Regional Digest


In Howard County

Police investigate shooting of Laurel man, 25, in vehicle

NORTH LAUREL - A 25- year-old Laurel man was shot in the back while sitting in a vehicle in North Laurel on Friday night, Howard County police said.

The man, whose identity was not released, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. His condition was unknown yesterday.

Police said the man apparently was shot about 6:30 p.m. near Washington Boulevard and Whiskey Bottom Road, and was driven to a local hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to call Howard County police at 410-313-3200 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888. Metro Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.

Man accused of assault during home invasion

COLUMBIA - A 23-year-old man is accused of forcing his way into a Columbia home early yesterday and assaulting a man and woman inside, Howard police said.

The 21-year-old man and 20- year-old woman were inside the residence in the 5700 block of Cedar Lane when they were attacked about 3:20 a.m. They were treated for stab wounds at Howard County General Hospital - the man in his upper torso and hand, the woman in the arm and head. Their wounds were not life-threatening, police said. Police did not identify either victim.

Officers tracked a suspect to the 8900 block of Tamar Drive, where Samuel Lee Hutson, of no fixed address, was found hiding in a closet, police said. Hutson was taken to Howard County General for treatment of puncture wounds to his head and back - injuries authorities said were suffered during a struggle with the victims. A knife was also recovered, police said.

Hutson was charged yesterday with two counts each of felony assault, misdemeanor assault, reckless endangerment and using a deadly weapon with intent to injure. He was being held in the Howard County Detention Center on $500,000 bond.

In Anne Arundel

Three remain hospitalized after pair of home fires

HANOVER - Three of four people hospitalized as a result of two Christmas Eve fires in Anne Arundel County remained in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center yesterday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Roger and Jeanette Worley, both 57, suffered severe burns and smoke inhalation after a garage fire spread into their two-story home in Hanover about 7 a.m.

William Gary Brown, 59, was found unconscious in an upstairs bedroom by firefighters fighting a blaze in his Millersville townhouse about five hours later.

Both fires were likely sparked by electrical problems, fire officials have said.

Isa Worley, 33, the daughter of Roger and Jeanette Worley, was was released from Bayview yesterday.

In Harford County

Bel Air man, 35, dies after automobile crash

BEL AIR - A 35-year-old Bel Air man died yesterday after losing control of his car on the street where he lived, police said.

Vincent Patrick Machis, a resident of the 2800 block of Forge Hill Road, lost control of his 1990 Honda at 3:45 p.m. while driving in the 3500 block of that street, according to the Harford County sheriff's department. The car struck a tree, and Machis was ejected.

He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, police said.

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