Severn accident sends 2 drivers to Shock Trauma


A Severn man and a 16-year-old Pasadena youth were flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday morning after their cars crashed at the intersection of Stevenson and New Cut roads, county police and fire officials said.

Brian Wesley Painter, 28, of the 1500 block of Wampanoag Drive suffered facial fractures and lacerations and possible fractures to his ribs and thighs, said Chief Gary Sheckells, a spokesman for the county Fire Department. The boy -- whose name was not released because charges are pending against him in the accident -- had head injuries. Mr. Painter was in serious &r; condition. The youth was in serious but stable condition yesterday a spokeswoman at Shock Trauma said.

The accident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. Mr. Painter was driving his 1986 Chevrolet Chevelle south on New Cut Road when the youth -- driving east on Stevenson Road in a 1986 Honda Accord -- allegedly ran a stop sign, driving past stopped cars, and made a left turn directly in front of Mr. Painter's car, police said.

The boy -- who lives on Milburn Circle -- was ejected from his car when the door popped open, Chief Sheckells said. Mr. Painter was trapped in his car from the impact of the crash. Neither man was wearing a seat belt, police said.

Laurel raid yields 3 drug arrests

Narcotics detectives raided a Laurel home Wednesday night and arrested three people for drug violations, county police said.

Police obtained a warrant to search the house in the 3500 block of Spring Road after neighbors complained of drug activity there, officials said. Undercover officers bought crack cocaine from the house before the raid, police said.

Detectives seized a small amount of suspected cocaine and several pipes that can be used to smoke drugs, police said.

Michelle Sorrell-Nelson, 24, Milton Eugene Brown, 37, and William Henry Smith, 53, all residents of the house, were charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, police said.

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