City / County Digest


May 24, 2007

Former officer pleads guilty to drunken driving on duty

A former Howard County police officer pleaded guilty yesterday to driving drunk while on duty.

Visiting Howard County District Court Judge John C. Coolahan sentenced Tyronne Cole Jr. to one year of unsupervised probation before judgment, according to court records. Coolahan also ordered Cole to pay $372 in court fees and a fine, and to complete the Partners in Recovery rehabilitation program.

Shortly after Cole arrived for work at 11 p.m. March 3, the police cruiser he was driving struck several vehicles in the parking lot of the Southern District police station in North Laurel, according to court records. About four hours after his arrest, Cole took a test and registered a 0.11 blood-alcohol concentration, according to court records. The legal limit for driving while intoxicated is 0.08.

Cole no longer works for the Police Department. Chief William J. McMahon has declined to say whether Cole resigned or was fired.

Melissa Harris

Howard County

: Columbia

Woman, 83, dies in house fire

An 83-year-old woman died in a Columbia house fire yesterday morning, Howard County fire officials said.

The victim, Bina Pani Das, was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire, a two-story, single-family home in the 9500 block of Windbeat Way in Kings Contrivance village, officials said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, according to William E. Mould, a spokesman for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

About 60 firefighters responded to a 911 call alerting them to the fire at 10:55 a.m.

The fire, which was confined to a portion of the second-floor, was extinguished within 15 minutes, Mould said.

"As far as I know, she was the only person in the home," Mould said.

Three firefighters sustained minor injuries while battling the fire, Mould said.

John-John Williams IV

Baltimore County

: Sentencing

Ex-bank manager gets theft term

The former manager of a Chevy Chase Bank branch in Lutherville was sentenced yesterday to 21 months in federal prison for embezzling more than $162,000, according to federal prosecutors.

U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis also ordered that Joseph Monroe Green Jr., 36, of Abingdon pay restitution of $151,774, prosecutors said, adding that he has paid back some of the money to the bank, in the 1700 block of York Road.

Prosecutors said Green admitted skimming money as it was transferred from a small bank vault to an armored car company and altering receipts to cover the shortfall. Prosecutors said he hid the cash in his pants or work apron.

Prosecutors said Green stole money on 56 occasions from Dec. 9, 2004, through Sept. 22, 2005.

Kevin Smith, the director of security of Chevy Chase, said that Green is no longer a bank manager.


: Federal court

Man sentenced for gun possession

A 31-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison yesterday after he was convicted of being a felon in possession of a handgun, federal prosecutors said.

It was the fourth conviction for crimes of violence or drugs for Naim Dawson, according to prosecutors, and it resulted in the lengthy prison sentence from U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake.

Prosecutors said Drug Enforcement Administration agents pulled over Dawson's car in Baltimore in January 2005 and found drug paraphernalia inside. Agents then searched his apartment and found a loaded Glock Model 26, a Luger pistol and two bags containing 67 grams of crack cocaine, prosecutors said.


2 trustee committees scheduled to meet

Two committees of the Baltimore City Community College board of trustees are set to meet tonight on the college's harbor campus, in Room 30 of the Business and Continuing Education Center, 710 E. Lombard St. The instructional affairs committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. and hear reports from a variety of departments, including a draft of the college's Performance Accountability Report. The finance committee will then meet, likely about 6:30 p.m., and hear overviews on the college's budget request and financial updates from the third quarter. The meetings are open to the public.

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