6 indicted in Penitentiary riotSix inmates have been...


April 09, 1992

STATE: — 6 indicted in Penitentiary riot

Six inmates have been indicted on charges growing out of a riot at the Maryland Penitentiary last July 16 and 17, city State's Attorney Stuart Simms has announced.

All six were charged yesterday with attempted escape, riot and possession of a handgun.

Two other inmates were seriously injured and two correctional officers were taken hostage during the uprising.

The indicted prisoners were identified as William Henry Daniels, 31, serving a life sentence plus eight years for murder; Joseph Charles Miller, 36, serving life without parole; Richard Allan Miner, 25, serving 30 years for assault with intent to murder; Clarence Mouzone, serving a double life sentence plus 30 years for two counts of murder; Ronnie Warthan, 30, serving 103 years for two counts of second-degree murder; and Michael Alexander Watson, 34, serving a life for murder.

Mouzone and Warthan also were charged with assault, robbery with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and kidnapping.

Miner was charged with assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment and robbery with a deadly weapon. Watson also was charged with robbery.

The body of a Baltimore man believed to have drowned when a boat capsized during a hunting trip has been found by a waterman less than a mile from where the accident occurred near Dominion at the southern end of Kent Island, officials said.

Fred Baxter of Stevensville found the body of Thomas Mitchell while supervising oyster bed seeding Tuesday. Mr. Mitchell drowned Jan. 14 after his hunting boat capsized when it crossed its anchor line.

Mr. Mitchell, 39, was duck hunting with four other men when the accident occurred. The others managed to strap on life preservers that had fallen from the boat and were rescued several hours later by watermen.

Meanwhile, state Department of Natural Resources police said an unidentified man whose body was found on the banks of the Severn River near Annapolis on Saturday probably drowned.

Investigators, however, haven't ruled out foul play until an autopsy is completed.

The body was found Saturday afternoon just north of Jonas Green State Park near the Old Severn River Bridge. It had floated next to a pier on a private beach at Pendennis Mount and was found by two people out for a walk.

Anne Arundel:

While his common-law wife of 12 years went to work as a bookkeeper, Gary Stephens cooked, cleaned and took care of the kids. He was a "Mr. Mom."

But the woman, Jody Lynn Rosenborough, 35, was having an affair. She was going to leave him. She came home to the 1000 block of Fairway Ave. in Glen Burnie on a Friday night last September and announced her intention to move out, but Stephens reached into a bedroom dresser drawer, pulled out a knife and stabbed her at least nine times.

As she lay dying in the couple's bed, he got her a drink of water and fluffed her pillows. Telling his children "Mommy's gone away," Stephens stayed with his dead wife throughout the weekend, periodically crawling into bed to be close to her.

"I loved my wife," Stephens, 41, said yesterday in county Circuit Court after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. "I'm sorry for hurting her family and my family."

After suffering a job-related injury, Stephens had stayed home with the couple's three children rather than go back to work and incur day-care costs.

Sentencing is set for June 1.

Baltimore County:

Despite the current budget crisis and hiring freeze, County Executive Roger B. Hayden has authorized Sheriff Norman M. Pepersack Jr. to hire 12 new correctional officers, a move that is expected to cut the burgeoning overtime budget at the county detention facilities.

Overtime costs at the county's jails are expected to reach $578,000 by June 30, the end of the fiscal year. Some of that stems from the need to cover posts when guards are out on mandatory furlough days or guards call in sick.

On Monday, the County Council transferred $500,000 from another fund to the Sheriff's Department to cover medical expenses and overtime costs.


The Carroll County Charter Review Commission will hold three public hearings on a proposed charter beginning in mid-May. The hearings will probably be held in Westminster, North Carroll and South Carroll.

The nine-member board expects to finish the first draft of the proposed charter this month.

Last week, the commission decided to have a council consisting of members elected by district and at large. They also recommended an appointed county executive.

Following the hearings, the board will discuss public comments and revise the draft. Members hope to have the proposed charter on the November ballot.


Five county residents urged the Harford County Council at a public hearing Tuesday night to help end pornography by regulating adult bookstores.

The council is considering a proposal that would license adult bookstores in the county but would not affect the items they sell.

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