Week In Review

April 08, 2007

Anne Arundel

Woman accuses Mid of forcible sex

One of the two women who have accused a former Navy football player of sexual misconduct - the second case of its kind in a year at the Naval Academy - testified at his military trial that he forced her to have sex with him three times.

"I had my hands between my legs to shield him," said the woman, a senior at the academy who remained composed during the hour she was on the stand Thursday at the Navy Yard. "I was still saying no at this time."

A civilian defense lawyer for Kenny Ray Morrison, 24, focused on the woman's admission that she kissed the accused and asked him if he had a condom, hinting that the sex was consensual.

A native of Kingwood, Texas, and a former backup linebacker, Morrison is accused of two counts of indecent assault and two counts of conduct unbecoming an officer. He is alleged to have had nonconsensual sex with this woman during a rowdy party at a Georgetown hotel in February 2006, and with a second at an Annapolis home in April 2006.

Maryland section, Friday

Anne Arundel

Report to Leopold `generally' pleasing

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold should use a faith-based component to offering social services, limit senior services to the most needy, raise teachers' pay and some school administrators, and lobby for new taxes on gasoline and water use, according to a wide-ranging report released Thursday.

Leopold said he was "generally pleased with the tone and the broad strokes" in the 110-page report from his transition team. But, noting that he is already acting on several of the recommendations, he dismissed proposals to seek state authority to create taxes for a dedicated county fund for infrastructure improvements and to close senior centers if new promotion efforts fail to attract more patrons.

Leopold formed a 70-member transition team of civic and business leaders, lawmakers and supporters to draft policy initiatives and advise him on ways the county government could run more efficiently.

Anne Arundel section, Friday

Anne Arundel

Couple charged with prostitution

A pregnant woman and her husband have been charged with prostitution after advertising on a popular Web site sex with the mother-to-be for $300, Anne Arundel County police said.

Diane Carmine Cornwell, 34, and Jesse Woodrow Cornwell III, 32, had posted an ad on Craigslist that described the woman as pregnant, said Cpl. Sara Schriver, a police spokeswoman. An undercover officer arrested the couple Monday after Jesse Cornwell welcomed him into their Pasadena home.

One of two prostitution stings set up by the department's vice unit that day, the Pasadena arrest opened a window into the Internet prostitution niche of pregnant women.

"It's a bit bizarre. And the fact that her husband is involved is striking, to put it mildly," said Ronald Weitzer, a sociology professor at George Washington University who has written about online prostitution. "It's not totally unusual for pregnant women to sell sex, but seven months is pretty far along the road."

Maryland section, Thursday

Anne Arundel

Report faults 911 call center

Anne Arundel County's 911 call center suffers from a lack of organization, understaffing and inadequate training for employees, according to an independent review required by a settlement with the family of a slain Glen Burnie pharmacist.

The 33-page report, the results of which were announced Tuesday, faulted management of the call center but stopped short of condemning Anne Arundel's call takers or the police, saying recently appointed Chief James Teare Sr. and other top officials are "committed to improving the service level" in the police department's communications division.

The review followed a lawsuit filed against the county by survivors of 26-year-old Yvette A. Beakes, who was abducted in August 2001 in front of her apartment complex, taken at gunpoint to withdraw money from an ATM, then shot in the head, her blindfolded body left in a wooded area of Southwest Baltimore.

A dispatcher failed to notify officers in the area that night of a witness who called with a description of the carjacking.

Beakes' family sued the county, and agreed last year to drop its case in exchange for the review.

Maryland section, Wednesday

Anne Arundel

Market House closing delayed until January

Annapolis officials will delay until January a plan to temporarily close the Market House to install a new air-conditioning unit, postponing the work from this spring until the tourist season is over, officials said.

"This is the time of year that they make the most money so I don't want to shut them down now," said Rob Schuetz, acting director of central services. "It would be like having Macy's shut down from Thanksgiving to Christmas. It just doesn't make sense."

Plans for a temporary upgrade of an air-conditioning system that left Market House customers and merchants hot and bothered last summer will proceed.

The city will replace the outside unit and expand the temporary ductwork for better distribution. An air-conditioning unit will be mounted on the sidewalk behind a fenced-in area and powered by a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. hookup rather than a generator, which produces exhaust fumes.

City residents and tenants have complained that the current makeshift system is a noisy eyesore that takes up four parking spaces and blocks doorways.

The new configuration, expected to be installed by May 1, will be less unsightly and take up no parking spaces, Schuetz said. He did not have a cost estimate for the temporary upgrade or the long-term overhaul but said the upgraded system would be cheaper than the current arrangement.

Anne Arundel section, Wednesday

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