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Deaths of couple are ruled suicides

The deaths of an elderly Glen Burnie couple in their home Thursday were ruled yesterday to be suicides, according to Anne Arundel County police.

Owen James Queen and Dorothy Lee Queen, both 73, were found dead in their bedroom at 6:40 p.m. by their son, who along with his wife lived with them in the 1600 block of Lorimer Road. The son found his parents' bodies upon returning home Thursday night. Police did not release his name.

A gun was found near James Queen, and he had a gunshot wound to his chest, police said.

Dorothy Lee Queen's cause of death was not clear, but the preliminary autopsy report "revealed her manner of death was suicide," police said. Police are awaiting the results of a toxicology report but said they believe she died by overdosing on medications.

The medical examiner's conclusions followed police interviews with the victims' family and an investigation by county homicide detectives. Police did not speculate about why the couple took their lives.

Annie Linskey

Drug dealer sentenced

A 34-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to 12 1/2 years in federal prison for distributing heroin. According to the statement of facts presented at his guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Dec. 9, Bryant Warren conspired with two others in 2004 and 2005 to sell heroin in the city. Co-defendant William M. Manns pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin and was sentenced to about 15 1/2 years in prison. The third defendant, Germaine Wallace, pleaded guilty to the same charge and was sentenced to almost 22 years in prison.

Matthew Dolan

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