Crime Watch


August 26, 2008

Investigation continues into shooting on boat

Police remained tight-lipped yesterday about the death Sunday morning of a Sparrows Point man who was killed, allegedly while breaking into the cabin of a 27-foot sailboat anchored about 200 feet off shore in Jones Creek. Police responded to the 7300 block of Geise Ave. in Sparrows Point about 1 a.m. Sunday and found Albert Edward Driscoll III, 39, of the 2100 block of Alma Ave. dead on the boat, said Michael Hill, a Baltimore County police spokesman. Hill would not say how Driscoll had been killed or whether police thought the shooting was a case of self-defense by the boat's occupants - a 21-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman sleeping in the cabin when Driscoll came aboard.

Kevin Rector

Case of neglect yields a manslaughter conviction

A former Baltimore County woman has been convicted in a Pennsylvania court of involuntary manslaughter for neglecting her 87-year-old mother-in-law, but the woman's husband was acquitted of murder charges in his mother's 2004 death. A York County jury reached its verdict Friday for William J. Donohue, 73, and his wife, Frances Ann Donohue, 61. The couple were charged with murder after prosecutors said they failed to provide basic medical care for William Donohue's mother, Bernadette Leiben. The Donohues moved in 2003 from Jacksonville in northern Baltimore County to Fawn Township just over the state line. Leiben was found dead May 20, 2004. Her body was covered with bedsores and ulcers so severe that muscle and bone were visible, police said. Defense lawyers argued that Frances Donohue was solely responsible for caring for Leiben but was incapable because she was depressed and under the influence of painkillers.

FOR THE RECORD - A headline and article in yesterday's editions and a headline in Monday's editions gave the incorrect cause of death for a man killed Sunday on a boat in Sparrows Point. Albert E. Driscoll III was fatally stabbed, Baltimore County police said.
The Baltimore Sun regrets the errors.

Associated Press

Four people sought in Anne Arundel attack

Anne Arundel County police said yesterday that they are investigating an attack in which four men wearing black bandannas assaulted a man at a Glen Burnie bus stop in an apparent robbery attempt. The man told police that he was waiting at a bus stop in the 7900 block of Ritchie Highway early Sunday when the four demanded money. One was carrying what appeared to be a baseball bat, which he used to strike the victim in the back, police said. The victim was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

Gus G. Sentementes

Man, 49, charged in fire in Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County fire investigators have arrested a 49-year-old man who they say is responsible for setting a fire that damaged five vehicles and a home in Pasadena early this year.

Charles Earnest Maynard of the 2100 block of Maisel St. in Baltimore was arrested Friday and charged in the blaze, discovered along Bodkin View Road before dawn Feb. 10, according to Battalion Chief Matthew Tobia, a county Fire Department spokesman.

Maynard has been charged with nine counts, including first- and second-degree arson, malicious burning of property and the manufacture and use of a destructive device, fire officials said.

Julie Scharper

Two people wounded in Northwest Baltimore

Two people were shot while sitting in a car Sunday night in Northwest Baltimore, authorities said. The victims - a 29-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman - were in a parked car in the 3400 block of Milford Ave about 11:30 p.m. when an assailant - possibly more than one - fired several shots at the victims, striking each at least once, police said. The victims fled and flagged down a bus. The victims were hospitalized and reported in good condition yesterday.

Gus G. Sentementes

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