Local man pleads guilty in drunken-driving death


A 38-year-old Glen Burnie man pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel Circuit Court yesterday to homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence.

Samuel J. Bianco Jr. of the first block of Elm Drive entered an Alford plea before Judge Warren B. Duckett Jr. for his role in a March 8, 1993, accident at the Route 648 entrance to the Baltimore Beltway near Ferndale.

An Alford plea means Bianco is not admitting guilt, but acknowledges the state has enough evidence to convict him.

According to police, Bianco was entering the Beltway's Outer Loop about 10 p.m. when his 1985 Dodge Caravan struck Clarence DuBose, 47, of the 5900 block of Gwynn Oak Ave. Mr. DuBose died shortly after the accident at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

He had stopped his 1975 Ford in the right-hand lane, apparently thinking it was the highway's shoulder. Gerald A. Kroop, Bianco's lawyer, said Mr. DuBose had been changing a tire.

Bianco had a .05 blood-alcohol level in a roadside test, but recorded a .14 level two hours later at Maryland General Hospital, Mr. Kroop said, adding that no one could account for the difference in the scores.

Judge Duckett will sentence Bianco on Oct. 20. He faces a maximum one-year sentence.

Man is assaulted, robbed of wallet

Two men knocked a Glen Burnie man to the ground Monday morning and robbed him of $30 after all three had been drinking, county police said.

Barry Alan Wimbish, 38, who lives on Ritchie Highway, did not need to be hospitalized for the 12:30 a.m. attack, police said.

Mr. Wimbish told police he met two men Sunday evening while shooting pool at Brewster's Saloon on Ingleside Avenue in Woodlawn. They later went to a Brooklyn bar to shoot pool. After shooting a few games, they drove to an address near East Way and Guildford Road. Mr. Wimbish could not remember the exact address, police said.

One of the men got out of the truck, supposedly to find out if a friend was home, so they could visit and continue drinking, Mr. Wimbish told police. The man came back to the truck and allegedly told Mr. Wimbish and the driver to come inside, police said.

Mr. Wimbish told police that when he got out of the truck, the men punched him, knocked him down and took his wallet before driving off.

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