County man is charged in fatal hit-and-run

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

September 22, 2007

A Baltimore County man has been charged in a hit-and-run accident that killed a pedestrian this week, police said yesterday.

William Edward Lentz, 38, of the 600 block of Orpington Road was being held in lieu of $125,000 bail at the Woodlawn precinct, police said.

Anthony Banks, 52, was walking across Ingleside Avenue south of Charles Street about 8:30 p.m. Monday when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle traveling southbound on Ingleside. The driver of the SUV got out of his vehicle and went over to the victim. Banks' wife also ran to her husband, and the SUV driver told her he needed to get his cell phone from his vehicle but left the scene, police said.

Anthony Banks was transported to St. Agnes Hospital, where he later died. Police issued a description of the driver and the vehicle, a large burgundy or maroon SUV.

At 11:45 p.m. Thursday, police received a call from Lentz's spouse, who said he had not been seen for several hours. Police who arrived at Lentz's residence learned that he had been drinking heavily since Monday evening and was depressed. They found him in the back of his vehicle on Orpington Road near Old Frederick Road, authorities said.

The vehicle, a silver and burgundy 1999 Chevy Suburban, had fresh damage to the passenger headlight area, matching the earlier descriptions of the vehicle involved in the accident, police said.

Lentz is scheduled for a bail review hearing Monday.

Crashes

Dead motorcyclists identified

Authorities identified yesterday two Baltimore County men killed a day earlier in motorcycle crashes.

Sean Miskimon, 25, of the first block of Wandsworth Bridge Way in the Lutherville area was killed Thursday after his 2006 Suzuki motorcycle collided with a 1999 Ford Expedition about 7 p.m. in the 1800 block of York Road, near Ridgely Road, county police said yesterday.

Medics took Miskimon to Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The other vehicle's driver, Peggy McDaniel, 50, of the first block of Athenry Court in the Timonium area, was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center for evaluation and later released, according to county police.

The accident remained under investigation, police said.

Joseph Kevin Johnson, 39, of the 3800 block of Nemo Road in Randallstown was killed Thursday in Montgomery County, authorities said.

Johnson lost control of his 2002 Yamaha motorcycle about 4:30 p.m. on Cherry Hill Road in Silver Spring. He struck a curb and a tree, and was thrown from the motorcycle, according to Montgomery County police.

Jennifer Choi

Timonium

Four charged with wildlife violations

Four men were charged with wildlife and reptile sales violations at the Mid-Atlantic Reptile Show last weekend in Timonium, authorities said yesterday.

Paul A. Gritis, 54, of Coopersburg, Pa., was charged with offering a game mammal for sale after he tried to sell a bobcat skull, Maryland Natural Resources Police said.

Dennis John McNamara III, 31, of Norfolk, Va., and Willie Carl Gilmore, 48, of Suffolk, Va., were charged after they attempted to sell corn snakes without a permit, police said. Michael Jason Baylin, 39, of Fallston was charged after attempting to sell snakes without a permit, police said.

Pikesville

Concert scheduled tomorrow

The Hubcaps will perform as the featured act during a free concert at 5 p.m. tomorrow outside Pike's Diner, 921 Reisterstown Road.

Reisterstown Road will be closed from Sudbrook Road to Clarendon Road starting at 3 p.m. for the event, organizers said. Information: 410-484-2337 or 410-653-5545.

Dundalk

Civic group holds flea market

The Eastfield-Stanbrook Civic Association will hold its annual flea market and craft show from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Baltimore County Government Center lot, Wise Avenue and Merritt Boulevard in Dundalk.

All proceeds go to scholarships for local high schools.

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