A father and daughter were indicted yesterday on federal...

City/County Digest

September 25, 1996|By From staff reports

TOWSON — A father and daughter were indicted yesterday on federal fraud charges for allegedly running schemes to swindle money from automobile and accident insurance companies, federal and state prosecutors said.

Maurice Wilson, 70, and his daughter Deborah Kolodner, 40, face mail and wire fraud charges relating to a business they ran called Industrial Medical and Physical Therapy on St. Paul Place in Baltimore.

U.S. Attorney Lynne A. Battaglia and Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said in a statement that false and inflated bills were submitted to insurance companies. They also accused Kolodner of sending "runners" to accident scenes to recruit "victims."

FOP head wins second term, vows to 'stand up' to chief

After winning a second two-year term Monday night by nearly a 2-1 margin, the president of the union that represents Baltimore police officers vowed to continue challenging the decisions of the police chief.

"The margin of victory says to me that the membership wants a president who is going to stand up to the police commissioner," said Officer Gary McLhinney, who in 1994 became the first union president with the rank of officer in 25 years.

McLhinney received 1,424 votes, Sgt. Anthony Sarro 745 and Lt. Charles Milland 362. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3 has 4,400 members, including 3,200 active-duty officers and 1,200 retirees.

Freight train kills man lying on tracks

A homeless man apparently sleeping on railroad tracks in Southeast Baltimore on Monday night was fatally struck by a freight train whose engineer could not stop in time, Baltimore police said yesterday.

The accident occurred about 10: 45 p.m. on tracks north of the 6600 block of Eastern Ave., said Officer James Schaekel of the traffic investigation unit. He said the unidentified man, who was in his 40s, was "lying on the track wrapped up in plastic trash bags."

TOWSON -- A Lansdowne beverage company that has long been the target of complaints from nearby residents is operating legally as a warehouse and distribution facility within the limits of zoning regulations, a county zoning official has ruled.

Zoning Commissioner Lawrence E. Schmidt ruled Monday that Beverage Capital Corp. in the 2200 block of Sulphur Spring Road is a warehouse and in compliance with the area's light manufacturing zoning. He denied neighbors' petition for a hearing at which they would have argued that the firm is operating illegally as a trucking facility.

Residents have complained that the company operated around the clock, attracting hundreds of large trucks each day that spewed fumes and blocked traffic. They have 30 days to appeal.

Final meeting tomorrow on Cromwell Valley Park

TOWSON

TOWSON -- The final public meeting on plans for developing Cromwell Valley Park on Cromwell Bridge Road will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave.

Revisions adopted since the last public meeting, in April, will be discussed and new suggestions accepted, according to Jean Tansey, the county Recreation and Parks Department's landscape architect.

The plan has changed little since April, she said. A proposed playground has been canceled, and a farming-related use is planned for the eastern side of the park, along Loch Raven Drive next to Sanders' Corner restaurant.

Talk at senior center to address stress, depression

OVERLEA

OVERLEA -- Allen Pat Kelley, associate professor of health education at Essex Community College, will answer questions after a talk on "Stress, Depression and Burnout" beginning at 5: 45 p.m. tomorrow at Overlea-Fullerton Senior Center, 4314 Fullerton Ave. Information: 887-5220.

Pub Date: 9/25/96

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