City/county Digest


December 17, 2005

Anne Arundel: Lothian

Man, 31, dies in fire at house

A 31-year-old Lothian man died after a fire ripped though his home on the 800 block of Fiorenza Drive about 4:30 a.m. yesterday, according to Anne Arundel County fire officials. Raymond Mooney, 31, was declared dead at the scene, said Lt. Frank Fennell, a spokesman for the Fire Department. Mooney, who had been renting a room in the lower half of the two-story home, suffered from smoke inhalation and burns, Fennell said. Three other occupants escaped the fire, which caused $60,000 in damage. Investigators think it was caused by "improper disposal of smoking materials," Fennell said, adding that the house did not have any working smoke detectors.

Annie Linskey

Harford County: Bel Air

Police arrest man charged in rape

A Bel Air man charged with raping an Essex woman last month was arrested yesterday by Baltimore county police and Harford County sheriffs at a motel on Route 24. Police had asked for the public's help this week in finding Obijah Bushae Robinson in connection with Nov. 11 rape of a 20-year-old woman in her Queens Purchase Road apartment.

Baltimore: Federal court

Felon is sentenced for having firearm

A 27-year-old convicted felon from Aberdeen was sentenced yesterday in federal court to more than 15 1/2 years in prison for possessing a gun. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. sentenced Chico Blick to the prison term followed by four years' supervised release for possessing of a firearm as a convicted felon. According to the statement of facts presented to the court as part of Blick's guilty plea Sept. 15, law enforcement officers received information that Blick was selling large quantities of drugs and later found a large amount a crack cocaine and loaded Beretta pistol at a place where he was staying.

Matthew Dolan

Baltimore County: Towson

Assisted-living owner is accused of theft

The owner of a Baltimore County assisted-living facility has been charged with stealing more than $4,000 from a resident in her care, the Maryland attorney general's office announced yesterday. Lynette Dudley Richardson, 37, of Gwynn Oak was indicted in Baltimore County Circuit Court on three counts of felony theft, two counts of misdemeanor theft and five embezzlement charges for allegedly stealing money last year from the resident, according to the announcement. If convicted, Richardson could get up to 15 years in prison.

Hunt Valley

House of Ruth to collect supplies

Supplies for the House of Ruth Maryland, a domestic violence assistance center, are to be collected today and tomorrow at the Hunt Valley Towne Centre. Items needed include diapers, wipes, formula, pillows, sheets and blankets. Supplies will be collected near the gazebo and outdoor fireplace from 10 am to 7 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow.

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