North Beach Woman Sentenced to 8 Years for Fatal Car Crash

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Lauren Renee Scott, 28, of North Beach, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Donna M. Schaeffer to 8 years in prison with 5 years of supervised probation upon release for two counts of Negligent Manslaughter for the deaths of Daniel and Kayla Amos from a violent crash caused by Ms. Scott.

"Let this be an example of the tragedies brought on by heroin use," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "Lauren Scott has been brought to justice for her exceptionally reckless behavior, but the terrible loss of these two young lives will be felt by family, friends, and our community forever."

On February 14, 2016, Lauren Scott was operating a 2002 Toyota Camry in the northbound lane of Solomons Island Road when her vehicle crossed over the center lane lines into the southbound lane. Scott's vehicle, of which she was the only occupant, drove head-on into a 2011 Honda Civic, occupied by the driver, Daniel Brian Amos, age 21, and his wife, Kayla Nicole Amos, age 20. Mr. and Mrs. Amos where out that afternoon celebrating their six month wedding anniversary.

Daniel Amos was pronounced dead at the scene. Kayla Amos was flown in grave condition to the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Kayla Amos was pronounced dead the following morning.

"I believe Dan and Kayla are in Heaven celebrating all the good that God has accomplished through this tragedy," said Kevin Amos, father of Dan Amos. "We really believe, and so did Dan and Kayla, that God doesn't cause these tragedies but, according to scripture, brings about changed hearts and changed lives, for the better, through these painful times."

Defendant, Lauren Scott was also transported to the Shock Trauma Center with non-life threatening injuries immediately after the collision. A toxicology screen revealed the presence of cannabinoids and opiates in Ms. Scott's urine. Scott told nurses that she had injected heroin the morning of the accident, and had not slept prior to the collision because she had "used."

Jacki Cosner, mother of Kayla Amos, stated: "over the past year I have learned so much about the world of drugs, specifically opiates and the horrible world those people drawn to it endure. I may not have been living with it for years, but I certainly have since February 14, 2016 - I consider myself a mom that lost her children to heroin. If you are considering drugs, please understand that saying 'NO' will not only save your life but could be saving the lives of someone else."

Lauren Scott pleaded guilty to two counts of Negligent Manslaughter on April 25, 2017.

Judge Donna M. Schaeffer presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Michael McGraw and Deputy State's Attorney Jonathon Church prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.


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Jessup Man Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for First Degree Rape

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that John Walter Lewis Ramsey, IV, 28, of Jessup, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Stacy W. McCormack to 75 years in prison suspend all but 35 years for First Degree Rape of his family member.

"My sympathies are with the victim of this brutal sexual assault," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I would like to thank Judge McCormack for holding Mr. Ramsay accountable for the irreparable damage he caused when he chose to force himself on a member of his own family."

On July 20, 2016, Anne Arundel County Police department responded to a report of rape. Detectives met with the victim at Howard County General Hospital, where she had been taken for treatment. The victim indicated that at approximately 11 PM on July 19, Ramsey entered her room and sexually assaulted her. He then fled the residence.

John Walter Lewis Ramsey, IV entered an Alford plea to First Degree Rape on March 8, 2017. An Alford plea allows the defendant to admit there is sufficient evidence to find guilt in the eyes of the law while still claiming innocence.

Judge Stacy W. McCormack presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Pamela Alban prosecuted the case on behalf of the State.

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Glen Burnie Hero Receives Award from State's Attorney Wes Adams

Annapolis, MD - Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams presented Austin Wilson, 17, a recent graduate of Glen Burnie High School, with a citation in recognition of the life-saving action he took in aiding a customer at a 7-11 in Glen Burnie, whom he found unconscious on the floor of the bathroom.

While working at a 7-Eleven in Glen Burnie, Austin noticed a customer had spent an excessive amount of time in the bathroom. Austin entered the bathroom and found the customer incapacitated on the floor. Austin recognized the signs of an overdose and quickly called 911 for emergency medical attention. He remained with the overdose victim until help arrived.

Austin is a graduate of a prevention and education course provided by the Anne Arundel Medical Center Pathways program. Using the knowledge he learned from the prevention and education course, Austin realized the man was overdosing on opioids and quickly called 911. In doing so, Austin saved the unconscious man's life.

Pathway's prevention and education course is a program that citizens can take to learn about the effects of various drugs, good decision making, signs of overdose, the importance of Naloxone use and The Good Samaritan Law. Austin's instructor, Keshia C. Brooks, described him as "an active participant and an interested student."

"It is important that we take a moment to recognize the good being done in our community to combat this drug epidemic, which includes programs like Pathways," said State's Attorney Wes Adams. "This young man held himself accountable for the life of another, and for that I cannot applaud him enough."

AAMC Pathways offers prevention education as part of its commitment to community outreach. For more information about AAMC Pathways and its programs, call 410-573-5400.

Experts from AAMC Pathways are available for media interview to discuss signs and symptoms of overdose in order to take immediate action as a bystander. To arrange an interview, contact Arminta Plater, AAMC media strategist, at 443-481-4712.

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Pasadena Drug Dealer Sentenced to 15 Years in Jail

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that William Lindsay Jr, 32, of Pasadena, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch to 55 years in prison suspend all but 15 years without parole for Control Dangerous Substance Large Amount: Heroin, Possession with Intent to Distribute: Heroin, Possession of Regulated Firearm After Crime of Violence Conviction, and Firearm - Drug Trafficking.

"This continues our focused effort to put drug dealers in jail," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I'm grateful to the police for their diligent work on this case, and to Judge Jaklitsch for taking this dealer out of our community. "

On September 9, 2016, detectives with the Anne Arundel County Police Department along with members of the department's Quick Response Team executed a search and seizure warrant at 8309 Woodland Rd, William Lindsay's address. Upon searching the location, they recovered 236 grams of heroin, other various controlled dangerous substances, drug paraphernalia, and weapons (including a Glock 21 handgun).

On September 28, 2016, detectives with the Anne Arundel County Police Department executed another search and seizure warrant at William Lindsay's address. This time they recovered almost 30 grams of additional heroin, other various controlled dangerous substances, drug paraphernalia, weapons and cash totaling $18,550.00.

William Lindsay plead guilty on April 6, 2017 before Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch.

Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorneys Joanna Petros and Terri Morse prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

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