Two men arrested in early morning assault in Towson
Apr 18, 2012 | 11:10 PM
Baltimore County Police on Friday charged two Anne Arundel County men as part of an group that they say attacked two people in Towson on April 13.
Police charged Glen Kyle Staley, 27, of Pasedena, and Jamar Rashad Patterson, 22, of Arnold, with second-degree assault following an incident in the 100 block of York Road. They are seeking four other men in conjunction with the incident.
At 2:35 a.m., officers were dispatched to an assault in progress. When officers arrived, witnesses told them six males had assaulted two other males, and that the suspects were last seen running toward Linden Terrace.
Police said one suspect, later identified as Rasad Patterson, was arrested after a foot chase. Another suspect, later identified as Staley, was arrested in a parking lot near the intersection of Aigburth Road and York Road.
Police said the two victims had been ordering food at Pizan's Pizza. A witness reported that the men, both white, were followed into the restaurant by the suspects, who yelled racial comments at them.
When the two men left the restaurant, the suspects followed them. One of the victims told officers that the suspects knocked the pizza out of his hands. A physical fight began, and one man was assaulted.
After medical personnel arrived, the man was transported to St. Joseph's Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The second victim received minor injuries that did not require hospitalization.
The investigation remains open, and police said they are continuing to search for the remaining four suspects. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.
Police said Staley and Patterson are being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $75,000 bail.
Passerby is credited with alerting family to fire
Baltimore County Public Safety officials are crediting a passerby who alerted a family in the 300 block of Quaker Ridge Road in Timonium of a fire in their house.
The fire occurred Friday afternoon, April 13, and Elise Armacost, director of communications for the public safety agency, said a man who was in the area saw smoke and banged on the door.
"Two kids were inside and, happily, got out right away," she said.
Armacost said the cause of the fire was still under investigation as of April 16. The one-alarm fire caused an estimated $150,000 worth of damage she said.
Units responding to the scene included Texas, Lutherville, Brooklandville and Towson, among others. In all, 15 units responded, Armacost said.
Cockeysville resident wins 1st District House nomination
U.S. House candidate Wendy Rosen shifted her attention to the general election on April 19 after her opponent conceded the race for the Democratic nomination in Maryland's 1st Congressional District — ending the final disputed contest from the statewide primary.
Rosen, a Cockeysville businesswoman, led Chestertown physician John LaFerla by 82 votes out of more than 25,000 cast after state election officials had counted most of the absentee and provisional ballots.
The district includes portions of Baltimore, Carroll and Harford counties as well as the Eastern Shore.
In a statement, Rosen focused her fire on GOP incumbent Rep. Andy Harris, who is favored to win re-election in the Republican-leaning district.
"His extremist views have led to high disapproval throughout the district," Rosen said.
Harris said he would, "continue to be a watchdog for taxpayers."
The 1st District received national attention in 2008, when Frank Kratovil captured it for Democrats for the first time in 18 years, and again in 2010, when Harris beat Kratovil by a 12-percentage-point margin in the midterm election.
But the seat is considered safer for Republicans after last year's redistricting. Registered Republicans now outnumber Democrats by nearly 16,000 in the 383,000-voter district.
Rosen had declared victory in the primary hours after polls closed, but LaFerla argued that the contest was too close to call and said he wanted to wait for absentee and provisional ballots to be counted. The margin narrowed slightly as that process unfolded, but not enough to give LaFerla a chance of winning.
"Now that most of the absentee and provisional ballots have been counted, it is clear that the result of the Democratic primary …will not change," said LaFerla, who said he would support Rosen in the general. "While we came up short, the issues we talked about remain vital to the future of our district and our nation."
A third candidate, Kim Letke, received 14 percent of the vote.
—John Fritze, Baltimore Sun
Towson University set to observe Military Appreciation Day
The Towson University Student Government Association and TU's Veterans Services group will host the first Military Appreciation Day on Monday, April 23, beginning at 1:30 p.m., at the school's Burdick Field.
The event will include family-friendly attractions including a rock wall, Humvee, Bungee trampoline and an inflatable obstacle course, sponsored by the Loyola University/Towson University ROTC.
The official dedication ceremony that recognizes and honors Towson University military students, past and present, will begin at 3:30 p.m. adjacent to Burdick Hall.
TU President Maravene Loeschke, U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, Maryland Veteran Affairs Secretary Edward Chow Jr., Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Patrick Young, TU coordinator of Veterans Services, will each make remarks. A color guard will also be in attendance.
Following the event there will be an opportunity to see the new plaque dedicated to all of the university's military students.
Huguely scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 30
Former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V is set to be sentenced Aug. 30 for the beating death of Cockeysville native Yeardley Love.
Huguely's sentencing date was scheduled Monday in Charlottesville Circuit Court, according to the clerk's office. The Chevy Chase man was found guilty of second-degree murder in February for the slaying of Love in May 2010.
Love was a member of the Virginia women's lacrosse team. She was found dead in her Charlottesville apartment with injuries from a beating.
Huguely faces up to 26 years on the second-degree murder conviction and a guilty finding on another count related to Love's slaying.
Huguely's attorneys have already asked a judge for a hearing on a motion to have the case retried.