Man who died after Taser was drinking

STATE DIGEST

December 07, 2007

Frederick -- A Frederick man who died shortly after he was shocked by a police Taser had drunk a lot of alcohol but apparently had taken no drugs, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said yesterday.

Jarrel C. Gray, 20, died Nov. 18 after Cpl. Rudy Torres, a 13-year-veteran of the sheriff's office, used the electronic stun gun on him twice in 23 seconds after responding to reports of men fighting outdoors in a Frederick neighborhood about 5 a.m.

Torres delivered the first, five-second burst after Gray ignored an order to show his hands, Cpl. Jennifer Bailey said. The deputy delivered the second jolt while Gray was lying on the ground, face down with his hands hidden, she said in a statement.

Torres called for an ambulance, then placed Gray on his right side, which Bailey said is a more comfortable position that doesn't inhibit one's breathing ability. Gray then coughed, drew his knees to his chest and appeared to be breathing, she said.

He was pronounced dead at Frederick Memorial Hospital about 2 1/2 hours later. Police were awaiting autopsy results on the cause and manner of his death, Bailey said.

A preliminary toxicology screen by the chief medical examiner revealed that Gray had a blood alcohol content of 0.18 percent, more than twice the state legal limit of 0.08 percent for operating a vehicle, Bailey said. She said the tests found no narcotics in Gray's system.

Torres remains on paid administrative leave pending completion of an internal investigation, Bailey said.

Associated Press

Dorchester County

: Vienna

Woman killed in U.S. 50 collision

A Delaware woman was killed Wednesday evening when the car she driving on U.S. 50 near Vienna in Dorchester County crashed into a tractor-trailer, state police at the Easton barracks said.

Police said Nicole Marie Brannen, 23, of Laurel was driving a 2003 Dodge Neon west on U.S. 50 near Maiden Forest Road about 7 p.m. when she lost control, crossed the median and collided with a tractor-trailer.

Police said Brannen, the only occupant of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The tractor-trailer driver, John Marshall Jones, 26, of Princess Anne, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene by medics and released, police said.

The accident remains under investigation.

Richard Irwin

Maryland

924 illegal immigrants seized

WASHINGTON --Federal agents seized 924 illegal immigrants in Maryland in a crackdown on fugitive and criminal immigrants during fiscal 2007, officials said.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement created the Fugitive Operations Program to track down undocumented immigrants who fail to comply with immigration court rulings or do not appear for immigration hearings, said Ernestine Fobbs, an ICE public affairs officer for Maryland.

Other arrests of undocumented immigrants were made in Maryland during fiscal 2007, but they are not included in the 924 apprehended in the fugitive effort.

The Baltimore field office, which covers the state, has two teams of agents "who go out looking for these individuals," Fobbs said.

Suspected sexual predators and gang members are high on the most-wanted list.

"There most definitely is a priority for anyone who is a criminal alien and anyone who is a threat to national security," she said.

Agents arrested 78 "criminal aliens" in Maryland in the past fiscal year. Nationwide, federal agents arrested more than 30,000 illegal immigrants in fiscal 2007, which ended Sept. 30, nearly double the number arrested in fiscal 2006, according to a report released by immigration officials Tuesday.

Increasing the number of teams dedicated to targeting fugitive immigrants, from 52 in fiscal 2006 to 75 in fiscal 2007, "naturally contributed to the number of arrests made," Fobbs said.

Illegal immigrants detained in Maryland in specialized sweeps increased by 36 percent in fiscal 2007 since the previous fiscal year.

Capital News Service

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