Drug conviction nets 30 yearsA 19-year-old lieutenant in...

MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

March 18, 1992

BALTIMORE CITY — Drug conviction nets 30 years

A 19-year-old lieutenant in "The New York Boys" drug organization has been sentenced to 30 years in prison on two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

In imposing the sentence yesterday, Baltimore City Circuit Judge John C. Themelis called Eric Bowman "an imported thug." A jury convicted Bowman in January.

Bowman also received a 15-year concurrent sentence, five without parole, for a handgun violation.

Meanwhile, Bowman faces up to 20 years in additional prison time for a probation violation stemming from a previous drug charge, said Assistant State's Attorney Albert E. Phillips.

The case will be heard by city Circuit Judge Kenneth L. Johnson. A court date has not been scheduled.

After residents complained of heavy drug trafficking on Scott and Carroll streets in southwest Baltimore, police began to zero in on the New Yorkers' drug organization, which sold "approximately $3,000 to $5,000 of dope a day . . . primarily cocaine," said Officer Shelia Savalisky.

Bowman was arrested July 14, 1991, during a raid on Scott Street, where more than 50 vials of suspected cocaine worth about $580 and a handgun believed to be Bowman's were recovered.

Paint bill scuttled

Stymied by industry opposition, a Maryland House committee yesterday scuttled a proposal to charge paint manufacturers for the cost of dealing with lead paint poisoning in favor of a study of the problem.

A series of amendments transformed the measure into yet another study of what has been called the number one environmental threat to the health of children. The study would be monitored by a 15-member commission that would also recommend a way to pay for the treatment of lead paint victims.

The commission's study would be paid for by a $5-per-unit fee charged to the owners of rental houses and apartments built before 1978.

Landlords with fewer than four units would be exempted.

Sheriff's funds sought

Anne Arundel

The Sheriff's Department could shut down unless it gets $204,700 to see it through the rest of the fiscal year.

County Executive Robert R. Neall submitted a bill to the council Monday that would transfer money from a contingency fund to cover the deficit. This is the second consecutive year that the sheriff's department has overspent its budget.

"We anticipate there will be no support" this year, said Louise Hayman, Mr. Neall's press secretary. "I don't know the date on the calendar, but [the department] will run out of money and have to shut down."

Verdicts reimposed

Baltimore County

The 20-year-old companion of a man who was killed during a police chase at Woodlawn Senior High School in September, had guilty verdicts against him reimposed yesterday at a hearing in Catonsville District Court.

An irritated Judge John C. Coolahan accused Theron C. Hill's mother, Tessa Hill, of not telling him that her son had been in Juvenile Court several times before when he sentenced Theron Hill on Feb. 19. Theron Hill, too, was silent about his prior record at that time, the judge said.

In February, Hill was found guilty of felony theft for stealing $600 in electronic equipment from a car at Woodlawn High, and other charges.

Assured by Mrs. Hill her son had only a minor juvenile infraction, Judge Coolahan had imposed a verdict of probation before judgment and a sentence of $600 in fines, $300 in restitution and three years of supervised probation. He struck down the probation-before-judgment verdicts but said he was powerless to change the sentence.

Mining concerns

Carroll County

Although a Wakefield Valley mining plan was adopted by the county commissioners last month, residents voiced concerns about it at a citizens meeting sponsored by Commissioner Julia W. Gouge Monday night in New Windsor.

Residents are concerned that mining companies can get approval to mine too easily and said the plan, which took effect March 1, takes away property rights.

Under the plan, 1,250 acres have been zoned for mining and 650 acres were placed in a "viable resource area" in which development that would pre-empt mining will be forbidden.

Volunteers sought

Harford County

Volunteers are needed to deliver information packets to 67,000 households concerning Harford County's new curbside recycling program, which begins June 1.

Volunteer block captains also are being sought.

The recycling program is scheduled to start June 1.

For more information or to sign up, contact the County Government Recycling Office at 838-6000, Ext. 309, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Sentence suspended

Howard County

A 41-year-old Jessup man who fatally stabbed his brother during a domestic argument last July was given a three-year suspended sentence yesterday by a Howard County Circuit Court Judge.

Johnny Mouzon pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of his brother, Joseph, as part of a plea agreement. Judge James B. Dudley placed him on probation for a year and ordered him to complete alcohol counseling.

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