Man who scalded boy, 3, is convicted of child abuse
An Annapolis man, 25, was convicted yesterday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court of first- and second-degree child abuse for placing his 3-year-old stepson in a tub of scalding hot water after the child wet his pants. The boy spent nearly a year undergoing treatments for burns that covered about 45 percent of his body. Clarence Bennett was also found guilty of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, but he was acquitted of first-degree assault. Bennett initially told paramedics that he had found the child face-down in the tub. Defense attorneys Shawn Gaither and Stanley W. Robbins told the jury that the man did not realize that the water was scalding. Assistant State's Attorney Kathy E. Rogers said Bennett intentionally held the child in the water. Sentencing is set for Feb. 20. Bennett could face up to 25 years in prison.
Student honored for doing Heimlich maneuver
A first-grader at Baltimore County's Bedford Elementary was proclaimed "Queen Bee" yesterday, in honor of her having performed the Heimlich maneuver on a choking classmate. Jobria McDonald-Yates, 7, was at lunch about noon Wednesday when a boy at her table began choking on his food, Principal Laverne S. Goins said. Jobria had learned the Heimlich maneuver from her mother, who is an EMT, Goins said. She said Jobria was recognized during the Pikesville school's morning announcements yesterday and was queen of the Bedford Bees for the day.
McFall announces Annapolis mayoral run
Trudy McFall, an affordable-housing advocate in Annapolis, declared last night that she will run to be the city's next mayor. McFall, 65, founder and chairwoman of the affordable-housing business Homes for America and former chairwoman of the city housing authority's board of commissioners, made the announcement last night at a campaign kick-off event in downtown Annapolis.
Basilica restoration wins a top architecture prize
The $35 million restoration and modernization of Baltimore's Basilica of the Assumption has won one of the top prizes in American architecture. The American Institute of Architects announced yesterday that the restored basilica at Cathedral and Mulberry streets, which was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe and dates from 1806, is one of nine U. S. projects that will receive a 2009 Honor Award for Architecture at the organization's annual convention in April. John G. Waite Associates of New York was the restoration architect. The cathedral closed for renovations in the fall of 2004 and reopened two years later.
One dies, two injured in Pasadena head-on crash
One person was killed and two others were injured after two vehicles collided head-on last night in Pasadena, a spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said. The victims' names were withheld pending notification of family members, and the accident remains under investigation by police. Shortly before 8 p.m., the vehicles were heading in opposite directions on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard near Old Mill Road in front of Lake Waterford Park when they collided, spokeswoman Capt. Debbie Bowen said. Bowen said a 54-year-old woman went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead a short time later at Baltimore-Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie. Bowen said two men, one 46, the other 26, were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where one was reported in critical condition and the other in serious condition.