Perry Hall Democrat set for council run

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

March 04, 2006

Kathy Reiner Martin, a Perry Hall Democrat, is expected to launch a campaign next week for the Baltimore County Council seat currently held by Vincent J. Gardina.

"Are we happy with what's happening in our neighborhoods? Are we happy with what's planned for our neighborhoods? I think a healthy debate on that is a good thing," said Martin, who plans to make a formal announcement that she's running at a fundraiser on Monday.

Martin, a computer systems analyst for the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, worked for many years, including several as president, for the environmental nonprofit group Save our Streams. The 5th District is represented by Gardina, a four-term Towson-Perry Hall Democrat, who said yesterday that he has not decided whether to run for his seat again. Wayne M. Skinner, a Republican and former councilman who lost his re-election bid in 2002, said he will also run for the 5th District council seat.

Martin is the latest political newcomer to enter a council race.

In the 1st District, Catonsville Republican George Kapusinski, an information technology manager for an accounting firm, plans to challenge Democratic Councilman Stephen G. Samuel Moxley, a three-term incumbent.

In the 7th District, which includes Dundalk, Democrat Bernice Myer, a retired city homicide detective from Millers Island, is challenging two-term Councilman John Olszewski Sr., who is the chairman of the council.

Laura Barnhardt

Essex

Cause of man's death unknown

The state medical examiner's office found no signs of trauma on a man who died Thursday after a struggle with two Baltimore County police officers, police said yesterday.

Toxicology tests will be performed on Thomas Rawls, 32, of the 1000 block of Arncliffe Road in the Essex area, police said. Police have said the man had a known drug history.

"There was no obvious physical cause of death," said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman.

Police said they received a call Thursday morning that a man had broken into a home in the 900 block of Arncliffe Road in the Essex area. The man, who police said was known to residents inside the home, was chased out of the house by those residents, who then called police.

After a struggle with officers, Rawls was subdued and handcuffed, and the officers discovered that the man had stopped breathing, police said. Officers performed CPR and called paramedics. Rawls was taken by ambulance to Franklin Square Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The investigation continues.

Nick Shields

Randallstown

Man gets 30 years in 1998 rape

A Baltimore man was sentenced this week to 30 years in prison for the 1998 rape of a woman attacked outside a Randallstown bar, beaten and left near Leakin Park -- a case solved through DNA testing.

Charnard Demon Jones, 27, was convicted in December of first-degree sex offense, second-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and sodomy. He was sentenced Thursday in Baltimore County Circuit Court.

The 24-year-old victim stumbled to a gas station near the city park at 5:50 a.m. on Dec. 4, 1998. She was partially nude and bleeding from a severe cut to her ear, which was nearly severed, according to court documents. Police found the woman's jeans and a box cutter in a trash can in the woods of the park.

She told police that she had gotten into a car with three men -- including one she thought she recognized from the club where she danced -- and was attacked in the back seat by a man she did not know. She suffered a fractured jaw, which had to be wired shut, a fractured eye socket and 25 sutures in her right ear.

Police exhausted every lead they had without identifying a suspect, court records show, until evidence from the rape was submitted in November 2004 for DNA testing.

A month later, the state's DNA database identified a match and Jones was arrested.

Jennifer McMenamin

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