Week in review

April 01, 2007

South County

One teen killed in Edgewater crash

Six teenagers were injured and one later died when a sport utility vehicle driven by a 13-year-old boy crashed in Edgewater, Anne Arundel County police said.

Pamela Castenada, 15, of Edgewater, died Friday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, three days after the accident off Muddy Creek Road near Central Avenue.

The driver, who has not been identified because of his age, was charged with theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and several traffic violations Tuesday, police said.

Police said Friday that they will meet with the State's Attorney's Office to determine whether additional charges should be filed in connection with Castenada's death.

Police said the stolen 2002 Chevrolet Suburban was first involved in a hit-and-run accident on Central Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

The Suburban fled the scene, police said, turning south onto Muddy Creek Road and attempting to pass another vehicle on the right shoulder. The driver sharply veered left, lost control and rolled the SUV onto its driver's side before slamming into a row of trees.

Maryland section, yesterday

South County

Permit suit targets businessman

As part of an aggressive new campaign against unlawful building, Anne Arundel County sued one of its most prominent businessmen to raze a wedding chapel, a rooming house, sheds and walking trails constructed without permits at one of his two marinas.

The county also accuses Herrington Harbour Inc., whose president is E. Steuart Chaney, of illegally building offices, a gazebo over the water and a pier into the Chesapeake Bay, and installing septic and well systems for the rooming house without approval, all over several years, at his marina in Rose Haven, at the Calvert County line. Chaney, whose family roots in southern Anne Arundel County go back nearly 350 years, and his representatives have been meeting with county permits officials to draft a plan to correct the violations at Herrington Harbour South, county officials said.

"There will be no sacred cows at the trough," said County Executive John R. Leopold, a Republican who took office in December. "Everyone will receive this message that this administration will maintain an even playing field."

He called the recent building at Herrington Harbour "an egregious violation that requires stern action."

Maryland section, Thursday

Severna Park

Suspect killed in shootout

A suspect in a bank robbery was killed, and an Anne Arundel County police officer was wounded during a pair of shootouts in typically quiet Severna Park on Wednesday.

Officer Doyle D. Holquist Jr., 32, was released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being shot in his left thigh. He has been a member of the county Police Department for 18 months. He was with the Baltimore Police Department for two years.

The suspect, Clarence Leroy Johnson Jr, 39, of Arnold suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died on the driveway of a Kimberly Court home.

About 9 a.m., police said, he walked into a Bank of America branch at 601 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. and pulled a hat or mask over his face. Police said he calmly asked for cash without showing a weapon, was handed an undetermined amount and left on foot. Officers chased him and exchanged gunfire.

After a second chase, police cornered Johnson behind a brick home at 3 Kimberly Court and traded gunshots again. It was during this second exchange of gunfire that Johnson was killed and Holquist was wounded.

Police found several bundles of money scattered in nearby yards.

Maryland section, Thursday

Anne Arundel

Mids accused of `lewd' behavior

The Naval Academy is investigating allegations that uniformed midshipmen on a spring break cruise in the Caribbean drunkenly groped women and offered alcohol to teenagers.

In an e-mailed complaint that prompted the investigation, a female passenger on the Carnival Cruise Lines ship Glory two weeks ago, said the group of eight to 10 male midshipmen also displayed "lewd" behavior in bikini swim trunks and cowboy boots and hats - earning them the nickname "the Speedo Boys."

"I was `felt up' by one of the very drunk men and I was given the misfortune of watching them grab and disrespect every woman they could get close to as well as seeing them offer the underage (15 and 17 year old) girls at our table alcohol," she wrote. "I cannot tell you strongly enough how EMBARRASSED these `gentlemen' made me feel to be an American. I can only imagine what the foreigners on our ship and in port thought of us."

At least two other passengers referred to unruly Mids on the ship in online postings, but a third, contacted by The Sun, disputed the allegations and called the young men "very respectful."

Academy officials acknowledged Friday that eight to 10 Mids displayed "misguided/boorish" behavior but that their preliminary investigation had uncovered nothing criminal.

As part of its probe, the academy noted that 37 midshipmen were on that trip and that those who conducted themselves inappropriately "will be held accountable."

A section, Tuesday

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