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By Andrea F. Siegel | December 9, 2009
Prosecutors will seek the maximum sentence, life in prison, for a 17-year-old boy who pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree rape of a 7-year-old girl he took from a playground in his Crofton neighborhood. But the attorney for David B. Raszewski, of the 1700 block of Granite Court, said he will propose that Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge William C. Mulford II sentence the teenager more like a juvenile - not confine him to an adult state prison and, instead, ensure he receives treatment.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
George Arlotto this week became the third Anne Arundel County superintendent in as many years submitting a capital budget proposal - but he said working within the school system for 10 years helped him hammer out the $163.4 million request. "Not a lot of changes were made, based on what we've done in the past and where we're headed in the future," said Arlotto, who was the system's chief of staff before becoming superintendent in July. Arlotto replaced Mamie Perkins, who served as an interim superintendent for a year while the school district sought a permanent replacement for seven-year Superintendent Kevin Maxwell.
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February 11, 2010
An Anne Arundel County fire engine and a Toyota pickup truck collided head-on Wednesday morning in Crofton, sending three people to the hospital, officials said. A fire engine from Station 7, which is on Route 424 just south of Crofton, was responding to a call at 2:53 a.m. when the crash occurred on Route 424 near Neuman Way, Battalion Chief Steve Thompson said. A Toyota Tacoma crossed the center line and struck the fire engine, police Lt. James Fredericks said. "The investigators don't believe speed was a factor.
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August 5, 2014
A Crofton man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison plus 20 years for the killing of a Frederick man who prosecutors said had been his partner in a drug operation. Michael Stahlnecker, 51, was sentenced in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court for the November 2012 killing of John Patrick Ryan. State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess said in a release that Ryan had been under investigation by Frederick County officials on suspicion that he was involved in a marijuana operation in Maryland and California.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 4, 2009
The second of two teens who fatally punched a 14-year-old Crofton boy was ordered Thursday to spend up to four years in a juvenile facility, ending the prosecution in a death that became a symbol of suburban youth violence. "I see two families that are devastated, yours and Christopher's," Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge J. Michael Wachs told Javel M. George as he sentenced him for manslaughter in the death of Christopher D. Jones. The May 30 homicide raised national concerns about the threat of teen gang violence in suburban communities.
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By Michael Lofthus, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
Two men were arrested in Crofton on Friday in connection to at least one carjacking incident in the area. An officer on patrol in Crofton noticed two vehicles he suspected were involved in stealing motorcycles, so he continued to monitor their movements. According to police, Clinton resident Kevin M. Wilkins, 25, got out of the white minivan he was driving on Forksbridge Court in Gambrills and fled from the scene on foot. Darrel Lamont King, Jr., 29, of Cheverly, who was in a separate vehicle, was immediately detained, while Wilkins turned himself in as police were canvassing the area.
SPORTS
By Glenn Graham and The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2013
Evan Santa, a Crofton resident and former South River golfer, shot a 1-under-par 71 to share top honors in the boys division of the Performance Based Enty (PBE) Qualifier-Easton at Talbot Country Club. In the 18-hole stroke-play competition, an American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) event which featured 84 boys, Santa, who goes to DeMatha, made four birdies to tie Gus Minkin of York, Pa., with the best round.  PBE Qualifiers are 18- and 36-hole events, which provide an opportunity for AJGA members who have had limited AJGA playing opportunities to compete and continue building Performance Based Entry status.
BUSINESS
September 15, 2002
Koch Homes has sold 27 single-family homes in its eventual, 67-home development of Crofton Colony in Anne Arundel County. The community is designed for those ages 55 and older who want an active lifestyle. Crofton Colony offers ranch styling. The dimensions are particularly deep for this type of house, the builder says -- 40 feet wide by 60 feet deep. Options include a finished basement, kitchen upgrades, floor upgrades and decks. Prices for the houses range from $347,900 to $372,900.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2013
A Crofton motorist suffered life-threatening injuries in a two-vehicle collision on Route 450 in Gambrills Tuesday evening, Anne Arundel County Police said in a prepared statement on Wednesday. Spokesman Justin Mulcahy said that at 10:38 p.m., officers responded to a report of a collision on Route 450 near Hallmark Drive and found both vehicles blocking the westbound lane. Police said a preliminary investigation revealed that Daniel James Pfarr, 34, of Crofton was driving a 1999 Honda Accord eastbound when he lost control, crossed double yellow line and ventured onto the path of a 2012 Mazda 3, which was driven by a 17-year-old female from Gambrills.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2012
A 35-year-old Crofton man is charged with drug possession and distribution and handgun offenses. Michael A. Shepherd was arrested Thursday evening at his home in the 1600 block of Airy Hill Court. After a series of surveillance operations that stemmed from community complaints about illegal drug activities, detectives obtained a search warrant and arrived at the home about 9:30 p.m. Officers recovered two handguns, one of which was stolen, and several rounds of ammunition.
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By Jon Meoli and Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
As a kid, Kyle Beckerman always had his eye on the goal. He painted pictures of U.S. soccer stars, wowed classmates at Crofton Woods Elementary with his command of a soccer ball and even tagged his adolescent signature: "USA #15. " Attending the World Cup in 1994 crystallized his dream. Twenty years after he watched a World Cup game in Washington, D.C., the 32-year-old Beckerman is set to play in his first World Cup for the United States, which kicks off its tournament Monday against Ghana in Natal, Brazil.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
A 39-year-old man was found guilty Wednesday of sexually abusing a teenage girl in Crofton between 2010 and 2012, according to the county's State's Attorney's Office. John Michael Winner was found guilty of one count of sex abuse of a minor and four counts of second-degree forcible rape, according to a news release. The State's Attorney's Office had alleged that over a two-year span between spring 2010 and late fall 2012, Winner abused the girl at two Crofton residences. Winner has denied the charges, according to The Capital.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
The United States Men's National Team will go to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil without perhaps its most iconic player, Landon Donovan. But coach Jurgen Klinsmann included Crofton native Kyle Beckerman and former Maryland players Omar Gonzalez and Graham Zusi in the 23-man side that will be on the plane to Rio. Beckerman, a 14-year MLS midfielder who went to Arundel High, has not featured heavily in the national team for much of his career....
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
The Anne Arundel County Council killed a bill Monday night that would have set up a special fund for construction projects - including the possibility of funding another public high school. By a 3-4 vote, the council defeated a bill from Councilman Jamie Benoit, who offered the measure as a way to raise money for a 13th public high school in the Crofton area - a proposal that so far has gone unfunded by the county and state, despite pleas from parents in the western part of the county.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
The Crofton birthplace of Johns Hopkins, which once anchored hundreds of acres of farmland in Anne Arundel County, soon may see its territory shrink once more. A developer has proposed building an assisted-living center on the 10.5-acre lot next door to Whites Hall, a brick home where the founder of the Baltimore university and hospital was born in 1795. The plans sparked traffic fears among residents, as well as concerns about development on one of the last lots next to the house, which was built in the 1700s and anchors the remaining 13 acres of what was originally an 1,800-acre land grant given in 1665 to Colonial official Jerome White.
SPORTS
By Glenn Graham and The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2013
Evan Santa, a Crofton resident and former South River golfer, shot a 1-under-par 71 to share top honors in the boys division of the Performance Based Enty (PBE) Qualifier-Easton at Talbot Country Club. In the 18-hole stroke-play competition, an American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) event which featured 84 boys, Santa, who goes to DeMatha, made four birdies to tie Gus Minkin of York, Pa., with the best round.  PBE Qualifiers are 18- and 36-hole events, which provide an opportunity for AJGA members who have had limited AJGA playing opportunities to compete and continue building Performance Based Entry status.
NEWS
August 5, 2014
A Crofton man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison plus 20 years for the killing of a Frederick man who prosecutors said had been his partner in a drug operation. Michael Stahlnecker, 51, was sentenced in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court for the November 2012 killing of John Patrick Ryan. State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess said in a release that Ryan had been under investigation by Frederick County officials on suspicion that he was involved in a marijuana operation in Maryland and California.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2010
The family of a 14-year-old Crofton boy killed in a gang-related dispute last May filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Tuesday against the Anne Arundel County Board of Education and others, contending that school officials knew the youth faced violent threats and failed to protect him. The lawsuit by Jennifer Adkins and David Jones, parents of Christopher David Jones, also seeks $10 million from the parents of two teens who struck Christopher while...
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2013
A Crofton motorist suffered life-threatening injuries in a two-vehicle collision on Route 450 in Gambrills Tuesday evening, Anne Arundel County Police said in a prepared statement on Wednesday. Spokesman Justin Mulcahy said that at 10:38 p.m., officers responded to a report of a collision on Route 450 near Hallmark Drive and found both vehicles blocking the westbound lane. Police said a preliminary investigation revealed that Daniel James Pfarr, 34, of Crofton was driving a 1999 Honda Accord eastbound when he lost control, crossed double yellow line and ventured onto the path of a 2012 Mazda 3, which was driven by a 17-year-old female from Gambrills.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2013
A judge threw out a criminal charge Tuesday against a Crofton man accused last summer of likening himself to a "joker" and threatening to blow up co-workers. The case raised alarm in the wake of a mass shooting in Colorado but ended quietly after prosecutors were unable to connect the allegations to a specific crime. Police seized guns and ammunition from Neil Edwin Prescott's Crofton home after authorities said he called in threats to a Prince George's County business. He was eventually charged with a single count of telephone misuse, which the judge threw out Tuesday.
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