Regional Digest


February 12, 2005|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

City man pleads guilty in U.S. court to distributing drugs

A Baltimore man was sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release yesterday for the distribution of large quantities of cocaine in Baltimore.

Craig Tillett, 34, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to participating in a conspiracy to distribute between 5 and 15 kilograms of cocaine to customers in the city during the summer of 2003.

Tillett said he obtained the cocaine from a drug-trafficking organization operated by Howard Rice and Raeshio Rice, who were recently charged with racketeering and conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin over a 10-year period, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore.

Slain woman's husband charged with her killing

The estranged husband of a woman killed Thursday night has been charged with her death as well as the shooting of her boyfriend, police announced yesterday.

Leroy Ray, 58, of the 1900 block of E. 31st St. surrendered to police at Central Booking and Intake Center on Thursday night after the 7 p.m. shooting in the 2600 block of Robb St., police said. He was charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and several lesser charges, police said.

Barbara Ray, 52, and Willie Good, 56, were found by police on the front porch of her house in the 2600 block of Robb St. Good was treated for a shoulder wound, police said.

Walbrook High monitor admits to disrupting school

A former Walbrook High Uniformed Services Academy hall monitor pleaded guilty in city Circuit Court yesterday to a charge of disrupting the school, prosecutors said.

Lloyd Chris Stanton, 35, was sentenced to six months in jail, all suspended except for the several weeks he served after his arrest. Charges of malicious burning and reckless endangerment were dismissed.

Stanton was arrested Jan. 7 after an officer reported seeing the hall monitor in a stairwell holding a lighted match to a newspaper.

In Baltimore County

Two held after shooting of man, police chase

OWINGS MILLS - Two men were being held last night in connection with a shooting after a car chase along Interstate 795 and the Baltimore Beltway that tied up rush hour traffic, Baltimore County police said.

The men were arrested after bailing out of their car at separate points during a 20-minute chase that began shortly before 5 p.m., police spokeswoman Sgt. Vickie Warehime said. The chase began when a county police officer spotted a vehicle that matched the description of a car seen leaving the scene of a shooting in the 10700 block of Reisterstown Road, she said.

Warehime said a 44-year-old Owings Mills man was shot twice and was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. His injuries were not life-threatening, she said. Police did not release the name of the victim nor of the men who were arrested.

In Anne Arundel

Man involved in crash had been shot in chest

ANNAPOLIS JUNCTION - The driver of a car involved in a one-vehicle crash Thursday night near Laurel had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, Anne Arundel police said.

Kevin Amoroso, 33, of no fixed address was pronounced dead at the scene, said police spokesman Sgt. Shawn Urbas. He was found in a wooded area near his crashed BMW close to Russett Green West and Oxbow Place.

Investigators said they believe the gunshot wound was self-inflicted, but they could not confirm yesterday whether he sustained it before the crash, Urbas said. He said Amoroso had been involved in a domestic dispute before the crash.

In Queen Anne's

Centreville residents told to boil drinking water

CENTREVILLE - Centreville residents were notified yesterday to boil their drinking water as a precaution against possible contamination.

No pollutants have been detected in the water, and nobody has been made sick, but state officials issued the advisory because of a water pressure drop during a cleaning of water pipes that could have led to contaminated water being sucked into the system.

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