Crime Briefs

August 18, 2009

4 girls charged in assault on teen in Churchton

Four teenage girls were arrested early Saturday, accused of attacking another girl at a party in Churchton, Anne Arundel County police said. Police were called to a large fight at a home in the 5400 block of Muddy Creek Road. When officers arrived, witnesses said the party was over and that the people involved in the fight had left. In the 4400 block of the same road, police responded after girls were yelling for help because someone was hurt. There, a 17-year-old girl had a head injury she suffered at the party and no sensation in her lower extremities, police said. She was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she regained feeling in her legs. The four girls charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment are: Amanda Rose Brown, 21, of the 5400 block of Muddy Creek Road; Tabitha Marie Brown, 19, of the same address; and two juveniles, a 16-year-old from Churchton and a 15-year-old from Shady Side, police said.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Man fatally stabbed, 2nd injured in College Park

A 28-year-old man was fatally stabbed early Monday in College Park in what Prince George's County police called a domestic dispute between two parties who knew each other. Officers were called about 4 a.m. to the 8900 block of Rhode Island Ave. and found two men suffering from stab wounds a few blocks away in a single-family home in the 5000 block of Hollywood Road. Police said both men were taken to an area hospital, where the 28-year-old was later pronounced dead. The second man's condition was not available.

- Brent Jones

Testimony in witness murder wins lighter term

Damien West, a key witness in a recent murder and drug conspiracy trial, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the 2005 attempted murder of another court witness, John Dowery, who was ultimately killed a year later on Thanksgiving Day. All but 10 years of the sentence were suspended, and West received nearly four years' credit for time served. His sentence was delivered at the judge's bench Thursday, out of public earshot. The Baltimore Sun reviewed a recording of the sentencing in city Circuit Court. This past spring, West testified in a federal trial against James Dinkins, Melvin Gilbert and Darron Goods, who are serving life sentences for drug conspiracy and several murders, including Dowery's. All of the defendants took a shot at Dowery at some point, including informant West, who on the stand also admitted to dealing cocaine and participating in random robberies. That cooperation, which linked defendants to various crimes, earned West a far lighter sentence. He is expected to receive federal protection upon release.

- Tricia Bishop

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