Convict sought after leaving work-release program


County police are looking for a Baltimore man who did not return to the county jail after leaving his work-release job Wednesday, officials said.

Derrick Bass, 35, of the 4100 block of Fairview Ave. was serving a 12-month sentence for theft. Officials at the county Detention Center contacted police around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday when Bass did not return from his work-release job at T.G.I.F., police said.

2 men are injured when their cars collide

Two men were injured Wednesday evening, one of them critically, when their cars collided at Solomons Island Road and Grand Oak Drive, county police said.

Richard Louis Mendelsohn, 39, of the 100 block of Sloane Drive in Glen Burnie was in critical but stable condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokesman said.

Mr. Mendelsohn was driving his 1994 Geo Metro north on Solomons Island Road about 6:50 p.m. when his car collided with that of Sofio Masangcap Amante, who was driving south in his 1986 Ford Thunderbird and had turned left onto Grand Oak Drive. Mr. Mendelsohn's car was hit on the driver's side, police said.

Mr. Mendelsohn suffered head and leg injuries. Mr. Amante, 87, of the first block of Wilelinor Drive in Edgewater, was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center and released. No one has been charged in the accident.

Man is hit by car, critically injured

An Annapolis man was in critical condition at the Prince George's Medical Center after a ran into the path of a car Wednesday night, county police and hospital officials said.

Rodolfo Velasquez, 18, was unconscious and unresponsive when he was taken to the hospital. Police did not have an address for Mr. Velasquez.

The victim and three other men had been drinking heavily when they crossed Solomons Island Road about 300 feet south of West Street about 9:10 p.m., police said. Three of the men stopped at the median strip to let traffic pass, but Mr. Velasquez continued into the street, police said.

Abbey Lee Wanetik, 49, of the 2800 block of Riva Road, who was driving a 1986 Volkswagen Jetta, couldn't avoid hitting Mr. Velasquez, police said. She was not injured.

Annapolis sponsors three free concerts

The city of Annapolis will sponsor three free concerts to promote the downtown business district during the Main Street reconstruction project.

The Air Force Combat Command Heritage of America brass quintet will hold a two-hour concert starting at 7:30 p.m. today.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, the Belgian band Aotearoa will perform traditional music. Another concert at 11 a.m. Tuesday will feature music performed on a portable bell tower.

All concerts will be held at Susan C. Campbell Park at City Dock. For more information, call 263-1183 or 269-0223.

Lothian teen swerves to avoid turtle, is hurt

A Lothian girl was injured Wednesday morning when she swerved to avoid a turtle and slammed into a utility pole, shearing the car in two, county police said.

Brenda Agnes Brooke, 16, who lives in the Patuxent Mobile Home Park, suffered a ruptured spleen, broken ribs and a punctured lung, police said. A spokeswoman at Prince George's Medical Center said the girl was in critical but stable condition.

She was driving a 1994 Hyundai Scoupe east on Route 408 about 7:40 a.m. when she veered to avoid the turtle. She then tried to avoid a curb but lost control. The car went up an embankment, flipped over and hit a utility pole. The front half of the car landed upside down, its roof torn off, police said.

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