News from around the Baltimore region

September 16, 2005


Penn Station light rail service to be interrupted

Light rail service will be suspended on the spur to Penn Station for the next two weekends, according to Maryland Transit Administration officials.

The temporary closure - set for Saturday and Sunday, as well as Sept. 24-25 - is needed for maintenance on rail track supports, officials said.

As an alternative, light-rail passengers should plan to get off at the Cultural Center Station, where a shuttle bus will take them to Penn Station. Passengers coming from Penn Station should take the Charles Street light rail shuttle bus to the North Avenue light rail station.


Sex offender charged with trespassing at school

A convicted sex offender living in Glen Burnie was arrested at his home yesterday after police said he tried to pick up a 7-year-old girl from Glendale Elementary School on Wednesday.

Joshua Ryan Keller, 21, of the 300 block of Stiemly Ave. was charged with trespassing and was being held at the county's northern police district yesterday, police said.

According to police, Keller went to the elementary school and asked for the girl by name, saying that the girl's mother had asked him to take her home. A school administrator recognized Keller as a sex offender and refused to let the girl go with him, then called police, authorities said. After interviewing the girl and her mother, police issued a warrant for Keller's arrest, police said. Keller and the 7-year-old girl live in the same area but were not acquainted, police said.

Keller was convicted of two counts of third-degree sex offense involving a minor in September 2004, police said. Electronic court records did not show his sentence. Police said they are investigating whether Wednesday's incident violated the terms of Keller's probation.

- Annie Linskey


Justice Dept. grants focus on gangs, drug court, education

The Department of Justice announced yesterday a series of crime prevention grants to Maryland localities focusing on criminal gangs, a court dealing with drug-related crime and a youth law education program in Baltimore.

The Office of Justice Programs grants include $364,596 for a gang prevention initiative in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, $450,000 for a family drug court program in Harford County and $245,082 for Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity's legal education program for children in Baltimore.

Harford County Circuit Court will use its grant to support a family drug court to help nonviolent, substance-abusing parents adopt a drug-free lifestyle and assume the responsibilities of parenthood.

The Youth for Justice project in Baltimore will be run by the Phi Alpha Delta public service center on North Charles Street. The program will teach and support education about the legal system to students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The law fraternity, a nonprofit professional association of lawyers, students and others with links to the law profession, moved its international headquarters to the city in 1999.

- Matthew Dolan


Man, 74, fatally injured in 2-car collision on Route 3

Police are investigating a traffic accident on Route 3 Wednesday night in which a 74-year-old man was fatally injured and two women were hurt.

Ryan Adam Deshaies, 19, of Gambrills was driving his 2006 black Toyota Scion on McKnew Road - crossing Route 3 - when his car collided with a 2002 PT Cruiser headed south on the highway, police said. The PT Cruiser flipped and skidded 160 feet.

All those in the PT Cruiser were from Cleveland, N.C. Nick Thomas Jarrett, 74, went into cardiac arrest and was taken to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Betty Jean Jarrett, 71, who was riding in the back, was in serious but stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore yesterday. Wanda Lee Pope, 45, was treated for injuries at Shock Trauma and released yesterday.

Neither Deshaies nor the passenger in the Toyota, Kyle Ignatius Dennehy, 19, of Gambrills, was injured. Police said they do not believe speed or alcohol were factors in the collision.

- Annie Linskey


I-895 exit to O'Donnell St. closing tomorrow during day

The exit ramp from northbound Interstate 895 to O'Donnell Street will be closed to traffic tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to state transportation workers.

The temporary closure of exit 11B is needed as part of the two-year project to repair the 22 bridges along Interstate 95 between the Fort McHenry Tunnel toll plaza and the I-95/I-895 merge.

As a detour, motorists will be directed to use Exit 11A, Boston Street.


2 lawyers in drug case sentenced to probation

Two Baltimore lawyers indicted on drug charges - part of a Baltimore County wiretap investigation that resulted in the arrests of more than 40 people - each received probation before judgment yesterday for drug possession.

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