In Anne Arundel

Jury finds physician not liable in death of man

ANNAPOLIS -- After two days of deliberations, a jury has found Dr. Stephen E. Killian and his employer, now called Potomac Physicians in Annapolis, not liable in the 1997 death of a man whose family claimed that misdiagnosis led to his death.

Jurors who heard the nearly two-week Circuit Court case were unable to reach a verdict yesterday on a second physician, Dr. James W. Ruppel.

The doctors contended that they made reasonable diagnoses when they examined the elderly man.

The case was brought by an elderly Crofton woman, Louise M. Hosey, and her adult children. They contended that the physicians failed to correctly diagnose Walter J. Hosey Sr.'s chest pains in April 1997 when suggesting that he suffered from acid reflux, stress or depression. Within days, he was hospitalized for a heart attack and had bypass and valve replacement surgery. He died eight months later.

Stevensville man charged with auto manslaughter

ANNAPOLIS -- The Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office has charged a Stevensville man with automobile manslaughter and six other counts in an incident Feb. 11 in which he is accused of hitting three members of a landscaping crew on Ritchie Highway in Arnold.

Earl Wayne Bowers, 45, of the 900 block of Salisbury Way was served with an arrest warrant Monday and ordered by a judge to report to pretrial release for monitoring and have an interlock ignition device placed on his vehicle. Bowers also faces alcohol-related charges and negligent and reckless driving charges.

Giovany Acosta, 24, of the 6900 block of Brookmill Road in Reisterstown was killed in the incident, in which a van ran into the median strip. Another member of the landscaping crew was hospitalized, and a third suffered minor injuries.

In Maryland

Senator Sfikas appointed to Parole Commission

ANNAPOLIS -- State Sen. Perry Sfikas, who announced in July that he would not seek re-election in Baltimore's 46th District, has been appointed to the Maryland Parole Commission.

Sfikas said yesterday that he learned of the appointment last week and that it had nothing to do with his decision to drop out of the race against fellow incumbent Sen. George W. Della Jr. The appointment, made by the secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services and approved by the governor, is for six years and pays $81,000.

Sfikas, known as a tough-on-crime Democrat, is a lawyer and served on the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. As a parole commissioner, he will hear cases for early release and for revocation of parole.

In Pennsylvania

Dying man told witnesses that friend stabbed him

YORK -- A man who was bleeding to death told witnesses he knew he was going to die and said his friend -- who was found a short time later in northern Baltimore County, covered in blood -- had stabbed him, police said.

Billy D. Williams, 21, was being held on a homicide warrant and was awaiting extradition from Maryland to York County. Police said Williams, who was under suicide watch yesterday, admitted he had killed his friend.

The victim, Ca-Trell "Trey" McCanic, 23, was stabbed in York about 12:40 a.m. Saturday, police said. Baltimore County police investigating an abandoned vehicle soon after found a knife inside and the interior stained with blood, and arrested Williams when he was found walking nearby in Hunt Valley.

McCanic was a star basketball player at William Penn Senior High School, where he graduated in 1999.

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