Reduced bail denied for alleged sex abuserCarroll District...


August 22, 1993

Reduced bail denied for alleged sex abuser

Carroll District Judge JoAnn Ellinghaus-Jones refused to lower bail in the case against a county man accused of sexually abusing 10 children over the last several years.

In a brief hearing Friday, the man's $100,000 full bond was unchanged, despite his attorney's assurances to the court that his client would not fail to appear in court.

The man, indicted last month on 34 counts of child sexual abuse involving eight children, was arrested last week on 11 new abuse charges involving two other children. He had been free on $60,000 full bond since Aug. 2 on the indictment.

A District Court commissioner set the $100,000 full bond Wednesday night after the man -- whose identity is being withheld to protect the privacy of his alleged victims, two of them his children -- surrendered to state police.

The man has denied the charges against him and says that he has never met the two most recent young accusers, a brother and sister, said Coleen S. Clemente, the defendant's Westminster attorney.

Prosecutors are calling the man one of the county's worst pedophiles they've discovered this year, and have told the court that he would be a danger if he were released from jail.

If convicted on all counts, the man could be sentenced to more than 500 years in jail.

Purse-snatcher gets 3 1/2 years in prison

The second of two Mount Airy men convicted of using a car to snatch a purse from a woman in an Eldersburg shopping center last October was sentenced Thursday to 3 1/2 years in state prison.

Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold actually sentenced James Stanley Roderick, 24, of Peddicord Road, to five years in prison, but suspended 1 1/2 years of the sentence in accordance with a plea agreement.

Roderick pleaded guilty to one count of robbery on June 17 in exchange for the 3 1/2 -year cap on jail time. The state dropped four other charges.

Roderick's co-defendant, Robert James Arnold Jr., 21, of W. Annapolis Court, pleaded guilty on May 24 to one count of robbery. On July 26, Judge Arnold sentenced him to four years in state prison, with two years suspended.

dTC According to police and court records, JoAnn Tart was walking in the parking lot of Carrolltown Center on Oct. 19 when the passenger in a blue mid-sized car reached out and grabbed her purse.

Ms. Tart was thrown to the ground after being dragged a short distance. She received minor injuries, but did not require hospitalization.

A state police trooper stopped Roderick and Arnold about six miles away after a witness gave a description of the car.

Appeals board closes roadside produce stand

The Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals has denied a Sykesville man's request to continue operating a roadside produce stand at Old Washington and Streaker roads.

The stand, operated by Joseph P. Kaniecki, of the 6000 block of Old Washington Road, creates congestion and hazardous traffic conditions, the board wrote in its Aug. 19 decision.

Traffic generated by the stand's customers interferes with traffic from the adjacent Brandenburg United Methodist Church, the board wrote.

Mr. Kaniecki has been selling produce at the stand on the one-acre lot for four or five years, the decision said.

Construction to shift along East Main Street

The State Highway Administration plans to reopen Westminster's East Main Street from Longwell Avenue to Westminster Avenue Wednesday.

The block has been closed to traffic for reconstruction.

East Main Street will be closed from Westminster Avenue to Center Street for six to eight weeks, SHA officials said.

Concert for homeless deemed a success

Turnout wasn't as heavy as Sandy Leishear would have liked, but the organizer of "A Music Benefit for the Homeless" was pleased with the first of what she hopes will be an annual event.

"People came and went all evening and the concert went very smoothly, but we took in less than $500 at the gate," Ms. Leishear said. "I would have liked to see more people, but the people who were there enjoyed it, and we've gotten a lot of comments on how well run the concert was."

After expenses are paid, Ms. Leishear expects to have about $500 to donate to Human Services Programs of Carroll County for its shelter program. She had hoped to raise $10,000.

She said the Carroll County Farm Museum, where the concert was held, pledged to support another concert next year.

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