Overlea man admits to fatal beating at bar
An Overlea man accused of fatally beating a man outside a bar in June 2006 entered a guilty plea yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court.
Daniel Scott Rushton, 33, entered an Alford plea to one count of voluntary homicide in the killing of Robert Proescher, 53. Proescher, of the 4700 block of Duncrest Road, was beaten to death outside Charlie Brown's bar in Overlea.
An Alford plea allows the defendant to deny guilt while acknowledging that sufficient evidence for a conviction exists. In exchange for Rushton's plea, charges of first-degree murder and assault were dropped.
Rushton faces a maximum of 10 years in prison when Judge Judith C. Ensor sentences him next month.
Witnesses told police that Proescher and Rushton had argued inside the bar and that Rushton was asked by the proprietors to leave. Proescher told police he was hit in the head with a hammer. He died two days later.
Homan in line for raise
Baltimore County officials have proposed a 23 percent salary increase for the county administrative officer, the government's top appointed position.
The salary for County Administrative Officer Fred J. Homan would jump to $190,000 from $154,000 under a proposal by the administration of County Executive James T. Smith Jr. The council is scheduled to vote Monday on the salary increase, along with Homan's appointment to his first full four-year term.
As administrative officer, Homan oversees the day-to-day operations of the county government. After previously serving as the county's budget officer, Homan assumed his current job in November when his predecessor, Anthony Marchione, retired.
Donald I. Mohler III, a spokesman for Smith, said the proposal would bring Homan's annual pay in line with the salaries of similar county officials in Maryland.
Mohrs Lane span to close
Mohrs Lane Bridge, owned and maintained by CSX Railroad, will be closed indefinitely at noon today for safety reasons, Baltimore County officials said.
County engineers recently determined that the span, which crosses the CSX Railroad between Pulaski Highway and Philadelphia Road, showed serious substructure and deck deterioration and is no longer safe for traffic.
The bridge, a 145-foot-long wood-and-steel span in four sections, was built in 1912, officials said. It was rebuilt in 1953 and has been repaired frequently.
Homebuyers to get advice
The Baltimore County Office of Community Conservation is offering free homebuying advice to county residents.
Housing Resource Day will be held at Goucher College in Towson from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday . It will feature seminars and more than 60 vendors and exhibitors, and will offer guidance for new homebuyers and renters.
A highlight of the event involves a drawing during which up to 50 people will receive down payment and closing cost assistance toward a new home, officials said.
Advanced registration is preferred but not required for the free event. Those interested in attending are asked to go to www.baltimorecountymd.md.gov. or call 410-887-3697.