Around The Region

AROUND THE REGION

April 17, 2009

W. Va. man sentenced in crash death

A 23-year-old West Virginia man was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in jail and five years of unsupervised probation for his role in a head-on crash in Woodbine that killed a Mount Airy man last summer. Joel Nathan Wareham, convicted of vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol, apologized to the family of Milton Bowens Sr. and said he accepted responsibility for the man's death Aug. 14. The accident occurred on a stretch of Route 144 when Wareham's car, which was clocked at between 85 mph and 90 mph, slammed into a van driven by Bowens, killing him and injuring two others. Defense attorney Donald Wright, who said his client suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from his tour of duty in Afghanistan, had asked the judge for five years' probation without any prison time.

Don Markus

Convicted murderer gets life in prison

A 20-year-old Columbia man who was found guilty last year of first-degree murder was sentenced to life in prison Thursday. Antajuan Wilson will also serve a consecutive 20-year sentence for using a handgun in the death of Bryan Adams Jr. at a gas station in the Wilde Lake Village Center on April 9, 2008. Wilson will be eligible for parole on the murder charge in 25 years. Prosecutors had asked that Wilson be given a life sentence without the possibility of parole. But Howard County Circuit Judge Richard Bernhardt said that he was not aware of any Maryland inmates convicted of first-degree murder being let out on parole since the law changed in 1987. Though Bernhardt said he was aware Wilson had just turned 18 when the crime occurred, the judge said he was bothered by what he perceived to be Wilson's lack of remorse. Defense attorney Mary Pizzo had requested that Wilson be sent to Patuxent Institution for Juvenile Offenders, but she said she is pleased her client has a chance at parole.

Don Markus

Money talk for women at Goucher College

The Baltimore County Commission for Women will hold a free Money Conference for Women from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Goucher College. Topics will include how to get out of debt, money management, personal finance, retirement planning and investment strategies. Madeleine Green, a former University of Maryland, College Park professor, will be the keynote speaker. Information: 410-887-0000.

Muscular dystrophy benefit at Harford Mall

Harford Mall in Bel Air will host the sixth annual MDA Stride & Ride on Saturday to benefit individuals and families coping with muscular dystrophy and related progressive muscle diseases. About 400 walkers and people using wheelchairs and scooters are expected to participate. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Information: 410-494-7106.

Edmondson Westside teacher wins award

Sandra Mosley, a Baltimore City teacher at Edmondson Westside High School, has won a 2009 MetLife Foundation Ambassadors in Education award for her work in building partnerships between schools and hospitals, clinics and nursing facilities. Mosley is the lead teacher for a program that helps students gain practical experience in health care fields. She is one of 25 teachers selected from across the nation for the award which gives a $5,000 grant to her school.

Bay's health given a grade of 'D'

The president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the condition of the nation's largest estuary remains "a national disgrace." But William Baker says he is heartened that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will pay more attention to the bay's problems under President Barack Obama's administration. In its 10th annual report released Wednesday, the foundation gave the bay's health a grade of "D," giving it 28 points out of a possible 100. Chuck Fox, a senior adviser to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, said the federal agency is considering a range of tools and regulations to improve the bay's water quality.

Associated Press

UMUC among schools to get mystery money

The University of Maryland University College is among at least eight universities that have received gifts totaling $45 million from an anonymous donor. University College - which received $6 million - and the other schools have promised not to try to find out the giver's identity. The gifts ranged from $8 million at Purdue to $1.5 million donated to the University of North Carolina at Asheville. It is not clear whether the gifts came from an individual, an organization or a group of people with similar interests. Each donation has been delivered since March 1 and came with the same stipulation: Most of the money must be used for student scholarships, and the rest can be spent on such things as research, equipment, strategic goals and operating support.

Associated Press

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