Carter enters not-guilty pleaDontay Carter, 18, accused of...

MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

April 16, 1992

BALTIMORE CITY: — Carter enters not-guilty plea

Dontay Carter, 18, accused of murder and kidnapping in a recent crime spree, has pleaded not guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court.

The defendant entered his plea at his arraignment yesterday before Judge David B. Mitchell, who was given notice by prosecutors that they would be seeking a penalty of life without parole.

Carter, charged in a series of abductions from downtown parking garages in February, is accused of killing Vitalis V. Pilius, 37, on Feb. 11. He also is charged with kidnapping and attempted murder in the abductions of two other men Feb. 7 and 14.

A co-defendant in the latter two cases, Damien Daniels, 17, of the 200 block of Henneman St., also pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of first-degree murder, robbery and kidnapping.

A suspect shot to death by a police officer after the robbery of a woman in the Mount Vernon area Tuesday night was identified yesterday as Robert C. Gaines, 27, of the 1200 block of Bonaparte Ave. Police said Mr. Gaines had a lengthy criminal record.

He was shot once in the neck as he struggled with Officer Michael W. Price, 22, at Lovegrove and Eager streets.

Maryland:

A Prince George's County jury will begin deciding on April 27 whether to impose the death sentence on a Suitland man convicted for the second time of killing two people at a Clinton restaurant.

The jury found Damon Alejandro Christopher Bowie guilty Tuesday of 20 counts, including two of first-degree murder, three of robbery and two of attempted second-degree murder. Bowie could receive two death sentences when the jury returns for sentencing.

Bowie, 22, also faces maximum sentences of 30 years for each of the second-degree murder attempts and a maximum 20 years for each robbery count.

A jury in August 1990 found Bowie guilty as the trigger man in a 1989 robbery of Stoney's restaurant in which two men were killed and two others were injured.

Bowie was sentenced to death, but the state Court of Appeals, citing errors made by Circuit Court Judge Vincent Femia, overturned the guilty verdict in September.

Four other people have been convicted in the murders, including Bowie's sister, Christian, and Sean Harris, who testified against Bowie in both of his trials.

Arundel County:

Effective today, Anne Arundel County residents will see their water and sewer rates raised by an average of 16.4 percent.

Some large businesses will pay up to 40 percent more.

The rate increases set yesterday by the Baltimore Board of Estimates affect 1.5 million customers in the city and in Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Howard and Carroll counties -- all of whom share the city's water and waste water systems.

The increases will bring an additional $18 million a year to the water and sewer systems, which by law must be self-sustaining. The increases drew no opposition at a public hearing yesterday.

Baltimore County:

Baltimore County legislators who voted for higher taxes this session have received warm praise and cold cash for their jurisdiction from Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

The county fared better than expected when the funds for school construction projects were divvied up at a state Board of Public Works meeting yesterday.

Besides $2.6 million for a new Jacksonville Elementary and $600,000 for a new roof at Franklin Senior High, both of which county officials had been told they would get, the board also approved $600,000 to help replace the leaky roof at Pikesville High School.

Mr. Schaefer -- who sits on the board with Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein and Treasurer Lucille Maurer -- expressed his "personal appreciation" to county Dels. Leon Albin, Leslie Hutchinson and Michael H. Weir and Sen. Janice Piccinini for voting for three tax bills this session that helped balance the 1993 budget and revive the state's road-building program.

Del. Lawrence A. LaMotte, who represents the Granite area, also voted for the tax bills.

But the rest of the county's delegation, wary of angry taxpayers, voted against them.

Money for the new 750-student Jacksonville school was especially welcomed. The project was taken off the board's list Jan. 22 by an angry Mr. Schaefer, who feared the promise he had made to north countians -- to enlarge and rebuild Sparks Elementary School -- would be broken.

Assured by local officials that the Sparks renovation could not be done for environmental reasons, and that a new Jacksonville school could help by taking 200 students out of Sparks, Mr. Schaefer threw his support behind the Jacksonville project.

Carroll County:

A Westminster defense attorney is seeking more than $1 million from a state trooper who, she said, described her as incompetent to practice law.

In a suit filed in Carroll Circuit Court, Attorney Coleen S. Clemente said Tfc. Richard Wolfe of the Westminster barracks told several of her clients "she does not know what she is doing regarding the provision of legal services."

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