In Baltimore County
Man, 26, gets life in prison for murdering ex-girlfriend
TOWSON - A 26-year-old landscaper was sentenced to life without parole yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court after he was convicted of first-degree murder for strangling his former girlfriend last April in her Dundalk rowhouse.
Richard Lee Joswick of the first block of Sharondale Way in Dundalk was sentenced by Judge John O. Hennegan after a jury found that he strangled Melissa Taylor, 29, in her home in the 7300 block of Edsworth Way.
Deputy State's Attorney Steve Bailey said Joswick broke into Taylor's home April 6, strangled her with a utility cord and stole some jewelry to make it look as if she were killed during a home invasion robbery. But Joswick was convicted after a nephew testified that Joswick confessed to him.
City man, 30, convicted in rape of college student, TOWSON - A 30-year-old Baltimore man was convicted by a Baltimore County Circuit Court jury yesterday of raping a Towson University junior as she was walking across the campus during spring break last year.
Jurors deliberated 15 minutes before convicting Anthony Miller, a resident of the 300 block of Belvedere Ave., of first-degree rape for the assault near Newell Avenue about midnight March 24. Assistant State's Attorney Robin Coffin said she will seek a life term when Miller is sentenced by Judge J. Norris Byrnes on April 22.
The 20-year-old woman told jurors that she was raped after she left work at a Towson restaurant about 11:30 p.m.
Miller also is charged with raping a 12-year-old Rodgers Forge girl behind a building in the 6900 block of York Road as she was walking home from school June 7. That trial is tentatively scheduled for April 16.
New park in Idlewylde to be dedicated today
TOWSON - A 12-acre county-owned park that overlooks Herring Run will open today in the Towson area.
The two-level park, at 1300 Overbrook Road in the Idlewylde community, will include a tot lot, a roller hockey court, sand volleyball court, an athletic field, a wheelchair-accessible playground and picnic tables, said Jean Tansey, chief of capital planning and development for the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks. The county purchased the site in 1995 from Genstar Corp. for $374,000. Tansey said the park cost $1.35 million, which included design and construction.
Called Overlook Park, "it is probably the last wide-open green space in the Towson area," said County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger. After the ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m., the Towson Recreation Council and the Idlewylde Community Association will sponsor a party for the neighborhood.
In Anne Arundel
Woman is found guilty in fatal shooting of husband
ANNAPOLIS - After three hours of deliberation, an Anne Arundel County jury found a Pasadena woman guilty last night of voluntary manslaughter for shooting her estranged husband on Christmas Day 2000.
Kelly Ann Clutter, 35, had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of David Clutter Sr. The two had been separated for a year and were in the middle of a bitter custody dispute over their 8-year-old son, David Jr.
During the five-day trial, defense attorneys argued that Clutter suffered from battered spouse abuse syndrome and that she was planning to kill herself when he came to her house unexpectedly. Assistant State's Attorney Pamela Alban countered that there was no evidence of abuse, and that Clutter had planned to shoot her husband because he was scheduled to win full custody of their son at a court hearing scheduled for the next day.
Edgewater man charged in shooting of girlfriend
EDGEWATER - A 34-year-old Edgewater man, accused of trying to kill his girlfriend yesterday morning, is being held on $850,000 bail at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center in Annapolis.
County police charged Arthur Randall Owens of the first block of Jessie Lane with attempted murder and assault. Police allege that he shot Patricia Florence Thomas during an argument in bed.
Thomas, 41, of the 700 block a West Branch Street in Lantana, Fla., was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center and released, a hospital spokesman said.
In Baltimore City
Police officer wounds man during drug investigation
A city police officer on an undercover drug investigation shot a man yesterday afternoon in Northwest Baltimore, police said.
The officer "felt threatened" while on assignment in the 3400 block of W. Rogers Ave. He fired at the man about 5:45 p.m., hitting him at least once in the upper body, police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Daniels said.
The man, who was not identified, was taken to Sinai Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, Daniels said. The name of the officer was not immediately released.