Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

March 16, 2006

Theft from 80-year-old earns woman jail time

A 37-year-old Baltimore County woman who was operating an unlicensed assisted-living facility in her home has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $5,000 from an elderly woman in her care suffering from dementia, the state attorney general's office announced yesterday.

Lynette D. Richardson was sentenced Monday in Baltimore County Circuit Court to 11 days in jail and three years' probation, according to the attorney general's office. Judge Thomas J. Bollinger also ordered Richardson to repay the $5,280 she stole and prohibited her from owning or operating an assisted-living facility while on probation.

In October 2004, Richardson met an 80-year-old Baltimore woman at the emergency room of Maryland General Hospital and invited her to move into Richardson's Woodlawn-area home, where she housed at times as many as four other people and offered assisted-living services, according to the attorney general's office. Concerned that her newest resident was showing signs of depression, Richardson took her in late October to a psychiatrist, who determined that the woman should be admitted to the psychiatric ward of Maryland General.

But on the way to the doctor's office, Richardson took the elderly woman to her bank and had the woman increase her personal line of credit to $6,000, according to the attorney general's office. During the woman's week of in-patient psychiatric treatment and for three weeks after, Richardson used her resident's credit cards and wrote checks to herself on the woman's new line of credit.

Jennifer McMenamin


Police identify traffic fatality

Police have identified a man who died Tuesday afternoon when the van he was driving was struck by another vehicle.

Oleg Pospelov, 46, of the first block of Friendswood Court east of Pikesville, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Express van about 12:20 p.m. yesterday when he attempted to turn east onto Westminster Pike from Glen Falls Road. His van was struck on the side by a 1991 Ford Bronco traveling west on Westminster Pike, police said. Pospelov died at the scene, police said.

The driver of the Bronco, Donald Haines II, 45, of the 300 block of E. Main St, in Westminster, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated and released, police and hospital officials said. The investigation is continuing, police said.

Nick Shields


Guilty plea in Medicaid fraud

A nurse from Baltimore County faces possible jail time for falsifying time slips to overstate the hours of in-home care that she had provided, the state attorney general's office announced yesterday.

Dolores E. Scott, 64, of Owings Mills, pleaded guilty this week in Baltimore County Circuit Court in Towson to one count of felony Medicaid fraud, according to the attorney general's office.

Scott took accurate time slips signed by a parent of her patient and altered them before submitting them to her employer, Comprehensive Nursing Services. The company was not involved in the scheme.

Scott is scheduled to be sentenced May 22.


Public meeting on proposed park

The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks is planning a community meeting on the development of Jacksonville Park, formerly known as the Ruth property, a 30-acre site north of Four Corners.

The 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday will be held at in the cafeteria of Jacksonville Elementary School, 3400 Hillendale Heights Road. Information: 410-887-3871.


Eastern Tech students honored

Four student teams from Eastern Technical High School took top prizes at the Baltimore Chapter of the American Society of Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Engineers Competition.

The competition requires students to demonstrate knowledge of building air-handling systems. In this year's competition, students were asked to analyze the heating, cooling, and ventilation needs of a school addition.

First place was awarded to the team of Bhumik Patel and William Bankard; second place was given to Anthony Apostolou and Christine Lupton; third place went to Kim Cummings, Brandon Gardner and Robert McClure; and Josh Giller, Mike Dimick and Mike Stottlemeyer received fourth place. Their teacher is Peter Glaudemans.

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