Baltimore County Digest


June 06, 2008

Man admits role in fatal boat accident

A 52-year-old Carney man has pleaded guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court to negligent manslaughter in a boating accident last year that killed an Ellicott City man, state Natural Resources Police said yesterday.

William C. Spittel of the first block of Biscay Court was sentenced last week to six months in jail and a $2,500 fine after pleading guilty to one count of negligent manslaughter by vessel, according to court documents.

Spittel was operating a 24-foot motorboat with two other men aboard shortly before 1 a.m. Aug. 4 when it hit a channel marker in the Pleasure Island Cut, a small inlet near where the Back River meets the Chesapeake Bay, according Natural Resources Police. All three men were thrown from the vessel, police said.

The body of one passenger, Michael D. Schott, 33, was found by divers near the boat about 90 minutes after the accident, police said. Spittel and the other passenger were rescued.

County police being promoted

The county police are scheduled to promote eight officers and one technical staff member in a ceremony at 10 a.m. today in the theater of the Community College of Baltimore County in Dundalk, 7200 Sollers Point Road.

Being promoted to lieutenant are Sgts. Thomas Meseke Jr. and Kurt Nuffer; to sergeant are Cpls. Jonathan Dacheux, Joseph Donohue and Paul Lee; to corporal are Officers Bernard Crumbacker Jr., Todd McGladrie and William Vaselaros. In addition, Leah Carter is being promoted to forensic services technician II.

Partners sought in food program

The county school system is seeking community-based programs that wish to participate in a summer food service.

The Office of Food and Nutrition Services can provide free cold breakfasts and lunches to groups of 20 or more low-income children at approved sites.

The initiative comes through the National Summer Food Service Program for Children.

Organizations can participate if at least half the children who would get the food are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.

Information: 410-887-7855.

Seniors luncheon planned next week

The Baltimore County Association of Senior Citizens Organizations will hold its 29th annual luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 13 at Columbus Gardens, 4301 Klosterman Ave.

Tickets are $25.

Information: 410-484-6866.

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