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July 08, 2009

Police identify man, 19, who drowned in Dundalk creek

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Baltimore County police identified Tuesday a man who drowned while attempting to swim across a creek a day earlier as a 19-year-old Dundalk resident. Cpl. Michael Hill, a police spokesman, said authorities suspect that Cedric Hart of the 500 block of Main St. had a seizure while swimming across Chink Creek near Bear Creek in Dundalk about 3:15 p.m. Monday. Hart was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in cardiac arrest and pronounced dead at the hospital, according to Hill. An autopsy was planned, Hill said.

- Liz F. Kay

'Pain and suffering' suit in child's drowning goes forward

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Maryland's second-highest court has ordered a trial to decide what, if anything, a Davidsonville couple can recover for their son's suffering when he drowned in the Crofton Country Club swimming pool in 2006. Reversing a decision by Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis, the Court of Special Appeals said the jury in the weeklong trial should have been allowed to consider awarding money for Connor Freed's pain and suffering. The jury awarded Thomas Freed and Deborah Neagle-Webber $4 million for other damages from Hunt Valley-based DRD Pool Service Inc., which managed the pool. However, that was reduced to $1 million by a state limit. The court issued the ruling Monday, which would have been Connor's 9th birthday, said H. Briggs Bedigian, one of the couple's lawyers. An award for Connor's suffering also would be capped, he said. However, DRD could ask the state's highest court to hear an appeal. Steven R. Migdal, lawyer for the Hunt Valley-based pool service, could not be reached Tuesday.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Help sought in locating missing Balto. Co. teenager

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Baltimore County Police have issued a request to locate a missing 18-year-old Woodlawn man who is described as suffering from depression. They said Donald Myvett was reported missing from the 7200 block of Chippenham Place on Tuesday morning. They said he has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old and is without the medication required to treat his depression. Police said Myvett is 5 feet 1 and 127 pounds. He attended Woodlawn High School and was a member of the Junior ROTC. They said it was not known precisely when he left the home or what clothing he was wearing. Those with information about Myvett or his whereabouts are asked to contact Baltimore County police at 410-887-1340.

- Jacques Kelly

Baltimore County bans unsolicited advertising fliers

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The Baltimore County Council has banned unsolicited advertising circulars that often end up littering neighborhoods and clogging area waterways. By a unanimous vote Monday, the council prohibited advertisers from delivering fliers to homes or leaving them on vehicles. The law, which takes effect in 45 days, does not apply to U.S. Postal Service deliveries or those by private mail services, and also exempts newspapers and campaign literature. Violators could face fines of up to $1,000. Councilman John Olszewski Sr., who sponsored the bill, said a day of volunteering at a creek cleanup in his district gave him insight into the mounting problem of discarded paper that eventually finds its way into streams, creeks and the bay. "This law is the direct result of many complaints from residents," he said.

- Mary Gail Hare

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