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Drugs ruled cause of death

An autopsy has determined that drug intoxication caused the death of an Ellicott City man who collapsed on his living room floor last month, the state's deputy chief medical examiner said.

James Collins, 25, of the 3700 block of St. Paul St., was pronounced dead at his home about 7 p.m. April 26, Howard County police said.

His family told police that before he died, Mr. Collins was uncontrollable, and had been running outside and shouting.

On May 4, toxicology results showed he died from PCP and cocaine intoxication, said Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Donald G. Wright.

PCP, or phencyclidine hydrochloride, is a psychedelic drug that can cause death or mental disorders.

Mr. Collins was a flooring worker and the father of four, his family said.

He attended Mount Hebron High School and dropped out in 1984.


* Elkridge: 6100 block of Route 1: A 1985 Ford Escort was stolen from outside a bar between noon and 6 p.m. Monday.

Dorsey Road at Washington Boulevard: A man's $1,975 stainless steel Rolex watch and $150 14-karat gold wedding ring were reported missing between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. May 5.

* Ellicott City: 5500 block of Waterloo Road: A $140 girl's Huffy 10-speed bike was stolen from a porch between midnight Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.

3500 Mount Ida Drive: Someone stole tags from a 1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

3500 block of Mount Ida Drive: Someone tampered with a dining room window about 4 p.m. Thursday.

10200 block of Wetherburn Road: Someone broke a basement window between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday. One check was reported missing.

9200 block of Route 40: Glass in the front door of US Cleaners was shattered about 10 p.m. Tuesday, and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the cash register. The thief is described as a white man in his 20s, between 6 feet 1 and 6 feet 2 inches tall. He has short dark hair and was wearing a white T-shirt and dark shorts. He was in a small gray compact car similar to a Volvo.

3600 block of Fells Lane: Items were moved inside Roger Carter Center on Monday or Tuesday. Nothing was taken.

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