Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

June 14, 2007

Sex assault suspect had blue bands on braces

Baltimore County police have released additional information about a man wanted on a charge of sexual assault on a 13-year-old girl last month in the Bowleys Quarters area of the county.

The suspect had blue bands on the braces on his teeth, police said yesterday, and they asked for the public's help identifying the man. Previously, police had described the suspect as a white man in his late teens or in his 20s, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a medium build with a faint dark mustache and braces on his teeth. He was wearing a dark, hooded sweat shirt, black sweat pants and skater-style shoes, police said.

The attack took place about 7:45 a.m. May 3 as the girl walked to a bus stop on Clarks Point Road near Bowleys Quarters Road, police said. A man grabbed the girl at knifepoint and demanded money from her. When she said that she did not have any money, the man dragged her into a wooded area near Clarks Point Road and sexually assaulted her, police said.

After the assault, the man let the girl go, and she called her parents by cell phone, police said. The girl was treated at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

The attacker might have left the scene in a dark-colored, medium- to full-size pickup truck, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers, 866-7-LOCKUP. Those who report tips to Metro Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and might be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Countywide

Smith taps 2 for planning panel

Two new members have been appointed to the Baltimore County Planning Board, County Executive James T. Smith Jr. said yesterday.

Edward J. Gilliss and Nellie Butler Grinage are expected to join the board July 1.

Grinage, who works in human resources at Middle River Aircraft Systems, would replace board member Donna Flynn.

Gilliss, a former president of the Maryland State Bar Association and former county attorney who has been active in civic and educational organizations, has been nominated to serve as vice chairman of the panel, a position that requires County Council approval. He would replace the vice chairman, Randy Cogar.

The new members are to serve on a volunteer basis for three-year terms and join the remaining 13 members of the board.

40 new officers to join force

The newest recruit class of Baltimore County's police academy is made up of 40 officers who are being assigned to precincts across the county.

The graduation ceremony for the recruit class was scheduled last night at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson. The recruits, who successfully completed a 27-week training program, now face another eight weeks of field training with veteran officers.

Three of the new officers will work in the Wilkens precinct, eight will work in the Woodlawn precinct, six in the Franklin precinct, four in the Pikesville precinct, five in the Parkville precinct, eight in the White Marsh precinct, two in the Essex precinct and four in the North Point precinct.

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