Region Digest

REGION DIGEST

April 24, 2009

Boy, 14, struck, killed by train in Laurel

Authorities say a teenager has been struck and killed by a freight train in Laurel. Prince George's County police spokeswoman Erica Johnson says 14-year-old Prince Ibrahim Trye was hit early Thursday by a southbound CSX train. Johnson says the teenager was struck near Locust Grove Drive and Baltimore Avenue. She also says there were other children walking with Trye, but it is unclear why the children were near the tracks. Trye attended nearby Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School. MARC commuter trains, which share the CSX tracks and run between Baltimore and Washington, resumed service about noon.

Associated Press

UM to begin trials for malaria vaccine

The University of Maryland School of Medicine will launch clinical trials in June for a malaria vaccine created by a Rockville biotech company. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the vaccine made by Sanaria Inc. for human trials, the company announced Thursday. The vaccine, based on discoveries 30 years ago by University of Maryland researchers, delivers a weakened form of the whole malaria parasite, a technique aimed at preventing malaria infection entirely, said Dr. Stephen Hoffman, founder and CEO of Sanaria. Next week, Maryland researchers will begin recruiting healthy adults ages 18 to 50 to take part. The U.S. Naval Medical Research Center in Bethesda will also conduct trials of the vaccine.

Kelly Brewington

3 indicted in death that followed drug deal

A Baltimore grand jury has indicted three people in the fatal shooting of a man in a robbery after a drug deal, the city state's attorney's office said Thursday. Court documents allege that Brian Allen Watkins, 15, Gregory Eugene Riddick Jr., 18, and Lyndon Renardo Waddell Jr., 21, were responsible for the death of David Bryan Wright, 47, who was shot in the head Feb. 4 in the 1600 block of Gorsuch Ave. Watkins, who will be tried as an adult, and Riddick were charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon and handgun counts; Waddell was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon and theft. All three were being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

Justin Fenton

Owner admits he hired illegal immigrants

Federal prosecutors say the owner of an Annapolis painting business has pleaded guilty to hiring illegal immigrants and money laundering. Robert Bontempo, 47, pleaded guilty Thursday to hiring as many as 24 workers who weren't U.S. citizens or weren't authorized to work in the U.S. Federal prosecutors say he paid them in cash from 2003 to 2005, when he started paying them by check. Prosecutors also say he didn't require the workers to provide documentation of their work status or citizenship status. Bontempo has agreed to forfeit five bank accounts, 10 vehicles and seven properties paid for with money his business earned. He will be sentenced Sept. 4.

Associated Press

Autism fundraiser at Oregon Ridge Park

Kennedy Krieger Institute will sponsor its annual ROAR for Autism fundraising bicycle ride, hike and family fun festival Saturday at Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville. Registration begins at 7 a.m. for 25- and 50-mile bike routes starting at 7:30 a.m. Hiking trails open at 8 a.m. for 5- and 10-mile routes at 8:15 a.m. Registration closes at 9 a.m., and all riders must be on the course by then. The family festival includes children's activities and health information. Information: 443-923-7300.

Rawlings-Blake hires Abney as assistant

City Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake has hired a retired Baltimore City police lieutenant to work as a special assistant in her office. The officer, Darren Q. Abney, spent 20 years as a city officer and was last assigned to the Southwest District. In his new job, he will provide "for the safety and well-being" of the City Council president, accompany her to meetings, supervise the maintenance of cars assigned to the office and advise her on public-safety issues, according to the Board of Estimates agenda item. He will be paid $60,000 a year, and he replaces Nicholas Paros.

Annie Linskey

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