Crime Briefs

August 25, 2009

Crofton man pleads guilty to shooting woman's dog

A Crofton man pleaded guilty Friday to shooting the dog he and a woman were taking care of for a woman who was recovering from surgery. Philip J. Balboni, 25, admitted that he and Sarah N. Tavenello, 21, told the owner that if she could not immediately pick up the dog Feb. 25, they would take the animal to a shelter. Instead, he shot the dog, according to Anne Arundel County prosecutors. Balboni is scheduled to be sentenced in about a month, according to court records. Tavenello has pleaded guilty to her role and earlier this summer was given a 90-day suspended sentence.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Landover man shot during party at VFW hall in Jessup

A 20-year-old Landover man was treated and released from a Baltimore hospital Sunday after a shooting at a birthday party at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in Jessup, Howard County police said. Just after 1 a.m. Sunday, Daveonne Lamont Clay was found suffering from gunshot wounds a short distance from the VFW hall in the 7200 block of Montevideo Road. Police said he was shot twice in the torso and taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment. He was released several hours later. Investigators said Clay was assaulted by people at the party and was fleeing on Montevideo Road when he was shot. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Howard County police at 410-313-3200.

- Liz F. Kay

Howard police arrest 22 men in prostitution sting

Female Howard County police officers who posed as prostitutes along busy U.S. 1 in North Laurel snared 22 men ranging from ages 23 to 82 Friday in the latest of periodic sting operations, authorities announced Monday. Police stationed the female officers along the highway near Whiskey Bottom Road for nearly six hours Friday afternoon in areas where citizens have complained of illicit activity. Men who approached and offered money for sex were arrested and charged with solicitation of prostitution, officials said. The stings are done about twice a year, according to a spokeswoman.

- Larry Carson

Glen Burnie man charged with impersonating officer

A Glen Burnie man was charged with impersonating a police officer after he tried to conduct traffic stops in the northern tier of Anne Arundel County by using a strobe light, police said Monday. County police said a driver reported that an Oldsmobile Cutlass with a red strobe light tried to stop his car shortly before 1 a.m. Monday on Route 100 near Camp Meade Road. Police stopped a Cutlass at West Furnace Branch Road and Vernon Avenue, and a passenger also told officers the driver had tried to stop vehicles on Route 100 using a strobe light. A red and blue strobe light was in the vehicle's front windshield, police said. The driver, Robert Edward Meise, 18, of the 300 block of Lindera Court was freed on his own recognizance, according to court records.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Police-involved shooting reported in Brooklyn Park

Responding to a call of a bank robbery in the area, Anne Arundel County police confronted a man at just past 8 p.m. Monday night in front of Murph's Liquor store in the 6000 block of Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park. Shots were fired, police said, but did not provide further information about the man's identity, his condition or whether anyone was injured.

-Don Markus

Detective work leads to hit-and-run driver

State police have charged a truck driver who slammed into an overhead sign on Interstate-70 last weekend, causing $100,000 in damage, after a criminal investigator scoured the region to determine his identity. On Friday, troopers charged Alvin J. Hall III, 49, of Glen Burnie with several traffic citations, including fleeing the scene of a collision, police said.

- Justin Fenton

Trial in councilman's killing postponed

The trial for three men accused of killing former City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr. has been postponed after one of the defense attorneys requested more time to sift through forensic evidence. Harris, 45, was fatally shot Sept. 20 during a robbery attempt at the Northwood Plaza shopping center in Northeast Baltimore. Police charged Charles Y. McGaney, 20, and Gary Collins, 20, with murder in November, and 16-year-old Jerome Williams was charged in January. Williams' attorney, Jerome Bivens, said Monday morning that there is a large amount of DNA evidence that defense experts still need to pore over. He said he is also seeking additional forensics and access to the Baltimore police crime lab. The defendants are set to be jointly tried, with a new trial date set for Jan. 12, 2010.

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Justin Fenton

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