State Digest

STATE DIGEST

March 06, 2007

Inmate is charged in guard's stabbing

A 38-year-old man serving a life term for the 1993 killings of his parents was charged yesterday with attempted first- and second-degree murder in the stabbing of a Maryland correctional officer, state officials said.

Richard Anthony Crawford, formerly of Prince George's County, is accused of stabbing Officer Edouardo F. Edouazin seven times with a homemade knife Friday at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup. The officer is recovering in his Silver Spring home.

Union officials have said the inmate was angry over the loss of his television privileges.

Crawford also was charged with first- and second-degree assault against a corrections employee, reckless endangerment and possession of a dangerous weapon, according to a statement from the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Crawford was convicted of shooting his parents in a house they shared in Oxon Hill. According to a Washington Post account, Willie Lee Crawford, 59, called police to report that he and his wife, Martha, 58, had been shot and that she was dead. Crawford died later a at hospital.

Yesterday, the representatives from correctional officers unions met with Gov. Martin O'Malley and public safety Secretary Gary D. Maynard. In a statement, union officials said safety was the top issue, and that more meetings will take place in the future.

Chesapeake Bay

Coal carrier stuck on shoal could to be freed by today

The M.V. Montrose, a 712-foot coal carrier that ran aground near Tilghman Island last week, could be freed as early as today, officials with the Coast Guard said.

The ship, loaded with about 74,000 metric tons of coal, was en route to Romania when it became stuck on a shoal near the mouth of the Choptank River.

Over the weekend, crews, using a crane barge, began removing 7,000 tons of coal - about 10 percent of the load - to lighten the Montrose in preparation to nudge it off the shoal. The coal-removal process usually takes 36 hours and was expected to be finished by about 6 a.m. today, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrew Kendrick.

Crews will then spend another eight hours pumping ballast water out of the ship. At that point, Kendrick said, tugboats will try again to pull the ship from the shoal.

When the ship is freed, Coast Guard officials will take the Montrose to a port for inspection before it continues its journey.

The Coast Guard will also launch an investigation into the cause of the grounding, which happened Wednesday as the ship was on its way from Baltimore to the Atlantic Ocean. The probe could take months, Kendrick said.

"We're not going to have the answer tomorrow," he said. "They're going to have to be very thorough to find out who, if anyone, was at fault."

Depending on the results of the investigation, Kendrick said, the Coast Guard could seek reimbursement from the Montrose's owner, the Italian Motia Compagnia Di Navigazione S.p.A.

Two experienced Chesapeake Bay pilots, whose job entails navigating ships through the bay on their way to and from the ocean, were aboard the Montrose when it went aground. One was navigating; the other was resting.

Rona Kobell

College Park

University of Maryland provost to lead RIT in New York

The provost at the University of Maryland has been named president of the Rochester Institute of Technology, the New York school announced yesterday.

William Destler, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of Maryland, will become RIT's ninth president July 1.

"His breadth of experience, understanding of academia, and his sense of vision for the future will help propel our university to new heights," the university's board chairman, Michael Morley, said in a memo sent yesterday to faculty, staff and students.

Destler will replace Al Simone, who is retiring after 15 years as RIT president. During his tenure, he was credited with boosting enrollment by nearly 2,000 to more than 15,000 students, overseeing a major building campaign and elevating the ice hockey team to Division I status.

Associated Press

Talbot County

Ocean City man admits filming unsuspecting men, boys at YMCA

A 44-year-old Ocean City man has pleaded guilty to using a camera in his locker at the Talbot County YMCA to film unsuspecting men and boys, one of whom he inappropriately touched, according to court documents.

Sentencing for Alan Travers is expected in April. He pleaded guilty Friday to one count of second-degree assault and 20 counts of video surveillance with prurient intent.

Sheriff deputies found videotapes of the footage in Travers' home in Fishing Creek in Dorchester County, according to court documents. Police said at least 20 people were filmed.

Associated Press

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