Crime Watch


December 10, 2008

Man charged in fatal Bel Air Bypass crash

A Baltimore County man accused in a high-speed traffic accident that killed two people last month was indicted yesterday on two counts of manslaughter, according to the Harford County state's attorney's office. Christopher Herman Lentz, 37, of Glen Arm was also charged with possession of cocaine. Lentz was not charged with driving while intoxicated. Cassilly said that after the accident Maryland State Police found a plastic bag with a residue of white powder in Lentz's vehicle. The fatal accident occurred Nov. 7, when Lentz's Jeep Cherokee hit a Saturn minivan on the Bel Air Bypass, killing Katherine S. Brady, 31, and her son, Wilson Brady, 8, of Perry Hall. The minivan also carried 2-year-old Ian Brady, who suffered minor injuries, and his father, Stephen M. Brady, 32, the minivan driver, who suffered serious injuries. Police say that just before the crash, Lentz was driving 75 mph on the shoulder of the road. Lentz is being held without bail at the Harford County Detention Center. Cassilly said no trial date has been set.

David Kohn

Carney man gets 10 years in fatal shooting of his son

A 57-year-old Carney man was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court yesterday to killing his son on Father's Day. Under a deal with prosecutors, Harold Zane Williams Sr., who had initially been charged with first-degree murder, agreed that he had committed voluntary manslaughter in the June 15 shooting of his 38-year-old son, Harold Zane Williams Jr. "He was extremely remorseful," Williams' attorney, Hossein R. Parvizian, said after the hearing before Judge Susan M. Souder. "He asked me to address the judge and say that." The younger Williams was wounded in the abdomen by a shotgun at his father's home in the 9700 block of Harford Road. Police said that the two men, along with another male relative, had spent much of Father's Day drinking and that an argument between the father and son had escalated. The younger Williams had been living in North Carolina but had returned a few weeks earlier to stay with his father as he contemplated moving back permanently to the Baltimore area, police said.

Nick Madigan

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