Week In Review

February 26, 2006

Anne Arundel

Nurse sentenced for neglect

A registered nurse has admitted neglecting a bedridden patient at an assisted-living center in Millersville, leaving the 94-year-old woman open to serious bedsores and skin deterioration, the Maryland attorney general's office announced Tuesday.

Nancy Stone, 59, of Annapolis pleaded guilty Feb. 17 in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to misdemeanor neglect of a vulnerable adult at Millersville Home Care in September 2003 in a negotiated plea agreement. An abuse charge was dropped, according to court records.

Judge Joseph P. Manck fined Stone $1,000. He sentenced her to two years in jail but suspended that and instead placed her on three years of probation. As part of her probation, she is to perform 200 hours of community service and is barred from taking care of vulnerable adults, according to the attorney general's office.

Maryland section, Wednesday

Millersville

Body found aflame in neighborhood

Anne Arundel County police discovered a body on fire in a Millersville neighborhood early Wednesday -- a death that investigators were treating as a homicide, said Lt. David D. Waltemeyer Jr., a police spokesman.

The body was discovered about 3 a.m. when an officer on routine patrol spotted a fire on the side of the road in the 300 block of Old Mill Road, police said. Using an extinguisher, the officer put out the flames, called homicide detectives and put up crime scene tape in the area.

The victim was later identified as a 50-year-old man.

Maryland section, Thursday and Friday

Naval Academy

Midshipman accused of rape

The quarterback who led Navy's football team to a winning season and Poinsettia Bowl victory last season was charged with raping a female midshipman on campus, the Naval Academy announced Wednesday.

Lamar S. Owens Jr., 22, a senior midshipman, was charged with rape, indecent assault and conduct unbecoming an officer after an investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, academy officials said in charging documents.

The charges arose from a Jan. 29 incident in which a woman was allegedly raped in her room in Bancroft Hall, the sprawling dormitory in Annapolis that houses all 4,000 midshipmen, according to charging documents.

Another Navy football player has been accused of sexually assaulting a classmate, stemming from an incident early this month in Washington, said a source familiar with the investigation who spoke on the condition of anonymity. A midshipman has told investigators that she was assaulted inside a building in the Georgetown section of the city, the source said. No charges had been filed in this case, but an investigation continues.

Maryland section, Thursday and Friday

Bowie

Small plane crashes, killing 2, injuring 1

A single-engine plane crashed Wednesday into a field near tiny Freeway Airport, killing the pilot and one passenger and seriously injuring another, officials said.

The crash occurred about 10 a.m. in snowy, overcast conditions.

The pilot of the Cessna 172, Edward Julian Seuter, 40, of Marshall, Va., and his two passengers had come from Warrenton-Fauquier Airport in Midland, Va., and were scheduled to pick up another passenger at Freeway before heading to Atlantic City, N.J., officials said.

But employees at Freeway radioed Seuter to suggest that he try to land elsewhere because of the snow and low visibility, said Brian Rayner, an air safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board. It was unknown yesterday whether the pilot received those messages. The airport is located off U.S. 50, just across the Anne Arundel County line.

Maryland section, Thursday

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