Counseling ordered for man who struck child

October 28, 1997

A New Windsor man was placed on three years of supervised probation after pleading guilty yesterday to punching one child in the face and pushing another.

Both victims are now his step-children, prosecutor Edward J. Puls said.

The defendant, 24, is not being identified to protect the privacy of the children and their mother, who married the man after child abuse charges were filed against him in two unrelated incidents in March.

The man entered an Alford plea, which means he did not admit guilt but conceded the evidence was against him.

According to the plea agreement, Puls said, all other charges involving four siblings -- then ages 7 to 11 -- will be dropped.

After accepting the plea and hearing the facts, Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold found the defendant guilty and imposed suspended concurrent five-year prison terms in each case.

During probation, the defendant must complete parenthood counseling and have no unsupervised contact with his stepchildren.

Puls said the state will not oppose reunification of the family after the defendant has completed counseling.

Pickup catches fire; driver jumps to safety

A Taneytown man was treated and released Friday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after jumping from his burning pickup truck.

Michael D. Zepp, 44, of the 3200 block of Harney Road, was traveling north on Old Taneytown Road near Fesser Road when something caught fire, police said. He was unable to put out the spreading flames and jumped clear about 5: 16 p.m.

The truck came to a stop in a nearby field, where Taneytown firefighters put out the blaze.

Fire

Taneytown: Firefighters assisted Emmitsburg, Frederick County, at 12: 07 p.m. Saturday, transferring an engine to that station. Units were out 15 minutes.

Taneytown: Firefighters assisted Harney at 12: 07 p.m. Saturday, transferring an engine to that station. Units were out 43 minutes.

Harney: Firefighters from Taneytown and Harney assisted Frederick County at 11: 53 a.m. Saturday, responding to an apartment fire in the 500 block of West Main Street in Emmitsburg. Units were out one hour.

Pub Date: 10/28/97

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