A 22-year-old Sykesville man whose drunken driving killed a Walkersville resident is expected today to make his second request for a shortening of his three-year prison sentence.

Robert Kenneth Sauter, of the 5900 block of Forest Court, pleaded guilty in November 1990 to automobile manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. In March 1991,Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. sentenced Sauter to three years inprison and fined him $1,000.

Sauter's first request for a reduction in his sentence was deniedby Beck in August.

The charges against Sauter stemmed from a three-car accident on Route 26 that killed 52-year-old Charles Robert Henderson of Walkersville on April 9, 1990. Sauter, who was 20 at the time of the crash, had been drinking with friends for several hours before the accident, court and police records show.

Since last March,Sauter has served time in several state prerelease facilities, such as the Sykesville Laundry Camp.

In the most recent sentence reduction request filed in December, Sauter's attorney, Robert Parker, saidthat "a day does not go by when the victim's family is not in his (Sauter's) thoughts."

In response, Assistant State's Attorney David M. Littrell wrote, "The state submits that nothing has occurred sincethe time of the sentencing to warrant a reduction in the sentence."

The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. today in Circuit Court.



The trial of a 23-year-oldcity man who was charged with the July 1991 rape of an East Main Street woman is expected to begin today in Carroll County Circuit Court.

Richard Alan Pyles Jr., also of East Main Street, also was charged by city police with breaking and entering and assault and battery in connection with the attack at 5:24 p.m. July 10.

Police said the48-year-old woman, whose name is being withheld, told them that a man knocked at her door. When she answered, the man pushed his way in and then took her to the bedroom, where he forced her to have intercourse.

The woman ran to a another room where she called a friend, who then called the police.

Court records say that when city Detective Barbara Litchfield arrived at the apartment, a nude man was in thebedroom.

Pyles faces up to life in prison on the rape charge.


A New Windsor woman who last year admitted to stealing over a two-year period from two construction companies whereshe worked as a bookkeeper was convicted Monday in Carroll County Circuit Court.

Although Patricia Ann Lease, 38, of the 1300 block ofOld New Windsor Road had been cooperating with the State's Attorney's Office before a county grand jury indictment was handed down in December, the state asked Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck to sentence her to time at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Court testimony revealed that Lease fraudulently cashed more than 180 checks drawn on the construction companies' accounts.

She stole more than $130,000 in the scheme, court testimony showed. Some of the money went toward improvements on her New Windsor home, the ownership of which has beentransferred to Walter Weller Jr., the owner of the construction companies that employed Lease.

Lease has been paying Weller part of the stolen money.

Sentencing is set for March 23. The charges on which Lease was convicted -- theft, forgery and uttering -- are feloniesand carry a maximum penalty of 65 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:

Jan. 18

10:52 a.m., Hampstead, Westminster, Manchester, Reese, Lineboro, Arcadia and Boring responded to a house fire on Eikon Lane.

1:59 p.m., Gamber responded to a fire alarmon Canterberry Court.

2:09 p.m., Sykesville responded to a brush fire on Hodges Road.

2:38 p.m., Sykesville assisted Howard County on a brush fire on River Road.

3:16 p.m., Westminster and New Windsor responded to a garage fire on Old New Windsor Pike.

3:51 p.m.,Mount Airy assisted Howard County on a house fire on Hipsley Mill Road.

4:15 p.m., Lineboro, Manchester and Pleasant Hill responded toa chimney fire on Black Rock Road.

5:32 p.m., Taneytown, Harney and Emmitsburg responded to a chimney fire on Baltimore Street.

5:35 p.m., Gamber, Reese, Sykesville and Westminster responded to a chimney fire on Sykesville Road.

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