News from around the Baltimore region

August 30, 2005


Alderman helps arrest homeless theft suspect

Annapolis Alderman George O. Kelley Sr., a former city policeman who is running for mayor this fall, helped with the arrest Sunday of a homeless man who was charged with robbing a Glen Burnie couple while posing as a police officer last month.

Joshua Hatch, 20, of no fixed address, has been charged with impersonating a police officer, first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary and robbery, according to Anne Arundel County police. He was being held yesterday on $10,000 bail at the Anne Arundel County detention center.

County police had issued posters bearing Hatch's name and photograph Friday. On Sunday, Hatch and his family contacted Kelley seeking advice, authorities said.

"People who find themselves in trouble still turn to me for help," Kelley said.

Hatch came to Kelley's home with members of his family. They spoke briefly, and Kelley accompanied Hatch to the police station. There he was served with a warrant from the county police.

Hatch was wanted by the police in connection with a robbery that occurred July 30.

According to police, a man falsely identified himself as a police officer and ordered a couple to go into their home in the Glen Mar Road Apartments. He then demanded the man's wallet, removed cash and identification from it and drove away in a Crown Victoria, police said.

Hatch is a suspect in a similar case in Annapolis, said police spokesman Hal Dalton said.

- Annie Linskey


Two workers at port accused of stealing, pawning stereos

Two employees with a private company operating at the port of Baltimore were accused of stealing and pawning 103 car stereos from vehicles over the past two months, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said yesterday.

Derek J. Crowley, 26, a Linthicum resident and P&O Ports employee who transported new vehicles bound for export, was charged with multiple counts of misdemeanor and felony theft of Chrysler and Dodge car stereos. Another employee, Stanley Jakubowski, 45, of Dundalk, was charged with two counts of theft.

MdTA police say one suspect pawned the stereos at Fast Cash Pawnbrokers in Dundalk. Detectives said they found some of the stolen units listed for sale on eBay; the items were connected to a Fast Cash account, MdTA police said.

Authorities executed a search warrant on Fast Cash last week and said they found in the company's records that one of the suspects had sold 103 stereos, ranging in value from $300 to $1,800. They recovered some of the stolen stereos and then arrested Crowley on Sunday, MdTA police said. Jakubowski was arrested yesterday, records show.


Ceremony to mark finish of Beltway project work

A long Beltway headache is coming to an end.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and other state officials will hold a ceremony today to mark the completion of a project adding a fourth lane to the outer loop of the Baltimore Beltway southwest of the city.

Construction workers were putting the final paving touches yesterday on the four-year, $67.4 million expansion and repaving project between Frederick Road and Interstate 95, according to a spokeswoman for the State Highway Administration.

For Beltway travelers, completion of the project is expected to end years of construction delays and lanes narrowed by Jersey barriers on what has been one of the most congested stretches of Interstate 695.

Valerie Burnette Edgar, the highway administration spokeswoman, said the projected has added a fourth lane to the outer loop for immediate use and enough space on the shoulder for a future expansion to five lanes.

The project has involved repaving of the three existing lanes and the rebuilding of interchanges, including those at U.S. 1 and Wilkens Avenue, she said. It also includes safety upgrades, new signs and sound barriers.

Burnette Edgar said the rebuilt section of the Beltway carries about 190,000 cars a day - a number that is expected to grow to 270,000 by 2030.

- Michael Dresser


10 years imposed in stabbings that killed one, hurt another

An 18-year-old Baltimorean pleaded guilty yesterday to first-degree assault in stabbings that killed one 15-year-old and injured another.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Paul Smith sentenced Donnell Harrell to 25 years in prison but suspended all but 10 years.

Donnell Harrell and his brother, Michael Harrell, 17, stabbed two teenagers outside a carryout restaurant in Cherry Hill in 2003, according to police and court documents.

The Harrell brothers got into an argument with James Hudson and Eric Lecount, both 15 at the time, as they were riding bikes to pick up food. Hudson was stabbed in the chest and died at the scene. Lecount was taken to Harbor Hospital with a head wound.

When police arrived, a crowd of youths pointed out the Harrell brothers as the attackers. Police found two knives on them and arrested them.

Michael Harrell pleaded guilty May 25 to first-degree murder and is serving a 30-year term.

- William Wan


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