Week In Review

November 19, 2006

Sought in shooting, man is found dead

A man wanted in a Columbia shooting was found killed in Southwest Baltimore, Howard County police said Tuesday.

Justin Owens, 23, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in a sleeping bag near an alley entrance in the 4800 block of Melbourne Road, said Officer Troy Harris, a spokesman for Baltimore police.

A Howard County judge issued an arrest warrant for Owens after police alleged that he shot Ata Caillet, 31, of Windsor Mill on Nov. 4 as he walked out of a KFC restaurant on Lynx Lane in Wilde Lake village. Caillet's wounds were not life-threatening, police said.

Sherry Llewellyn, a Howard County police spokeswoman, said detectives learned that Owens had been killed as they searched for him last weekend. "They realized there was a homicide victim in the city with the same name," Llewellyn said.

Owens' last known address was in the 2700 block of Kirkwood Place in Hyattsville. Caillet and Owens, who police believe knew each other, have been convicted of unrelated drug charges in Howard County Circuit Court.

Maryland section, Wednesday, Page 3B.

Ex-school secretary is convicted in theft

A former Howard County middle school secretary is to be sentenced Jan. 24 after her conviction by a Howard County Circuit Court jury Wednesday of embezzling nearly $10,000 from school activity funds over a two-year period.

Ethel Collette Kirk, 53, formerly of Laurel, was charged with forging more than 15 school checks between 2003 and 2005 from band and school activity funds at Folly Quarter Middle School in Ellicott City, according to charging documents filed by investigators.

Kirk, hired as a secretary by the middle school in March 2003, resigned last year during a school investigation of accounting records, school officials have said.

Kirk was arrested in September after an audit revealed she had written checks to herself for cash, forged an administrator's signature and falsified records to indicate the checks had been written to vendors and fictitious companies, according to court documents.

Maryland section, Friday, Page 3B.

Age-restricted housing draws opposition

A plan to build age-restricted housing units in Woodbine has ignited concern and, in some instances, opposition from nearby homeowners. The property is about a quarter-mile north of Old Frederick Road and Woodbine Road and adjacent to the Lisbon Center shopping complex.

An ownership group, which includes developer Donald R. Reuwer Jr. and attorney Richard B. Talkin, has proposed constructing 20 units. Planned are five structures, each designed to resemble a large single-family home, that would be restricted to people who are at least 55.

The structures would have a maximum of 5,000 square feet, and each unit within them probably would cost $300,000 to $400,000, Reuwer, president of Land Design & Development Inc., told a gathering of Woodbine residents Thursday night.

The county has encouraged that design, in part to make multiunit projects more compatible with and palatable to single-family neighborhoods.

Residents seemed unconvinced on either point.

"The major concerns are the well-water situation and the septic situation," said Joanne Sheldon, who lives on Old Frederick Road, not far from the proposed development.

But she also said residents fear the development would "devalue our properties."

"You can't buy a house out here for $300,000-$400,000," Sheldon told Reuwer. "We don't want low-income housing out here."

Howard section, Wednesday, Page 1G.

Atholton cheerleaders take second in state

Atholton High School's varsity cheerleading team took second place at the fall state championships, and River Hill placed fourth in a field of eight.

Atholton finished 2 points behind the first-place C. Milton Wright High School of Harford County. Frederick County's Urbana High School was third. The event was held at North Point High School in Charles County. Three judges evaluated each school on a scale of 100 points, taking into consideration the team's tumbling, pyramids, stunts and dance elements in the 2 1/2 -minute routines.

Atholton and River Hill qualified for the state contest by placing first and fourth, respectively, at the regional championships. Atholton also is the county champion.

Howard section, Wednesday, Page 8G.

Columbia man, 24, indicted in stabbing

A Columbia man has been indicted on charges of attempted first-degree murder in a stabbing outside a restaurant on Main Street in Ellicott City, the Howard County state's attorney's office said.

Eugino Boyate, 24, of the 5800 block of Stevens Forest Road is accused of stabbing a 25-year-old Glen Burnie man in the torso and upper body with a beer bottle during a fight outside La Palapa restaurant Oct. 20. Boyate also faces attempted second-degree murder and assault charges. A court hearing has not been scheduled.

Howard section, Friday, Page 8G.

Former counselor charged in abuse

A former counselor at a Howard County group home for the disabled has been charged with abusing an adult male patient at the home March 10, the state attorney general's office said.

Karen Ashimi, 40, of the 2400 block of Bridgehampton Drive in Parkville faces misdemeanor charges of second-degree abuse of a vulnerable adult, second-degree assault and second-degree neglect of a vulnerable person, according to documents filed in Howard County Circuit Court on Oct. 30.

Bill Moss, executive director of Ellicott City-based Linwood Center, said the organization investigated the allegations.

Maryland section, Thursday, Page 3B.

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