News from around the Baltimore region

June 11, 2005


Text messages deliver woman from abductor

Police in New York state were able to rescue a kidnapped 19-year-old Glen Burnie woman with the help of text messages she secretly sent over her cell phone while her abductor drove her to Long Island, N.Y., Maryland police said.

The woman, Kelly Lazo, was abducted by her ex-boyfriend, Jose Machuca Del Cid, 23, yesterday morning shortly after she left her house, said Sgt. Michael Calvert, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

Her family was alerted to the kidnapping only after she started sending text messages on her cell phone after 3 p.m. It had taken Lazo several hours to figure out where she was, police said.

The family called the police, who went to the house and monitored the subsequent messages. She indicated the highway exits the car was passing, which helped the Anne Arundel police track the car to New Jersey and then to Long Island, Calvert said. "We were getting text messages in this county, and we were relaying it on the phone to the police department in New York."

With the information, Nassau County police were able to set up roadblocks on the Long Island Expressway to intercept Del Cid's beige Toyota Camry.

The car was stopped about 8:20 p.m. near Exit 39 of the expressway, and Del Cid was arrested, Nassau County police said.

Lazo was unharmed and was waiting to be picked up by her family, the police said.

- New York Times News Service


Labor commissioner sides with chief liquor inspector

Labor Commissioner Sean R. Malone has sided with the city's chief liquor inspector, Samuel T. Daniels Jr., in a case that pitted the inspector against a majority of the Board of Liquor Commissioners.

In a decision released yesterday, Malone directed the board to pay Daniels for the month of work he missed after he was suspended March 17 by the board's executive secretary for alleged insubordination. Malone said the suspension would be cleared from Daniels' employee record.

Liquor board Executive Secretary Nathan C. Irby Jr. suspended Daniels for allegedly conducting investigations and speaking to the news media without permission. Daniels said he had permission from board Chairman Mark S. Fosler. Fosler later confirmed that he had signed off on the investigations and media contacts.


Two-day operation results in 107 arrests, 67 warrants

A two-day operation that involved nearly 100 local, state and federal officers ended yesterday in 107 arrests and 67 additional warrants served, police said.

In a initiative dubbed Operation Sunrise, officers worked from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and yesterday as part of the city's Warrant Apprehension Task Force.

Officers raided residences across the region, looking for people charged in warrants with offenses from misdemeanor handgun violations to rape and robbery.

-- William Wan and Richard Irwin


Employee of flower shop dies of gunshot wound

Police said yesterday that a flower shop employee shot Tuesday has died of his injuries and that they have determined that a man found Thursday was killed during an apparent robbery.

The body of Michael Grimes, a 27-year-old described by police as homeless, was found early Thursday on a vacant lot in the 500 block of E. 27th St., said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman. Grimes had suffered a cut to his forehead and several small puncture wounds to his back.

Moses also said Bobby Anderson, 35, of Just For You Flowers was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Anderson was shot during a robbery Tuesday at the shop in the 5400 block of Park Heights Ave. The shop owner discovered Anderson about 1 p.m. lying unconscious and bleeding from a bullet wound to his head.

Money had been taken from the store's register. Anderson, a resident of the 2400 block of Annor Court, was taken to Sinai Hospital.

No arrests have been made in either killing, Moses said.

The deaths of Grimes and Anderson raised the city's homicide toll this year to 117, police said. At the same time last year, 120 homicides had been recorded.

--Ryan Davis


Health officials order vaccine as they gear up for flu season

The Carroll County Health Department is gearing up for the fall flu season, still uncertain of the amount of vaccine it will receive and how many clinics it can schedule.

The county has ordered its standard 7,500 doses of flu vaccine for the fall clinics, increased the cost per dosage and planned inoculations in areas large enough to handle crowds. A repeat of last year's nationwide vaccine shortage is not expected, but officials are unsure whether the supply will meet the demand.

"We ordered early and we are hoping we get all of it," said Larry L. Leitch, Carroll's health officer. "Manufacturers are saying they might have to parcel out doses. We have no real specifics yet."

Leitch plans several clinics from mid-October through the end of the year at high schools and firehouses throughout the county to avoid last year's traffic tie-ups and parking problems.

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