Michael P. Stewart was being held without bail yesterday...


November 12, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON — Michael P. Stewart was being held without bail yesterday at the Central Booking and Intake Center on assault and robbery charges in two home-invasion incidents in which three elderly citizens were beaten. Police continued to investigate whether he was involved in four similar break-ins, one of which resulted in a death.

Stewart, 45, of the 1100 block of Forrest St. was arrested Tuesday morning at his girlfriend's house in East Baltimore after police received a tip from an anonymous caller. He had been released from prison in March after serving 14 years of a 20-year sentence for robbing an elderly man in 1984 and burglary.

Mercy High will hold open house on Sunday

Mercy High School, a Roman Catholic girls school in Northeast Baltimore, will hold an open house for prospective students and parents from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Tours of the school in the 1300 block of E. Northern Parkway will begin at 1 p.m. Visitors will meet with students, faculty, parents and alumnae.

Information: 410-433-8880.

TOWSON -- A three-judge Circuit Court panel has reduced the sentence of con man Salvatore Spinnato from 35 to 25 years in prison for kidnapping and assaulting his ex-wife's boyfriend in 1996.

Judges J. Norris Byrnes, Edward A. DeWaters Jr. and John O. Hennegan wrote in a Nov. 5 opinion that Spinnato had no history of violent crime when he was sentenced by Judge Barbara Kerr Howe in March. The judges wrote that they were reducing Spinnato's sentence because "he will be in his 70s when his sentence expires and no longer a threat to the victim or society."

Spinnato, who fled Maryland for eight months after his arrest in the case, was the subject of an episode of the national television program "Unsolved Mysteries" last year.

New schools comptroller approved by board


TOWSON -- The county school board has approved the appointment of County Administrative Officer Robin L. Churchill to become the school system's comptroller.

Churchill -- who held the top appointed county job for 16 months -- replaces Roy Hicks, who recently became the school system's deputy chief financial officer. Churchill's appointment was approved Tuesday night.

Churchill's departure from the county government had been an issue in the final days of the recent campaign of County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger. His opponent charged that some officials were leaving the government unhappy with Ruppersberger -- a charge denied by the executive and his top aides.

Prom party expo to be held at state fairgrounds hall


TIMONIUM -- Baltimore County's first After-prom Expo '98 will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall.

Parents, students, teachers and others involved in planning high school proms will be able to meet vendors and view displays of after-prom entertainment, food, transportation and facilities. A half-hour training workshop will be held at 7: 30 p.m. to offer help on planning successful after-prom parties free of alcohol, drugs and tobacco.

Information: County Bureau of Substance Abuse, 410-887-3828.

Pub Date: 11/12/98

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