Prostitution case set for trial in Howard Co.

A former University of Maryland, Baltimore County assistant professor accused of running a prostitution service out of her Ellicott City home is scheduled to go on trial today in Howard County District Court.

Brandy M. Britton, 41, faces four charges of prostitution, which carry a maximum penalty of one year in prison and/or $500 each.

Britton's arrest in January came after police received numerous complaints over about 10 months about a "house of prostitution" at her home in the 10200 block of Shirley Meadows Court, according to charging documents.

After a police detective found a Web site -- on which police say Britton advertised services and rates under the name "Alexis" -- the detective set up an appointment with Britton, according to the documents.

When the detective arrived at her home, Britton led him to a bedroom and told him to undress and to "place the money on a table by the door," the documents state. After the detective put $400 on the table, he left the room and let vice and narcotics officers into the house, according to the documents.

During the search of the house, officers recovered about 150 condoms and nine bottles of "personal lubricating substances," according to the documents.

Britton worked at UMBC from 1994 to 1999 as an assistant professor of sociology and anthropology.

Laura Cadiz

Woman left at hospital dies

A woman who was shot in the head and left in front of the emergency room at Sinai Hospital early Tuesday died yesterday, city police said.

About 3 a.m., a white 1993 Fleetwood Cadillac occupied by three men stopped in front of the hospital's emergency room in the 2400 block of W. Belvedere Ave. and sped away moments later, leaving the woman behind.

The victim, identified as Whitney Wiley, 19, of no fixed address, had been in critical condition and on life support since undergoing surgery. Police were still attempting to learn where the shooting occurred, and find the car and its occupants.

Metro Crime Stoppers, 410-276-8888, is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment.

Richard Irwin

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