Ex-county worker guilty of felony theft scheme A former...


January 19, 2001

Ex-county worker guilty of felony theft scheme

A former Anne Arundel County employee has pleaded guilty to a felony theft scheme for running up thousands of dollars on his county-issued credit card.

Christopher Lee Middleton of the 4000 block of Cutty Sark Court in Middle River, a former supervisor of the county government warehouse, will be sentenced Feb. 21 by Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis.

As part of Wednesday's plea agreement, the state will drop the three additional counts of felony theft that Middleton was charged with in August. He was accused of buying goods between $20,000 and $40,000, including golf clubs, power tools and candy with his county credit card. The goods were not inventoried at the warehouse.

Middleton could be sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison and fined up to $1,000.

Boy, 9, critically hurt when car hits him

A 9-year-old Arnold boy remained in critical condition yesterday at a Baltimore hospital after being struck by a car near Broadneck Elementary School.

Patrick Ryan Ovide was walking with three friends about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when he ran onto Shore Acres Road in front of the school, county police reported.

The boy ran from the east sidewalk into the street before he tried to run back across the street. Before he could make it back to the sidewalk, he was hit by a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by 18-year-old Pamela Marie Jones of Arnold, police said.

Patrick, a third-grader at Broadneck, was transported by ambulance to Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He was treated there before being flown to Johns Hopkins Pediatric Center in Baltimore.

Police determined that Jones could not avoid striking the boy. The intersection was dimly lighted and the boy was wearing dark clothing.

Man gets 8-year term for auto manslaughter

A Severn man convicted of automobile manslaughter 13 years ago was again found guilty of the crime involving another fatal accident.

Kirk R. DeCosmo was sentenced to 10 years, all but eight suspended, by Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Joseph P. Manck on Wednesday.

DeCosmo was convicted in the Jan. 11, 2000, death of Harry W. Dailey, 61, of Ferndale.

The van DeCosmo was driving was apparently speeding on Furnace Branch Road and swerved across the center line, into the path of Dailey's pickup, according to police. Police said they recovered 2 grams of suspected marijuana in the van.

In 1988, DeCosmo was sentenced to five years in prison for vehicular homicide in the May 1987 death of Freda Kay Seifert, 44. DeCosmo was driving between 80 mph and 100 mph on Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie when he rear-ended Seifert's car.

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