Arun­del pub­lic de­fender pleads guilty in as­sault

Baltimore Sun - - AROUND THE REGION -

A pub­lic de­fender with the Anne Arun­del County of­fice pleaded guilty Tues­day to one count of sec­ond-de­gree as­sault and driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence as part of an agree­ment with pros­e­cu­tors. The charges stemmed from a June drunken-driv­ing ar­rest in which Michele Vig­nola, 44, kneed a county po­lice of­fi­cer in the groin. Cir­cuit Court Judge Anne Diane O. Lea­sure sen­tenced Vig­nola to pro­ba­tion be­fore judg­ment and a one-year sus­pended sen­tence. Nei­ther Vig­nola nor her at­tor­ney, David Putzi of Glen Burnie, re­turned calls for com­ment.

Arun­del of­fi­cer sus­pended for con­tro­ver­sial hat

An Anne Arun­del po­lice of­fi­cer has been sus­pended for dis­play­ing a hat bear­ing the name of a con­tro­ver­sial anti-govern­ment group in the rear wind­shield of a po­lice cruiser, a depart­ment spokesman said Tues­day. The hat, which dis­played the name “Oath Keep­ers,” was brought to the depart­ment’s at­ten­tion Mon­day af­ter­noon, af­ter a mother from Crownsville spot­ted it in the park­ing lot of the Whole Foods at the An­napo­lis Towne Cen­ter. The Oath Keep­ers bills it­self as a non­par­ti­san or­ga­ni­za­tion of mil­i­tary who vow to up­hold the U. S. Con­sti­tu­tion “against all en­e­mies, for­eign and do­mes­tic.” The group is on the radars of hate-watch groups like the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter and the An­tiDefama­tion League. —

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