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Defendant’s hospital gown delays drug trial

A Severn man’s drug-dealing trial has been postponed for the sixth time after he wore a hospital gown and slippers to court.

Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Kristin Riggin said Eugene Cartwright is charged with two counts of distributing cocaine. When he showed up to court Tuesday, he had already received five postponements.

But, with his head bandaged and a claim that he had been assaulted and was on prescription painkillers, Miss Riggin said the judge and state did not have much choice. If they had not granted the delay, she said an appellate judge could have found Mr. Cartwright was not competent to stand trial.

Authorities said they do not know when Mr. Cartwright was released from the hospital. His next trial date has not been scheduled.

CUMBERLAND

Thieves hit gift shop on scenic railroad cars

Thieves broke into two Western Maryland Scenic Railroad cars, cleaned out the on-board gift shop and escaped with merchandise and 50 cases of soda in a stolen pickup truck, a railroad official said.

The tourist railroad is offering a $1,000 reward for information about the break-in, which occurred Tuesday night at the railroad’s shop in nearby Ridgeley, W.Va.

Losses and damage to the cars totaled about $10,000, General Superintendent Frank Fowler said.

HAGERSTOWN

Inmate escapes from work detail

A medium-security state prison inmate who drove away from a work detail in a stolen pickup truck remains at large, state police said yesterday.

Raymous Little, 43, disappeared Monday afternoon from a crew of inmates cleaning the Washington County Roads Department shop near Hagerstown, police said.

The missing Chevrolet S-10 truck belonged to a department worker who left the keys on the floor of the vehicle, department director Ed Plank said.

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