Student pleads guilty: A University of Maryland student pleaded guilty yesterday in Prince George's County District Court to disorderly conduct in connection with a disturbance that broke out in College Park in March after Maryland's men's basketball team won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
James Michael Creegan, 19, of Damascus was sentenced to one year of supervised probation, Prince George's prosecutors said. Creegan helped fuel a series of fires that were set at Route 1 and Knox Road after the Terrapins' victory over Duke, officials said. Creegan was photographed removing his shirt and using it to fuel a fire.
Shooting sentence: One of three men facing charges in a shooting at a high school in Baltimore County was sentenced yesterday under a plea agreement to 50 years in prison.
Tyrone Brown, 24, was arrested after the May shooting at Randallstown High School that wounded four students in the school parking lot, one of whom remains in a wheelchair. According to an account that Brown admitted was factual, the shooting stemmed from a dispute between a defendant and a student whom the document does not identify.
Brown pleaded guilty last week to four counts of attempted second-degree murder and a handgun charge. Two other defendants -- Anthony Jackson and Matthew McCullough -- are to go to trial Nov. 10 in Baltimore County Circuit Court.
Bank robbery: A Wachovia bank in the Springfield area was robbed Wednesday, possibly by the same two men who held up two nearby banks in Fairfax County last month, police said.
About 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, two men wearing dark clothing and ski masks entered the Wachovia Bank at 6506 Loisdale Rd., announced a robbery and forced the three customers to lie on the floor, said Rich Perez, a Fairfax County police spokesman. Brandishing a firearm, one suspect then struck an employee in the face. The robbers subsequently ordered the employees to hand over cash before forcing them into the bank vault.
Perez said two bank robberies Aug. 19 -- one of which occurred at the Bank of America across from the Wachovia Bank on Loisdale Road -- also were carried out by two men wearing dark clothing and ski masks. The other robbery that day was at the Access National Bank at 8233 Old Courthouse Rd. in the Tysons Corner area.
Wednesday's robbery also was similar to one last week at a BB&T bank in Gainesville, where two masked robbers forced employees and customers into the vault.
Compiled from reports by staff writers.