Around The Region

AROUND THE REGION

April 14, 2009

Rutherford appointed to position with RNC

Washington: Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele has named Boyd K. Rutherford, a former Maryland state official, as chief administrative officer of the Republican National Committee. Rutherford, 52, is believed to be the first African-American to run day-to-day operations at party headquarters in Washington, an RNC spokesman said. Rutherford was secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services in Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s administration, and he later served as a top Agriculture Department official under President George W. Bush.

Paul West

Annapolis police say teen sexually assaulted

A 16-year-old Annapolis girl was sexually assaulted by former friends of her mother, police said Monday. A relative of the girl informed police Friday of the sexual contact, said Maj. Scott Baker of the Annapolis police. Police would not provide the location of the incident or the girl's address, saying that releasing the information could compromise their investigation.

FOR THE RECORD - An Associated Press report in Tuesday's paper incorrectly identified a man seeking to unseal certain documents from a closed court case against former state Sen. Thomas Bromwell, who pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, and his wife, who pleaded guilty to mail fraud. The man's name is William Bond.
THE BALTIMORE SUN REGRETS THE ERROR

Julie Scharper

Market House might face eminent domain

Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer introduced a resolution Monday night calling for the city to use its powers of eminent domain to regain control of the troubled Market House. Last month, the city notified Market House Ventures Inc., the private company that manages the City Dock property, that it was in default of its lease for failure to pay rent and for not making "good faith efforts" to find tenants. The legislation, which is co-sponsored by all eight members of the city council, would allow the city to condemn the lease. The city and Market House Ventures have been wrapped up since 2007 in a legal battle that stems from a faulty air-conditioning unit. Market House Ventures has contended that the city's claims are unfounded and has called the idea of using eminent domain "devoid of merit."

Tyeesha Dixon

Bel Air man accused in abduction arrested

Harford County deputies have arrested a Bel Air man accused of kidnapping and assaulting his former girlfriend, police said. Joseph M. Criss, 28, was arrested without incident early Monday at his home in the 700 block of Roland Ave., police said. He had been sought in a warrant charging him with kidnapping, false imprisonment and second-degree assault stemming from an incident about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. According to police, Criss picked up his ex-girlfriend, a 22-year-old Forest Hill woman, and they began to argue. When she asked to be driven home, Criss refused, and bit her on the hand when she tried to call 911 on her cell phone, police said. The woman was punched as she was driven on Interstate 95 toward Baltimore County, and was sexually assaulted in a parking lot at Golden Ring Shopping Center, police said. When Criss stopped at a convenience store in the 8700 block of Pulaski Highway, the woman jumped out and called police from the store, police said. She was treated at Greater Baltimore Medical Center for injuries that were not life-threatening. Criss is being held on $1 million bond at Harford County Detention Center. Betz said Baltimore County police were investigatng the sexual assault case.

Accused in shooting, man is arrested in Pa.

A man sought on a charge of attempted first-degree murder in a shooting involving an estranged girlfriend in Harford County a week ago has been taken into custody in York County, Pa., the Harford County sheriff's office said. Mark Adam Jones, 40, was arrested Friday near the York Galleria Mall in Springettsbury Township, the sheriff's office said. The Harford County District Court issued a warrant for Jones' arrest April 7 after shots were fired April 6 into a vehicle in Riverside containing his former girlfriend and another passenger. No serious injuries were reported. Jones was being held at York County Prison awaiting extradition to Harford County, authorities said.

JONATHAN PITTS

Man, 18, shot in front of home in Annapolis

Annapolis police are investigating the shooting of an 18-year-old man in front of his home early Monday. Officers responding to a call reporting gunshots in the first block of Pleasant St. about 1:10 a.m. found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body, said Maj. Scott Baker. The victim, identified as Reginald King, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Julie Scharper

Long hose lines used in Carroll Park blaze

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