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Ex-official gets probation in sexual harassment case


TOWSON - The former chief of the Maryland Natural Resources Police has been put on probation for violating a no-contact order obtained by a woman who had accused him of sexual harassment.

Scott A. Sewell, 53, who lost his state job in December, was given probation before judgment last week in Baltimore County District Court.


Sewell also was ordered to forfeit a legally obtained gun and to avoid contact with Olga Herrera, the former Maryland Transit Administration employee whose harassment claim led to his forced resignation. Herrera obtained a peace order against Sewell on March 1.

Prosecutor Gina O'Leary-Miller said Sewell was charged as a result of a phone call he made April 1. She said that if he complies with the terms of his six months of unsupervised probation, the incident may be expunged from the record.

Woman missing since July 6 seen at Boonsboro bank

TOWSON - A person believed by authorities to be Patricia "Patsy" Kelly, the Catonsville woman missing since July 6, was seen over the weekend in a bank in Western Maryland, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman, said that detectives would review videotape from the M&T; Bank branch in Boonsboro, Washington County, but he said police are "confident" that Kelly, 44, is the person seen using her bank card about 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Kelly had last been seen July 6 at a campground near Frederick, according to police. She is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 140 pounds, driving a 1995 teal-colored Honda Civic with Maryland tags YMT 399 and a rear bumper sticker that reads "Ireland."

Police and communities to hold anti-crime event

TOWSON - The Police Department and community organizations will mark National Night Out today. The event is meant to foster public awareness of crime and drug problems, county police said.


Activities planned include a community walk and child fingerprinting services from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Carlton Square community in Cockeysville, a picnic at 6 p.m. at Villa Cresta Elementary School in Parkville and child fingerprinting and bike and vehicle security checks from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Woodlawn police precinct

Citizens on Patrol also will hold block parties and rallies with the Franklin, Towson, White Marsh, Essex and North Point police precincts.

Dairy Road Bridge to close for two months for repairs

PARKTON - Dairy Road Bridge, a 54-foot span across Little Gunpowder Falls, will be closed for about two months for repairs, the county Department of Public Works announced yesterday.

The bridge, built in 1900, was weakened during last week's heavy rains, which damaged one of its abutments. The bridge was restored in 1970 and in 2000.

Signs will be posted on Hillcrest Avenue and York Road telling motorists that use of the road in the area of the bridge will be limited to residential traffic. About 500 drivers use the bridge daily, the department said.


In Baltimore City

Police commissioner denies in e-mail that he's leaving

Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark has issued a e-mail to his department in an attempt to reassure officers that he is not leaving his job.

"I don't know how to make this any more clearer: I am not leaving the Baltimore Police Department and have no plans to leave," he wrote in the Friday evening e-mail, which was released to The Sun. yesterday.

Clark's message came days after he put his Baltimore condominium up for sale. In the e-mail, he specifically mentioned a WBAL television report that made reference to rumors that he was leaving.

The commissioner took the post in February last year, coming from New York City, where he was deputy chief of the narcotics division.


City man, 27, sentenced for his role in heroin ring

A city man was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court for his part in a heroin ring that supplied drugs to the Park Heights and Westport areas of the city, prosecutors said. Lawrence Chambers, 27, of the 2300 block of Norfolk Ave. pleaded guilty before Judge Clifton J. Gordy to conspiracy to distribute heroin. The code language he used when he sold his drugs included the terms "chicken," "half a chicken wing, "half a loaf" and "sodas," according to prosecutors.

Chambers was caught after he sold 30 grams of heroin to undercover police, prosecutors said. The officers also seized 100 grams of heroin from Chambers, as well as five guns, 100 grams of raw heroin, approximately 413 vials of heroin packaged for street sale and $59,000 in cash.

Weather delays opening of family sports complex

Today's scheduled grand opening of a Park Heights family sports complex has been postponed for a month because of an unusually rainy summer, city parks and recreation officials said yesterday.

Originally set for 5 p.m., the celebration to mark the completion of the $250,000 sports complex in the 4700 block of Reisterstown Road has been moved to the first week of next month, said Ericka B. Danois, a spokeswoman for the Department of Recreation and Parks.


The complex, to which a golf range is to be added in 2006, will include tennis and basketball courts and a playground, but the tennis courts need to thoroughly dry before lines can be painted on them, said Gennady Schwartz, who oversees design and construction of the complex for the department.

For the record

In articles that appeared Tuesday and July 29, a complaint made by a woman against former Maryland Natural Resources Police Chief Scott Sewell was mischaracterized. The complaint alleged harassment but did not indicate it was sexual in nature.The Sun regrets the errors.