Man gets suspended 5-year term for rape

November 23, 1999

A former Westminster man received a suspended five-year prison sentence yesterday after pleading not guilty -- but agreeing to accept the prosecutor's account -- to raping and molesting an 18-year-old friend in June.

Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. found Ronald E. Collison, 22, guilty of second-degree rape and merged a charge of fourth-degree sexual offense with the rape charge.

Burns placed Collison on three years' supervised probation and ordered him to have no contact with the victim, who is not being named to protect her privacy.

Prosecutor Laura Kozlowski said the woman consented to a back massage but twice told the defendant to stop after he became more amorous. The woman went to sleep for three hours and awoke to find Collison raping her, Kozlowski said.

FAA sends crash findings to NTSB for review

Federal Aviation Administration authorities were not able to determine why a small plane crashed Sunday near Westminster and have sent their findings to the National Transportation Safety Board for further review.

The FAA has completed its investigation of the crash that left a Frederick couple hospitalized, said Jim Peterson, an FAA spokesman.

Kenton P. Frederic, the pilot, was in serious and stable condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. His wife, Elizabeth, a passenger in the fixed-wing single-engine Kitfox Speedster, was in fair condition, the spokeswoman said.

According to preliminary reports, the pilot was trying to land about 3: 45 p.m. on a private farm field in the 1300 block of Baugher Road. He apparently saw another plane about to land and intended to follow the second plane. He was surprised by a third plane that was trying to land.

Pilot error appears to be involved, said Tfc. Danielle Barry of the Maryland State Police barracks in Westminster.

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