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Man given 70 years in robbery, stabbing

A 29-year-old man was sentenced yesterday to 70 years in prison for robbing and stabbing a Fullerton restaurant manager.

David Burton, who had no fixed address when arrested in the August 2006 robbery, was sentenced to life in prison with all but 50 years suspended, and a consecutive 20-year sentence for armed robbery for stabbing the manager of a Denny's restaurant more than 30 times.

His mother, Deborah Burton, was an employee at the restaurant at the time of the incident and was accused of helping to arrange the robbery.

She was sentenced in April to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to commit robbery.

Deborah Burton had entered an Alford plea, in which a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction, court records show.

Sarah Lynn Higgins, David Burton's girlfriend, pleaded guilty in November to armed robbery and was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center awaiting sentencing.

During the hearing, restaurant manager Michael Fredrick ,52, told the court he lost nearly 30 percent of the use in both of his hands after the stabbing. He said he has permanent lung, intestine and colon damage.

Detective James Long Jr. said he just finished a traffic stop when he was notified of the robbery and stabbing. He said that he and another man tied two belts to Fredrick's arms to try to stop the bleeding.

Fredrick said emergency officials later told him that without the officer's and bystander's help, he would have died in a minute.

David Burton could serve his sentence at the Patuxent Institution in Jessup, under Baltimore County Circuit Judge Thomas J. Bollinger's decision. James D. Psoras, an attorney representing Burton, said that the ruling was just.

Burton "needs treatment, he needs help." Psoras said, referring to the defendant's use of drugs. "The sentence allows him to be rehabilitated."

During the hearing, Burton said he was sorry "for all the pain and suffering" Fredrick endured.

Fredrick walked out of a Denny's restaurant in the 8000 block of Belair Road about 9:30 a.m. Aug. 14 to make a deposit at a bank when Burton approached and stabbed him, police said.

Fredrick continued to struggle with Burton for about 40 yards across the Denny's parking lot until Burton pushed him against a parked pickup truck, where the manager was stabbed repeatedly.

Assistant State's Attorney for Baltimore County S. Ann Brobst, said the incident was uncommonly violent.

"What was unusual was that he didn't stop," she said. "There were grave injuries."

Nick Shields


One man injured in two-alarm fire

One man was injured in a two-alarm fire that started in a vacant townhouse and then damaged two neighboring homes yesterday in Dundalk, Baltimore County fire officials said.

The victim was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment of injuries that were not considered life-threatening, officials said.

The county Fire Department received a call about 1:30 p.m. about the fire, which started in a vacant house in the first block of N. Dundalk Ave. The home sustained heavy fire damage, fire officials said.

The fire also caused smoke damage to the homes on either side of that house.

Within 20 minutes of arriving at the scene, firefighters had extinguished the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Jazzmen Tynes


Camp Honeybee seeks applicants

The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting applications for Camp Honeybee, a summer program for people ages 6 to 21 with mild to moderate disabilities.

The camp includes field trips, sports and crafts. The five-week program runs from July 2 to Aug. 3, operating from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at Dulaney High School in Timonium.

The cost is $250. Registration ends June 13.

For information or to request an application, contact the Office of Therapeutic Recreation Services at 410-887-5370, or the Cockeysville Recreation Office at 410-887-7734.

Jazzmen Tynes


Fire Museum holds Steam Day

The Fire Museum of Maryland will host its 30th annual Steam Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The event will be held on the grounds of the museum at 1301 York Road in Lutherville and will include a demonstration of a historic American Fire Engine Co. steamer. Children can participate in a water bucket brigade and pumping contest.

Percheron draft horses, a breed once stabled in 19th-century firehouses, will be on site.

Activities inside the museum will include an audio exhibit and tour about the Baltimore Fire of 1904, and entertainment for children in the museum's Discovery Room.

The Steam Day events outside the museum are free. Admission for inside events is $8 for adults, $7 for firefighters and seniors; and $4 for children ages 2 to 12.

Information: 410-321-7500, or visit

Jazzmen Tynes

Miami Beach Park

Meeting to discuss improvements

Baltimore County officials have scheduled a community meeting June 27 to discuss possible improvements to Miami Beach Park in Chase. The 60-acre waterfront park on Bay Drive has a playground, beach, and picnic area, according to county officials.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Seneca Elementary School, 545 Carrollwood Road.

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