Regional Digest

REGIONAL DIGEST

March 31, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Carroll County

Ex-schools chief decides to serve out rape sentence

WESTMINSTER - With only two weeks left to ask a judge to reduce his sentence, former Carroll County schools Superintendent William H. Hyde has decided, for now, to serve out his 18-month term at the county jail for raping and sexually abusing an elementary school-age girl during the summer of 2002.

The decision not to appeal his conviction and avail himself of the appeal bond granted at his sentencing hearing in January means that Virginia authorities must hold off on plans to try the 62-year-old career educator on two felony counts of aggravated sexual battery. The young girl has alleged that the abuse also occurred during a trip to Williamsburg, Va., in July 2002.

Meanwhile, Hyde remains in the county Detention Center, across the street from the school system's offices where he worked for 11 years as an assistant superintendent and two years in the top job.

In Anne Arundel

Firefighters find body in burning rowhouse

BROOKLYN PARK - Firefighters responding to a two-alarm fire in Brooklyn Park yesterday morning found a burned body on the second floor of a burning rowhouse, Anne Arundel County fire officials said.

Authorities were unable to identify the body or determine the cause of death. Neighbors said a 73-year-old woman lived on the upper floor of the house in the 900 block of Victory Ave., which is divided into two apartments.

The blaze, which displaced first-floor resident Shirley Lorick, was reported shortly before 9 a.m., said John M. Scholz, division chief of the county Fire Department.

Firefighters said they saw flames and heavy smoke billowing from the second story of the rowhouse when they arrived.

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