In Anne Arundel
Bag supplier to state faces sentencing for contract fraud
ANNAPOLIS -- A 65-year-old Annapolis-based trash bag supplier was convicted in Anne Arundel Circuit Court yesterday of procurement fraud for shorting the state's trash bag count and delivering inferior plastic liners to state agencies such as the Division of Correction and the Motor Vehicle Administration.
David Lizmi of Stevensville entered an Alford plea -- not an admission of guilt, but an acknowledgment that the state's attorney general had sufficient evidence to convict him. Lizmi's company, Bags R Us, had been awarded a two-year, $1 million contract to supply trash bags to various state departments and agencies, from 1996 to 1997.
The State Highway Administration reported problems with the bags, saying they were flimsy and posed a health threat, because they are used to collect trash at rest stops along Interstate 95 where officials say hypodermic needles are sometimes discarded.
Car-truck crash stalls westbound bridge traffic
Westbound traffic on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was backed up for several miles last night after an 8:15 p.m. crash involving a tractor trailer and a motorcycle, authorities said.
Police said the accident resulted in injuries, but were unable to give the names or conditions of any victims.
By 10 p.m., police reported one westbound lane was reopened and traffic was moving slowly.
In Baltimore City
DEA agents, city police arrest 6 on drug charges
Federal drug agents and Baltimore police arrested five men and a woman last night after finding more than three pounds of cocaine and $91,000 in cash hidden in a secret compartment of a car.
The vehicle, a 1996 Buick Park Avenue registered in New York, was seized in northeast Baltimore after a four-month investigation by police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, according to city police Detective Sgt. Richard Smith. Police estimated the value of the drugs found in the hidden compartment in the back seat of the car at about $300,000.
The six people arrested, three of whom were from New York, were charged with drug dealing and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Their names were not available late last night.