TOWSON — Suit alleges Huddles didn't pay rent, fees
TOWSON -- Former County Councilman Gary Huddles has been sued by a Towson law firm that alleges he owes the firm $6,833 in unpaid rent and office fees.
Mr. Huddles, who subleased space from the firm of Hoden & Pessin at 22 W. Allegheny Ave., answered the District Court suit by asking that the case be tried before a jury in Circuit Court. The suit, which was filed during the spring, was transferred to the Circuit Court on Monday. No trial date has been set.
According to court records, Hoden & Pessin subleased part of their office space to Mr. Huddles for $2,000 a month, plus postage and telephone costs. In September, the firm sent Mr. Huddles a letter giving him 30 days to vacate the office. The suit alleges that Mr. Huddles didn't actually leave until February.
Illegal alcohol sales cost 2 firms $250 each
TOWSON -- Two Cockeysville liquor outlets were fined $250 each this week for serving a 19-year-old undercover police cadet without asking for any identification.
Cadet Robert Cole told the Baltimore County Liquor Board that he visited eight establishments May 13 and was served at seven. Two of those businesses, Cranbrook Liquors in the 500 block of Cranbrook Road and the Paddock Lounge in the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, received disciplinary hearings this week. The other cases are to be heard later.
In the case against Cranbrook Liquors, John Patrick Tilghman, 22, of Salisbury testified that he was the clerk on duty that day and that he normally asks for identification from any customer who looks younger than 30. But he said he was too busy stocking shelves on the day the cadet went to the store. In the other case, the cadet paid $3.05 for a beer at the Paddock Lounge.
EPA awards $36,050 for Maryland programs
CATONSVILLE -- Five Maryland groups were recently awarded a total of $36,050 in federal grants to support environmental education programs, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced.
The Hillcrest Environmental Education Committee in Catonsville received $3,660 to develop a learning program for children at Hillcrest Elementary School.
Other grant winners: Howard County public schools, $22,400; Maryland Envirothon in Annapolis, $1,000; Maryland Environmental Trust in Annapolis, $4,950; and the Howard B. Owens Science Center, operated by Prince George's County public schools in Lanham, $4,000.
Man yields to robber, is shot in the back
BALTIMORE -- A gunman robbed a 28-year-old man near an automated bank machine in East Baltimore yesterday, then shot the victim in the back, police said.
The victim, James Milligs of the 5400 block of Relcrest Road, was in critical condition at Francis Scott Key Medical Center last night.
Mr. Milligs had taken money from the teller machine in the 5600 block of Frankford Ave. and was walking toward his home just before noon when the gunman approached, police said.
After Mr. Milligs gave the holdup man the money, the gunman shot him, police said.
The gunman was still being sought last night.
1 dead, 2 wounded in 3 shootings
BALTIMORE -- A man was killed and two teen-agers were wounded early yesterday in three Baltimore shootings, city police said.
Authorities were trying to learn the identity of the man, believed to be in his 30s, who was found about 3:30 a.m. slumped over the hood of a car in the 900 block of Brooks Lane in North Baltimore. He had a bullet wound in the back of his head and died at 6:15 a.m. at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
The man was the city's 152nd slaying victim this year.
Police said the two other shootings occurred minutes apart. The victims -- a 17-year-old girl and an 18-year-old man -- both were in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Police said the girl, Lorisa Bruce of the 1100 block of Brentwood Ave., was not the intended victim of the gunman. A 15-year-old boy was arrested at his mother's home in the 600 block of E. Biddle St. and a juvenile petition will charge him with assault with intent to kill, police said.
The other shooting occurred after an argument during a basketball game at the Collington Community Recreation Center in the 1400 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. Shaun Bennett of the 1500 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. was wounded by a 15-year-old boy who remained at large yesterday, police said.