City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

October 27, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Bail kept at $100,000 for suspect denied home detention

TOWSON - A circuit judge agreed yesterday to leave bail at $100,000 for a man charged with murder, after a private company and the county jail refused to oversee the man's pretrial release on home detention

Judge J. Norris Byrnes ordered Keevin Ramond Butler, if released to await trial on a first-degree murder charge, to remain in his parents' home in Pikesville except to go to work, church, the doctor's office or to visit his lawyer. Byrnes, who had agreed last week to set bail for Butler and to place him on home detention, said in a hearing yesterday that Butler's strong communities ties and lack of a criminal conviction were among the reasons he was entitled to a reasonable bail.

Last week, the owner of the private Advantage Sentencing Alternative Programs Inc. told the judge he objected to monitoring a defendant facing so serious a charge. The county Detention Center also declined to accept him into its pretrial home detention program, Butler's lawyer said yesterday.

Dundalk woman, 21, dies of gunshot wounds

DUNDALK - A Dundalk woman who was shot last week by the estranged husband of a friend, who was herself fatally shot before the gunman killed himself, has died, police said yesterday.

Heather Marie Szczepanik, 21, of the 8000 block of Eastdale Road was shot in the head Thursday when she dropped off Amy Marie Giorgakis-Chiveral, 23, at the woman's home, police said. Szczepanik, who was treated at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, died of her injuries Saturday, Bill Toohey, a police spokesman, said yesterday.

Giorgakis-Chiveral's husband, Todd Chiveral, 26, of the 6700 block of Hudson St. in Highlandtown, was waiting with a shotgun when the women returned to Giorgakis-Chiveral's house in the 800 block of Jaydee Ave., police said.

Former Dundalk teacher gets probation in sex case

TOWSON - A former art teacher at a Dundalk elementary school has been placed on 18 months' probation after being found guilty of a sex offense against an 8-year-old girl who was a pupil in one of his classes, court records show.

Former Sandy Plains Elementary teacher Edward Alphonse Chabot, 35, of the 600 block of S. Potomac St. in Baltimore also received a suspended one-year jail sentence during a hearing last week.

He entered an Alford plea, meaning he did not admit guilt but acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence for a conviction. In exchange for the plea, six other related charges, including a charge of sex abuse of a minor and an assault charge involving another student, were not prosecuted.

Delaware man charged with theft, insurance fraud

TOWSON - Maryland has filed theft and insurance fraud charges in Baltimore County Circuit Court against Jeffrey Stevens of Rehoboth Beach, Del., according to a statement by the attorney general's office.

The two-count criminal indictment charges Stevens with making a false workers' compensation claim with Rockwood Casualty Insurance Co. and stealing $29,365.77 between June 1997 and January 2002 through falsely obtained workers' compensation benefits from Rockwood.

In Baltimore City

Man, 21, pleads guilty in carjacking, attack

A Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesterday to carjacking and using a firearm to commit a crime of violence, the U.S. attorney's office announced.

Jeremiah Poole, 21, was featured on a television segment, Maryland's Most Wanted, before his arrest in September last year. Poole and three other people lured Edward Hawkins to a shopping center, where they forced him out at gunpoint, according to prosecutors.

Poole and the others drove Hawkins to Randallstown, where they forced him to disrobe and shot him in the back before leaving in Hawkins' car, prosecutors said. Hawkins survived the attack.

Woman charged in theft of child-support money

A Baltimore woman was arrested yesterday, accused of altering money orders sent to the state child-support processing center and stealing more than $11,000 intended for children, authorities said.

Latonia Coates, 38, of the 3600 block of W. Forest Park Ave. was indicted on one felony count of continuing theft, the city state's attorney's office said. Police said that between last October and April, while she was working for a company contracted to process child support payments, Coates deposited 30 altered money orders into her bank account. She was fired in April.

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