle crash at Belair Road and Open Bible Way Thursday night.

Ann Kegan of the 800 block of Maxwell Road in Bel Air was driving a 1993 Toyota south on Belair Road about 7 p.m. when a northbound 2002 Chevrolet crossed the center line and hit her car. The Chevrolet was forced across the double-yellow line by a 1999 Oldsmobile that changed lanes, police said. A fourth car was unable to avoid the collision and struck's Kegan's car.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Margaret Louise Moran, 55, of the 600 block of Milford Court in Abingdon, was in serious condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

In Baltimore City

Man gets 30-year term in killing over a debt

A 36-year-old man charged with killing a man over a debt and then dumping the body in a garbage bin outside a candy factory last year pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder. William L. Beverly, of the 300 block of S. Fremont Ave., was sentenced to 30 years in prison by Baltimore Circuit Judge John C. Themelis.

Prosecutors said Beverly was selling marijuana to two men in his house on Sept. 4 last year when he grew angry about a $70 debt. He pulled out a shotgun and fired twice - killing Walter Bedford, 50, a recovering heroin addict who lived in the 500 block of N. Linwood Ave.

Beverly put Bedford in the trunk of his Pontiac and drove him to the Naron-Mary Sue Candy Co. in the 1700 block of Union Ave. in North Baltimore and threw his body into a garbage bin. The next morning, workers discovered Bedford.

Madison Street ramp to JFX to open today

The Madison Street access ramp to the Jones Falls Expressway is scheduled to reopen today, the Baltimore Department of Transportation announced. From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, the northbound JFX between Madison and Howard streets will be restricted to one lane for construction work.

There will be no lane restrictions tomorrow on that stretch of the JFX, but there will be lane restrictions northbound between Madison and Howard streets from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Police find man, 22, fatally shot on west side

A 22-year-old man was shot and killed in West Baltimore early yesterday, becoming the city's 231st homicide of the year, police said.

Officers found Juwarre Bowers of the 200 block of N. Culver St. fatally shot in the head about 12:30 a.m. in the 200 block of N. Monastery Ave., police said.

Police said detectives were investigating the apparently unrelated killing of a 49-year-old man who was found stabbed to death about 4 p.m. Thursday in a vacant rowhouse in the 1800 block of N. Durham St. in East Baltimore. Police declined to release the man's name pending notification of relatives.

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