City / County Digest


August 15, 2008

Teen who fled facility caught In Washington

An 18-year-old who escaped from a Prince George's County juvenile facility this week has been recaptured by state and Washington police.

Demarco Smith, one of three teens to flee Cheltenham Youth Facility on Sunday afternoon, was arrested about 7:30 a.m. yesterday at a residence in the 700 block of 24th St. in Northeast Washington, his home neighborhood. Another 18-year-old, Tyrone Johnson of Baltimore, was still missing yesterday. The third, a 17-year-old Baltimore boy, was arrested Monday in Baltimore County.

The three used wire cutters to breach a metal fence at Cheltenham, a secure detention center for youths awaiting trial in juvenile court or placement in other facilities.



Man, 64, charged with making threats

Maryland State Police have charged a Gaithersburg resident and retired attorney with threatening to injure Gov. Martin O'Malley and other elected officials.

Police arrested James A. Frost, 64, on Wednesday night after receiving information from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office that indicated he planned to harm several elected officials, including O'Malley as well as U.S. Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Hillary Clinton.

Frost, a resident of the 100 block of Billingsgate Lane in Gaithersburg, was being held yesterday at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. Authorities secured his home pending the execution of a search warrant. Reginald W. Bours, a defense lawyer for Frost, said the case appears to be based on documents his client's estranged wife found in his home. "Based on what little I've heard, it doesn't appear that Mr. Frost actually communicated any threats or sent them to anyone," Bours said.


Worcester County

Ocean City

O'Malley tells county leaders: Hang on

City leaders say this beach resort town is weathering the economic downturn well, but at the annual convention of local government officials taking place here this week, the worried chatter was of wintry economic days ahead.

"County officials are obviously in great distress about the deterioration of the economy," said David Bliden, executive director of the Maryland Association of Counties. Gov. Martin O'Malley said yesterday that he would try to maintain recent increases of state support of education, health care and Chesapeake Bay restoration, but he cautioned that new spending programs are unlikely in next year's budget.

His message to county government officials: Hang on until the economy improves.



City man gets life in 2007 killing

A 28-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for killing a Glen Burnie man in June 2007.

Michael Martin, of the 200 block of Allwood Road, was convicted by a jury in May of first-degree murder in the death of 36-year-old Phillip Airey, who was found fatally stabbed and beaten in a burning car.

Two others, Robert Speake and Airey's estranged wife, Tracy Asbury, were convicted of second-degree murder in Airey's death.

Brent Jones

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