Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

November 20, 2005|By ANDREA F. SIEGEL

6 nominated for 11th judgeship on court

Six lawyers, including a former judge who was voted off the bench last year, were nominated last week for the newly created 11th judgeship on the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.

The Judicial Nominating Commission, which screens applicants' qualifications, forwarded the names of half of the applicants to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who must make the appointment from the list.

Four of the six also were recommended for the two openings on the county's District Court.

David S. Bruce, a former District Court judge who lost his bid last year to retain his seat on the Circuit Court; James A. Johnson, a lawyer in private practice; William C. Mulford II, a former prosecutor now in private practice and Republican who in 1998 lost a bid for a second term on the County Council; and Frank J. Ragione Sr., a career prosecutor in the county, will be considered for positions on both courts.

Also nominated for the Circuit Court post were Ronald H. Jarashow, who is in private practice, and Charles J. Muskin, who is a juvenile and domestic relations master for the county's Circuit Court.

The governor's office declined to say when Ehrlich would make the appointments.

Landover man held in girlfriend's attack

A Landover man was indicted Friday on charges of kidnapping, beating and trying to choke his girlfriend after she made him food he did not like.

An Anne Arundel County grand jury handed up the eight-count indictment against Desmond A. Thompson, 18.

Police said that about 4 p.m. Aug. 28, Thompson told his girlfriend, Ashley Beamer, to make him some food at a Laurel home. He "got mad, beat her and choked her because he did not like the taste," according to a statement of charges.

A woman started to take Beamer to her parents' residence, but the car broke down. According to police, Thompson appeared and pulled Beamer out of the car at gunpoint, and the other woman called police.

Beamer was found at a trailer park nearby. She told police that Thompson had tried to drown her in a pond near Brockbridge Road when she screamed for help, but stopped to answer a call on his cell phone, the charging documents state. Beamer said she was freed near the community of Russett in Laurel.

Thompson was arrested Sept. 26 and is jail in lieu of $200,000 bond, State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee said.

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