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AROUND THE REGION

March 27, 2009

Comment puts teacher on leave

A Howard County high school teacher has been put on paid administrative leave after making a racially insensitive comment to an African-American student, school officials said Thursday. The teacher, a world language instructor at Reservoir High School in Fulton, has been on leave since March 5, the day the incident occurred, according to school system spokeswoman Patti Caplan. The school system also filed a hate-bias incident report with the Howard County Police Department, police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said. Such reports are filed when an incident occurs that is racial in nature, said Llewellyn, who added that no charge has been filed in the case. Neither Caplan nor Llewellyn would identify the teacher or disclose what was said. "It could be interpreted as offensive to African- Americans," Caplan said.

John-John Williams IV

Blocked pipe causes wastewater spill

A blocked sewage pipe in Mount Airy caused a spill of 160,000 gallons of untreated wastewater, much of it into a stream that flows into the Patapsco River, Howard County health officials said Thursday. Mount Airy town workers discovered the overflow Tuesday morning in a wooded area about 300 yards from a cul-de-sac on East Ridgeville Boulevard. The workers removed an obstruction from the pipe. No Howard County homes were directly affected, officials said. The spill area was treated with lime and signs were posted warning people to stay away. The Carroll County Health Department will monitor the stream for bacteria and take further action, if required.

Larry Carson

Jobless trucker wins Multi-Match drawing

A 47-year-old unemployed truck driver won $1.2 million after hitting all six numbers on the Multi-Match drawing Wednesday night, according to lottery officials. Bryan Boushell Sr. of Glen Burnie purchased his winning ticket at a Texaco Station in the 7200 block of Ritchie Highway and will take the cash option of $750,000. Boushell lost his job in February, a couple of months after he was laid off from a different job, lottery officials said. Boushell and his wife plan to use the money to pay off car and student loans, lottery officials said.

Brent Jones

Linthicum man pleads guilty in truck attack

A Linthicum man pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of first-degree assault in a drunken rampage during which he rammed a pickup truck into the porch of his former girlfriend's home, injuring her and nearly severing the foot of an 11-year-old boy. According to a statement of facts read by prosecutors in Anne Arundel Circuit Court, Ronald J. Brandt Jr., 51, drove a pickup truck belonging to Debra Ferrick, the ex-girlfriend, through a wooden fence surrounding the front yard of her home and crashed it into the porch where she was sitting with a friend's son July 28. Police arrested Brandt, and he was found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.20, more than twice the legal limit, according to the statement. At a sentencing hearing, scheduled for June 4, prosecutors are expected to ask Judge William C. Mulford II to sentence Brandt to 25 years in prison. They also plan to ask him to order Brandt to pay $250,000 in restitution to the boy, who suffered permanent damage, although doctors were able to reattach his foot.

Julie Scharper

Crash of MARC train, 2 buses hurts 6 people

Prince George's County authorities said a MARC commuter train and two Metrobuses were involved in an accident that injured six people Thursday. The rear of a Metrobus was on the tracks near Queensbury Road and Rhode Island Avenue in Riverdale when the MARC train struck the bus about 4:15 p.m., county fire department spokesman Mark Brady said. That bus then hit a nearby Metrobus. Brady said five people on the first bus and one person aboard the train suffered minor injuries; they were taken to a hospital.

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