City teacher charged with child abuse
A 51-year-old Baltimore music teacher is out on bail after being charged with forcing two pupils to play sexual games with him during piano lessons in their homes.
George Thomas Anest, of the 700 block of Westhills Parkway, posted a $10,000 bond Friday morning after his arrest on four counts of child abuse. Police charged him with forcing two Ellicott City girls to play games that involved touching his genital area. The alleged incidents occurred between November and April.
Anest was brought before a District Court commissioner and released after posting bond.
Anest told officers he had been under stress due to the death of his mother and the illness of a close friend, police said. He also said he had not been rational since undergoing a kidney operation, police said.
Teen suspected in string of break-ins
Police have arrested a 19-year-old man they believe is responsible for a string of burglaries in the Wilde Lake and Running Brook areas.
Police officers responding to a burglary in progress at the 10700 block of Mid Summer Lane arrested Ernest W. Ballard Jr. Wednesday afternoon. Police said Ballard was climbing out of a rear ground floor window when he saw officers arriving at the house. Police found him hiding in the basement of a house.
A resident who called police said Ballad rang the doorbell, then tried to pry open a window, breaking the glass, police said.
Ballard, of the 5800 block of Harpers Farm Road, was charged with four counts of burglary, three counts of theft and three counts of destruction of property.
Police are investigating the possibility that Ballard may be responsible for a series of area break-ins, including one at the 10700 block of Evening Wind Court on Wednesday, when a window was found open.
Police said they searched his home and found jewelry, cash and Nintendo tapes, items that had earlier been reported stolen.
Virginia man charged with attempted theft
A Virginia man found sleeping in a car has been charged with trying to steal it.
Police found 32-year-old Rogelio Sanchez Tabera, of Alexandria, sleeping in a 1985 Lincoln Town Car parked in front of the 20th block of Cross St. in North Laurel Wednesday morning. Police said the ignition had been damaged.
Centennial students face drug charges
Two Centennial High students were charged Wednesday afternoon with possessing and distributing marijuana on school grounds.
Police charged a 14-year-old Ellicott City student with possession of marijuana after school officials called police about possible drug violations. Police said the student had two 5-ounce bags of marijuana.
Police later arrested a 15-year-old Columbia student for allegedly selling the marijuana to the 14-year-old earlier in the day. Police recovered $300 in cash and 44 ounces of marijuana from the student.
The students were released to their parents' custody.
Pizza delivery man robbed in Columbia
A pizza delivery man was held up Thursday afternoon as he delivered to a Columbia house, police said.
Police said a 45-year-old employee of Pizza-On-Wheels in Dobbin Center was delivering to a house on the 6500 block of Frietchie Row when a man approached him from behind and demanded money. The man claimed to have a gun, but displayed no weapon.
The delivery man gave a small amount of cash to the masked man, who fled on foot toward Cradlerock Way. Police reported no injuries.
Police said the suspect, a stocky black male, wore a white sweat suit and a nylon stocking on his face.
Man, 72, beaten in Ellicott City
A 72-year-old Catonsville man was the victim of a robbery Wednesday night after he was beaten by three men in an Ellicott City mall parking lot.
Police said the man was getting into his car at Chatham Mall when he was grabbed from behind and punched in the face. Police said the robbers ripped the man's pants pockets open and stole his wallet, pushing the man into his car before fleeing.
The assailants then ran to a gray car, which sped away.
Police said the victim was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
Police have no descriptions of the suspects.
City man robbed, arrested in Elkridge
A Baltimore man wanted by state police was arrested after he was robbed early Thursday morning in Elkridge.
Melvin D. Brewer, 24, of Montford Avenue, was pushed off his bicycle in the 6100 block of U.S. 1 by an unidentified man who demanded money.
Police said the man, who wore a baseball cap and a tan coat, patted Brewer down and pulled out an undisclosed sum of cash. Police said the man took the bike and fled.
Brewer was wanted by state police on a warrant from the House of Corrections.
Here are other crimes reported to Howard County police:
5800 block of Diggers Lane: An attempt was made to steal a 1985 Pontiac Trans Am on May 16. The ignition was damaged and an alarm was activated.