Rosedale man, 66, charged with sexual abuse of two girls

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

December 05, 2007

A Rosedale man who has been a foster parent has been charged with the sexual abuse of two girls, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

David Millea Shanklin, 66, of the 6500 block of Golden Ring Road is accused of fondling a 12-year-old girl in his home, police said. The girl told investigators that the man fondled her while she sat on his lap playing a computer game, police said.

The girl made the allegations after running from the house Aug. 18, when police were answering a report of domestic violence at a nearby home.

During the investigation, another girl told detectives that she had been fondled in the home, starting when she was 11 years old, police said. The girl said she was abused from January 1995 though some time in 1998.

Shanklin was charged Thursday in a court summons with sexual abuse of a minor, two counts of child abuse, and two counts of third-degree sex offense, police said. He was not taken into custody.

Anyone with information on Shanklin is asked to contact the county Police Department's family crimes unit at 410-853-3650.

Middle River

Body found in lagoon identified

Police identified yesterday the man whose body was found Monday in Martin Lagoon in Middle River as 49-year-old Laurence Kotroco.

Kotroco, of the 800 block of Wilson Point Road in Middle River, was found about 1:30 p.m. by a maintenance man for a nearby apartment building. He was fully clothed and found not far from his boat, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a county police spokesman. There were no obvious signs of foul play.

Police were awaiting autopsy results.

Josh Mitchell

Pikesville

Methadone clinic case argued

Attorneys for a Pikesville methadone clinic and Baltimore County offered arguments yesterday before a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., in a case that will determine whether the county can enforce a law written to prevent the facility from operating.

Appearing before a panel of judges just one level below the U.S. Supreme Court, the county's lawyers pressed their case that a lower court's ruling unduly restricts the local government's ability to regulate how land is used - the approach used to try to outlaw A Helping Hand methadone clinic.

Attorneys for the clinic and the American Civil Liberties Union, meanwhile, contend that a federal district judge correctly concluded that the county law effectively discriminated against the facility's operators.

In legal filings, they argued that the law - which prohibits state-licensed medical facilities from opening within 750 feet of homes - violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake struck down the county law in August 2006. The county appeal is being heard by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

"The questions were pretty wide-ranging to both sides on the issues," said Richard A. Simpson, one of the attorneys representing the methadone clinic.

The appeals judges do not have to make a decision within a particular time frame.

White Marsh

Bridge work begins on U.S. 40

The State Highway Administration will temporarily close the left shoulder on the bridge on westbound U.S. 40 (Pulaski Highway) over the Gunpowder Falls in White Marsh.

Crews will build a new concrete parapet wall, replacing the existing wall, which was damaged in a recent crash. The $26,000 project began Monday and should be completed within two weeks, weather permitting.

A temporary traffic barrier will be set up to separate workers on the shoulder from traffic. Motorists may encounter single-lane closures on westbound Pulaski Highway between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fridays.

Information: 410-545-0303.

Southeast

Kingsley Park builder gets help

The developer planning to build senior housing at the former site of the Kingsley Park Apartments in southeastern Baltimore County has received more than $10 million in tax credits and financing for the project, the company said.

Enterprise Housing Corp. recently secured the financing through the state Department of Housing and Community Development, moving the project forward. Construction of 81 apartments is expected to begin in January 2009.

The county acquired Kingsley Park, long a hotbed of crime, in 2004, and made redevelopment of the property a key element in a program to revitalize older communities. The county sought a developer, but federal requirements that three-fourths of the site be devoted to affordable housing made the land a tough sell.

A partnership of Enterprise and Mark Building was the only bidder willing to take on the redevelopment project, and then only after the county agreed to donate the land and contribute financially. In August, the County Council approved an agreement under which the county would give $4.1 million in subsidies and the 18 acres that had been the site of the apartments to the development team.

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