Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

March 02, 2007

Ex-PTA Council head makes restitution

A former Baltimore County PTA Council president accused of slashing the tires of a woman's car and threatening to burn down her house received probation before judgment in the case yesterday, prosecutors said.

Michael C. Franklin, 47, of Randallstown had been charged in January after Roxanne Umphery-Lucas, a former member of the PTA Council of Baltimore County, accused him of stalking and threatening her, court records show.

District Judge Dorothy J. Wilson also ordered Franklin to pay restitution of $742.63 to Umphery-Lucas, which he did by check in court, said Leo Ryan, deputy state's attorney.

In a temporary restraining order issued Jan. 19, Franklin was barred from contact with Umphery-Lucas, 43, who alleges that Franklin slashed her car tires in May and that he had threatened to burn down her house, court and police documents show.

Later that month, a different judge refused to extend the restraining order because Umphery-Lucas did not appear for a hearing.

Umphery-Lucas, who lives in Owings Mills, was the county PTA Council's legislative chairwoman for about a year and served as a delegate to the state PTA during Franklin's tenure as president. She said she is no longer a PTA Council member.

The county PTA Council provides training and support for parent groups at most county schools. Franklin became president-elect of the Maryland PTA in November 2005, but resigned the position in March 2006. His term as president of the county organization ended last summer.

Gina Davis

Cockeysville

Man sentenced for raping woman, 90

A 43-year-old Baltimore man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for raping a 90-year-old woman whose Cockeysville home he forced his way into in search of money.

Raymond P. Boyer pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree rape and burglary in the June attack on the woman, a German immigrant whose husband died five years ago, prosecutor Lisa F. Dever said.

Baltimore County Circuit Judge Dana M. Levitz sentenced Boyer to life in prison, suspending all but 40 years of the term, according to court records.

The judge also sentenced Boyer to a concurrent 20-year prison term on the burglary conviction, ordered him to register as a sexually violent offender and directed him to complete five years of supervised probation upon his release.

Dever, the prosecutor, said Boyer posed as a construction worker when he knocked on the woman's door about 8:30 a.m. one day last June and pushed his way into the house.

Boyer asked for money and followed the woman into her bedroom, where she retrieved $50. He threw her on the bed, raped her and then took $200 from the woman's wallet as well as her Medicare and Social Security cards, the prosecutor said.

Jennifer McMenamin

Dundalk

Noted child psychologist to speak

The Community College of Baltimore County will present child psychologist and best-selling author David Elkind as the keynote speaker at its Early Childhood Education Conference.

The event is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 10 in Building K at CCBC Dundalk, 7200 Sollers Point Road.

Elkind, author of The Power of Play, emphasizes the importance of play in children's lives.

A professor of child development at Tufts University, Elkind was formerly a professor of psychology, psychiatry and education at the University of Rochester. He earned his doctorate at UCLA and then spent a year as a research fellow at the Austin Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Mass.

Elkind frequently serves as a consultant to state education departments, clinics and mental health centers, government agencies and private foundations. He is past president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Information, www.ccbcmd.edu or 410-455-4573.

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