Week in Review

December 18, 2005

ANNE ARUNDEL

High court to hear Edgewater case

The Maryland Court of Appeals has agreed to hear a case that could decide the fate of Sojourner-Douglass College's new satellite campus in Edgewater. A homeowners group argued that construction of the building at Routes 2 and 214 was illegal because the land was to be used only by the county schools, but a Circuit Court judge said the building met that requirement.

The Court of Special Appeals overturned that decision but denied a request by the homeowners' attorney that the building be razed. School officials have said they hope to purchase the 16,000-square-foot building from the developer.

Maryland section, Tuesday

Naval Academy

McCain, Perot join Lawrence mourners

More than 1,000 mourners, including U.S. Sen. John McCain and former presidential candidate and Dallas billionaire H. Ross Perot, attended the funeral of Vice Adm. William Porter Lawrence at the Naval Academy chapel Wednesday.

As one of the highest-ranking officers in the notorious "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War, Lawrence, who died Dec. 2 at his Crownsville home at age 75, had acted as commander and adviser to many of the men, helping them resist the torture and cruelty they faced for years in the prison.

Lawrence's remains were buried at the Naval Academy cemetery.

Maryland section, Thursday

Anne Arundel

Former Raven faces charges after wreck

A former Baltimore Ravens player is facing drunken driving charges after an accident in Glen Burnie last weekend, Anne Arundel County police said Wednesday.

Jermaine Lewis, 31, of Largo, a wide receiver and return specialist who ran back a kickoff for a touchdown in the Ravens' 2001 Super Bowl victory, was arrested about 2 p.m. Dec. 10 outside Marley Station mall.

Lewis was driving south on Ritchie Highway near the mall when traffic slowed and his rented Dodge Durango struck a Toyota Camry in front of him, according to police charging documents filed with the Anne Arundel County District Court.

Lewis was charged with driving under the influence, driving while impaired with alcohol, driving a rental car in violation of the rental agreement and failure to control vehicle speed on a highway to avoid collision. The charges together carry maximum penalties of more than a year in jail and $2,000 in fines.

Maryland section, Thursday

Anne Arundel

Officials condemn supremacist group

Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens and eight other top county officials condemned a white supremacist group Wednesday for its recent distribution of racist literature and the airing of a hate video on a public access channel.

The joint statement followed the discovery of a flurry of racist, anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant fliers within the past month in several county neighborhoods. County leaders recently established a group to monitor and respond to such incidents.

County officials said the fliers and the video were distributed by the National Alliance, a neo-Nazi organization based in West Virginia. The National Alliance has been linked to the dissemination of such material within the county and in neighboring jurisdictions for years.

Maryland section, Thursday

Anne Arundel

Ex-teacher guilty on porn charges

A former Old Mill High School science teacher pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Thursday to two counts of possessing child pornography.

Michael Joseph Cashen, 55, of Ferndale, was granted probation before judgment by Judge Joseph P. Manck. Manck ordered Cashen to one year of supervised probation with the first 30 days on house arrest.

Cashen taught chemistry and physics at Old Mill until his arrest in May. He was accused of possessing child pornography after county firefighters, called to put out a blaze at his Cape Cod-style home, "stumbled across some of the material," a Fire Department spokesman said at the time.

Cashen, a 21-year employee of the Anne Arundel school system, was reassigned to a position that did not require contact with students immediately after his arrest. His employment with the school system is pending a separate internal investigation, a spokeswoman for the school system said.

Maryland section, Friday

Annapolis

Boy arrested after Columbine threats

A 13-year-old student of an Annapolis private school was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with disrupting school activities after police said he approached several students about re-creating Columbine - the bloody 1999 school shooting spree in Colorado that left 15 people dead.

Police said a search of the boy's parents' house did not turn up any weapons. Police also said they didn't believe the boy's school, St. Martins Lutheran School, was under any specific threat.

The student, whose name was withheld because of his status as a juvenile, was charged with disrupting school activities, according to police. He was suspended from school until further notice, said St. Martins Principal Shannon Overend.

Maryland section, Friday

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