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Man sought in rape of Arbutus woman

Baltimore County police are searching for the man who robbed and raped an Arbutus woman on Valentine's Day.

Shortly after 2 p.m. Feb. 14, a 22-year-old woman answered a knock on her door, and a man asked her questions about who lived in the apartment, county police said yesterday. The man left, but returned a short time later with a handgun and forced his way into the apartment and demanded money, police said.

The gunman stole jewelry and cash before forcing the woman into her bedroom, where he raped her at gunpoint, police said. The woman called police and was taken to Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where she was treated and released, police said.

The suspect was described as a black man, 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with brown eyes and a light beard. He was wearing a black, three-quarter-length coat, tan pants and a black hat, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7- LOCKUP.

Nick Shields


2 men fined for illegal hunting

Charges filed by the state Natural Resources Police during the last year's hunting season have led to two guilty verdicts in Baltimore County District Court, authorities announced yesterday.

Steven Brian Knouse, 43, and David Wayne Stambaugh, 40, both of Freeland, were found guilty of using a rifle to hunt deer in Loch Raven Reservoir, property owned by Baltimore City, authorities said.

Knouse was fined $750, his rifle was forfeited to the state, and his hunting license was suspended for two years, authorities said. Stambaugh was fined $650 and his hunting license also was suspended for two years, officials said.

Natural resource officials also said that Donna Lynn Frank, 51, of Baltimore was found guilty last week of operating a business as a tree expert without a license and of false advertising or soliciting business as an unlicensed tree expert, authorities said. Frank was fined $570, authorities said.

Nick Shields

Man sentenced for tax fraud

A 47-year-old Perry Hall man has been sentenced to three years in prison for fraudulently receiving nearly $80,000 in state refund checks over three years, according to court records.

John T. Chalk Jr. of the first block of Durness Court pleaded guilty in January in Baltimore County Circuit Court to one count each of theft, fraud and willfully filing a false tax return, court records show. Prosecutors dismissed 30 other counts that had been filed against him.

Baltimore County Circuit Judge Susan M. Souder sentenced Chalk last week to 10 years in prison, suspending all but three years of the term and ordering him to serve five years of supervised probation upon release, court records show. The judge also directed Chalk to pay $54,000 in restitution to the Office of the Maryland State Comptroller.

Chalk admitted to using false names and Social Security numbers to obtain nine of the 12 fraudulent tax refunds, according to the attorney general's office, which prosecuted the case. He received $78,086 in state tax refunds between 2002 and 2005.

Jennifer McMenamin


Ten reportedly food-poisoned

Baltimore County health officials and the owners of a restaurant chain are investigating a report that 10 people became ill after eating at a Chuck E. Cheese's in Dundalk on Saturday night, authorities said yesterday.

Dr. Pierre Vigilance, the county health officer, said yesterday that he could not comment because his office had just learned of the report and was investigating.

"The minute that we are aware of there being a threat to people's health because of a practice or some issue at that particular facility, we take the appropriate action," Vigilance said.

Three children younger than age 5 and a woman were reportedly taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital on Sunday, according to attorney Barry Glazer.

Each of the 10 people - all members of an extended family - who ate pizza and salad at the chain restaurant in the 8300 block of Eastern Ave. became sick with stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea, said Glazer, who represents the family members. The woman was released from the hospital yesterday, Glazer said.

Glazer said his office contacted the Baltimore County Health Department and Chuck E. Cheese's officials about the incident.

Brenda Holloway, a spokeswoman for parent corporation CEC Entertainment Inc., said the company would investigate.

"We take this seriously," Holloway said. "We just need to find out what's going on."


County police seek bank robber

County police are searching for a man who robbed a Randallstown bank a week ago.

At 12:30 p.m. Feb. 27, a man walked up to a teller in the Provident Bank in the 8600 block of Liberty Road and passed a note demanding cash, county police said.

The teller gave the man an unknown sum of cash, and he walked out of the bank, authorities said.

The robber is described as a black man, between 30 to 40 years old, 6 feet 1 inch tall, and about 170 pounds. He had brown eyes and black short hair, officials said. He wore black pants, black sunglasses, a black shirt with the word "Boston" in white letters on the front and a black hat, officials said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP.

Nick Shields

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