Kent Island plane mishap is investigated
Authorities are investigating an airplane accident in which a pilot giving a flight lesson lost control of a small Cessna while landing at a Kent Island airport and skidded off the runway, Maryland State Police said. No injuries were reported.
State police at the Centreville barracks said the accident occurred about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bay Bridge Airport in Stevensville in Queen Anne's County.
Police said the pilot, Matthew Parrish Partovi, 42, of Annapolis, was teaching David James Miller, 23, of Queenstown.
"As he attempted to demonstrate a landing technique, he touched down on the runway and for unknown reasons lost control of the aircraft," police said in a statement. "The airplane left the runway, coming to an uncontrolled stop in a grass area."
The accident involving the white 2001 Cessna 172 Sky Hawk forced the runway to be closed for several hours. Police and firefighters responded, and the accident has been reported to the Federal Aviation Administration, police said.
Heart problem led to student's death
An autopsy has determined that a 19-year-old Naval Academy student found unconscious in her dormitory room last month died of cardiac arrhythmia, or an abnormal beating of the heart, the state medical examiner's office said yesterday.
Kristen Dickmann of Kennett Square, Pa., was found lying in her bed and not breathing May 5. She was pronounced dead that afternoon.
"The manner of death is natural," Dr. Ana Rubio, an assistant state medical examiner, said yesterday.
Dickmann, a first-year student who played volleyball at the academy, was studying to be a Navy pilot, her parents said.
12-year sentence for arson, drugs
A member of a drug gang known as the Remington Mob was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison yesterday for his role in an arson and conspiring to distribute cocaine, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis also ordered Eric Robinson, 27, to pay almost $175,000 in restitution.
Robinson had pleaded guilty to selling drugs from January 1992 through April 2005, traveling to such places as New Jersey and New York to buy cocaine and heroin to sell in the Remington area of Baltimore.
Robinson also admitted to being involved in setting a fire in the 8100 block of Callo Lane in Rosedale in April 2005 in retaliation for the theft of a kilogram of cocaine from a member of the Remington Mob.
Another co-defendant in the case, Christopher Harryman, was sentenced to 171/2 years in federal prison for his role in illegal narcotics distribution and the arson.
Franchot seeks to move board meeting
Marylanders like their blue crabs, and Comptroller Peter Franchot is apparently no exception.
The state's chief tax collector, who also sits on the Board of Public Works, has formally requested that the body meet in the Lower Eastern Shore instead of Annapolis for its July 16 meeting so he and the other members can attend the nearby Tawes Crab and Clam Bake that afternoon.
It would be "truly unfortunate" if the board, which also includes Gov. Martin O'Malley and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, were to miss the event, Franchot wrote yesterday.
But O'Malley, who is considered a political rival to Franchot, didn't jump at the idea. Spokesman Shaun Adamec said they are reviewing the request but that Kopp would have to figure out the logistics because the state is planning a bond sale for that day.