P.G. teen killed in I-95 crashA Prince...


P.G. teen killed in I-95 crash

A Prince George's County teen-ager was killed in an accident early today on Interstate 95 when traffic backed up as police recovered the body of a murder victim discovered alongside the road.

Candice Teashia Newsome, 16, of Fort Washington, was killed in the 1:12 a.m. crash in the northbound lanes of I-95, just south of Farm Road in Prince Georges County, state police said.

Ms. Newsome was driving a Chevrolet Blazer that collided with two tractor-trailers while changing lanes, police said.

Both trucks were from North Carolina, but police did not know their destinations or cargo. Neither trucker was hurt.

The traffic back-up formed when investigators from the Prince George's County Police Department closed part of the interstate after the body of a man was found along an exit ramp to Indian Head Highway, police said.

The body of the unidentified man -- who had been shot several times -- was reported by a passing motorist last night about 11 p.m., police said.

A 13-year-old South Baltimore boy was in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday after being shot as he and another 13-year-old boy played with a gun.

Dante Brooks, of the 2000 block of South Paca St., was shot in the upper abdomen about 7:10 p.m. Tuesday while in a second-floor bedroom of a house in the 2500 block of Salerno Place, police said.

Maryland State

Charles County Administrator Melvin Bridgett, who was recently arrested on theft charges, has submitted his resignation.

It was announced in La Plata Tuesday that until a successor is named, County Commission President Thomas Mac Middleton will be responsible for daily government operations.

Mr. Bridgett was arrested Aug. 17 on suspicion of stealing money from the pro shop cash register at the county golf course.

Anne Arundel County

Newly appointed county school Superintendent C. Berry Carter II was given a reception at school board headquarters to introduce him to the public.

But after 34 years, moving up the ranks from teacher to superintendent, Mr. Carter is anything but new to the county school system.

"Coming into this room was like coming to see an old friend," said Del. Joan Cadden, D-Brooklyn Park, a former member of the school board.

"They couldn't have picked a better person," said Electa Holland, a retired Ferndale Elementary school principal. "He knows this school system inside and out. He has always been lobbying for education."

County Executive Robert Neall recalled Mr. Carter as his 7th-grade guidance counselor.

Mr. Carter admitted he and the school system face a tough year. But he said he was optimistic about the ability of his staff to operate the schools effectively.

Baltimore County

A 21-year-old man was killed and two other persons were seriously injured last night when a car went out of control on Liberty Road in Randallstown and crashed broadside into a pickup truck headed in the opposite direction.

Baltimore County police said Christopher Emanuel Walker, 21, of the first block of Stonemark Court in Owings Mills was killed in the crash in the 9200 block of Liberty Road.

Mr. Walker was riding in an eastbound 1988 Volkswagen Jetta driven by April C. Tripplin, of Baldwin, N.Y.

Police said the car went out of control as it crested a hill near Chapman Road.

Entering the westbound lane. the car was struck on the passenger's side by a 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Donald E. Baker, 31, of the 1600 block of Brimfield Circle, Sykesville.

The impact, police said, caused the Volkswagen to overturn and land on the driver's side.

Police said Ms. Tripplin and Mr. Baker were flown by a state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock-Trauma Center, where each was listed in serious condition.

Speed and driver error on the part of Ms. Tripplin contributed to the accident, police said, and that charges against her were pending.

Carroll County

The Carroll County Narcotics Task Force's identity is the subject of a $10.5 million 14-count civil lawsuit filed by Westminster attorney Stephen P. Bourexis.

The courts will decide if the five-member force, which conducts raids, seizes drugs and makes arrests, is a police group, an arm of the state's attorney's office or an illegal entity.

nTC "It is not clear what the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force is," wrote Mr. Bourexis in his suit. "[We say] it is an illegal agency which operates without the benefit of statutory or constitutional authority."

Mr. Bourexis' lawsuit seeks damages, stemming from claims that he and his clients are blackballed from entering plea agreements with the drug-fighting group.

"We have never said what we think the task force is," said State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman. "This will be one for the courts to decide."

Harford County

A legal challenge has rendered a new Harford County adult bookstore licensing law unenforceable.

Harford Circuit Judge William O. Carr ordered the county not to enforce the law, which was to take effect this month, before he decides on its validity.

The Depot of Havre de Grace and U.S. Books of Edgewood have challenged the law in Circuit Court.

The stores contend certain provisions are unlawful, including criminal background checks and a requirement that employees, owners and shareholders with an interest of 10 percent or more be named.

The law also faces a separate legal challenge in U.S. District Court. Highway Craft, Gift and Book Store contends the law violates free speech and privacy rights.

The Harford County Council enacted the law in May.

It requires the four existing adult bookstores in the county to purchase a $200 license and further limits new bookstores attempting to open.

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