City / County Digest


June 08, 2008

Howard County

North Laurel

Seven men charged in prostitution sting

Howard County police arrested seven men Thursday on charges of solicitation of prostitution after setting up a sting targeting an area of North Laurel in the wake of residents' complaints. Plain-clothed female officers were approached on U.S. 1 and offered money for sex, police said.

Tyeesha Dixon

Baltimore County


Event Saturday to focus on housing

The county will hold its second Housing Resource Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Goucher College in Towson to provide residents with house-buying information and guidance.

More than 60 vendors and exhibitors are expected to attend the free event that is open to all county residents. Information sessions will take place on home buying, qualifying for county assistance, lowering energy costs, fair housing, establishing good credit and renters' rights.

A drawing will be held in which up to 50 people will receive a down payment and closing costs up to $10,000 toward a new home. The drawing is limited to first-time buyers and there are other eligibility requirements.

Information: 410-887-3697.

Carroll County


Man convicted in fatal 2007 crash

A Hampstead man was found guilty Friday of negligent homicide in a Carroll County Circuit Court case involving the death of a pickup truck driver in an accident in April last year.

Joseph K. Nash, 45, of the 2400 block of Fairmount Road was charged with eight counts, including negligent manslaughter, two counts of negligent homicide, driving while impaired by drugs, driving while impaired by a controlled dangerous substance, reckless driving, negligent driving and failure to drive right of center, according to court records.

Nash was found guilty of all but the manslaughter and reckless driving counts, said his lawyers, Edward Ulsch and Phillip W. Wright.

In April 2007, Nash was westbound on Route 26 in Eldersburg when his Ford Excursion crossed the center line, striking a Chevy pickup driven by Lawrence F. Knoerlein Jr. just west of Oakland Mills Road, police said. Knoerlein, of Sykesville, died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

A sentencing hearing could be scheduled in 75 days, Nash's lawyers said, after a presentence investigation.

Arin Gencer

Anne Arundel


Man killed when car crashes into water

A man was killed early yesterday when his sport utility vehicle crashed into the water just outside Annapolis, Anne Arundel County fire officials said.

Fire officials responded about 4 a.m. to the first block of Bay Drive in the Hillsmere community after a caller reported hearing screeching tires and the shattering of glass.

Emergency personnel came upon a vehicle overturned in the water, about 20 feet from the shore.

Divers from the county's Special Operations Team entered the water and confirmed a man was entangled in the wreckage of the overturned vehicle, which was submerged in several feet of water. Crews removed the vehicle from the water and pulled the victim from the wreckage.

He was not identified as police worked to notify next of kin.

Justin Fenton



Bear reported at technology institute

Officials are warning people not to approach a young black bear that's wandering the campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Officers first spotted the bear yesterday morning on the institute's grounds in Gaithersburg, said Gail Porter, an agency spokeswoman.

The federal agency has more than 35 buildings on about 500 acres, which include several wooded sections. Authorities say the bear likely came from a nearby forest.

Animal control and state natural resources authorities have advised that the bear be left alone and allowed to make its way back to where it came from, Porter said. If people see the bear they should notify authorities, the spokeswoman said.

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