In Prince George'sMan gets 25-year sentence for paying for...

Regional Digest

April 04, 1999

In Prince George's

Man gets 25-year sentence for paying for child abuse

UPPER MARLBORO -- A Takoma Park man who admitted paying a crack-addicted mother to allow him to sexually abuse her 6-year-old daughter has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Prince George's County Circuit Judge Sheila R. Tillerson-Adams sentenced Ronald Everette Strouth, 55, to 15 years for a child-abuse count and 20 years -- with 10 suspended -- for a second-degree sex offense. The mother, who was convicted of child abuse, was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison. She is not being identified to protect the identity of her daughter, who is now in a foster home.

"Words can't express my sorrow," said the mother, who admitted she was a crack addict. "I know if I were sober, it would not have happened."

In Anne Arundel

Men force woman to ground; one cuts her hair in shop

ARNOLD -- Two hooded men entered an Arnold sandwich shop, pushed the clerk to the ground and one cut off a lock of her hair before the men walked out, county police reported.

Police said the 19-year-old woman was working alone at the Subway sandwich shop in the 1400 block of Ritchie Highway at 9: 30 a.m. Friday, when the men -- wearing nylon jackets with tightly drawn hoods -- entered the store. The men threw the woman to the ground, and one held her down while the other cut her hair with a pair of scissors, police said.

Police believe it was a domestic incident and are looking for the men, who could face assault and battery charges.

In Baltimore County

Police seek man, 24, 2 others in rape case

ROSSVILLE -- County police are seeking a 24-year-old Baltimore man charged with raping and robbing a woman at her Golden Ring apartment.

Police issued a warrant Friday for Lamont Lee Matthews of the 2500 block of E. Eager St., charging him with first-degree rape, first-degree burglary and armed robbery.

Police said three men knocked on the woman's door about 10: 30 p.m. Wednesday, barged in when she answered and one struck her in the head with a handgun. The woman told police two of the men sexually assaulted her and the third raped her. The case remains under investigation.

Pothole repairs slow traffic in both directions of I-95

ARBUTUS -- Traffic came to a standstill on Interstate 95 south of Baltimore yesterday as state highway crews closed multiple lanes to patch four large potholes, creating backups of at least three miles in each direction.

Police first received calls about 10: 30 yesterday morning about a 2-foot-by-1-foot, 2-inch-deep pothole on the northbound side and three others on the opposite side of the road.

State Highway Administration crews spent the next two hours repairing the road. They closed one northbound lane and three southbound lanes, between I-195 and I-695 in the county. All the lanes were open by 1 p.m., police said.

Pub Date: 4/04/99

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