Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

March 01, 2006

Help sought in finding attacker in sex assault

Baltimore County police asked yesterday for the public's help in identifying a man who sexually assaulted a Towson University student in her off-campus apartment.

The attack Monday was the third sexual assault of a Towson University student living off campus in less than two years. Michael Hill, a Baltimore County police spokesman, said that although there are similarities in the incidents police have not linked the previous assaults with Monday's attack.

In the most recent assault, a man entered the apartment of a 21-year-old Towson University student in the 1000 block of Donington Circle in Towson about 8:15 a.m. Monday and went into the woman's bedroom, where she was sleeping, police said. The woman was awakened by the man, who began to sexually assault her, police said.

The woman freed herself and ran out of her apartment, police said. The woman was taken to the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where she was treated and released, police said.

In February last year, a 21-year-old Towson University student was raped by an intruder in her off-campus apartment, and in May 2004 a 20-year-old student from the university was raped in her off-campus apartment.

Hill said no one has been arrested in the previous assaults.

Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587.

Nick Shields


Attorney Beverungen nominated

A veteran in the Baltimore County attorney's office has been nominated to be the county's top lawyer.

John E. Beverungen, 41, has been the acting county attorney since November. County Executive James T. Smith Jr.'s nomination of Beverungen must be confirmed by the County Council, which briefly interviewed the lawyer yesterday.

Beverungen said he would work for open communication between the administration and the council.

"It's one of the difficulties of this job," Beverungen said after the interview. "But the guiding light is the rules of professional conduct," such as not taking a position for one client that's adverse for another client.

Beverungen has been with the county Office of Law for 11 years, including the past five as deputy county attorney. As county attorney, he would oversee a staff of 44 and a $2.7 million budget.

He has been acting county attorney since Jay L. Liner resigned from the $149,000-a-year position. Liner ended his 17-month tenure amid criticism of his role in approving the demolition of a 19th-century house that preservationists considered a landmark.

Josh Mitchell


Boy, 14, charged with gun possession

Police pulled over a school bus yesterday and arrested a 14-year-old boy who had showed another student a loaded handgun, Baltimore County police and school officials said.

A Baltimore County school bus, which had nine students from the Rosedale Center alternative school, was pulled over about 12:30 p.m. on Philadelphia Road near the Baltimore Beltway, police said.

According to police, a student on the bus called a parent after seeing a boy show a handgun to a schoolmate. The parent called school officials, and the principal at the Rosedale Center called police, officials said.

The boy was charged as a juvenile with possession of a handgun, police said.

It was unclear how the teenager got the loaded handgun, and police did not say to whom the gun was registered.

Nick Shields


Man, 18, dies after Pa. auto accident

An 18-year-old Upperco man was killed in a single-vehicle accident early yesterday in southern Pennsylvania, authorities said.

Richard Cunningham, 18, was driving a 1999 Ford Explorer about 2 a.m. in North Codorus Township, Pa., when he lost control of the vehicle on a snow-covered road and struck a utility pole, police said. Cunningham, who was alone in the vehicle, was flown to York Hospital, where he died, police said.


Details released on shooting suspect

Police released additional details yesterday about a man wanted in a shooting last week of a Pikesville man.

Police said the suspect spoke with a Salvadoran accent, and might be driving a two-door, dark compact vehicle with a rear spoiler. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his mid-20s, 5 feet 5 inches tall, with thick eyebrows. He was wearing a dark jacket and a dark hat, police said.

The man is wanted in the Feb. 23 shooting of Carlos Davila, 60. Davila was shot the face at the front door of his house, in the 7600 block of Lorry Lane. Police are looking for any witnesses who may have seen the suspect in that area between 7 and 9:30 the morning of the shooting.

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