Around The Region

AROUND THE REGION

March 25, 2009

Panel backs utility regulation

The Senate Finance Committee has approved legislation to give Maryland regulators more authority to direct utilities to build new power plants. The 6-4 vote Tuesday sends the measure to the full Senate. The bill would restore some of the authority the state's Public Service Commission lost after the state decided to deregulate in 1999. High energy bills have caused many lawmakers to consider the 1999 decision a mistake, but industry representatives say markets have not had enough time to translate deregulation into cheaper electricity bills.

Associated Press

Two city homicide victims identified

City police have identified two recent homicide victims. Kara Lawson, 23, was shot Monday night on the front porch of her home in the 500 block of N. Ellwood Ave. Police said she was known to officers and was on probation for drug dealing. Police also identified Davon Saunders, 26, of the 6400 block of Lamplighter Ridge in Glen Burnie, as the man who was found shot to death near train tracks in the 600 block of W. Patapsco Ave. early Sunday. Saunders was also on probation stemming from a 2007 drug conviction.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in some editions Wednesday incorrectly described events involving the death of a pedestrian on a road in Linthicum. The man was killed Monday night after he and a van, owned by Holy Temple Church of God International in Annapolis and driven by Leila L. Thomas, were struck by a Mazda, police said.
THE BALTIMORE SUN REGRETS THE ERROR

Justin Fenton

Man struck, killed by van in Linthicum

A 29-year-old man who had been pushing a broken-down van was fatally struck by a car in Linthicum on Monday night, Anne Arundel County police said Tuesday. About 10 p.m., five people were riding in a van on Camp Meade Road when it ran out gas. Kurt J. Minter, of the 1600 block of Bakbury Court in Baltimore, and two other men got out of the van, belonging to Holy Temple Church of God in Annapolis, and began pushing it, police said. Minter was standing in the right lane of the road, about 75 feet behind the van, when a Mazda 3 struck him and then hit the van, police said. Minter suffered fatal head and neck injuries, police said. The driver of the car, Leila L. Thomas, 30, of the 2700 block of Mura St. in Baltimore, the occupants of the van and the other men pushing the car were not injured.

Julie Scharper

Essex man pleads guilty to carjacking

An Essex man accused of trying to steal a car last year in White Marsh while a 7-year-old boy was inside pleaded guilty Tuesday to carjacking. Thomas J. Frazier, 29, of the 300 block of Margaret Ave. is to be sentenced in Baltimore County Circuit Court on July 23.

Nick Madigan

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