Barry denies charge he exposed himself, asks for jury...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

March 30, 2001

Barry denies charge he exposed himself, asks for jury trial

Former Washington Mayor Marion S. Barry Jr. denied exposing himself to a female janitor in a men's room at Baltimore-Washington International Airport and asked yesterday for a jury trial on charges that she filed against him.

A trial on misdemeanor assault and exposure charges was to take place before a District Court judge in Glen Burnie yesterday, but Barry asked for a jury to hear the case. The trial was tentatively set for Tuesday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court.

Custodian Terry Jenkins of Baltimore complained that Barry shoved her July 6 in a restroom that was closed for cleaning. Barry, who says she pushed him, said he desperately needed to use the bathroom and asked her to leave. He said he has to urinate more frequently since undergoing prostate cancer surgery in 1995.

The four-term mayor has also been sued for $300,000 by Jenkins, in a case alleging assault and battery and "intentional infliction of emotion distress." The suit was filed Feb. 23 in Baltimore Circuit Court, and Barry was served with the court papers yesterday.

Suspicious-looking bag spurs school's evacuation

Children were evacuated from Hilltop Elementary School in Glen Burnie to nearby North County High School for nearly an hour yesterday after a teacher found a suspicious-looking trash bag in a classroom.

"They weren't sure what it was," county schools spokesman Michael Walsh said.

The county Police and Fire departments rushed to the school, along with a bomb-sniffing dog, about 8:45 a.m.

The pupils returned to class about 9:35 a.m., Walsh said, after it was determined that the trash bag was filled with just that.

Bicyclist, 17, struck, killed in Glen Burnie accident

A 17-year-old Glen Burnie High School student was killed Wednesday when his bicycle was hit by a pickup truck and he was run over by other vehicles on Ritchie Highway, county police said.

Charles Michael Parrott, a senior at Glen Burnie, was riding an 18-speed bike south along the shoulder of Ritchie Highway near Eighth Avenue about 8 p.m. when he apparently pulled into traffic and was hit by a Toyota pickup truck, police said.

Upon impact, Parrott was thrown from the bike onto the highway, run over by another Toyota pickup truck, then run over and dragged a short distance by a Ford Aerostar minivan, according to police. He was pronounced dead at North Arundel Hospital at 8:38 p.m.

Police listed cyclist error as the cause of the accident, which occurred a few blocks from the teen's home in the 300 block of New Jersey Ave. N.E.

County Republicans plan voter registration effort

Volunteers from the county Republican Party will be conducting voter registration in each of Anne Arundel's five legislative districts tomorrow to help people of all political affiliations apply to get on the voter rolls.

The effort is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the 27th District, at the Safeway store in the Dunkirk Shopping Center; 30th District, Graul's Market, 607 Taylor Ave., Annapolis; 31st District, Lauer's I.G.A., 8095 Edwin Raynor Blvd., Pasadena; 32nd District, Severn Post Office; and 33rd District, Piney Orchard Shopping Center.

Information: 410-867-2007.

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