BALTIMORE CITY: — 2-year term being sought for Staubitz
Prosecutors are seeking at least a two-year prison term and $30,000 in restitution from a state official charged in the State Games probe.
John M. Staubitz, former deputy secretary of health and mental hygiene, made a "mockery of his duties in supervising the Maryland State Games," Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. wrote in a sentencing memo filed yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court.
Mr. Staubitz was the second-ranking official in the state's largest agency and a key figure in the State Games program, which has been rocked by charges of corruption, nepotism and financial mismanagement.
"At practically every turn, instead of exercising his duties with honesty and integrity, Staubitz responded with lies, misrepresentations, manipulations, perjury, subornation of perjury, forgery and fabrication," the memo said.
Mr. Staubitz entered an Alford plea in May to a charge of conspiracy to commit misconduct in office, allowing him not to admit guilt, but concede that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.
A West Baltimore teen-ager was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in prison for a drive-by shooting that killed a 14-year-old boy in October in Southwest Baltimore.
Shawn Michael Calimer, 19, of the 1800 block of Ramsay St., received the maximum sentence for second-degree murder in the death of Eric Baxley Jr., said Lawrence C. Doan, an assistant state's attorney. Baltimore Circuit Judge Andre M. Davis also sentenced Calimer to 20 years for a handgun violation. The sentences are to be served concurrently.
The Baxley youth, who was an eighth-grader at Lakeland Middle School, apparently was the unintended victim of shots fired by Calimer from a passing car about 11:30 p.m. Oct. 4. The boy, shot twice in the back near his home in the 2500 block of S. Paca St., died less than two hours later.
Anne Arundel County:
Prosecutors have notified Brian Tate, 16, charged with the murder of another teen-ager in a dispute over a girl, that they will seek a sentence of life in prison without parole.
MA The Tate youth received the notification last Thursday at the
Anne Arundel County Detention Center, where he is awaiting trial Aug. 4. He is not eligible for the death penalty under state law because he is under 18.
State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee said the notification, which is required 30 days before trial, was warranted in this case because prosecutors feel the slaying was clearly premeditated.
George S. Lantzas, the defendant's attorney, said a life sentence is not appropriate for the Tate youth because of his emotional condition and age.
Young Tate, a former quarterback at Broadneck Senior High School, is charged as an adult with the Feb. 16 murder of Jerry Lee Haines, 19.
According to court records, the Tate youth waited outside the victim's home in Cape St. Claire. When Mr. Haines arrived, young Tate allegedly stabbed him more than 20 times, dragged the body to a neighbor's yard and buried it under a pile of leaves.
The Baltimore County Board of Appeals has approved a plan to convert a vacant, 1860-vintage Catonsville mansion into housing for the elderly, but the board reduced the number of people who would be allowed to live in the dwelling.
The board granted a special zoning exception for the home, in the 6300 block of Frederick Road, and decided it could have 30 beds. The original proposal had requested building a three-story addition to the home and housing 74 people.
Earl James, vice president of the Paradise Community Association, said he was happy with the ruling. The back of his Symington Avenue rowhouse faces the mansion. Neighbors were initially opposed to the housing plan, especially when it included the three-story addition. Such a large building would have blocked neighbors' light and would have been incompatible with existing homes, said Mr. James.
John V. Murphy, attorney for Roberta Watkins, the property's owner, said he was not sure the project can afford to go forward if it is only allowed 30 beds.
About 600 people attended a showing of "Teen AIDS in Focus" Tuesday. Most came to protest using the documentary in ninth grade health classes this fall.
Many criticized the lack of a strong message on abstinence.
"Having seen the film and felt the power of its message, I believe we need to have other materials equally powerful on abstinence," said Michael Simmons.
The nine-minute film, which stresses safe sex, features interviews of teens with AIDS, many of whom have since died. Several said they had caught the disease through heterosexual contact.
School officials have said that teachers would use the film as a springboard to discuss abstinence.
The Board of Education had scheduled two showings of the film before it votes on its use at its July 15 meeting.
The Catonsville pharmacist charged with setting eight fires in Howard and Baltimore counties entered an insanity plea yesterday in Howard County Circuit Court.