BALTIMORE CITY — First, back pay, then the OK
Last summer, an appeals judge ruled that Irma D. Reed, a 10-year veteran, had been unfairly fired from her job as a Baltimore City police officer. The judge ordered the city to rehire Ms. Reed and to pay her back pay.
About four months ago, the city paid Ms. Reed $50,150 in lost wages stemming from the 1989 firing. But somebody failed to notify the Board of Estimates, which approved the payment yesterday -- apparently unaware that Ms. Reed had been compensated.
After the meeting, City Council President Mary Pat Clarke, who is president of the board, said she had asked the Police Department to investigate to determine how the money had been released without the board's approval. "We should have approved it before it was released," she said.
Officer Reed was reinstated in September.
Four inmates at the Maryland Adjustment and Correctional Center face assault charges for attacking correctional officers Tuesday during a routine shakedown of the inmates' cells, a state corrections spokesman says.
Two correctional officers and the four inmates were injured. None of the injuries was serious, said corrections spokesman Sgt. Gregory M. Shipley.
Sergeant Shipley said the incident began just after 5 p.m. when the four inmates resisted the officers' efforts to search their cells. The inmates were housed in adjacent cells in the 3-year-old super-maximum-security facility near the Maryland Penitentiary.
After the officers were unable to get the inmates to cooperate, a nine-member "extraction team" went into the cells.
Sergeant Shipley said one inmate was armed with a homemade weapon resembling an ice pick and another inmate fashioned a weapon from part of a handcuff.
Correctional officers Gregory Maddox and William Lewis were treated for minor injuries at the institution's medical center.
The inmates were identified as: Leroy Brunson, 35, serving life plus 50 years for first-degree murder, a handgun violation and robbery with a deadly weapon; Steven Carver, 23, serving life plus 20 years for first-degree murder and a handgun violation; Douglas Chichester, 25, serving seven years for theft and storehouse breaking; and Donald Lomax, 28, serving 10 years for attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, burglary and a handgun violation.
The inmates were treated at area hospitals and returned to the institution. They now face criminal assault charges.
After a stormy debate, the county Senate delegation deadlocked yesterday on a bill to provide $1.25 million in state bond money as a first step in building an $80 million jail in Glen Burnie.
The 2-2 vote -- there was one abstention -- means that the decision on whether the county will get the money will be up to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, which could decide the issue today.
County Executive Robert R. Neall said he would appear before the committee today to support the measure and expressed hope that the deadlock wouldn't kill it.
The County Council voted 5-2 against the bill on Monday. Opponents cited community opposition.
Mr. Neall yesterday argued forcefully for the bond money, saying the proposed site, an 80-acre parcel on New Ordnance Road, is the best of more than 30 properties reviewed by a consultant.
Police were seeking a suspect in the fatal stabbing early today of Alan Joseph Golden, 36, of the 2500 block of Yorkway in Dundalk.
Mr. Golden, who was stabbed multiple times in the chest and back around 1:30 a.m. during an argument in his home, died at 2:30 a.m. at Francis Scott Key Medical Center, police said.
Lt. William Turner, of the North Point District station, said Mr. Golden and a couple were in a room in the victim's second-floor apartment when the other man struck the woman. Mr. Golden was stabbed with a butcher knife when he went to the woman's aid, said Lieutenant Turner.
The lieutenant described the suspect as a 36-year-old Baltimore man with no fixed address.
Members of the county cable committee have unanimously decided to recommend seeking bids for a franchise agreement with a second cable television company.
The vote follows the committee's reluctant decision to allow Prestige Cable TV of Maryland Inc., Carroll's primary cable television provider, to borrow unused community access channels for pay-per-view Olympic coverage and other programs.
The committee -- comprising county, municipal and community representatives -- feels confident that another company will come to compete with Prestige, which this month raised its rate for basic service by 8 percent.
But Bill Bethune, Prestige's general manager, said he doubts that another firm will enter a bid because of the expense. He estimates Prestige spent $14 million to $15 million to set up shop in Carroll seven years ago.
The most common sound in the Harford County Courthouse these days isn't the sound of a judge's gavel; it's the beep of the new metal detector, which cost about $2,600.
People who have business at the courthouse now must enter single file and pass through the detector. They often elicit a loud beep from the machine because of keys, coins or knives that set off the alarm.
Cpl. Charles Klein, of the county Sheriff's Office, said that March 2-7, the first week of operation, 6,710 people passed through the metal detector and 82 knives were detected; the count was 5,210 people and 96 knives last week.
Corporal Klein said there have not been long lines at the courthouse entrance since the new device has been installed.
The Howard County Zoning Board will hold a public hearing at 8 o'clock tonight in the county office building on proposed western county rezoning.
Planners recommend changing the current one-house-per-three-acre rural zoning to a variety of rural uses. The proposed zoning change would divide 49,579 rural acres into rural residential and rural conservation districts.