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Dundalk man, 37, charged after trooper hit on I-695

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A Dundalk man has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence after he struck a Maryland state trooper issuing a ticket on Interstate 695 at Perring Parkway, police said. The trooper, identified only as Trooper Rosenfeld, was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released, police said yesterday. Michael J. Polanowski, 37, of the 7900 block of Diehlwood Road, is accused of driving a 2005 Nissan that drifted onto the shoulder just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday and struck the trooper's vehicle, which then struck the 1998 Hyundai he had pulled over, police said. Rosenfeld, who was sitting in his patrol car, was the only person injured in the crash, police said. Polanowski was being held on $10,000 bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center, police said.

Liz F. Kay

Park School ends ties with affiliate of fraud defendant

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The head of Park School in Brooklandville said in a letter to parents yesterday that the school has severed all ties with Stanford Institutional Consulting, an affiliate of a Texas-based investment firm that federal authorities have accused of large-scale fraud. Dan Paradis, Park's head of school, also acknowledged in the letter that $20,000 of the school's money had been invested by Silver Creek Low Vol Strategies Ltd. with Bernard Madoff. Stanford Financial Group recently opened a Baltimore affiliate, and Park's investment consultants, the Aitken-Thacker Group, moved its practice there. Park had not invested any money directly with Stanford Institutional Consulting and has no assets at risk as a result of the parent company's current troubles, Paradis said. Park's funds are primarily held in a custodial account with Charles Schwab International.

Sara Neufeld

Man charged in death of girlfriend's 2-year-old

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A Middle River man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old son in December, Baltimore County police said yesterday. Rodje Sherod Williams, 22, of the first block of Ambo Circle was arrested in the death of Sincere Nasir Hunt on Dec. 15, police said. Authorities went to Ambo Circle on a medical assistance call involving an unconscious child and took the boy to Franklin Square Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead. The boy's body was bruised, prompting an investigation, but the medical examiner's office was not immediately able to determine the cause of death, police said. The medical examiner recently ruled the death a homicide, police said, and Williams was arrested. The victim's mother and Williams were dating and living together at the time of the toddler's death, police said. Williams was being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Police identify victim of Monday night shooting

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City police have identified the man killed in a Northeast Baltimore shooting Monday. Roger Evans Jr., 24, was shot about 10:15 p.m. in the 5600 block of Sagra Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Evans lived in the 5000 block of Westhills Road, in Southwest Baltimore, police said.

Richard Irwin, Gus G. Sentementes

12-year term imposed in child-abuse scalding

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An Annapolis man was sentenced to 25 years in prison with all but 12 years suspended in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court yesterday for placing his 3-year-old stepson in a tub of scalding water for wetting his pants. Clarence Bennett, 25, was convicted of first- and second-degree child abuse last month for the incident that happened while the boy's mother was at work. The boy was hospitalized for almost a year to treat burns that covered nearly half of his body, and he is still unable to play normally because his wounds could reopen, according to court testimony.

Julie Scharper

Baltimore man sentenced in illegal drug importation

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A 45-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison yesterday for conspiracy to import cocaine and heroin into the United States from Barbados, Dominica and elsewhere, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. In his plea agreement, Derrick "Prince" Gilliard admitted arranging the importation of more than 150 kilograms of cocaine or heroin, though he was convicted of importing much smaller amounts. According to the government's sentencing memorandum, which calls Gilliard a "seasoned drug smuggler and businessman," he recruited couriers, typically young women, to take large amounts of money out of the country and return with kilograms of drugs, which were distributed in Baltimore and New York City. The couriers made at least 200 trips to the islands from 2001 through February, importing at least 600 kilograms of cocaine and heroin into the United States; they were paid between $8,000 and $12,000 per trip.

Tricia Bishop

Leopold requests funds for infrastructure projects

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Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold requested from the state this week almost $70 million in federal stimulus funding for 23 "shovel-ready" projects. The potential infrastructure projects include road and sewer improvements, stream renovations and the construction of a fire station. "These projects will hopefully serve as a booster shot to save and create jobs, while also filling key infrastructure needs," Leopold said in a statement. Among the pricier projects are the proposed construction of a 6,500-foot, 36-inch transmission water main in Odenton, and construction of a 2 million-gallon water storage tank in Selby Grove. Those projects would cost more than $5 million each.

Tyeesha Dixon

Inmate, former guard indicted in extortion case

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An inmate at the Metropolitan Transition Center in Baltimore and a former prison guard have been indicted on charges of extorting money from inmates' families. A federal grand jury returned the indictment Dec. 4; it was unsealed Thursday. Fonda Deneen White of Parkville and MTC inmate Jeffrey Fowlkes, both 41, are charged with calling relatives of inmates who owed debts. Prosecutors say the debts were tied to an MTC gambling and contraband operation Fowlkes controlled. According to the indictment, White and Fowlkes sought money from inmates' kin in exchange for the inmates' safety.

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