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February 06, 2010

Sewer line leak closes Stoney Run in Arundel

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A sewer line leak of 25,000 gallons led the Anne Arundel County Health Department to post an emergency closing Friday of Stoney Run, a small creek in Linthicum and Hanover. A blockage or buildup of materials caused the leak near Science Drive in Linthicum, said Matt Diehl, a Public Works Department spokesman. The waterway is closed from there to the Patapsco River. Anyone who touches the water should wash well with soap and water, Health Department spokeswoman Elin Jones said, and clothing that comes into contact with that water should also be washed.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Duncan reportedly considers Metro head position

Maryland officials say Montgomery County's longest-serving chief executive is expressing interest in becoming the general manager of the Washington-area rail system. The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity because former County Executive Douglas M. Duncan has not publicly discussed his interest in the Metro job. They say Duncan called them this week to say he wants to be considered. Both officials are monitoring the selection process. Duncan did not immediately return a call seeking comment Friday. Metro General Manager John Catoe announced last month that he is stepping down. His last day will be April 2. Catoe's announcement was made after a series of accidents, including the most deadly in Metro's history. The June 22 Red Line crash killed nine people.

- Associated Press

Police charge retired priest in altar boy sex abuse case

Frederick County authorities have filed child abuse charges against a retired Catholic priest for alleged offenses against an altar boy in 1976. Monsignor Thomas Bevan, 73, of Cascade was released on $25,000 bail Thursday. He was indicted on two counts of child abuse Jan. 22 but the charges were kept sealed until Thursday, when an arrest warrant was served. Assistant State's Attorney Lindell Angel says Bevan sexually abused a 10-year-old boy in 1976 when he was associate pastor of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Frederick. The Archdiocese of Baltimore says Bevan denied the allegations when confronted by church officials in August. The archdiocese removed Bevan in August as pastor of the Church of St. Patrick in Cumberland.

- Associated Press

Man, 30, dies of gunshot wound in N.W. Baltimore

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A 30-year-old man was fatally shot early Friday morning in Northwest Baltimore. His body was found sitting in the driver's-side seat of a Cadillac Escalade, according to city police. Police say the man was shot in the chest while driving the vehicle, which came to a stop in the 2400 block of Loyola Southway. An individual noticed the man bleeding and called police about 12:30 a.m. The victim, whom police have not identified, was taken to Sinai Hospital and pronounced dead later in the morning. Police have no suspects and knew of no motives.

- Brent Jones

Former Ellicott City resident guilty of fraud

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Federal prosecutors say a man has pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a plot to defraud a client of $950,000. Fifty-two-year-old Wilkins McNair, formerly of Ellicott City, entered the plea Friday. He will be sentenced March 5. Court documents indicate that McNair, a CPA, was retained by a woman whose husband had died to probate the estate and manage a family trust. Prosecutors say McNair deposited all of the money into accounts he controlled and used the money to pay salary and other expenses at his accounting firm. Authorities say he also used some money to pay to support a girlfriend and to pay his legal expenses for a criminal case.

- Associated Press

Evaluation needed before arsonist sentenced

A man who was convicted of arson in a fire at his ex-girlfriend's apartment will be sentenced after a psychological evaluation. Wayne Dougherty, 46, of Hampstead was convicted Wednesday in Carroll County Circuit Court. He was ordered held without bail until sentencing. Dougherty was accused of setting a three-alarm blaze that displaced the residents of 12 units in a Westminster apartment complex July 12. Two people were treated for minor injuries. Damage to the structure and its contents was estimated at $450,000.

- Associated Press

Man charged in death of 5-week-old daughter

A man whose 5-week-old daughter died from injuries he allegedly inflicted in their Western Maryland home now faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Prosecutors upgraded an assault charge Thursday against 22-year-old Nicholas McKee of Warfordsburg, Pa. He also is charged with assault and child abuse. McKee was living with daughter Bella Appel and her mother in Hancock when the girl was hurt Jan. 3. She died six days later. A doctor told investigators the injuries were consistent with vigorous shaking. McKee allegedly told an investigator Bella had been wheezing and then stopped breathing. He allegedly said he panicked and tried flipping her on her back and belly, followed by CPR, before calling 911. His lawyer says McKee is not guilty.

- Associated Press

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