Regional Digest

REGIONAL DIGEST

September 30, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Anne Arundel

Two more suspects charged with arson at site of school

GLEN BURNIE -- Two more suspects have been arrested and charged with second-degree arson in connection with a two-alarm fire early Tuesday that caused more than $1.5 million in damage to the future Marley Elementary School, Anne Arundel County fire officials said yesterday.

Joseph Anthony Molineiro, 21, and a 16-year-old male, whom officials would not identify because he is a juvenile, were arrested Tuesday night at their homes, said Division Chief John M. Scholz, a Fire Department spokesman. Both are from Glen Burnie.

Their arrests come less than 24 hours after three other suspects, Charles Edward Sawyer, 20, and two 17-year-old boys, all of Glen Burnie, were apprehended by police while the early morning fire still blazed.

Audit sought of agency that built golf course

ANNAPOLIS -- Anne Arundel County officials are seeking a legislative audit of how a quasi-state agency spent $17.6 million in bond money to develop a still-unfinished golf course for the county -- Compass Pointe in Pasadena -- and improve a second course.

The Maryland Economic Development Corp. told the county this week that it needs another $3 million to finish building the last nine holes at 36-hole Compass Pointe, on top of $1.1 million the county provided in June because of an operating shortfall. County leaders may take over the course.

"We want to see if the money was spent properly and in a wise fashion. And we want to make sure we are not taking a pig in a poke if we take [Compass Pointe] back," said County Council Chairman C. Edward Middlebrooks, who joined County Executive Janet S. Owens in seeking the audit.

In Montgomery County

Alcohol involved in crash that killed teens, police say

BURTONSVILLE -- An automobile accident Saturday night in Montgomery County that killed two teens, including an Atholton High School senior, was alcohol-related, police said.

The 17-year-old driver, Robert Middaugh, had an blood-alcohol level of more than 0.16 percent, twice the legal limit, according to toxicology tests conducted by the state medical examiner. Middaugh, who transferred to Atholton High School in April, would have turned 18 today.

The crash also killed front-seat passenger, Michelle Timchalk, 17, of the 5900 block of Parkway Drive in Laurel.

In Talbot County

Man accused in carjacking is charged with murder

EASTON -- A Pasadena man accused earlier this month of a double carjacking in Easton will face first-degree murder charges because two of his alleged victims died from their injuries, Talbot County prosecutors said yesterday.

Edward J. Williams, 34, is in custody at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup, a maximum-security psychiatric facility.

Williams is charged with stealing a sedan while 85-year-old Anna Mae Walbert of Easton was in the backseat, and then crashing it into a vehicle carrying Margery Friel, 92, of Queenstown. Both later died.

In Howard County

GOP nominates Kittleman for his father's Senate seat

ELLICOTT CITY -- Howard County Councilman Allan H. Kittleman was unanimously chosen by the Howard and Carroll Republican state central committees last night to replace his late father in the Maryland Senate.

Kittleman, a West Friendship Republican who represents western Howard County, was the only candidate for the state Senate seat occupied by his father, Robert H. Kittleman, who died Sept. 11.

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