Tri-state briefs

April 28, 2004

Woman charged with killing her husband

LAUREL, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County police charged an Annapolis Junction woman with first-degree murder, after they said she shot and killed her husband and tried to make his death look like a suicide.

Laura Ann Rogers, 35, was arrested Monday, The (Annapolis) Capital reported Tuesday. She told police she shot Walter G. Rogers after she found out he was sexually abusing a young female relative, detectives said.

Rogers, 43, was found dead in his bed Saturday morning, after police received a 911 call from the home about 7 a.m. Officers said they believed children were in the house at the time of the shooting.

Inmate charged with sexual assault

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's Department of Juvenile Services reported Tuesday a 15-year-old inmate of Charles H. Hickey Jr. School was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting another inmate.


The boy, whose name was not released, was arrested by Maryland State Police on Monday night, after investigators said he went into the room of a 17-year-old inmate Monday morning, attacked him with a pillow and sexually assaulted him.

The victim was treated at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore and returned to the youth facility, said Juvenile Services spokeswoman LaWanda Edwards. He was expected to be moved to another juvenile facility in Hagerstown, Edwards said.

The 15-year-old was charged with second-degree sexual offense and second-degree assault and was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center. He is to be moved to a juvenile facility in Salisbury.

National Guardsman from Pa. dies in Iraq

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A Luzerne County man serving in Iraq with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard was killed in an explosion Monday, family members said.

Sgt. Sherwood Baker, 30, was killed in Baghdad. He was a member of the First Battalion, 109th Field Artillery, Alpha Battery, but was serving with the 2nd Battalion, 103rd Armor Regiment from Scranton.

The military had not yet confirmed Baker's death, but had scheduled a news conference for Tuesday.

Baker's family told the Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre that two officials came to their house Monday to tell them the news.

Baker leaves behind his wife, Debra, and a son.

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