News from around the Baltimore region

September 07, 2005


Arundel man pleads guilty in molestation

An Edgewater man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to sexually exploiting a boy, who was 13 when he was sexually molested on videotape by the man, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

The defendant, Loren John Williams, 44, had pleaded guilty in April in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to seven other charges related to molesting children in his home near Annapolis and in Ocean City.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's Sun incorrectly described the time period of Howard County's goal to cut off-duty use of gasoline by police officers who are allowed to take their vehicles home. Chief Wayne Livesay expects a 10 percent reduction by the end of this month. The conservation effort will stay in effect until the chief announces otherwise. Fleet administrators will monitor the program.

For his latest charge in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Williams faces up to 30 years in prison and supervised release for life, according to federal prosecutors. Judge Catherine C. Blake has scheduled the sentencing for Dec. 20.

According to court documents, a boy told police last year that he had been molested by Williams while on a trip with him to Ocean City. Ocean City police searched Williams' home in the 2800 block of Fennel Road and seized several computers, videotapes and photographic equipment, according to prosecutors.

One of the videotapes showed Williams molesting the boy, taking pictures and adjusting the camera, court documents show.

- William Wan


Raid on apartments nets two arrests, seizure of drugs

A Harford County police task force raided five apartments in an Edgewood complex yesterday, arresting two people alleged to be drug-dealing members of a local gang and seizing about $1,000 worth of crack cocaine.

Search warrants for the raids were the result of a 10-month undercover operation by a task force of local police agencies that are trying to dismantle the gang, authorities said.

Just after 5 a.m., task force officers - assisted by FBI and federal drug agents - entered the apartments in the 1800 block of Edgewater Drive, in the Village at Lakeview apartment complex.

Arrested in one of the apartments were Denise Stewart, 41, and Antijuan Johnson, 29, who were charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, police said.

Investigators said they found in the apartment 52 bags of crack cocaine, with a street value of $1,050. A handgun, $2,900 in cash and a small quantity of marijuana were seized in a second apartment, and drug paraphernalia was found in a third, according to the task force, which includes the Harford County Sheriff's Office, the police departments of Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace, the county state's attorney and state police.

The task force said the complex was frequently used for drug dealing by a gang called 9 Tre' Gangsta or Gangsta Blood Warriors. The head of the gang, investigators have alleged, is Eric Barnett, 26, of the 3400 block of Albantowne Way in Edgewood, who was arrested by sheriff's deputies the night before the raid on a federal warrant on weapons and drug charges.

- William Wan


Man, 27, dies after having difficulty while swimming

A 27-year-old man from Washington state died after experiencing difficulty while swimming in a community pool in Pasadena on Monday evening, county police said.

David Cratsenburg of Dupont, Wash., was visiting his sister, police said. He was swimming at a pool in the 1500 block of Marco Drive when he began having difficulty, police said. Paramedics preformed CPR on Cratsenburg after they arrived, a little before 5:30 p.m., police said. Cratsenburg was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Anne Arundel County police are awaiting the results of an autopsy scheduled for today before determining whether an investigation is warranted, said Lt. David D. Waltemeyer Jr.

- Annie Linskey


Glen Burnie man dies after flipping motorcycle on I-97

A 67-year-old Glen Burnie man died after the motorcycle he was driving hit an embankment and flipped over Monday evening on Interstate 97, according to Maryland State Police.

Ralph Eli Moxley Jr., who was driving a 2001 Harley-Davidson south on I-97 near Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard, was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he died, police said.

- Annie Linskey


City official appointed head of county Health Department

The appointment of a Baltimore City health official as head of the Baltimore County Health Department was approved last night by the County Council.

As county health officer, Dr. Pierre Vigilance will oversee 550 employees and a $40 million budget. He will start the job next month, at an annual salary of $173,500.

Vigilance succeeds Dr. Michelle A. Gourdine, who resigned after nearly a decade in the job. She has accepted a post as deputy secretary of public health services for the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Vigilance, 36, who lives in Columbia, earned a medical degree and a master's degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins University. As assistant health commissioner for Baltimore City, he oversees the Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

"His qualifications are second to none," said Councilman Vincent J. Gardina before the unanimous vote in favor of the appointment.

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