Man stabs, robs Brinks driver
A Baltimore man has been charged with attempted murdeand armed robbery after an armored car driver was stabbed and robbed near Cockeysville, Baltimore County police say.
The wounded Brinks Inc. driver, Robert LeRoy Hadel, 59, of the first block of Maidstone Court in White Marsh, was in satisfactory condition in the intensive care unit at Sinai Hospital, a spokeswoman said.
According to police, about 1:13 p.m. yesterday, Hadel was leaving a United Parcel Service facility in the 14000 block of York Road, where he had just picked up a money bag, when a man attacked him from behind and stabbed him in the right buttock.
Hadel fell to the ground, and the assailant grabbed the money bag and fled, said Sgt. David Jagodzinski.
Jagodzinski said a man, who had been hiding in a UPS utility closet, was spotted by a UPS employee, who then chased the man.
Police were called, and they captured and arrested a suspect -- identified as Jeffrey Lee Billings, 37, of the 2700 block of Springhill Road -- and recovered the money sack, which contained five smaller bags. Police did not say how much money was in the bags.
Vicki Hunter, a Sinai spokeswoman, said Hadel was in intensive care "because they are monitoring him for his heart. His [blood] pressure had dropped considerably at the scene. I don't think they anticipate a heart attack. He sat up, and is resting comfortably."
Police-car crash injures 3
Two Northern District police officers and a civilian werinjured last night when their radio car crashed into a utility pole, mailbox and a building at the intersection of Greenmount Avenue and 30th Street.
Police said the officers were in the same police car and were responding to a report of a man with a knife, police said.
At the time, the vehicle's lights and siren were in use, police said.
Police said Officers James M. Reid, the driver, and Lisa Johnson were responding as a back-up unit to the armed-person call and were southbound in the 2900 block of Greenmount Ave. at 10:42 p.m. when a 1988 Chevrolet Camaro driven east in the 500 block of E. 30th St. by James Bradshaw, 28, of the 600 block of E. 29th St., entered the intersection.
Police said Reid turned to his left to avoid a collision and struck a utility pole and a mailbox.
Police said Reid was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was treated for injuries to his right shoulder, right knee and right ankle before being released. Johnson, police said, was taken to the Homewood Hospital Center and released following treatment for minor leg and hip injuries.
Police said Bradshaw also was taken to Sinai Hospital and released after treatment for an injured left elbow. He was charged with failing to grant the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle.
Woman killed on wet road
A 43-year-old Washington County woman was killed yesterday morning when she lost control of her car and crashed into a utility pole in Frederick County, state police said.
About 6 a.m. yesterday, Linda Laurie Preston of Keedysville was driving a 1986 Dodge south on Md. 85, just north of Md. 28 near Tuscarora, police said. She was passing another car when she ran into heavy water on the road. Her car hydroplaned across the road and crashed into the pole.
Preston died of multiple injuries at Frederick Memorial Hospital shortly after the accident, police said.
BWI will test security system
A $9 million security system that will be tested at Baltimore-Washington International Airport could be used around the country, the FAA said.
New security methods that could allow for screening or watching of all visitors and employees at the nation's airports will probably begin next summer at BWI and last through 1991.
The $9.3 million test by the Federal Aviation Administration is part of a new approach to security that abandons reliance on individual airlines focusing on selected areas, the FAA said.
Aviation officials do not expect any of the 10 million passengers who use BWI in Linthicum each year to be delayed unnecessarily by experimental security systems.
The scope of the tests hasn't been determined, said Nicholas J. Schaus, deputy administrator of the Maryland Aviation Administration.
Schaus cautioned that, so far, the state has talked about testing the airport-wide security approach in and around only two of BWI's passenger piers that carry relatively light traffic. Piers are long passageways leading to airline gates.
Under current plans, he said, international airlines would not be part of the test program. Nor would USAir, which uses BWI as a regional hub.
In those areas of the terminal used in the test, Schaus said, the FAA is discussing screening employees and passengers by X-ray metal detectors; installing closed-circuit television, now used to monitor terminals, on runways and in hangars, and installing new state-of-the-art sensors to detect intruders in secure areas.
Officer charged in fraud
A six-year veteran Baltimore County police officer has been charged with felony insurance fraud for allegedly wrecking his own private car, then reporting it stolen and collecting the insurance money.
Thomas Manzari Jr., 31, of the North Point precinct, was released on his own recognizance by a District Court commissioner yesterday, after he surrendered to police internal affairs officers. He was also suspended without pay from his police duties, pending the outcome of the case, department spokesman E. Jay Miller said.
Manzari reported his 1987 Suzuki Samurai stolen from the 6500 block of St. Helena Ave. in Baltimore on Aug. 14, Miller said. The car was found abandoned and vandalized in woods off Holly Neck Road near Maple Road in the Essex area on Sept. 3. Miller said the ignition wires were ripped out, the windshield broken and the tires flattened.
The officer later collected a $4,900 insurance settlement, though he still owed $5,500 on the car loan. County auto squad detectives later determined, however, that the car had not been hot-wired, but was driven to the woods by someone using a key. Further investigation resulted in the charges against Manzari.
Hospital regains accreditation
Springfield Hospital Center, a state psychiatric hospital in Sykesville, has regained the national accreditation that it lost 10 years ago, when it was unable to reduce patient crowding.
Now that Springfield rejoins the great majority of American hospitals that are accredited, "the major benefit is it enhances community confidence," said Dr. Bruce Hershfield, who has been the superintendent at Springfield since 1986. In addition, the accreditation qualifies the hospital to accept certain patients who receive state and federal medical assistance payments. The hospital was ineligible to receive such payments from some patients, he said.
The new accreditation lasts for three years, after which the hospital must qualify for renewal. The accreditation comes from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, an independent, non-profit agency based in Chicago. Hershfield got word of the accreditation earlier this month, although it took effect in July, when a commission team toured the hospital.
The patient population at Springfield is now about 630, Hershfield said, compared with an average of 1,430 in 1980. The staff level has remained about constant throughout the years, he said, ranging from 1,500 to 1,600 employees.
Hershfield said the hospital was able to decrease its patient population as more community-based mental health care has become available in Maryland. He said the hospital has pursued a more aggressive strategy of trying to work around any physical mental disabilities that might otherwise prevent a patient from transferring to community-based care.
Accidents kill 2 Pa. residents
Two Pennsylvania residents have died in separate accidents on wet roads in Harford County.
Doretha Jean Gorrea, 62, of Fawn Grove, Pa., was fatally injured after her car hit a culvert and overturned on Md. 136 near Dooley about 10:15 a.m. yesterday, State Police said. Gorrea, who was thrown from the car, died at Fallston General Hospital, police said.
About an hour later, Matthew Scott Dickerson, 18, also of Fawn Grove, was killed when his car went out of control on U.S. 1 in Darlington, crossed the center line and struck another vehicle, police said.
Dickerson was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
The driver of the other vehicle, Michael Jung, 37, of Haddenfield, N.J., was treated for minor injuries at Harford Memorial Hospital and released.
Wingate arraigned in rape
Professional basketball player David Wingate has been arraigned by a Howard County Circuit Court judge on a charge of second-degree rape involving a 17-year old girl last month.
Wingate, a former basketball star at Baltimore's Dunbar High and Georgetown University, did not appear for yesterday's arraignment. He is free on $10,000 bail pending trial, which is scheduled for Jan. 7
He is charged with sexually assaulting the girl during a party at his Columbia apartment on Sept. 17. According to court records, the girl drank a substantial amount of alcohol at his apartment and had thrown up three times.
She was lying on his bedroom floor, trying to recuperate when she was attacked, the records said. Wingate has told police that he had sex with the girl, but said she had consented.
If convicted in the Columbia incident, Wingate faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
He was a backup guard last season with the National Basketball Association's San Antonio Spurs, but the team has said it will wait until his legal problems are resolved before resuming negotiations on a contract that would allow him to play this season.
A woman in San Antonio filed a civil suit there shortly after the Columbia incident, charging that Wingate had sexually assaulted her. No criminal charges have been filed in that incident, however.
Illegal deer hunting charged
Patapsco State Park rangers confiscated rifles and a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle from two men they charged with hunting deer illegally along the Howard-Baltimore County line.
Norbert John Richardson Jr.,43, of the 1800 block of Woodstock Road,and Ralph Leroy Hoskins Jr,47,of the 7600 block of Ridge Road,Marriottsville,were stopped while driving the ATV in the Howard County portion of the park Sunday,park ranger Chris Bushman said.
He and ranger Kim Lloyd saw two men riding an ATV with rifles slung across theior backs enter the park from private property,and waited to intercept them as they left the park,Bushman said.
The rangers confiscated two.270-caliber rifles with telescopes,a knife,a deer call device,some camouflage outer clothing and the vehicle.
Richardson,who lives next to the park,was cited with 10 violations, included hunting deer out of season,hunting in a state park and hunting without a license as well as various weapons violations.His fines,if he chooses to pay without going to court Dec.20, would be $1,360, Bushman said the state hopes to seek forfeiture of the guns and ATV.