City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

December 06, 2006

Howard man sentenced for raping child

A 36-year-old Ellicott City man who admitted to raping a preschool-age girl and videotaping the incident was sentenced yesterday to 65 years in prison.

Donald Kenneth Jones pleaded guilty in Howard County Circuit Court in May to the charges of second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense and sexual abuse of a minor.

Judge Louis A. Becker sentenced Jones to the maximum penalty for the three charges. Becker said because of Jones' actions and criminal history, which includes felony convictions for burglary and theft charges, a "substantial" sentence was necessary.

Jones was arrested Oct. 29, 2005, after a relative viewed a videotape that, according to an agreed-upon statement of facts filed in the case, showed Jones engaging in sexual acts with the preschool-age girl in his home.

"Donald Jones is the ultimate threat to society. For someone claiming this is his first sexual crime against a child, he started on top when he created the most egregious sexual offense," said prosecutor Lisa L. Broten in an Ellicott City courtroom yesterday.

She called it an "inexcusable" action.

Sam Truette, the public defender for Jones, said his client's actions were "not only illegal but it was wrong" and that Jones has had problems with substance abuse.

"I'm ashamed of what I have done. There is not anything I can say for the actions I have done," said Jones, his voice shaking as he held back tears.

tyrone richardson

Anne Arundel: Glen Burnie

Drunken driver guilty of homicide

A Glen Burnie man was convicted yesterday in the drunken-driving crash that took the lives of two children, one of them his own.

Michael L. Green, 26, was found guilty of negligent homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol and related counts in the May 16, 2005, deaths of Tierra C. Green, 5, and her half-sister, Shania Bautista, 1. He was acquitted of more serious manslaughter charges.

The children's mother and Tierra's brother, Dionte, then 3, survived the crash. None of the children was in a car seat or wearing a seat belt.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Michael E. Loney, who heard the daylong trial without a jury, scheduled sentencing for Jan. 4. Green could receive more than 10 years in prison.

Green was driving a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix south on Route 648 about 10 p.m. when he tried to turn left onto a ramp to southbound Interstate 97 and struck a Hyundai Tiburon driven by Nathaniel Bukovich, 25, of Linthicum. Bukovich was northbound on Route 648, driving between 81 mph and 87 mph.

Green had a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 percent.

Deputy State's Attorney William Roessler said the verdict was fair, but Assistant Public Defender Karl Gordon said Green could not have realized how fast Bukovich was driving.

Andrea F. Siegel

North county

Grenade-like device found near creek

Unexploded ordnance that likely dates to the World War II era was found at a dredging site in northern Anne Arundel County yesterday afternoon, authorities said.

About 2:25 p.m., the county Fire Department was called to an area near Cox Creek after an employee with the Maryland Environmental Service found a small grenade-like device at a site where mud and silt from the Inner Harbor are pumped off barges and separated. Bomb squads from Fort Meade and the Annapolis and state police were also called to the scene.

Lt. Frank Fennell, a county fire spokesman, said a few undetonated explosives have been found at the site over the years and that the Fort Meade bomb squad removed the ordnance about 4 p.m.

NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON

Harford County: Bel Air

Truck overturns, spills fertilizer A tractor-trailer delivering liquid fertilizer to farms south of Bel Air struck a telephone pole and overturned yesterday, spilling an estimated 120 gallons onto a field of winter wheat.

The accident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. on Route 136 at Shucks Road, north of Route 543, according to state police from the Bel Air barracks. The impact broke the pole and sheared off a cap on the truck's tank, which was carrying about 4,400 gallons of fertilizer.

The liquid - mostly nitrogen and water with some ammonia - spilled for about two hours, until the vehicle was turned upright and towed, said Tfc. Sean Nevin, the investigating officer.

State environmental officials supervised clean-up of the accident, which shut down Route 136 for about four hours. The truck's driver - Frank Towner of Quarryville, Pa. - was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, with a minor head injury. The truck is owned by Little Britain Agri-Supply of Quarryville.

Nevin said state officials concluded that the spill posed no threat to the health of nearby residents.

Mary Gail Hare

Baltimore County: Post Office

Branch to be named for Parren Mitchell

A U.S. post office will be named in honor of Maryland's first black congressman, U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings announced yesterday.

The post office at 6101 Liberty Road is in the county's Lochearn neighborhood. Cummings sponsored the naming legislation.

Mitchell was elected to represent the state's 7th Congressional District in 1971, and during his 16-year career in the House served as chairman of the Committee on Small Business and was a senior Democrat on the Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee. He was also a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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