November 21, 2007

Five injured as SUV crashes into Edgewater restaurant

A sport utility vehicle crashed into a Chick-fil-A in Edgewater yesterday afternoon, injuring five restaurant patrons, two seriously, an Anne Arundel County fire official said.

The SUV crashed through the brick-and-glass exterior of the restaurant at 3220 Solomons Island Road about 12:30 p.m. and into the dining area, said Battalion Chief Michael Cox, a Fire Department spokesman.

A 67-year-old customer who was sitting directly where the car struck, in front of a handicapped parking spot, suffered serious injuries and was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. A 6-year-old boy also was hurt and was taken by ambulance to Anne Arundel Medical Center, Cox said.

Three state troopers who were having lunch at the restaurant suffered "very minor" injuries, said 1st Sgt. David Jones, a Maryland State Police spokesman. They refused medical treatment and returned to work, he said.

"They just picked the wrong place to eat lunch," Jones said.

The driver of the SUV was uninjured, Cox said. No additional information was available.


: Politics

Craig, Leopold to work for Giuliani

County Executives David R. Craig of Harford and John R. Leopold of Anne Arundel have been named co-chairmen of Republican Rudolph W. Giuliani's presidential campaign team in Maryland.

In addition to Craig and Leopold, three other co-chairs were named to the Republican presidential candidate's campaign efforts: Wicomico County Councilwoman Gail M. Bartkovich, former state Sen. Howard A. Denis of Montgomery County and former Frederick County State's Attorney Scott L. Rolle.

Craig will work with grass-roots organizations and raise money for Giuliani in the northeast areas of the Baltimore region and on the Eastern Shore, his chief of staff said yesterday.

Madison Park

Harford County

: Bel Air

Town board veteran becomes chairman

Bel Air's town commissioners have chosen a new chairman - a position that doubles as honorary mayor.

Robert M. Preston became the board's new chairman after a 5-0 vote by the town commissioners Monday.

The chairman, selected every November for a one-year term, runs the commissioners' meetings but has no more authority than his four colleagues.

Preston, 58, a lifelong Bel Air resident who has served on the board for five years, becomes chairman for the first time. He runs an office-supply business that has been in Bel Air for 81 years. He is also the third generation in his family to serve on the town's board of commissioners.

The commissioners selected David E. Carey as vice chairman.

Madison Park


: Federal court

Drug possession draws prison term

A 40-year-old Florida man received an 8 1/2 -year prison sentence yesterday for carrying more than 13,000 Ecstasy tablets in his car on Interstate 95 in Maryland.

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Frank Morello of Hollywood, Fla., to 102 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute the illegal narcotic commonly known as Ecstasy.

According to his guilty plea, Morello was traveling south on I-95 in Cecil County on July 2 when he was stopped by the Maryland State Police for speeding. Morello advised the officer that he was returning to Florida after a brief trip to New York, court documents say.

A drug-sniffing dog checked the vehicle and alerted officers to the presence of narcotics. A search recovered more than 13,000 Ecstasy tablets in a black bag on the rear floor of the car, authorities said.

Matthew Dolan

Federal court

8-year term imposed in meth case

A federal judge in Maryland sentenced a North Carolina man to more than eight years in prison yesterday for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine.

U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. sentenced Donald Evans, 22, of Pikeville, N.C., to 97 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release. The judge also ordered that Evans pay $3,006.47 in restitution and forfeit the 12-gauge shotgun found in the motel room where he and his co-conspirators were staying.

According to his plea agreement, Evans, Valerie James and Thomas Roman acquired items to manufacture 4 ounces of methamphetamine June 8, 2006, and would have done so in the Super 8 Motel in Edgewood had they not been apprehended by officers of the Harford County Sheriff's Department. A loaded Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun was found in the motel room.

James, 26, of Goldsboro, N.C., and Roman, 28, of Raeford, N.C., have pleaded guilty to conspiracy. James was sentenced to six years in prison Jan. 31 and Roman to nine years in prison April 4.

Matthew Dolan


Boys' Latin picks new headmaster

Christopher J. Post, principal of Loyola Blakefield Upper School, was appointed to head Boys' Latin School in North Baltimore, the school said yesterday.

Post will replace H. Mebane Turner as headmaster at the end of the school year. Turner told the board he would retire at the end of the academic year.

As a student at the Johns Hopkins University, Post had a teaching internship at Boys' Latin. He received a degree from Hopkins and a master's degree in history from Boston University.

He was an assistant headmaster at the Kiski School in Pennsylvania and chairman of the history department and assistant director of admissions at the Heights School in Potomac, Boys' Latin said.

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