Arundel public defender pleads guilty in assault
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. —