Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

June 29, 2007

DNA evidence leads to arrest in 1987 rape

A West Baltimore man has been arrested and charged in the 1987 rape of a security guard after authorities this week linked him to the crime through DNA evidence, police said.

Stephen L. Sellman, 47, was arrested late Wednesday and ordered held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center. He faces charges of first-degree rape, sex offense and perverted practice, police said.

The crime occurred at the Maryland Cup Corp. on Reisterstown Road. A man approached a security booth and told the guard inside that he was waiting for someone to pick him up, police said. When the guard turned away, the man entered the booth, held a screwdriver to the guard's throat and raped her, police said.

The assailant was never identified.

In 2005, several years after county police started using a statewide DNA database kept by the Maryland State Police, detectives re-examined the evidence in the case, including the victim's clothing.

Detectives said they found semen stains on the clothing and entered the evidence in the database. Sellman, of the 1100 block of Walnut Ave., was arrested in his neighborhood.

Josh Mitchell

Towson

Fired county worker files lawsuit

A former Baltimore County employee filed suit against the county government yesterday, alleging sex discrimination and retaliation.

Miriam Grice, who managed the county's workers' compensation claims unit, alleges she was suspended "without justification" this month and then fired after she accused county officials of illegal retaliation. The suit also claims that Grice was "treated less favorably than male employees in terms, conditions, and privileges of employment."

The federal suit also names as defendants County Administrative Officer Fred J. Homan and Assistant County Attorney Suzanne Berger. It seeks millions of dollars in damages. Grice, 55, of Columbia, had worked for the county since 1998.

Josh Mitchell

Countywide

Independence Day closings

Baltimore County government offices, and District and Circuit Courts, will be closed on Wednesday for Independence Day.

There will be no charge for metered parking that day. Health Department clinics, libraries, senior centers and the county animal shelter will be closed. The CountyRide van will not operate.

There will be no trash, recycling or yard materials collection on the holiday, and trash and recycling drop-off facilities, including the Eastern Sanitary Landfill, will be closed.

Information: 410-887-2000 or the Bureau of Solid Waste Management's Web site: www.baltimore countymd.gov/recycling

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