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August 04, 2009

Man on probation for robbery is convicted of rape

An Annapolis man was convicted Monday of second-degree rape and related charges in a June 2008 attack on a woman who had passed out at her birthday party. Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Pamela L. North convicted Michael Leon Jones, 21, of the 100 block of Obery Court after a trial without a jury held last month. He maintained the sex was consensual. But the accuser said she awoke to find him on her bed smoking a cigarette. Sentencing is scheduled for September. The maximum sentence for second-degree rape is 20 years. However, he was on probation for a robbery conviction. That five-year prison sentence included four years that were suspended, and he faces the possibility of being ordered to serve that time as well.

- Andrea F. Siegel

N.C. man is charged with impersonating police officer

A North Carolina man who told police he was a security guard was charged Saturday with impersonating a police officer, Anne Arundel County police said. About 3:15 p.m., a man in the 1400 block of Berger St. in Odenton told police that a man with a badge around his neck and driving a brown station wagon approached him and claimed to be a police officer. An officer taking the man's report saw the station wagon in a nearby parking lot, where the driver was speaking to a female motorist. Approached by the officer, the man showed a security guard badge and said he worked in North Carolina. But the woman told the officer that the man had said he was a police officer investigating a crime. Police charged Yul Wells, 48, of the 100 block of S. Alabama Ave. in Goldsboro, N.C.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Five are robbed at gunpoint, one wounded in Hanover

Five people were robbed and one of them was shot Sunday at the Holiday Mobile Estates in Hanover, Anne Arundel County police said. Police said four men and one woman told them they were approached by two men, one with a handgun, shortly after 2 a.m. on Nipmuck Path near Metacomet Road. The robbers ordered the group to get down on the ground, and one fired at them before ordering them to empty their pockets and leaving. The man who was shot was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Ex-officer's sentence upheld in Ellicott City bank robbery

A three-judge panel in Howard County Circuit Court has upheld the 10-year sentence of a former Baltimore police officer who took nearly $380,000 from an Ellicott City bank in December 2007. The panel rejected attorney Debra Saltz's motion to cut Robert Flanagan's sentence in half. In court July 16, Saltz had called the initial sentence "cruel and unusual punishment" and said that her client would have been better off getting drunk and killing someone with his car. Flanagan tricked a Bank of America employee by wearing part of a security guard's uniform from Dunbar Armored Security, where he had previously worked.

- Don Markus

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