City/County Digest


December 18, 2003|By From staff reports


Chiropractor charged with sex offenses involving 2 patients

TOWSON - A Perry Hall chiropractor was charged yesterday with raping a 14-year-old patient and family friend in 1994 and molesting a 21-year-old woman he was treating in 1998, county police said.

Asher Alfonso Rodriquez, 35, whose office is in the 9400 block of Belair Road, was arrested at his home in the 12900 block of Harford Road in Hydes and charged with second-degree rape, a third- and fourth-degree sex offense and child abuse, police said. He was released on his own recognizance.

The chiropractor knew both women from church, according to charging documents filed in District Court.

The younger of the alleged victims, now 23, told police that she was molested every day for three weeks while staying with Rodriquez in December 1994 and January 1995. She said she was staying with Rodriquez and his wife so he could treat her for an allergy problem. The other woman told police of incidents that took place in Rodriquez's office.

Swim coach accused of abusing 3 more girls

TOWSON - A volunteer swim coach charged this month with molesting a 12-year-old female student has been accused of abusing three more girls, county police said yesterday.

Dubree Harrison Lane, 37, of the 4300 block of Annapolis Road in Halethorpe was being held on $1 million bail after the parents of girls ages 5, 9 and 12 told police that Lane, a family friend, had molested their children.

Lane was charged with a third-degree sex offense yesterday after a father told police that his daughter, then 12, was fondled by Lane in 1999.

He also was charged Monday with two counts of child abuse and two counts of third-degree sexual offenses after the mother of two girls, ages 9 and 5, questioned them about Lane and was told of other incidents, including a rape alleged by the older child, according to charging documents filed in District Court.

University research park added to enterprise zone

TOWSON - University of Maryland, Baltimore County's research and development park has been added to the county's Southwest Enterprise Zone, officials said yesterday.

The park has one building, with a second under construction. Five are planned for the 41-acre site, which is Maryland's first university-sponsored research park.

Businesses that move to or expand in enterprise zones may be eligible for real property and income tax credits, as well as credits for creating jobs. The southwest zone includes 1,800 acres of industrial land in the Halethorpe area.

In Baltimore City

Company gets OK to lease vacant school for center

The city's Board of Estimates approved yesterday a 10-year lease of the vacant Park Heights Elementary School to a company that plans to build a technical education center.

The 5-0 vote allows Magna International Inc. auto parts manufacturing company to build a $5.2 million education center that would teach teens and adults how to hold manufacturing and construction jobs.

The school, at 4910 Park Heights Ave., has been vacant for three years. It will be leased to the company for $10 a year, allowing it to educate about 100 students a year.

Judge sentences city man to 10 years in bail scheme

A Baltimore man was sentenced to 11 concurrent 10-year sentences yesterday in city Circuit Court for fraudulently bailing people out of jail by pledging properties he didn't own.

Eddie C. Wilson of the 5800 block of Royal Oak Ave. fired his lawyer last week and represented himself during a two-day trial. Judge John M. Glynn told Wilson yesterday that he is "the worst sort of perjurer" before sentencing him to a decade in prison.

Prosecutors say Wilson posted almost $500,000 in false property bonds to bail out 11 defendants charged with crimes ranging from drug possession to assault. At least one defendant jumped bail.

City officer, motorist injured in JFX crash

A city police officer and a civilian motorist were injured yesterday in rush-hour traffic when their vehicles collided on the Jones Falls Expressway near Cold Spring Lane, police said.

About 4:20 p.m., the officer - identified as Bryan Curran, a Traffic Unit officer with 16 years on the force - was driving south in a marked 2001 Ford patrol car when it was struck by a 1999 Hyundai Elantra, whose driver, Charles Snyder Jr., 61, of the 300 block of S. Ann St., lost control while changing lanes, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

The crash shut down the southbound lanes for more than an hour, backing up traffic to the Beltway. Curran and Snyder were treated at area hospitals for minor injuries, Harris said.

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