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April 21, 2005


Pregnant woman, fetus killed in Beltway crash

A Baltimore County woman who was nine months pregnant was killed yesterday afternoon with her unborn child when the car she was driving on the Baltimore Beltway's outer loop slammed into a truck parked on the shoulder and burst into flames, state police said.

Tina M. Scheve, 37, of the 4500 block of Fullerton Ave. in Overlea, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Impala west on the Beltway near the Belair Road overpass about 4:30 p.m. when, for an unknown reason, she crossed at least one lane, entered the right shoulder and hit a roll-back tow truck, said Sgt. Thornnie Rouse, a police spokesman.

The truck's driver, Anthony Gaither, was seated in his vehicle along with the driver of a disabled car at the time, Rouse said. Neither was injured.

The spokesman said Gaither and several motorists who stopped tried in vain to rescue Scheve, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Beltway traffic backed up for about five miles to Route 702 in Essex as the two right lanes were closed until 7 p.m., police said.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

-Richard Irwin


Doctor likely to testify in his Ecstasy drug case

The weight-loss doctor charged with trying to make the illegal club drug Ecstasy is likely to take the stand in his own defense when the trial resumes Monday, lawyers in the case said yesterday.

Dr. Robert M. Keenan, 45, of Baltimore may still decide to remain silent, but U.S. District Judge Andre Davis gave the jury the rest of the week off so that prosecutors could review research material written by Keenan.

Those research papers, according to defense attorney Michael E. Kaminkow, show that Keenan once worked for the National Institute on Drug Abuse and has a background in the academic study of illegal drugs. The research would likely accompany Keenan's testimony, if it happens, Kaminkow said.

Federal authorities charged Keenan last year with attempting to manufacture and conspiracy to manufacture MDMA, commonly known as Ecstasy. In January 2004, authorities raided Keenan's Fells Point home and found a green liquid precursor to Ecstasy "oozing from one end" of a sealed pipe in his heated oven, according to court documents.

Prosecutors finished presenting evidence in their case yesterday, followed by two witnesses for the defense. Forensic chemist Walter Rowe told the jury that the alleged drug operation discovered by authorities in Keenan's home did not leave any trace of Ecstasy and was not capable of producing the illicit drug.

Ricky Bradley, one of Keenan's alleged co-conspirators, who was convicted of Ecstasy-related charges in state court, also testified that he had never met Keenan before they were both arrested on the day of the police raid.

- Matthew Dolan


Man's death stemming from beating ruled a homicide

Baltimore's 72nd homicide victim of the year is a 53-year-old man who died last month from a beating he suffered in 2003.

Lloyd Arrowood died March 23, and an autopsy determined that his death stemmed from a beating Oct. 13, 2003, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. Yesterday, police announced that the death had been listed as a homicide, and it was added to this year's total.

Police said Arrowood was hit over the head with a large piece of wood during a dispute with his roommate, John Kozak, in the 1800 block of Ramsay St.

Kozak was convicted of second-degree assault in connection with the beating and is serving a five-year sentence. Prosecutors will decide whether to pursue murder charges against Kozak, Harris said.

- Ryan Davis


Driver tangled in seatbelt dies after his van strikes cars

A Brooklyn man died of extensive injuries yesterday morning after he became entangled in his seatbelt and was hanging partially outside his van as it sideswiped several parked cars near his home, police said.

Howard LeMaster, 63, was driving a 1988 Dodge Caravan near his home in the 1300 block of Pontiac Ave. about 7:25 a.m. when he apparently tried to get out of the vehicle and became entangled in the seatbelt, said Agent Donny Moses, a city police spokesman.

The van, with LeMaster hanging outside and unable to free himself, crossed into the northbound lane, where it and the man's body struck several parked vehicles, Moses said.

LeMaster was pronounced dead at the scene, Moses said.

- Richard Irwin


County police identify boy, 9, who died in ATV accident

Anne Arundel County police have released the name of a 9-year-old boy who died Tuesday after losing control of his all-terrain vehicle.

Officers found Brad R. McDonald of the 4500 block of Polling House Road in southern Anne Arundel County in an open field near the home, said police spokesman Sgt. Shawn Urbas.

Urbas said the boy had been riding with a helmet and other safety equipment. Family members said he was an experienced rider, the spokesman added.

The boy was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, hospital officials said.


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