October 03, 2007

Three male strippers drop lawsuit against MdTA police

Three male strippers have dropped their lawsuit alleging that Maryland Transportation Authority police officers forced them to pose nude for photographs after a traffic stop.

Edward Cloyd of Washington, David A. Lawrence Jr. of Severn, and Derrick Williams of College Park dropped their lawsuit last month, MdTA police officials said yesterday.

After a March 2006 performance in Philadelphia, the three exotic dancers were being driven to the Washington area when the driver was pulled over for speeding just south of the Harbor Tunnel on Interstate 895.

Police confiscated $9,645 from the three men and charged them with marijuana possession.

The men alleged that while they were in custody, police said they needed to document the men's tattoos and took nude photographs of them.

Prosecutors subsequently dropped the misdemeanor drug charges, and in August, a Baltimore District Court judge ordered that $2,109 be returned to the men and that $7,861 be kept by the state.

According to MdTA police, the three dancers dropped the lawsuit last month after acknowledging under oath that the photos were only of their tattoos.

Harford County

: Bel Air

Firefighter hurt in arson blaze

A firefighter was injured early yesterday battling a suspected arson fire that destroyed an adult-entertainment shop in Harford County, investigators said. A Bel Air firefighter, who was struck on the shoulder by firefighting equipment, was treated for a minor injury and released from Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air.

The fire broke out about 12:40 a.m. at Express Videos in the 2100 block of Belair Road in Fallston, the state fire marshal said. Forty-five firefighters brought the fire under control in 35 minutes.

Damage to the one-story frame building was estimated at $200,000.

The fire began on the front porch and in the rear of the building, authorities said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the fire marshal's arson hot line at 800-492-7529.

Gus G. Sentementes and Madison Park


: Franklin Street

2 lanes closed through Oct. 22

Two lanes of Franklin Street between Park Avenue and Paca Street in Baltimore will be closed through Oct. 22 for conduit installation, according to the city's Department of Transportation.

Officials said two other lanes on the street will remain open to traffic during the installation.

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