Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

January 15, 2004

Man robs student of car in parking lot outside high school

An Old Mill High School student was robbed of her car in a school parking lot Tuesday, Anne Arundel County police said.

Lt. Joseph Jordan said that police increased patrols around the school yesterday at arrival and dismissal times, which will continue for at least a few days.

The 17-year-old student was walking from the school to her car at around 2:35 p.m. Tuesday - about 40 minutes after school ended - when a man demanded her car keys and cellular phone, police said. She gave him both. He left the phone on the ground after he started the car. The man was last seen driving the car, a brown 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser with the license plate EMMIE, on Shetlands Lane heading toward Elvaton Road, near the school.

The robbery took place in the school's junior parking lot, the lot farthest from the school building. Mark Black, supervisor of security for the public school system, said the robbery was an isolated incident.

Woman gets 10-year term for manslaughter in crash

An Anne Arundel County judge this week sentenced a woman with a history of alcohol-related driving convictions to the maximum sentence for manslaughter in the death of a 70-year-old Glen Burnie man.

Amy Louise Kirkland, 38, of Brooklyn Park was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison, according to court records. She pleaded guilty in November to manslaughter stemming from the crash on May 7.

Kirkland's blood-alcohol level was 0.20 percent, more than twice the state's legal limit, assistant state's attorney Shelly Stickell said yesterday. She had sought a steep sentence but said she was "floored" by the sentence handed down by Circuit Judge Joseph P. Manck. Kirkland had three previous alcohol-related convictions, Stickell said.

Killed in the crash was Keith Flemming, a retired NASA engineer, whose vehicle was broadsided when Kirkland's car, traveling north on Crain Highway, ran a red light.

Calling the crash "devastating to both families," defense lawyer Janice Bledsoe said yesterday that her client was a stay-at-home mother who had been treated for an alcohol problem, but relapsed.

Navy clears former mid of assault charges

A former Naval Academy midshipman has been cleared in a court-martial of assault and related charges stemming from an incident involving a classmate in April in Bancroft Hall, the student dormitory.

The mid, who was in his final weeks of studies when he was accused in an incident that included dumping steamed crawfish on a classmate, was acquitted last month at the close of the hearing. He was allowed to finish school while the accusations were examined by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, but was not commissioned until after his acquittal.

Published reports in the Navy Times, which first named him, identified the mid as Michael R. Taylor.

In a prepared statement, the academy did not identify the mid by name. Academy spokesman Cmdr. Rod Gibbons said the Annapolis school, which referred the case for a court-martial, would not comment on the acquittal and "considers the matter closed."

Taylor's lawyer did not return telephone calls yesterday.

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