Man sought in sex assault of teen
Police asked yesterday for the public's help in identifying a man wanted in the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl yesterday morning in the Bowleys Quarters area of Baltimore County.
The attack took place about 7:45 a.m. as the girl walked to her bus stop on Clarks Point Road near Bowleys Quarters Road, according to county police. A man grabbed the girl at knifepoint and demanded money. When the girl said she had none, the man dragged her into a wooded area off Clarks Point Road and sexually assaulted her, police said.
After the assault, the man let the girl go. She called her parents by cell phone and was taken to Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where her condition was listed as good, according to police.
The attacker might have left the scene in a dark-colored, medium- to full-sized pickup truck. He was described as a white male in his late teens or in his 20s, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a medium build, a faint dark mustache and braces on his teeth. He was wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt, black sweat pants and "skater"-style shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. Those who call Metro Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and might be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.
Panel to study animal guidelines
After pitbulls mauled a boy and killed a dog in recent weeks, the Baltimore County Health Department is creating a task force to study animal regulations.
County Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, who requested the task force this week, said tougher penalties against owners for dog attacks will be considered.
He said he became concerned after a 10-year-old boy in the Towson area was attacked by a pitbull that had escaped from its cage. The boy needed surgery on his face and other body parts, according to the county Health Department. Two pitbulls attacked and killed a dog in a separate incident.
"There's been a number of different incidents," said Gardina, a Towson-Perry Hall Democrat. "It always comes up in different community meetings."
County police receive about 1,000 reports a year on dog bites, said Dr. Pierre Vigilance, the county's health officer The task force will include representatives of the Health Department, animal control board and county law office, Vigilance said, adding that group would not focus on pitbulls.
"We're trying to determine how to make neighborhoods safe from dangerous animals period," he said.
Traffic stop nets 180 pounds of pot
A Georgia couple were being held on $1 million bond each at the county detention center after being stopped by police on Interstate 95 near White Marsh in a speeding pickup truck that was hauling nearly 180 pounds of "manicured marijuana," authorities said.
The driver of the northbound rented 2007 Dodge Dakota was clocked at 72 mph - 17 over the limit - and stopped about 10 a.m. Wednesday by an officer assigned to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police HEAT (Homeland Enforcement and Traffic) team, said Cpl. Jonathan Green, a police spokesman.
While the driver and her male passenger were being questioned, a drug-sniffing dog entered the bed of the pickup and alerted its handler to several bundles of high-quality marijuana hidden in a small refrigerator and kitchen cabinet, Green said.
The marijuana, tightly wrapped in cellophane, was destined for sale in New York City, an investigation later determined, he added.
Arrested and held on charges including importing and possession with intent to distribute marijuana were the driver, Marsenna Louise Jenkins, 37, of Stone Mountain, and Shelvin White, 42, of Atlanta. Jenkins also was charged with speeding and violating a rental vehicle agreement, Green said, noting that she was not the person who had signed the rental agreement.
Woman indicted in Medicaid fraud
A 48-year-old Randallstown woman has been indicted on charges of Medicaid fraud and theft, the Maryland attorney general's office said yesterday.
Siddi Jon of the 8900 block of Greens Lane was charged last week with 18 counts of defrauding the state health care system, felony theft and felony fraud, according to court records.
Jon is accused of knowingly submitting fraudulent claims to the Maryland Medicaid program through her company, Maryland Health First Inc., between April 2002 and May 2004, according to the attorney general's office. Those claims falsely represented that the company had provided psychiatric rehabilitation services and therapy to clients who had not received such treatment, according to the office.
Jon's company served Medicaid recipients in Baltimore and Baltimore County, according to the attorney general's office. The agency's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is prosecuting the case.
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