Crime & Courts

October 03, 2008

Arundel man charged in assault with a machete

A woman quarreled with two neighbors early yesterday at a mobile home park in Anne Arundel County, and her boyfriend joined the fray with a machete, according to county police. Police said that a woman, who was reportedly drunk, returned home to the Lyons Creek Mobile Estates in Lothian about 2 a.m. She began yelling at a man and a woman who were in a nearby home, and they went outside to see why she was shouting, police said. The couple told police that the drunken woman then assaulted the female victim. Seeing the altercation, the drunken woman's boyfriend got a machete and put the blade against the man's neck, police said. He swung the machete at the couple's heads, but the female victim grabbed his arm, blocking him, the couple told police. He hit the female victim's flank with the side of the blade, leaving a mark, and punched her in the face, according to police. Officers found the machete in a bedroom, police said. Richard A. Jones, 34, of Lothian was charged with two counts of first- and second-degree assault and two counts of reckless endangerment. Police did not release the name of his girlfriend and the two victims.

Gus G. Sentementes

Man, 67, pleads guilty to receiving child porn

A 67-year-old Glen Burnie man pleaded guilty yesterday to receiving child pornography and faces at least five years in prison, the U.S. attorney's office said. David J. Manning of the 200 block of Westport Bay Drive had paid subscriptions to child pornography Web sites, some of which are based in Russia, according to the statement of facts accompanying his plea agreement. During a search of Manning's apartment Feb. 14, agents recovered computer equipment that held thousands of child pornography images. Manning told agents that he had been collecting child porn for about five years and had about 20,000 images, the agreement says. Manning, who is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 22, could receive a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 20 years.

From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Columbia man convicted of murder in '07 shooting

A jury convicted a Columbia man of first-degree murder yesterday, rejecting his attorney's argument that the defendant shot his acquaintance in the face on impulse, according to the Howard County state's attorney's office. A Howard County jury also found Charles David Richardson IV, 25, guilty of assault and use of a handgun to commit a crime of violence, said Wayne Kirwan, an office spokesman. Prosecutors said that on May 22, 2007, Richardson became angry with Trae Davon Allen, 19, shot him in the face once, then followed him and shot him in the back three times, prosecutors said. Richardson is to be sentenced Dec. 4.

Tyeesha Dixon

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