Week In Review

October 30, 2005

Man, 60, found dead on park trail

A man found dead on a Susquehanna State Park trail Oct. 22 was identified last Sunday as 60-year-old Richard Edward Lottero, a park volunteer from Havre de Grace, police said. He died of a heart attack, according to the state medical examiner's office. A woman hiking on the Heritage Greenway trail spotted his body about 3:40 p.m. and called 911, said Cpl. Ken Turner, spokesman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police. Lottero often helped groom park trails and was believed to be doing so at the time of his death, Turner said.

Maryland section, Monday

Man gets 70 years for shooting, threats

A Havre de Grace man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison for attempting to kill his wife and threatening a friend who witnessed the shooting, an incident that left police searching for the suspect - and the victim - for four days in January.

William James Mitchell, 24, eluded police in a high-speed chase after shooting and injuring his wife, Tesheka Smythe, during an argument at the Darlington home of a friend Mitchell also attempted to shoot.

Four days later, Mitchell was arrested in Havre de Grace on a tip.

Police found Smythe in the front yard of a home there - in addition to Mitchell's vehicle, which contained bloodstains, guns and ammunition, and was stuck in mud.

Smythe had been shot twice - once in the arm and once in the leg - and had bandages on her wounds, police said. Wanted on several outstanding warrants, Smythe had hid from officers and was not being held against her will, police said.

Mitchell, of the 100 block of Northway Drive, was found guilty in June of attempted first-degree murder, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and threatening a witness to a shooting, the county state's attorney said in a news release.

Maryland section, Wednesday

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