City / County Digest


November 22, 2007

Career criminal ruling means a 30-year term

A 30-year-old Baltimore man received a 30-year prison sentence yesterday in federal court after a judge ruled he was an armed career criminal who also distributed illegal drugs.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett also sentenced Larry Johnson, to serve three years of supervised release. The suspect was convicted at trial of possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, use of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted person.

Bennett enhanced Johnson's sentence upon finding that he is an armed career criminal based on three previous convictions for possession with intent to distribute heroin.

According to the evidence at trial, Johnson parked his girlfriend's car in the 1800 block of Pennsylvania Ave. on Sept. 16, 2006. He retrieved drugs from a black bag in the car and engaged in three, hand-to-hand drug transactions with people on the street, prosecutors said. The transactions were recorded by a pole camera that was monitored by a detective.

Matthew Dolan

Anne Arundel

: Maryland City

4 teens in hospital after auto accident

Four teenagers were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after the car they were in crashed into a utility pole, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Charles de la Cruz, 19, of Laurel lost control of a 2007 Nissan Altima and struck a utility pole on Brock Bridge Road in Maryland City about 7 p.m. Tuesday, said Cpl. Mark Shawkey, a county police spokesman.

Cruz and his three 16-year-old passengers -- Crevonte Coppola of Beltsville; Shelby Donaldson of Montpelier; and Lilly Ramierez of Laurel -- were hospitalized for precautionary reasons.

A Shock-Trauma spokesman said none of the injured teenagers was in critical condition.

Justin Fenton


Crews clean up sewage overflow

Anne Arundel County crews have cleaned up a 4,000-gallon wastewater spill in Annapolis, a county spokesman said yesterday.

A malfunction in the control system in the Jennifer Road Pumping Station about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday caused a backup and sent an overflow of untreated sewage into the creek for about a half-hour, Matt Diehl said.

The spill was cleaned up within about 12 hours, and the pumping station problem was repaired, he said.

The Health Department advised people to avoid direct water contact with the creek from the headwaters to Rowe Boulevard.


: Citywide

Salvation Army providing free meals

The Salvation Army in Baltimore is distributing Thanksgiving meals to the homeless today at five locations around Baltimore. Volunteers and staff members will hand out more than 250 meals from its Feedmore truck, a mobile kitchen.

The truck will be at Pleasant Street and Guilford Avenue at 11 a.m.; at Gay Street and the Fallsway at 11:45 a.m.; at Fayette and Front streets at 12:30 p.m.; at Gough Street and Central Avenue at 1:15 p.m.; and at Central Avenue and Fayette Street at 2 p.m.

Salvation Army officials said the Feedmore truck distributes up to 150 meals a night, six days a week, to the homeless in Baltimore. Information or to volunteer:, or 443-677-6468. Staff members and volunteers will prepare the Thanksgiving meals at the Hampden Center, 3401 Roland Ave., starting at 7 a.m.

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