Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

January 17, 2007

Charges are added in boy's dragging death

A 41-year-old woman charged last month in the dragging death of a toddler whose stroller was caught under her truck was indicted yesterday on the more serious charge of auto manslaughter, a Baltimore County prosecutor said.

Lazara Arellano de Hogue was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter and two felony counts of failing to stop her vehicle at the scene of a fatal accident. The county grand jury also indicted the woman on charges of failing to render aid, negligent and reckless driving, and failing to avoid a collision with a pedestrian.

The most serious charges - vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run - carry prison terms of up to 10 years each, prosecutor Allan Webster said.

Defense attorney Michael A. Zwaig, who represented the woman at a bail-review hearing in December, did not return a message yesterday.

Arellano de Hogue was initially charged last month with leaving the scene of the accident that left 3-year-old Elijah Cozart dead and his grandmother, Marjorie Thomas, seriously injured. Thomas was pushing the boy Dec. 1 in a stroller across Goucher Boulevard, just south of Colbury Road, near the boy's home when they were struck by a pickup truck.

Arellano de Hogue told police that she had a green light as she went through the intersection, that she saw a woman with a baby carriage and that she felt something hit her vehicle, according to charging documents. With the stroller caught beneath the truck, Elijah was dragged nearly a mile before the driver briefly swerved into a yard on Regester Avenue, where the child's body was dislodged, according to charging documents.

Arellano de Hogue also told police that her brakes did not work because the stroller was stuck beneath the truck - and that when she was able to stop, she pulled the empty stroller from beneath the vehicle and drove home, according to court documents.

Alex Katzenberg, an attorney representing the Cozart family, said that Thomas is "mending slowly" and is getting around with a walker rather than the wheelchair she used after getting home from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Released in December on $250,000 bail, Arellano de Hogue was arrested by county police yesterday and held in lieu of $2 million bail, authorities said.

Jennifer McMenamin

Land use

Zoning map meeting set for Jan. 24

Richard Hall, director of land use planning and analysis at the state Department of Planning, is scheduled to speak during the North County Institute's Jan. 24 meeting.

The meeting was initially to have been held tonight but was rescheduled because of conflicts with Maryland's inauguration events. Hall's presentation is the first in a planned series of meetings held by the institute, a preservation group, about the county's comprehensive zoning map process.

The 8 p.m. meeting will be held at the home of Irving Spitzberg in Monkton. Information: www.northcountypreservation.org.

Education

Olszewski to address advisory council

The Northeast Area Education Advisory Council of Baltimore County is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at Golden Ring Middle School, 6700 Kenwood Ave., Rosedale.

County Councilman John Olszewski Sr. is expected to address the meeting. Topics for discussion include the capital budget for fiscal 2008, the start of construction at Vincent Farm Elementary School in the White Marsh area, a proposal for a land use study, and planning for the remainder of the school year.

The group's new officers also will be announced. The public is invited to attend.

Woodlawn

4 arrested in car-theft case

Four people were arrested after a stolen car crashed into a home early yesterday in the Woodlawn area, county police said.

The car slammed into a home in the 3400 block of Liberty Gardens Road shortly before noon yesterday, police said. Two people were arrested at the scene, while two others fled in another stolen vehicle, said Cpl. Mike Hill, a police spokesman.

Hill said witnesses followed other suspects and directed police to a second residence. There, police arrested two people who they believe were also involved in the crash, Hill said. The names and ages of those arrested was not immediately available.

A person who was in the home when the car crashed into the building was not struck by the car but suffered minor injuries from debris and was taken to Sinai Hospital, police said.

Nick Shields

Rape case

Police seek help in finding suspect

Baltimore County police are asking for help in identifying a man suspected of raping a woman.

According to police, a man between the ages of 27 to 30 met a women near Bloomingdale Road and Rosedale Street in the Rosemont area, and they drove to a service station in the 6700 block of Dogwood Road. The man entered the station, then returned to the car and drove to the 5300 block of Dogwood Road, where he pointed a gun at the woman and forced her to perform a sex act and raped her, police said.

The suspect is described as a black man, 27 to 30 years old, about 6 feet 1 inches tall, weighing 250 to 300 pounds, with short dark hair, police said. He was wearing a gray sweat shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes, and was driving a black, small or medium-sized car with a gray interior and Maryland handicap tags, police said.

The suspect was filmed on surveillance tape while inside the service station.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP.

Nick Shields

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