Week In Review

September 02, 2007

Anne Arundel

Cold case prompts search in Pasadena

A three decade-old missing person case prompted Wednesday's daylong search by police and the FBI outside a Pasadena home, though no human remains have been positively identified, a source with knowledge of the investigation said Thursday.

Police were searching for the body of Karen Kamsch, a teenage girl who lived at the home on Wishing Rock Road with her grandmother and disappeared in the mid-1970s. According to a neighbor, she was presumed to be a runaway at the time. Despite news media reports that a body or human remains had been located in a well on the property, authorities did not find anything conclusive, according to the source. In a news release Thursday, the agency characterized the investigation as an "ongoing cold case homicide/missing person case," and declined to elaborate. A Web site listing county cold case homicides does not include any information about Kamsch and does not describe any cases in which a body has not been recovered.

Officials from the Anne Arundel County police and fire departments, along with an FBI evidence response team and Baltimore County canine unit, searched the property for more than 12 hours on Wednesday. A county-owned vehicle with a suction device was placed in a well next to the home, and a stretcher carrying what appeared to be supplies was taken away from the scene.

Maryland section, Friday

Anne Arundel

Sex offender enters school, is arrested

A 22-year-old child sex offender who entered Annapolis High School was arrested after being flagged by a computer scan of his driver's license, Anne Arundel County police said Wednesday.

Torrence Ramone Davis, convicted in 2005 of having sex with a 13-year-old and recently ordered to stay away from a 15-year-old girl, told school officials Tuesday that he was there to drive a relative home, police said. The student's mother told police that he was a family friend whom she had sent to pick up the 17-year-old girl. Davis left the school without her after the school's search of the national registry of sex offenders brought up his name, and he was arrested Tuesday night at his Annapolis home on trespassing charges.

He could face additional charges related to his status as a sex offender, said Cpl. Mark Shawkey, a county police spokesman.

He is the second sex offender intercepted at a county school's main office since the district bought the software last year to track visitors, said Bob Yatsuk, a project manager for the Anne Arundel school system's security unit.

Maryland section, Thursday

Anne Arundel

4 killed in separate crashes in county

Over a 29-hour period, four people were killed in separate crashes across Anne Arundel County, police said.

It began at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday when William Richard Romansky, 65, lost control of his truck as a result of what was described as a medical emergency and crashed into a house in the 100 block of Riviera Drive in Riviera Beach. The Pasadena resident was later pronounced dead at Baltimore-Washington Medical Center. A 9-year-old passenger survived.

About 4 p.m., only blocks away, Lisa Ann Madej of Pasadena failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into a tree near Creek and Lake roads in Riviera Beach, police said. The Pasadena woman died at the same hospital as Romansky.

A few hours later on Generals Highway, Amy Michelle Ross of Stevensville was driving a Toyota Celica south when she crossed into the opposite lane for an unknown reason and into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Susan Marie Oldendick, 36, of Edgewood, tried to veer toward the shoulder, but the Toyota slammed into the truck. Ross was pronounced dead at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Oldendick was taken to Baltimore-Washington Medical Center for treatment.

And about 4:50 p.m. Thursday, Joshua William Dale was killed on his 27th birthday when his Volkswagen Jetta struck a van head-on in a four-vehicle crash in Odenton.

He was heading south on Route 170 when he failed to brake for traffic that had stopped for a Volkswagen Beetle driver waiting to make a left turn. Dale struck a Mazda Protege, sending it into the back of the Beetle and sending his car across the double-yellow line into the path of an oncoming Ford minivan. He struck the Freestar van head-on and was pronounced dead at BWMC.

Maryland section, Friday

Anne Arundel

State test results reveal steady gains

More Anne Arundel County high-schoolers passed state English, algebra and biology tests than last school year, though African-American and Hispanic students' performance continues to lag, according to data released Tuesday by the Maryland State Department of Education.

More than 7,500 county students took the annual High School Assessments, given at the end of courses in Algebra I, American government, biology and English II to help the state measure its progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Law. The state released only countywide pass rates; school-level data were unavailable yesterday afternoon.

The largest gains were on the English test, where three-quarters of the 5,548 students who took the exam passed it, a 13 percentage-point jump from the previous year and the latest in a four-year trend of steady gains.

The state data also showed minority students gradually catching up to their white peers on that test, with pass rates among black students increasing by 18 percentage points from the previous year.

Anne Arundel section, Wednesday

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