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Driver indicted in crash that killed his...


Driver indicted in crash that killed his friend

ANNAPOLIS -- An 18-year-old West River man was indicted yesterday in the death of a friend who was fatally injured May 8 in a car accident that occurred as they returned home from the Southern High School prom.

The county grand jury indicted John Lawson Pasquella of the 800 block of Shady Oak Road on charges of homicide by motor vehicle, homicide while under the influence, speeding, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while intoxicated, said State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee.

Police said the accident that killed Michael Franklin, 17, captain of the school's lacrosse team, occurred when Mr. Pasquella skidded off Muddy Creek Road near Lansdale Road, hit the grass shoulder, went down a gully and hit a telephone pole.

Mr. Weathersbee said the 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII that Mr. Pasquella was driving skidded 230 feet before it hit the pole. Mr. Franklin died shortly after the accident. Mr. Pasquella was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Recaptured prisoner reportedly tries suicide


BALTIMORE -- A prisoner who was recaptured last week after escaping from the Baltimore City Detention Center attempted suicide over the weekend, said officials at the city jail.

The officials said John A. Wagner, 21, attempted to hang himself with a bedsheet -- the same material he and another prisoner used to make a rope that lowered them through a third-story window of the Jail Industries Building to freedon on July 13.

After his recapture, Mr. Wagner was being held in a special cell as an escape risk, said Barbara Cooper, spokeswoman for the Division of Pretrial Detention and Services. About 12:30 a.m. Saturday, a correctional officer found him leaning against the cell wall with a piece of torn sheet around his neck, with the other end of the sheet attached to a light fixture bar, she said. His feet were on the ground.

Mr. Wagner, of the first block of S. Monroe St., has been held nearly one year in lieu of $150,000 bail on charges stemming from the armed robbery of a business.

Judge decides large bar can be used temporarily


TOWSON -- A Perry Hall restaurant owner, who was ordered to tear out a new 30-foot bar he installed without county liquor board permission, has obtained a temporary stay from Circuit Judge Robert E. Cadigan.

Abdulmanaf Parvizimotlagh, owner of Papa Leo's Pizzeria in the 9600 block of Belair Road, paid a $500 fine yesterday and received permission from Judge Cadigan to continue using the 22-stool bar. The owner can use it only for serving drinks to patrons seated at tables until a full court hearing is held.

The board had granted Mr. Parvizimotlagh permission for a restaurant service bar, but he was cited for building a much larger bar plus a dance floor without permission.

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