December 20, 2007

GOP prosecutor wins seat on Annapolis' city council

An Anne Arundel County prosecutor, who campaigned on a tough-on-crime agenda, won a special election yesterday for a seat on Annapolis' city council.

Republican Frederick M. Paone, an assistant state's attorney for 31 years, won yesterday's election by 69 votes over his closest competitor in the race to represent Ward 2, according to unofficial results posted on the city's Web site last night.

Paone received 427 of 947 votes cast last night, excluding 17 absentee ballots. The election was held to replace former Alderman Michael I. Christman, a Republican who resigned in October because of the demands of his full-time job.

Reached by cell phone at a victory party at the Sly Fox Pub in Annapolis, Paone, 56, who is set to retire from his post as a prosecutor next month, said, "I'm delighted that the people of the 2nd Ward put their confidence in me. It was a hard-fought, but clean, campaign. And I plan on not disappointing."

Two other candidates also sought the seat representing some of Annapolis' most affluent and economically challenged neighborhoods: Debbie Rosen McKerrow, a Democrat, who received 358 votes; and Karen Jennings, a Green Party candidate, who received 162 votes.

Alderman David H. Cordle Sr., the council's only other Republican, last night celebrated keeping the seat in the GOP column.

"We had three very qualified candidates in their own regard," Cordle said. "However, Fred, who I've known for 27 years, will bring an even hand to the council. And he uses a thoughtful process in evaluating issues and when he brings that to the council, it can only be a good thing for the citizens of Annapolis."

Nicole Fuller

Anne Arundel

: Meade High

Student, 16, charged in gun possession

A 16-year-old student has been charged as an adult with carrying an unloaded handgun at Meade High School, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

A school resource officer responded to a tip about 9 a.m. Tuesday that a weapon had fallen out of the waistband of a Maryland City resident, police said yesterday.

Two officers found a ninth-grader in a classroom at the Fort Meade school and detained him, the statement said. They found a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun in the student's jacket pocket, police said. An ammunition magazine was in the weapon, but the gun was not loaded. No ammunition was found during the search, authorities said.

Craig Richards has been charged with three counts related to concealing a gun and carrying it onto school grounds, police said.

Phillip McGowan


Sex offender held in registration case

A grand jury indicted a Severn man on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender under a federal law enacted last year.

The indictment was returned Dec. 12 and was unsealed yesterday on the arrest of Connedious Green, 40.

According to the indictment, Green was convicted Feb. 4, 1997, of a sex offense in Washington. Green moved to Severn, and the indictment alleges that he failed to register as a sex offender from at least Feb. 28 to Dec. 11, 2007, according to court papers.

Green could face a maximum of 10 years in prison, if convicted of failing to register as a sex offender. Green had his initial appearance in U.S. District Court yesterday. His detention hearing is tomorrow.

Matthew Dolan


: Federal court

Man sentenced in drug conspiracy

A federal judge in Baltimore sentenced a 33-year-old Elkton man yesterday to almost 22 years in prison for his role in a drug conspiracy. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake ordered Schawn Helm to prison for 21 years and 10 months, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine.

Helm had pleaded guilty to selling crack cocaine in Maryland from September last year until April. Helm sold more than 50 grams of crack cocaine weekly, according to court papers.

Matthew Dolan

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