Crime Briefs

July 22, 2009

Girl, 16, reports robbery near Arundel light rail station

A 16-year-old girl told Anne Arundel County police that she was robbed Monday evening when she got off a light rail train at the Nursery Road station in the 6800 block of Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. in Brooklyn Park. According to police, the teenager said she was approached in the area of Hoffman and Midland avenues by four women, who assaulted her and took her purse. The suspects then ran toward Belle Grove Road, the girl told police.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Woman's bias suit against Laurel firm can proceed

A lawsuit alleging that employees at Central Warehouse Inc., a maintenance supply company in Laurel, created a hostile work environment for a black woman based on her gender and race can go forward, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The ruling overturned a decision by Senior Judge Peter J. Messitte, who had granted the company a summary judgment in federal district court, in part because he found that displaying pornography at work and referring to women as "bitches" were not gender-specific acts. He also ruled that the behavior, which went on for two months, was not sufficiently severe or pervasive to constitute a sexually hostile working environment, and that the complainant did not give the company ample time to investigate and deal with the race claims because she quit. In a 20-page opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Richmond, Va., reversed Messitte's summary judgment and outlined the allegations in the case, which involved employees repeatedly using the N-word, hanging blue "mop-head dolls" by nooses and displaying a pornographic screen saver, poster and calendar. The court affirmed a ruling that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the lawsuit, did not have to pay the company's attorney fees.

- Tricia Bishop

Man says he was robbed of $3,300 in Annapolis

A man told Annapolis police he was robbed of approximately $3,300 about midnight Monday in the Oxford Landing community. The man reported the robbery at the city's police headquarters shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday. He told police he was talking to his girlfriend on his cell phone when several people knocked him down and stole his wallet and cash before they ran off. Police said the man suffered minor cuts and bruises in the attack.

- Andrea F. Siegel

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