Man who touched girl in school is sought by police


Howard County police are looking for a man who entered St. John's Lane Elementary School in Ellicott City on Monday and touched a 9-year-old student as she walked to the school gymnasium.

The incident occurred about 4 p.m. as the girl walked down a hallway on her way to cheerleading practice. A man came up behind her, placed his hands on her shoulders and told her he was there to pick her up and take her home.

He then touched her on the buttocks and the girl fled down the hall to the gym. The man left the school, police said. The girl told her family Monday night what had happened, and the incident was reported to police and school officials yesterday morning.

The man is described as a white male, between 30 and 50 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, with medium length dark hair and an average build. He wore dark, casual clothing.

Patti Caplan, a school system spokeswoman, said fliers were sent home with the 620 students at the school telling parents of the incident. The notice also reminded students not to roam the halls after school hours, to walk in pairs and to report any suspicious activity to a teacher or to the main office.

Five other elementary schools -- Manor Woods, Waverly, Centennial, Worthington and Northfield in Ellicott City -- were also notified of the incident, Caplan said.

N.Y. woman collects lottery prize at store


Reita J. Davis of Jamaica, N.Y. -- one of two Maryland Lotto Big Game winners -- was presented a $150,000 check last week at Your Wine Shoppe in Ellicott City, where she had bought the winning ticket.

Davis' winning numbers were drawn Oct. 11, but the New Yorker didn't realize she had won until three days later when she returned to Howard County to visit relatives, lottery officials said.

She purchased the ticket at the wine shop in the Enchanted Forest shopping center on U.S. 40 while visiting family in the area. Davis plans on spending part of her winnings on a luxury car and investing the rest, according to lottery officials.

Another out-of-state resident claimed the first $150,000 prize in the same game. Phillip L. Mitchell of Philadelphia was presented his check at a convenience store in Baltimore, where he purchased the ticket.

Police log

Elkridge: 6100 block of Meadowridge Road: Cigarettes and cash were stolen from a convenience store about 1: 30 a.m. Sunday.

Elkridge: 6900 block of San Tomas Road: Someone pushed a wooden board through a door at the Best Buy Co. between early Friday and early Saturday. Nothing was stolen.

Elkridge: : 6000 block of Hanover Road: Someone stole a video cassette recorder, a television, a stereo, a microwave oven and an answering machine from a home Monday night after breaking a basement door window. The thief is described as a black male, 20 to 30 years old with a thin build. The person was seen driving a light-colored station wagon with a brown stripe on the side.

Pub Date: 10/30/96

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