City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

May 04, 2007

Arundel man killed in crash while fleeing from police

A 27-year-old Pasadena man was killed yesterday when he crashed his car into a tree while fleeing from police, Anne Arundel County police said.

David Lawrence Holland Jr. of the 800 block of Duvall Highway was speeding on Route 2 in Edgewater just before 1 a.m., police said.

When officers tried to pull over his Nissan Altima, he sped up, police said. Officers stopped chasing the car after a short distance but could see it as the driver turned right onto Old Solomons Island Road, police said.

Police said the car spun on a curve, went off the road and struck a telephone pole. Holland was pronounced dead at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Baltimore

: Federal court

Drug dealer gets 10-year sentence

A federal judge in Baltimore sentenced a city drug dealer yesterday to 10 years in prison as part of a case in which one of the area's most violent repeat offenders was apprehended.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett imposed the prison term on Michael Wise, 36, followed by five years of supervised release for distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base.

As in a similar case Wednesday involving an often-charged but rarely convicted drug boss, the judge increased Wise's sentence upon finding that he is a career offender based on two prior state convictions for drug felonies.

According to court papers filed at his guilty plea, Wise was a lieutenant in a drug organization, led by one of Baltimore's most violent repeat offenders, Maurice Mouzon, that distributed large quantities of cocaine and crack cocaine, principally in the Westport area of Baltimore.

Mouzon, 27, of Cherry Hill was sentenced Wednesday to more than 20 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

Matthew Dolan

Health

Lead-tainted jewelry again found in city

Lead-tainted jewelry that was part of a national recall two years ago has been found again in the city, Baltimore health officials announced yesterday, prompting a second recall of the items.

The three rings, which have designs of small dice and horseshoes and were being sold in city vending machines, had about 5 percent lead by weight, about 100 times the limit for lead in paint, according to the city Health Department.

After city health officials spotted the rings March 27 and tested them, they ordered the items off the market.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission then investigated and found that the rings had been recalled in July 2004 as part of a recall of 150 million piece of children's metal jewelry. A second recall was announced this week by the commission, city health officials said.

Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, the city's health commissioner, said yesterday that the discovery of the recalled rings being for sale again raises questions about federal enforcement.

Also yesterday, city health officials announced the recall of a turquoise ring sold at the Bi-Rite Grocery store on Belair Road.

Anne Arundel

: Mayo

Resident killed in morning fire

An elderly resident of a two-story house in southern Anne Arundel County was killed in an early-morning fire yesterday, a fire official said.

Neighbors in the 3900 block of Germantown Road in Mayo called 911 after 1 a.m. to report the blaze at the home on Bear Neck Creek, across from the YMCA Camp Letts.

Lt. Shawn Jones, a county fire department spokesman, said firefighters found the home engulfed in flames.

Jones said the medical examiner's office had not identified the victim, but property records indicate that the home is owned by Helen Parris.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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