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Del. man gets 15 years on drug and gun charges

A Delaware man received a 15-year prison sentence in federal court in Baltimore yesterday for possession of a gun while selling drugs.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Andre Lamar Ricks, 26, of Newark, Del., after he admitted to trafficking illegal drugs between January 2004 and April 2006.

Ricks and others conspired to distribute crack cocaine and powder cocaine in the Winding Brook community in Elkton and in other areas of Cecil County, prosecutors said in court papers. Recorded conversations between Ricks and his co-conspirators show that Ricks and his co-conspirators arranged for the delivery of over five kilograms of cocaine and 50 grams of crack during the course of the conspiracy.

Matthew Dolan

Carroll County

: Westminster

Heart abnormality cause of boy's death

A 6-year-old boy who collapsed while running with his mother in a one-mile race in Carroll County died from a heart abnormality, according to the state medical examiner's office.

Connor Bryce Smith, 6, of Glenelg died of cardiac arrhythmia, said Shirl Walker, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office. On April 18, Connor was running with his mother, Donna, in a Westminster Fun Run when he collapsed. Police found the child undergoing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the tailgate of a pickup truck after they were notified by spectators.

Connor was taken to Carroll Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead.

A memorial service for Connor is planed for 10:30 a.m. today at the Nichols-Bethel United Methodist Church in Odenton.


: U.S. Court

Harford man pleads guilty to child porn

A Harford County man pleaded guilty in federal court in Baltimore yesterday to possession of child pornography.

Authorities searched the home of David Barry Mentzer, 51, of Joppa in March 2006 as part of a state investigation into the alleged molestation of a 12-year-old boy who was a piano student of Mentzer's relative. Mentzer remains in custody on those state child abuse charges.

During the execution of the search warrants, several computers belonging to Mentzer were seized and found to contain pictures of children engaged in sexually explicit acts. Mentzer has two convictions for sexual crimes against children. Because of his criminal record, Mentzer now could receive a maximum of 20 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release in the federal case.

Matthew Dolan

Notre Dame

Open house set for May 6

An open house for prospective Women's College students at the College of Notre Dame is set for Sunday, May 6, from noon to 4 p.m., on the college's campus, 4701 N. Charles St. Registration will begin at noon in the Knott Science Center, and the program will start at 12:30 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation to attend, call 410-532-5330 or 800-435-0200 or go to www.ndm.edu.

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