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December 18, 2009

Man pleads not guilty in fatal hit-and-run

Thomas L. Meighan Jr., 39, pleaded not guilty Thursday to indictments involving separate hit-and-run incidents, including one that killed 20-year-old Miriam Frankl, a Johns Hopkins University junior who was struck as she crossed St. Paul Street in October. Meighan, who has at least nine prior drinking-and-driving convictions, is charged with manslaughter in Frankl's death and with other crimes relating to a July 31 crash and a separate incident the day Frankl was struck. His trial date has been set for March.

-Tricia Bishop

Darlington man indicted in deaths of three in crash

A Harford County grand jury has indicted a 31-year-old Darlington man on three counts of vehicular manslaughter in connection with a Nov. 14 accident that killed three county residents. Travis N. Gray, who surrendered to state police on Thursday, is also charged with negligent homicide while under the influence, negligent homicide while impaired, and driving while under the influence and driving while impaired. He was taken to the Harford County Detention Center, where he was held on $250,000 bond. The indictment resulted from an early-morning crash on Route 543 south of Prospect Road near Bel Air. Gray was driving a 2002 Ford F-250 truck north when he crossed the double yellow center line and struck a southbound 1998 Ford F-150 truck, police said. All three occupants of the southbound truck were killed. They were identified as James A. Bielanski, 48, and his wife, Pamela B. Bielanski, 47, and their friend, Robert W. Arbogast, 35, all residents of Street.

- Mary Gail Hare

Man fatally shot in vehicle in E. Baltimore identified

A 35-year-old man was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon while riding in a vehicle through an East Baltimore neighborhood, police said. A man was driving a friend to someone's house when two men standing in the 700 block of Bartlett Ave. opened fire on the vehicle. The driver accelerated through the block to escape the shooting. Darnell Gray of the 1500 block of 33rd St., who was suffering from several gunshot wounds, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died about 4:15 p.m., police said.

- Justin Fenton

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