City / County Digest


May 15, 2007

Cancer patient files a charge of assault against guard

A cancer patient has filed an assault charge against a hospital security guard who he says yelled at him and pushed him out of a men's bathroom as he performed a Muslim cleansing ritual.

Dr. Mohammed A. Hussain was washing his hands and feet in the bathroom sink when Rodney Corban, an off-duty security guard at University of Maryland Medical Center, confronted him, according to criminal and civil court papers filed by the doctor.

Their encounter occurred March 22, just before Hussain was to have surgery to remove a tumor on his tongue.

The criminal charge, filed May 10 in Baltimore District Court, alleges that Corban, who was not in uniform, "started yelling at me in a threatening manner, asking me what I was doing." Corban is accused of pushing Hussain out of the bathroom and down the hall to a uniformed security guard, according to the statement of charges, and restraining the patient by holding his arm.

Hussain, a Prince George's County resident and practicing physician and radiologist in Waldorf, explained that he was a patient at the hospital. He was released and had his surgery.

Early last month, Hussain filed a $30 million lawsuit against the hospital.

A spokeswoman for the hospital declined to comment because of the lawsuit.

The criminal charge against Corban will be reviewed by a city prosecutor, who can either pursue it, amend the charge or drop it altogether, said state's attorney's office spokesman Joseph Sviatko. A trial date was scheduled next month.

If Corban is convicted of second-degree assault, a misdemeanor, he could face a $2,500 fine and 10 years in prison.

Julie Bykowicz

Baltimore County

: Pikesville

Electrical problem blamed in house fire

An electrical malfunction caused a fire that destroyed a house in Pikesville, Baltimore County fire officials said yesterday.

Three people - a couple and one of their mothers - escaped the two-alarm fire in the 7200 block of North Alter Ave. uninjured, said Chief Michael Robinson.

The fire was reported just before 11 p.m. Sunday, he said. It took 30 minutes and about 60 firefighters to control the blaze, which caused about $200,000 damage, Robinson said.

No firefighters were injured, he said.

Laura Barnhardt


Hampstead biker loses control, dies

A 43-year-old Carroll County man was killed after losing control of his motorcycle in northwestern Baltimore County over the weekend, police said yesterday. Walter Brenton Smith of the 1500 block of Brodbeck Road in Hampstead was riding his motorcycle north on Brick Store Road approaching Beckleysville Road just before 11 p.m. Saturday when he struck an embankment and then a tree, police said.

Laura Barnhardt

Carroll County

: Westminster

Taneytown man dies after his van is hit

A Taneytown man died Sunday morning of injuries suffered hours earlier in a car accident in Westminster, police said yesterday.

Ralph T. Bostion, 75, of the first block of George St. was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center after the 2 a.m. accident and was pronounced dead about 7:30 a.m.

Bostion's Chevrolet van was parked on the westbound shoulder of Route 140 when it was struck in the rear by a Ford truck traveling west on Route 140, according to the Westminster Police Department.

The driver of the Ford, Brian C. Prodoehl, 19, of the 1100 block of Singer Drive in Westminster, was treated for minor injuries at Carroll Hospital Center, police said. A passenger in the Ford, Durrell S. Lewis, 24, of the 3000 block of Main St. in Manchester, was treated and released from Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Laura McCandlish


: Public works

Sanitation yards' hours extended

Baltimore's Department of Public Works is extending the hours of operation at its three sanitation yards, where city residents can drop off trash and debris. Starting this week, the yards will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday - a two-hour extension of their hours. The locations are: the Eastern Sanitation yard, 6101 Bowleys Lane; Northwest Sanitation Yard, 2840 Sisson St.; and Western Sanitation Yard, 701 Reedbird Ave.

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