Man held in killings is also charged with sexual assault...

Arundel Digest

March 17, 2002

Man held in killings is also charged with sexual assault

An Anne Arundel County grand jury added a sexual assault charge to indictments accusing a Glen Burnie man with killing his landlady and her daughter-in-law.

Kenneth E. Abend 39, was charged Friday with a first-degree sex offense against Tamie Christine Browning, 36, prosecutors said. A four-count indictment last month charged Abend with first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of his landlady, bar owner Laverne Browning, 70, and Tamie Browning, her daughter-in-law. .

Abend was arrested Jan. 13 on burglary and weapons charges, which have since been dropped. He is being held at the county jail without bail.

County gives up on getting $99,000 from developer

Anne Arundel County officials have given up on collecting $99,000 from the developer of the Village at Waugh Chapel in Odenton - money the county's auditor has said was improperly credited to developers to offset inspection and permit fees in 1999.

County officials extended the credits to Village Development LLC, a partnership of Sturbridge Development Co. and the Erwin L. Greenberg Commercial Corp., when developers complained that they'd used their own funds to expand a public water and sewer system.

No such waivers or credits will be allowed in the future, Matt Diehl, a spokesman for County Executive Janet S. Owens, said Friday.

Reception, fund-raiser scheduled for Bissett

The Committee to Elect Phil Bissett has scheduled a cocktail reception and fund-raiser.

Bissett, a lobbyist and former Republican state legislator, is expected to run for Anne Arundel county executive. The fund-raiser is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at O'Brien's Restaurant and Oyster Bar, 113 Main St., Annapolis.

Information, 410-798-6273.

Owens to honor women working in public safety

Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens will honor women in public safety during a program Tuesday at Annapolis Senior High School.

The event, honoring "Pioneers in Public Safety," will recognize more than a dozen women who work in the county's police and fire departments, sheriff's office and detention centers.

The program, part of a celebration of Women's History Month, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the high school, at 2700 Riva Road.

Information: 410-222-1785.

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