Plane crash kills 2 at Tipton Arport
A single-engine airplane crashed Thursday afternoon soon after taking off from Tipton Airport, killing two passengers, officials said. One of the victims was reported to be the chief executive of a Chicago plastics recycling company.
The plane - a Piper PA 46 - crashed in a heavily wooded area and caught fire about a half-mile from the airport's runway, said officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash. Although the two people aboard were so badly burned that positive identification must wait further testing, the family of Daniel Eberhardt of Downers Grove, Ill., was notified by officials that he was the pilot.
Maryland section, Friday
Giannetti signs spark complaints
The Maryland Democratic Party has filed a complaint with the state Board of Elections against state Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr., alleging that the recently declared Republican is deliberately misleading voters by continuing to use campaign signs that label him as a Democrat. In a letter sent Wednesday to state elections administrator Linda H. Lamone, the state Democratic Party's executive director, Derek Walker, asked for an investigation into what he calls a violation of election law. Walker identified at least a half-dozen 8-foot-by-4-foot Giannetti signs that feature his photo and list the senator's old party affiliation in District 21, which includes portions of northern Prince George's County and western Anne Arundel County. Giannetti's campaign put up scores of signs in his Democratic primary race against former Del. James C. Rosapepe. But in the weeks after Rosapepe won by nearly 20 percentage points, Giannetti's signs remained standing. Giannetti changed parties last month at the behest of state GOP leaders, taking advantage of a loophole in Maryland law that allows him to run in the general election after his defeat in the Democratic primary in District 21. Giannetti said Wednesday that he ordered new signs after becoming a Republican and that they arrived this week. He said his campaign has replaced signs from College Park to Laurel and hopes to complete the task by the weekend.
Maryland section, Thursday
Rush of legislation ends council term
The seven members of the Anne Arundel County Council wrapped up the final meeting of their four-year term last week by passing two cable licensing agreements, approving fund transfers for school construction projects and extending an existing community revitalization law.
They also ended on a cordial note - a tone that the four Republicans and three Democrats have tried to maintain throughout the sometimes-turbulent term.
"It has been a pleasure to serve with this council," said two-term Democratic Councilwoman Pamela G. Beidle, who is running for the House of Delegates, at Monday night's meeting. Others agreed. "We didn't let partisanship get in the way," said Republican Councilwoman Cathleen M. Vitale.
Anne Arundel section, Wednesday
Officer shoots driver in traffic stop
An Anne Arundel County police officer shot a man who allegedly tried to run him over with his SUV during a traffic stop in Severn, the fourth time this year a county police officer has shot a suspect. Calvin Fitzgerald Johnson, 41, of Bowie was driving a white SUV at about 11:50 p.m. Sunday near Pine Cove Avenue and Town Center Boulevard when he was stopped by police on suspicion of drunken driving, police said.
Officer Jason Parrotte, a three-year veteran of the force, requested Johnson's license and vehicle registration. But the car drove off, turned around and headed toward Parrotte, police said. Two passengers jumped out of the SUV; they later cooperated with police. Parrotte fired four shots at the vehicle, piercing the windshield and the hood.
Johnson was struck twice in the abdomen, then drove away, police said. Another officer, whose name has not been released, arrested Johnson in the 7600 block of O'Daniel Court in Severn and found that the man had been wounded.
Johnson was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released on Tuesday. Police charged him with assault and drunken driving. He is being held without bail at the Jennifer Road Detention Center.
Maryland section, Wednesday
$150 million project set for MARC station
In the latest major real estate project sparked by the boom in Maryland's national security sector, state leaders announced Monday a $150 million complex of homes, offices and shops and a hotel next to the Odenton MARC train station that would be the cornerstone of a regional town center.