City / County Digest


June 29, 2008

Wounds show that Sesker was strangled

Nicole Sesker, the slain stepdaughter of former Baltimore City Police Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm, was strangled, according to a police source.

Sesker, who struggled with drug addiction and worked as a prostitute, was found dead Friday morning on the 3500 block of Garrison Blvd. At the time, police said there were signs of trauma on her body but declined to elaborate. Yesterday, they said the marks made it clear she had been strangled and that they were investigating her death as a homicide. They declined to release further information on possible suspects or a motive.

Hamm, who raised Sesker, has not spoken publicly about her death.

When he served as head of the Baltimore Police Department, the contrast between his position and is stepdaughter's heroin addiction and life on the streets drew attention from the national media.

The New York Times profiled the pair in an August, 2005, front-page article titled "Police Chief Sees Drug Toll With Father's Eyes."

Chris Emery

Anne Arundel


Man, 43, killed in car crash

A man was killed yesterday when his BMW careened off a road in Arnold and crashed into several trees, according to Anne Arundel County Police.

Kevin S. Hadley, 43, of Arnold, was driving his 2005 BMW Z4 on Boulters Way near the intersection with Winchester Road, when he lost control of the car in a curve and struck a grass embankment. The car went airborne and struck several trees before coming to a rest 118 feet from the road, police said.

Hadley suffered extensive head and neck injuries, and was pronounced dead on the scene. A passenger in the car, Fariba A. Partawi, 47, of Arnold, also suffered head and neck injuries and was taken by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Evidence collected at the scene suggested that excessive speed may have played a role in the accident, according to police.

Chris Emery

Cecil County

Chesapeake City

Canal Day 2008 'the lightest year ever'

Canal Day festivities in Chesapeake City got off to a slow start yesterday.

Participants blamed high gas prices, the sluggish economy and hot, muggy weather for the light turnout early yesterday.

Jean Ritter, who was working the food tent at the Chesapeake City Lions Club for the 34th year, calls 2008 "the lightest year ever." Ritter says it was wrong for the town of Chesapeake City to charge a $10 parking fee.

Harriette Davis, head of the city's Canal Day committee, couldn't estimate the crowd size but conceded there were fewer boats in the basin than in previous years.

Associated Press

Charles County


Two shot, one dead; police seek gunman

One man is dead after a double shooting in rural Charles County early yesterday morning, and sheriff's deputies are searching for the gunman.

The Charles County Sheriff's Office says Michael Beverly, 33, of Waldorf was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Newburg Elks Lodge. A 24-year-old Newburg man was also shot. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Investigators have identified the suspect as 35-year-old Terrell Thompson of Waldorf. Deputies say Thompson got into an argument with the two victims around 1:45 a.m. Saturday, then pulled a handgun and shot them. He's believed to have fled in a blue four-door sedan.

Thompson has been charged in a warrant with second-degree murder.

Associated Press

Frederick County


Jury says troopers' use of force justified

A Frederick County grand jury has found that state troopers were justified in placing restraints on a combative man who later died in police custody.

Thirty-four-year-old Anthony Casarella of Glenelg died Dec. 20 at Frederick Memorial Hospital of cocaine-induced delirium during restraint.

Casarella was arrested Dec. 7 after he attacked troopers and relatives. Troopers used handcuffs and plastic flexcuffs on his ankles during the ride from a Mount Airy home to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

Frederick County State's Attorney Charlie Smith called one witness, Cpl. Michael Mann, who testified for about two hours Friday. The grand jury then decided that the use of force was justified.

Associated Press

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