City / County Digest

CRIME WATCH

February 20, 2007

Bills would limit where sex offenders live

Convicted sex offenders would be banned from living within 2,000 feet of schools, day care centers, parks and other areas where children congregate, under legislation introduced in the General Assembly recently by two Baltimore County delegates.

Yesterday, in front of Sandy Plains Elementary School in Dundalk, Dels. John A. Olszewski Jr. and Eric M. Bromwell, both Democrats, said their proposal would not violate constitutional rights. "We have a duty to protect the citizens," Bromwell said. "We want to make sure these [offenders] are kept away from our schools."

He added: "It's almost as if you have sharks circling the minnow pool. You can't let that happen."

The delegates have introduced two bills - one that would apply statewide, the other only to Baltimore County.

Olszewski said he did not know how much of Baltimore County would be off-limits to convicted sex offenders under the legislation. He said he would be open to changing the terms of the bills if they proved to be too restrictive.

Josh Mitchell

Baltimore: Education

Shepherd University appoints Shipley

Suzanne Shipley, vice president for academic affairs at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, was named president yesterday of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

After six years with the Baltimore Catholic liberal arts college, Shipley will assume her new job July 1.

During her tenure on the Baltimore campus, Shipley helped create Notre Dame's first doctoral program, in education, encouraged an international focus and faculty research and formulated plans for a proposed school of pharmacy, according to college spokeswoman Theresa G. Wiseman.

Shipley, 53, originally from Lubbock, Texas, will become the 15th president of Shepherd, a public liberal arts university.

Laura McCandlish

Anne Arundel: Pasadena

Victim identified in fatal hit-and-run

The woman killed in a hit-and-run accident in Pasadena on Friday night has been identified as a 46-year-old Millersville resident, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday. Mary Lou Shifflet was walking across Route 2 near Jumpers Hole Road at 11:30 p.m. when she was struck by a Saturn driven by Jose Santos Toledo of no fixed address, police said. A second vehicle, a dark sport utility vehicle, also might have hit Shifflet as she lay in the road. Santos abandoned his car on Route 2 and was apprehended by officers, police said. He was treated at Baltimore Washington Medical Center and charged with leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash and other offenses. He was being held yesterday at the Anne Arundel County jail in lieu of $240,400 bail.

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