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MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

July 21, 1992

BALTIMORE CITY: — Fleeing robbers discard dyed loot

Two men wearing ski masks and carrying handguns robbed the Provident Bank of Maryland in the Perring Parkway Shopping Center, but they had to throw away some of their loot.

Baltimore County police refused to say how much money was taken or recovered in the robbery, which occurred about 10:10 a.m. yesterday, in the 2500 block of Cleanleigh Drive in Hillendale.

One of the men jumped onto the counter while the other went behind the counter and loaded cash into a blue duffel bag.

The robbers threw some money out the window of their stolen red Honda Accord after a red-dye pack tucked amid the money exploded as they were traveling south on Laurelton Avenue in the city. The car and more money were recovered on Bridgehampton Drive.

No one was injured.

A judge's offer to knock five years off a 30-year murder sentence if the killer helped pay the victim's funeral expenses was ruled unconstitutional yesterday by the Maryland Court of Appeals.

The state's highest court said Raymond F. Reddick was an indigent who did not have the $3,000 needed to "buy" a shorter sentence.

"Since imprisonment for a lack of financial resources is illegal, Reddick is entitled to the sentence that a defendant with the financial wherewithal to make the payment would have received under the same circumstances," said an opinion written by Chief Judge Robert C. Murphy. The appeals court reduced the sentence to 25 years.

Reddick and Harvey L. Southall were convicted in city Circuit Court of the second-degree murder of Bernard Scott on June 16, 1989.

Maryland State:

A 23-year-old Forestville man was shot to death early today by two men who came up as the victim was leaving a friend's car.

Prince George's County police said Gerald Carlton Weaver was shot in the upper torso just before 1 a.m., as he left a vehicle near his apartment building. He died about 1:45 a.m. at Malcolm Grove hospital at Andrews Air Force Base.

Police said they knew of no motive for the shooting.

Anne Arundel County:

Joseph H. Foster and Michael A. Pace were appointed to five-year terms on the county school board by Gov. William Donald Schaefer yesterday. The governor also made official the appointment of Glen Burnie High senior Jay Witcher to one-year term as voting student member.

Despite the timing of the appointments, which had been expected before the end of June, the new board members' terms officially began July 1. They will attend their first board meeting Aug. 5.

That timing became an issue for the school board at its July 1 meeting, when sitting members had yet to decide on a new superintendent and wanted to swing a split vote in one direction or another.

Board member Jo Ann Tollenger tried to have student board member Miecha Werwie declared ineligible to vote, since her term technically ended June 30. Others said she should remain on the board until the governor made his appointments. She remained, and former Deputy Superintendent C. Berry Carter was named superintendent.

Mr. Foster will fill the seat representing District 32, while Mr. Pace will be an at-large member.

Baltimore County:

The school board's vice president, Calvin D. Disney, 46, was reappointed to a five-year term yesterday by Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

The Cub Hill resident, originally was appointed in 1986 by then-Gov. Harry R. Hughes.

"I'm just very pleased to be able to return to the board, particularly at this time with a new superintendent and be a part of . . . a very successful transition from [Robert Y.] Dubel to Stuart Berger," said Mr. Disney, who starts his third year as vice president this fall.

Jenny K. Smith, a Dulaney High School junior, was named to the one-year student membership.

Carroll County:

Circuit Court judges refused to shorten the time convicted murderer Brian Tracy, 21, must spend behind bars. The decision exhausted Tracy's chances for reconsideration of his sentence.

In the written opinion, the three judges ensured that Tracy, convicted in the November 1987 shooting of Richard Purman, will not be eligible for parole for at least 30 years.

"There is no hope for him," said Martha Ann Sitterding, Tracy's public defender. "That's going to be his life forever."

Tracy, Brian R. Jordan and Dawn Torres, all 17 at the time of the murder, escaped from the Sykesville Shelter Home. They then called Richard, a South Carroll High student, and asked for a ride. Tracy shot him and dragged his body into the woods.

Jordan and Tracy were convicted of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery with a deadly weapon and unlawful use of a handgun. Both received two life sentences and several 20-year sentences. The case of Torres, who cooperated with the state's attorney, was heard in juvenile court.

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Vonzel Cook, 30, of Westminster has been charged with stabbing his neighbor, Edward Frisby, 28, in the abdomen during an argument about 1 a.m. Sunday, police said. Mr. Cook was being held in the county detention center.

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