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September 29, 2005

DNR police seize 6 deer from Linthicum animal shelter

Maryland Natural Resources Police seized six white-tailed deer from the Save a Life Animal Rescue Shelter in Linthicum yesterday after warning the shelter's owner that keeping the deer is illegal, the agency said in a news release.

The deer will be euthanized and tested for chronic wasting disease, a fatal neurological disease that afflicts deer and elk, often spreading through captive populations. Because of the potential danger that a chronic wasting disease outbreak would cause, it is illegal in Maryland to keep captive deer.

In January, the DNR announced a policy that gives owners of captive deer a 90-day grace period to move the deer out of Maryland. Owners won't be punished during this time.

In this case, police said, William J. Steiner Jr. was given a written warning and told he had to make a good-faith effort to export the deer or allow them to be euthanized by Aug. 8, a police statement said.

Steiner declined to have the animals euthanized after a meeting with DNR police and representatives of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service, and yesterday, 99 days after the order was issued, the deer were taken away, the statement said.

Steiner could not be reached for comment.

Bradley Olson

Harford County: Aberdeen

Man gets 38 years in sex abuse of child

An Aberdeen man has been sentenced to 38 years in prison for sexually abusing a 5-year-old boy last year. Joseph Michael Jones, 34, was found guilty by a jury last month of sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree sexual offense and third-degree sexual offense. In December, the boy's mother found Jones standing in front of the boy with his genitals exposed, according to court records. Jones had been living in their home for four months, records showed. During a two-day trial that ended Tuesday, the boy, now 6, took the stand.

Justin Fenton

Baltimore: Courts

Ex-Head Start chief gets 90 days in theft

A Circuit Court judge has sentenced the former director of the Ashland Head Start Center in Baltimore to 90 days in prison for stealing $335,000 in funds from the program. Audrey Marie James, 50, of Bel Air pleaded guilty to theft. Judge John M. Glynn sentenced her yesterday to seven years in prison with all but 90 days suspended. The judge also ordered James to serve five years of probation upon her release and repay the Head Start program in full. The theft was discovered in the summer of 2004.

Mondawmin Mall

Food drive planned for Bea Gaddy Day

The fourth Bea Gaddy Day is to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Mondawmin Mall, one of more than 100 sites across the country accepting donations of nonperishable food items for homeless shelters and soup kitchens. Free health screenings will be available at the mall Saturday. Gaddy a longtime advocate for the poor in Baltimore, died of breast cancer in 2001 at age 68.

Baltimore County: Essex

Closed intersection is to reopen today

The intersection of Route 702 and Hyde Park Road, which was closed to allow road crews to complete construction of a temporary roundabout, is to reopen at noon today, state highway officials said.

The temporary roundabout is to be open for a six-month study period. Afterward, a permanent $2 million roundabout could be built.

6th District

Master plans sought for two communities

A county councilman is pushing for creation of master plans for two older communities that are increasingly being eyed by developers. The plans would address increased traffic, open-space preservation and other concerns of residents in the Overlea/Fullerton and Carney areas of Council Chairman Joseph Bartenfelder's district. Master plans would help avert piecemeal development and shape the communities' futures, Bartenfelder said. His requests to the county Planning Department to produce the master plans are part of resolutions that will be up for a council vote Monday.

Josh Mitchell

Carroll County: Schools

Substitute teacher named to board post

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. appointed a longtime classroom volunteer and substitute teacher to Carroll County's school board yesterday, filling a position that had been vacant since July. Patricia Gadberry, 41, of Sykesville, who has three children in the school system, will serve out the term of Laura K. Rhodes, who resigned. The term ends in December 2006. Gadberry, who has been a substitute teacher at Piney Ridge Elementary in Sykesville since 2001, began teaching in 1987 in Prince George's County as a special education teacher. She is expected to be sworn in during the Oct. 12 board meeting.

Gina Davis

Howard County: Laurel

Hunt for suspected carjacker called off

Howard County police called off a search for a suspected carjacker yesterday after hours of searching woods and businesses on U.S. 1 between Whiskey Bottom Road and Route 32, a police spokeswoman said. About 10:20 a.m. yesterday, an elderly woman was getting into her car outside a McDonald's in Laurel when a man approached and ordered her to get out of the vehicle. The woman, who was not hurt, complied, said police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn. The man drove the gray Dodge Intrepid for about a mile, hit a curb near U.S. 1 and Whiskey Bottom Road, jumped out and ran.

Melissa Harris

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