City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

Baltimore & Region

November 11, 2005

Baltimore

Gun charge from terror probe tossed

The Baltimore state's attorney's office dismissed a handgun charge yesterday against a store owner who was questioned last month in a terror probe. Maged M. Hussein, 41, had been charged under a law that prohibits anyone named in a protective order from possessing firearms. Prosecutors had stated Tuesday that they intended to drop the charge, saying their investigation turned up factors that led them to doubt their ability to convict Hussein, including his cooperation with authorities and his telling them about his gun. Hussein said he began keeping the gun in a locked safe in his Southeast Baltimore convenience store after the store was robbed.

Josh Mitchell

3 guilty of smuggling counterfeit knives

An Ellicott City man, his two sons and the Baltimore County company they work for admitted yesterday in federal court that they illegally smuggled switchblades and boxed knife sets bearing counterfeit NASCAR, Lord of the Rings and other trademarks. NFZ Products Inc. and three employees, Mohammed Aslam, 57, and his sons, Farhan Aslam, 31, and Zeeshawn Aslam, 27, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to importing and distributing decorative knives and swords that violated copyrights. The defendants agreed to forfeit nearly $760,000, prosecutors said. They could each face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and fines up to $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 28.

Women's health

JAMA editor to speak at conference

Dr. Catherine DeAngelis, the first female editor of The Journal of the American Medical Association and a former vice dean at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will be keynote speaker tomorrow at the school's 11th annual women's health conference. Beginning at 9 a.m. at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, the conference will feature 37 speakers on topics including heart disease, breast cancer, uterine fibroids, thyroid disease, Alzheimer's disease and dementia, mind-body healing and menopause. The conference fee is $85. A full schedule is available at hopkinsmedicine. org/awomansjourney.

Gwynns Falls Trail

Walk and roll set tomorrow

A four-mile round-trip walk and roll will be held tomorrow on the Gwynns Falls Trail. The event will raise money for the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks' Therapeutic Recreation Division and its Senior Division, as well as the Gwynns Falls Trail Council. Set to begin at Winans Meadow, 4600 N. Franklintown Road, the event will last from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Information: 410-396-7072.

Howard County: Columbia

Driver killed when his car hits a tree

A Clarksville man died and his passenger was severely injured Wednesday night after he lost control of a Chevrolet Camaro and slammed into a tree, Howard County police said. Police said Miguel A. Vargas, 19, of Highland Road in Clarksville was speeding on Snowden River Parkway when he swerved to avoid slower traffic and ran off the road and down an embankment. He and passenger Jesse Lee Bishop, 18, of Devereaux Terrace in North Potomac were ejected. Vargas was pronounced dead at Howard County General Hospital, and Bishop was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in serious condition yesterday.

Jessup

Woman hit, killed walking on U.S.1

A man driving on U.S. 1 in Jessup at 3:45 a.m. yesterday struck and killed a woman walking in the middle of the road, Howard County police said. Police said a preliminary investigation indicated that the accident, which killed Tammy Lynn Cavin, 45, of Bower Lane in Laurel, was caused by pedestrian error. The driver, Walter Eugene Larrimore, 79, of Inwood Court in Jessup and his passenger, wife Patsy Larrimore, were not injured. The accident occurred near Cedar Avenue close to the Red Roof Inn.

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