Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

October 16, 2005

Seven nominated for judgeships

Seven lawyers, including a former judge, a former Republican Anne Arundel County Council member and several current and former prosecutors, were nominated last week to fill the two open judgeships on the Anne Arundel County District Court.

The Judicial Nominating Commission forwarded their names to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., winnowing the list from a record 31 applications. Ehrlich must choose from these nominees:

David S. Bruce, a former District Court judge who was appointed to the Circuit Court but lost that post in an election a year ago.

James Arthur Johnson, a principal with Baltimore law firm of Semmes Bowen & Semmes who specializes in business-oriented disputes and stockholder litigation.

Jonas Daniel Legum, an attorney in private practice in Annapolis, and a one-time assistant state's attorney.

Danielle Marie Mosley, an assistant state's attorney who supervises prosecutions at Glen Burnie District Court. She is the only female applicant whose name was forwarded to the governor.

William Creagh Mulford II, a former assistant prosecutor now in private practice. A Republican, he lost a re-election bid for Anne Arundel County Council.

Thomas Joseph Pryal, a former assistant state's attorney who is employed by the Circuit Court as a juvenile and domestic relations master.

Frank Joseph Ragione Sr., a longtime assistant state's attorney. He is among the senior prosecutors handling some of the more violent cases.

The vacancies on the District Court were created by the addition of a position and by Judge Martha F. Rasin's retirement.

Bruce, Johnson, Mulford and Ragione also applied for a newly created vacancy on the county's Circuit Court.

The Judicial Nominating Commission's decision on the applicants for Circuit Court will be made next month.

Andrea F. Siegel

Caregivers charged with neglect

An Anne Arundel County grand jury has handed up indictments accusing two women of wrongdoing at an assisted-living community.

Erlinda Sarabia, 69, of Pasadena, owner of Millersville Home Care, is charged in an eight-count indictment with neglect of three people and Medicaid fraud during 2003, according to the Maryland attorney general's office.

Nancy Stone, 59, of Annapolis, a nurse, is accused of neglect of an adult at the assisted living center, the attorney general's office said.

Trial dates have not been set.

Andrea F. Siegel

Local waterway to be restored

A Severna Park stream will be cleaned up and restored, thanks to a state grant and matching funds from the county government.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said last week that $650,000 in Transportation Enhancement Program funds will be allocated for stream restoration at North Cypress Branch, a tributary that feeds into Cypress Creek, the Magothy River and the Chesapeake Bay.

The restoration project aims to improve storm water management and reduce erosion along the branch by creating a 1-acre wetlands and restoring 2,200 feet of stream, 3 acres of wetlands along the stream and about 2 acres of forest. Anne Arundel County is matching the funds and has scheduled work to begin in the summer of 2007.

Chris Yakaitis

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