Maryland News

MARYLAND NEWS

November 13, 2008

Harford trash pile arson damages $15,000 shed

A shed worth $15,000 was damaged yesterday in an Edgewood fire that officials say was arson. The fire occurred when someone set fire to a large trash pile at the Harford Square Community on Charlestown Drive. The fire, which was set about noon, spread to an adjoining shed. No one was injured. "Somebody got in there and set it on fire," Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph G. Zurolo Jr. said of the trash. He said he suspected the fire was related to a controversy over trash pickup. He also said he and his investigators would check security camera footage, which may reveal information about the crime. Thirty firefighters put out the one-alarm fire in a half-hour.

David Kohn

Crushed inside truck, recycling worker dies

ASPEN HILL: Montgomery County police say they are investigating the death of a recycling disposal worker who was crushed inside the truck he worked on. Police say they received a report about 8:30 a.m. yesterday from the driver of the truck, who said the victim was caught in the truck compactor while they collected paper in the Aspen Hill area. Detective Patrick McNerney says the driver of the truck tried to help Juan Antonio Rosales-Lopez, 26, of Rockville, who got caught in the mechanism after he reached into the chute to clear it. Officials of the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health agency were called to determine whether unsafe work practices were a factor. Police say the death of the Potomac Disposal Co. employee was an accident.

Associated Press

Body of stabbed man found on parking lot in Waldorf

WALDORF: The body of a Waldorf man who was stabbed several times was found on a Lowe's store parking lot in Waldorf. The Charles County sheriff's office says a store employee called police about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after he saw a naked man lying in the parking lot. When police arrived, officers found the body of Daniel Cordova, 28, with several stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene behind the garden center at the Crain Highway home-improvement store. Police say his death does not appear to be random and is not connected with the store. Detectives say there are several leads in the case.

Associated Press

Ocean City man convicted of fatal beating in May

SNOW HILL: A Worcester County jury has convicted an Ocean City man in the fatal beating of a 19-year-old Berlin man. The jury last week found Dominic Canale, 22, guilty of manslaughter and second-degree assault. Judge Theodore Eschenburg ordered a presentence investigation. Michael Mitchell died May 29 after he was struck with a baseball bat. Canale and two other men were charged, but charges against one of the men were dropped. Police said soon after the death that Mitchell was struck during a fight between two groups that began after a graduation party in the Decatur Farms subdivision of Berlin.

Associated Press

Army argues against EPA listing of dump

FREDERICK: The Army says it is unnecessary for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to add to a list of the nation's most polluted places an old Fort Detrick dump site that has tainted private wells and yielded live pathogens from biodefense labs. In a letter obtained yesterday by the Associated Press, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Addison D. Davis told the EPA that the Army plans to cap the sources of groundwater contamination next spring at an undeveloped part of the post called Area B. Addison also objected to the EPA's initial rating of the site as a relatively high hazard. The rating of 49.52 points out of 100 was based in part on what the Army contends was flawed, outdated or misleading information. Sites scoring at least 28.50 are eligible for placement on the National Priorities List and may qualify for cleanup under the Superfund program.

Associated Press

Convicted sex offender charged in new case

OAKLAND : The Garrett Bureau of Investigation has brought new charges against a 50-year-old convicted sex offender from Oakland. Authorities say Jackie Friend Jr. was arrested Sunday after a traffic accident that caused minor injuries to two teenage girls riding with him. According to police, the girls, ages 13 and 14, said that Friend gave them alcohol. They also told police they were sexually assaulted by Friend two years ago. Friend is charged with third-degree sex offense, two counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor, three counts of contributing to the condition of a minor and one count of second-degree assault.

Associated Press

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