Rape report is false, investigators conclude


September 29, 2006

Investigators have concluded that a 14-year-old girl's report of being raped last week in Towson is false, police said yesterday.

Baltimore County police had issued a sketch of a suspect in response to the girl's claim that she had been forced to the ground and raped Friday night as she walked toward an alley near the 400 block of Chumleigh Road. Yesterday, police said that detectives had concluded after forensic examinations and through interviews that the girl's claim is false.

No charges will be placed against the girl, police said.


Activists seek carrier as tourist draw

Community activists opposed to a liquefied natural gas plant proposed for Sparrows Point say they would like to attract a decommissioned aircraft carrier, along with marinas, a casino, and restaurants, to transform the industrial site into a tourism destination.

Sharon Beazley, head of the Greater Dundalk Alliance's LNG Opposition Team, said group members met recently with state officials to discuss the idea of moving the USS Forrestal, decommissioned in 1993 and now in Rhode Island, to Sparrows Point, where it would become a floating museum.

John F. Lawler Jr., vice president of the USS Forrestal Museum Inc., said yesterday the Sparrows Point location is too far from other tourist attractions. He said his organization has been working for more than a decade to bring the ship to Baltimore, near Fort McHenry.


Math tutor charged in sex abuse case

A man hired as a math tutor for an 8-year-old boy has been charged with sexually abusing the youngster, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Eugene Kong, 29, of the 900 block of Beaverbank Circle in the Towson area is charged with sex abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault, police said. Kong, who was arrested last week, was released on $50,000 bond.

The alleged abuse occurred in the boy's bedroom four months before it was reported, police said. The boy's mother had hired Kong to help the youngster with math, police said.

Police said anyone with information should call the department's family crimes unit at 410-853-3650.

Cub Hill

Firefighter hit by car; man charged

A Cub Hill man was arrested and charged with assault and other offenses yesterday afternoon after a county firefighter was twice hit with a vehicle at a blocked intersection where trees had fallen onto utility lines, authorities said.

Traffic had been halted about 3:30 p.m. at Cub Hill and Cromwell Bridge roads, where a driver pulled out of the line of waiting vehicles, crossed a downed line and struck the firefighter, said Cpl. Patrick Wilhelm, a communications supervisor, adding that the motorist then backed up and struck the firefighter a second time before driving away.

The firefighter, from the Parkville station, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

Police traced the vehicle to a nearby address in the 2400 block of Cub Hill Road and arrested a man at his home a short time later, Wilhelm said.

Charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and traffic violations, including leaving the scene of the accident, was Robert Mathieu, Haslbeck, 59, police said.

Richard Irwin

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