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(CENTREVILLE, MD) April 13, 2011 – After a review of investigative information by the county state’s attorney, Maryland State Police have charged a driver in connection with yesterday’s Queen Anne’s County crash that sent 17 people to area hospitals.
The driver charged in the crash is identified as Carl Trenz Jr., 49, of the 100- block of Big Holly Court, in Stevensville, Maryland. At about 1:00 p.m. today, a state trooper issued traffic citations to Trenz at his home. He was charged with reckless driving, negligent driving, driver turning left failure to yield right of way to a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction, failure to yield right of way at a through highway, and failure to stop at an intersecting highway stop sign and yield the right of way.
Trenz was the driver of a 2010 Volkswagen Toureg that State Police investigators believe pulled from White Marsh Road shortly before 9:00 a.m. yesterday onto southbound Rt. 213 and into the path of a tour bus carrying kindergarten children and their parents. Sixteen of the 35 children and adults on-board the bus were transported to hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Trenz was also transported to a hospital where he was treated and released.
Maryland State Police investigators reviewed evidence from the investigation this morning with Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney Lance Richardson. After a review of the evidence, State’s Attorney Richardson approved the motor vehicle charges that were issued to Trenz.
The investigation is continuing.
Late last night the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill 363!
Thanks to you, Maryland made history in enacting the Manslaughter by Vehicle or Vessel – Criminal Negligence bill. The passage of HB 363, is a great victory in making Maryland’s roads safer and our system more equitable. Bike Maryland thanks the many organizations that supported this bill, as well as, the advocates and the families of victims that passionately promoted this critical legislation. We give deep thanks to Delegate Simmons, sponsor of the bill, and the many legislators that worked to pass the bill.
We support the Senate’s amendment to the bill that is based on the Model Penal Code, a suggested criminal code developed by the American Law Institute. Click here to view the amendment.
Many hundreds of you called and emailed your legislators asking them to support HB 363. We thank you for your meaningful outreach and ask that you again contact your legislators and thank them for their support. They will greatly appreciate hearing from you.
Early in May, we expect Governor O’Malley to sign the bill into law. The new law will become effective on October 1st!
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March 4, 2011
(PERRYVILLE, MD) – Two Virginia men are under arrest this morning facing multiple felony drug charges after they were captured by troopers on I-95 yesterday following a pursuit and the recovery of suspected heroin.
The suspects are identified as Nikike R. Tyler, 31, and Melvin R. Jones, 32, both of Richmond, Va. Both are charged with importation of heroin into the state, unlawful possession of a large amount of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, and possession of heroin. In addition, Tyler is charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, hindering an investigation, resisting arrest and multiple traffic charges including fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, negligent driving, and speeding.
Shortly after 2:00 p.m. yesterday, a trooper on a special traffic enforcement team from the JFK Highway Barrack stopped a 1997 Ford pickup on southbound I-95 south of Perryville for an equipment violation. The trooper made contact with the two occupants of the vehicle, later identified as Tyler and Jones. The trooper detected the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and made a number of other observations that indicated criminal activity, just as another trooper stopped at the scene.
Jones, who had been driving the truck, was out of the vehicle and yelled to Tyler. Tyler jumped into the driver’s seat of the truck and fled the scene. One trooper took Jones into custody while the other pursued Tyler in the pickup.
The suspect headed south on I-95 and exited onto northbound Rt. 543. He turned right onto Rt. 136, then headed east on Rt. 22. Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies deployed the first set of stop sticks and a trooper from the Bel Air Barrack deployed a second set just before the exit to southbound I-95.
With one of the truck tires disintegrated, Tyler continued south on I-95 until he exited at the Maryland House rest area. At that time, troopers initiated a rolling roadblock and were able to force the suspect vehicle to stop, at which time Tyler was arrested. No troopers or deputies were injured and no police cars were damaged.
During the pursuit, troopers saw Tyler moving around in the truck before eventually throwing something out the window. Troopers recovered the item and found it to be a kilo-sized heat sealed plastic bag with suspected heroin inside. Apparently, water had been poured on it in an attempt to destroy it. The bag contained almost 49 grams of heroin, more than four times the amount needed for the felony charge of importation of heroin. More than nine grams of heroin were found on Jones when he was searched. Troopers also found more than ten grams of marijuana in the truck.
(Editor’s note: Pursuits are necessary but dangerous. Police are taught, and even practice the walk up interview on a traffic stop to eliminate or reduce dangerous behaviors on the part of suspects. News media outlets should ask some questions about this traffic stop because something seems very odd. That being that the passenger was able to drive away and then place citizens and the officers at risk.
We don’t want to second guess our officers and we congratulate the officers on an eventually successful arrest, but we want to know if our officers did everything they should have done to prevent unnecessary risk.
How was it that the car keys were still in the ignition or that a driver was removed from the vehicle before cover officer arrived? Was the engine still running? Why didn’t the first suspect, the driver, remove the keys and secure them in his pocket? Was a cover officer called for while the officer was standing within earshot of the suspect? How did the suspect become suspicious of the officer’s intentions to search or arrest so that the suspect alerted the passenger? Were the suspects alerted because they knew the officer would smell the marijuana smoke? Why wasn’t the passenger secured before the intention to search or arrest was communicated?
Were there any department policy violations or deviations from policy that gave the second suspect the ability to drive away?”
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“The evening of the 20th of February 2011 started with relief, as I was anxious to get back to the important work of the Alaskan Legislature. Heading into security after time with the line of passengers, I felt upbeat. I’d blocked out the horror of three months earlier, but after the pleasant TSA agent checked the ticket and ID, I suddenly found myself directed into scanning by the Seattle Airport’s full-body imaging scan. The horror began again. A female agent placed herself blocking my passage. Scan results would again display that my breast cancer and the resulting scars pointed a TSA finger of irregularity at my chest. I would require invasive, probing hands of a stranger over my body.
(I applaud Mrs Cissna’s stand, especially as a female cancer patient. Why we as a nation can’t seem to find a better way to make airport security work is beyond comprehension.
I’m touched by Mrs. Cissna’s statement that she would not want to “submit to that horror” of that “twisted policy” again. I’m also reminded that an intrusive local, state, or federal government regulations have taken us into a nanny state.
There are regulations or laws that:
1. Allow teenagers to get abortions without the knowledge of their parents. Imagine how their parents must feel knowing that their daughter was allowed to submit to an intimate horror.
2. Permit legislatures to tax us into oblivion because they believe they know better than we do. From Obamma Care to introducing a bill in Maryland that would require taxpayers to fund “financial literacy” courses for school students instead of focusing on the three R’s.
3. Allow private enterprise to declare eminent domain against citizen property owners so a bigger financial interest can make a profit using the land owned by someone else.
3. Allow governments to stop the exploration for and taking of natural resources available in our own country.
4. Allow union thugs to take over state houses and Democrat law makers to flee a state in order to prevent a vote and a necessary debate.
5. Allow retirement ponzi schemes to proliferate and destroy local and state economies.
6. Make it easier for businesses to treat the older, and physically handicapped persons as worthless and unemployable. Age discrimination and discrimination against the handicapped exists but we pay it little mind.
7. Make it OK to text (use a cell phone) while at a red light. Oh yes, that’s us. Maryland.)
There are quite a few things we can get behind, we Democrats and Republicans. I just wish more eyes were open to the real injustices of this world and that we were really focused on solutions. Let’s hope this courageous Democrat Alaskan law maker takes her experience and runs with it – the right direction. Let’s get these laws changed. Let’s look at all of the kooky ones, the ones that make no sense, and the laws motivated by greed and politics. Let’s get it all done.
The net held 300 pounds of rockfish, a paltry amount compared with the 6,000 pounds of fish Rafter and Ford pulled out of the bay Feb. 1. So far this month, police have found about 26,000 pounds of rockfish – nearly 13 tons – in illegal nets. Under Maryland law, nets cannot be anchored; they must move with the tide.
Reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the poachers now at $30,500.
Get more details from this Washington Post article:
In Maryland, the controversy could be ended with a simple change: Make the program revenue-neutral.
In the opinion of the Washington Post:
VBF has the bad news that the Three Foot Passing and Following too close law was tabled in the House Transportation Committee by what was eventually an 11-10 vote. Someone who was there wrote:
StoptheMUD’s comment below: (By the way, please do visit “The Wash Cycle.”
(I’m a Republican and I believe in the Maryland three-foot bicycle safety rule. One wonders the real reason why a Republican in Virginia is keeping bicycling risks greater by ignoring the three foot rule. My experience driving in Virginia says to me that it is equally as dangerous as driving in Maryland and perhaps even more so. The cry for the three-foot rule is a cry for driving safety as well. Like seat belt enforcement the three-foot rule is a round-a-bout way to mitigate the carnage because driving safety is not a priority for individual residents of Maryland or Virginia. We’re using these laws to wake people up and give law enforcement some way to issue citations to the most egregiously unsafe among us.
Then we do have to stop and point out that states are asking for and getting special legislation to protect police officers on their traffic stops and those laws require drivers to move to another lane or slow down sharply as a courtesy to the officer. Fine. Extend the same courtesy to the rest of us and also encourage police and their families driving cars with police vanity plates to start obeying traffic laws.
Government is not doing well here. It sends confusing message, obfuscates debate, and only tends to do what garners a vote. Government can’t really help us. What is required is that every Virginian and ever Marylander make the choice to drive safely. Then government is out of the picture. Existing laws, it might be argued, already protect pedestrians and bicyclists. If those laws are not working then we need to find out why, but first everyone needs to obey the traffic regulations and drive safely.
There is also the “Get Off the BUS option. States that are not considered “bicycle safety conscious” could be designated “Bicycle Unfriendly States.” Either get off that BUS and join us or we won’t bicycle in your state. You cannot ride where you do not feel safe. Maryland seems to be improving in that area but not Virginia.)
One person is dead and at least one other person was wounded in a crash Tuesday night on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway, according to Maryland State Police and the Maryland State Highway Administration, who are investigating.
Get the ENTIRE story at Gazette.net:
Baltimore County police are asking for help in locating a car and a suspect in one of two fatal hit-and-run accidents that occurred over the weekend.
Click through to the Baltimore Sun for the complete story, including a picture of a similar suspect vehicle: