Around The Region

AROUND THE REGION

January 07, 2009

Man soaks car with gas, leads police on chase

A man was pulled from a gasoline-soaked vehicle after leading police on a chase through Anne Arundel County early yesterday, police said. About 4 a.m., an officer approached a man who was pumping gas into the passenger compartment of his vehicle at a Shell gas station in the 600 block of Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. The man showed the officer his wallet, upon request, but then said the officer would have to shoot him and quickly drove off, according to police. The officer followed the man as he sped south on Ritchie Highway and eventually turned onto the access road to Anne Arundel Community College, drove through a locked gate, then stopped, police said. The Fire Department and more police officers arrived, and officers used a "beanbag" shotgun to shoot out both rear windows of the man's four-door Subaru sedan to let gas vapors escape from the car. They then pulled the man from the car, and he was taken to the Anne Arundel Medical Center for evaluation, police said. Police said that criminal charges are pending. The man was not identified.

Woman admits stealing hurricane-relief funds

A former Waldorf woman pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing more than $60,000 in Hurricane Katrina disaster relief benefits, according to Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. Schewanda Baptiste, 42, lived in Maryland but owned a home in New Orleans when the hurricane hit in August 2005. The house, which Baptiste rented to tenants, was extensively damaged, though covered by private insurance. Baptiste falsely claimed she and her two children lived in the home when Katrina hit so that she could obtain $30,200 in disaster relief funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and another $30,000 in grant funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She could face a maximum of 10 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for April 13 in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. Baptiste has agreed to pay restitution.

Tricia Bishop

State's attorney to speak at meeting in Parkville

Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger will be the speaker at the Greater Parkville Community Council's meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Parkville Recreation and Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road. Information: 410-668-2580.

Howard teen charged with bringing a gun to school

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with bringing a gun to school in Howard County, police said yesterday. A teacher at the Homewood Center told administrators Monday afternoon that the student was acting suspiciously, and an administrator and school resource officer found an unloaded handgun and ammunition in the student's coat pocket, police said yesterday in a news release. The boy was charged with possessing a concealed deadly weapon and having that weapon on school property. He was also charged with resisting arrest, disturbing school operations, failing to obey a lawful order and reckless endangerment. He was charged as a juvenile and turned over to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, police said. The Homewood Center is described by the school system as "a county-wide alternative educational program for students in need of intensive academic and behavioral instruction and support."

By a Baltimore Sun reporter

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