Crime Watch

May 06, 2008

Child-abuse case shelved

Cecil County prosecutors have shelved their case against a Conowingo couple charged in the death of their infant grandson.

Charges against 53-year-old Gloria Sadler and her 52-year-old husband, Billy, were placed on the inactive docket Friday. The Sadlers faced child abuse-related charges in the November 2006 death of 5-month-old Calob Martin.

The charges can be recalled within a year. After a year, the charges can only be recalled with good cause.

Prosecutors had alleged the Sadlers failed to seek medical attention for the baby after his father, Billy C. Martin, punched him the head. The child's mother, Terri Rust, faced similar charges but was found guilty of a less serious negligent parenting charge.

Martin pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Associated Press

Man fatally shot in east side

A 21-year-old man was shot and killed while waiting for his order at a Chinese takeout in East Baltimore early yesterday, police said.

Paris Richardson of the 2400 block of Lewellen Ave. went into Jimmy's Chinese Carryout on the 2500 block of E. Hoffman St. about 1 a.m. yesterday, placed an order and then sat on a bench with other customers to wait for the food. An armed man came into the restaurant and fired at him, hitting him in the torso and head, said Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman.

Richardson was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital about 3 a.m.

Annie Linskey

3 youths charged with arson

The state fire marshal's office has charged three juveniles with arson, malicious burning and conspiracy in connection with the destruction of a bus shelter at Route 924 and Holly Wreath Court in Abingdon earlier this year.

The three boys from the Abingdon area - two 16-year-olds and one 17-year-old - were arrested Friday and released to the custody of their parents by the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. If found guilty, the teenagers would likely be ordered to pay restitution and perform community service, but they could be detained in a juvenile facility, officials said.

The Feb. 3 fire, one of several deliberately set in the Bel Air area this year, caused about $5,000 in damage to the shelter used by area residents and students waiting for bus transportation. During February and March, investigators dealt with several firebombs and arsons and are continuing to look into those incidents.

"Fire marshals are continuing investigations into all the incidents, but do not anticipate any other arrests," said Joseph Zurolo, deputy fire marshal.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office Resource Officer, assigned to Patterson Mill High School, provided investigators with details obtained from students that led to the arrests and are continuing the investigation, officials said.

Mary Gail Hare

Man's theft trial moved to Circuit Court

The Baltimore County trial of a Pennsylvania man accused of wearing a Dunbar Armored uniform to steal more than $270,000 from businesses in two counties, will be moved from District to Circuit Court, prosecutors said yesterday.

Robert Allen Flanagan's trial on theft charges was scheduled to begin yesterday in District Court, but prosecutors requested the move because of the scale of the crimes.

"It's a large amount of money, and it's rather complex," Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney Jill Savage said.

District and circuit courts have "concurrent jurisdiction" over felony theft cases, meaning they can be tried at either level, depending on the seriousness of the case.

On Friday, the Baltimore County state's attorney's office filed a criminal information - or written notice of charges - to the Circuit Court for Flanagan's case, Savage said. No trial date has been set.

According to police, Flanagan, 38, walked into several businesses one day in October in Baltimore and Howard counties and asked store employees for deposits. Police allege Flanagan kept his Dunbar uniform after the company terminated him and wore it during the theft attempts in hopes of convincing employees he was making legitimate pickups.

Employees at three Baltimore County businesses refused to turn over money, but an employee at a Target store in Towson gave the man $70,000 in deposits, including $55,000 cash, according to court records. Flanagan was arrested and charged with three counts of attempted theft of $500 or more and one count of theft of $500 or more in Baltimore County. He posted bail and was released.

Two months later, the same approach was used to take almost $200,000 from a Bank of America branch in Ellicott City, according to Howard County police. Flanagan was arrested at his Dallastown, Pa., home and is being held at the Howard County Detention Center.

His Howard County trial on theft and attempted theft charges is scheduled to begin June 17.

Tyeesha Dixon

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