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Man accused in sex abuse of boy at church

A Millersville man was charged with a second-degree sex offense after a witness reported finding him in a church bathroom with a 5-year-old boy.

Thomas Scott Fielding, 18, of the 1700 block of Baldwin Ave. surrendered to police at the Eastern District station yesterday.

According to investigators, on April 25, the boy and Mr. Fielding were attending a dinner at Baldwin Memorial United Methodist Church in the 900 block of Generals Highway in Millersville when the boy's parents became worried when their son did not return from the bathroom.

A witness police would not identify found the boy in the bathroom with Mr. Fielding, who was trying to pull up the boy's pants, the police report said. The child later told the witness Mr. Fielding was performing a sex act on him when the witness opened the bathroom door.

Police said both the child and Mr. Fielding were members of the church.

Volunteer Penny Hopkins wins Rotary Club award

Penny Hopkins, who volunteers at various schools and hospitals, has won the Rotary Club of Severna Park's "Service Above Self" annual award.

Ms. Hopkins, a 45-year-old mother of three, was chosen by the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce from nominees selected by the Rotary Club. She was honored at the Rotary's April 22 dinner at Chartwell Country Club.

Linda Zahn, the chamber's executive director, calls Ms. Hopkins "truly extraordinary" for her continued community service for the Chamber of Commerce, the Severna Park Assistance Network, Chesapeake Academy and Anne Arundel General Hospital.

Ms. Hopkins, of Severna Park, has volunteered regularly since she was a teen-ager working as a hospital candy striper.

"I enjoy volunteerism and feel it's important to give back to the community," she said. "I like that quote John F. Kennedy repeated from the Bible -- 'To whom much is given, much is expected.' "

Ms. Hopkins said she's "very, very pleased and excited" by the award. "I felt honored just to have been nominated, much less to win. The other nominees were such giving people; they all deserved it."

She concluded that volunteering makes her happy. "I always end up getting more out than I put into it," she said.

Millersville man arrested on marijuana charges

County police have charged a 27-year-old Millersville man with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Raymond Stover of the 8200 block of Sherbrooke Court was charged Monday after Central District narcotics detectives and members of the special operations squad searched his home at 11:55 p.m. and seized 2 ounces of marijuana, $432 and a 1985 pickup truck.

Police also found a triple-beam scale and packaging materials.

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