Week in review

December 04, 2005

BWI

Bag handler to spend 18 months in jail

A fired baggage handler who admitted stealing pricey electronics and other items from the luggage of service members bound for overseas duty was ordered Tuesday to spend 18 months in jail - three times the state guidelines - by a judge who called the thefts "pure greed."

Michael Harlee, 23, of Baltimore was the second former baggage handler at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport sentenced in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in what police have described as a theft scheme targeting service members and international travelers, stealing thousands of valuables from checked luggage. More than 100 items were seized from Harlee.

Judge Joseph P. Manck sentenced Harlee to four years, then suspended all but 18 months, and added three years of probation.

In July, Shaka Nesta Watson, 20, was sentenced to two years in prison for his role. The third suspect, Derek Jerod Murray, 20, of Glen Burnie, is scheduled to be tried next year.

Maryland section, Wednesday, Nov. 30

Lothian

Three arrested on drug charges

Three Lothian residents were arrested Monday on charges of operating a suspected methamphetamine laboratory.

Deborah Lee Henry, 46, Kevin Matthew Musser, 42, and Robert Kevin Shallcross, 50, were arrested after county police searched their home in the 100 block of Main St.

While searching the home, officers found marijuana, crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and several suitcases filled with tubes, beakers, funnels, burner plates and bottles, police said in a news release.

All were charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine, and the unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, the news release said.

Maryland section, Wednesday, Nov. 30

Severn

Teen sentenced to 40 years for murder

Circuit Judge Michael E. Loney sentenced Anthony Deyonko Switzer on Wednesday to serve 40 years in prison for the Aug. 20, 2004, random killing of 18-year-old Doray D. Jones.

Prosecutors had sought life without parole for Switzer, a 16-year-old Severn honor-roll student.

Switzer, who was convicted of first-degree murder and other charges in July, had fired at random at a motorist. Not knowing that he had killed Jones, he later fired at another vehicle.

Maryland section, Thursday, Dec. 1

I-195

Tow-truck driver killed in accident

A tow-truck driver was killed Wednesday night along Interstate 195 in Anne Arundel County when his truck and the Greyhound bus he had attached it to began rolling forward, trapping him between the bus wheels and dragging him about 100 feet, Maryland State Police said Thursday.

The driver's body was found Thursday morning along the highway, just north of Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Authorities identified the driver as Ervin C. Gurley, 44, of Chester, Va. According to state police, Gurley had been dispatched Wednesday to tow a bus that had broken down on westbound I-195.

Maryland section, Friday, Dec. 2

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