Ex-patient at Springfield gets suspended sentence in beating

November 20, 1996

A former patient at Springfield State Hospital who beat and robbed an outpatient of $40 at the Sykesville hospital last year received a suspended eight-year prison sentence in Carroll County Circuit Court yesterday.

As a special condition, Ronald L. Brown, 28, was placed on five years of supervised probation and was ordered to undergo treatment at the Rosewood Center in Owings Mills for the first four years of the probationary period.

Carroll County Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. found Brown guilty of robbery and battery Sept. 11 after Brown had pleaded not guilty. Sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 6 but was continued until yesterday while Daniel Shemer, an assistant public defender representing Brown, worked to persuade the judge that the treatment program offered by the state Developmental Disabilities Administration at the Rosewood RTC Center would be more appropriate for his client.

Beck had expressed concern about security at Rosewood and wanted assurances that Brown would receive extended therapy without risk of leaving the program.

Section of Norwood Ave. to become 1-way for safety

Sykesville officials will make Norwood Avenue one-way south from Church Street to Sandosky Road to improve safety.

The town also will not allow traffic to enter Norwood from Church Street, where a steep hill creates visibility problems.

"Norwood at that point is not wide enough for two cars, and you cannot see oncoming vehicles," said Councilman Garth Adams.

The public works staff will erect do-not-enter and one-way signs at the appropriate intersections.

"This is not an inconvenience for anyone," said Mayor Jonathan S. Herman, a Norwood Avenue resident. "This is a safety issue."

Pub Date: 11/20/96

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