A city police major, under investigation by the...

City/County Digest

November 27, 1996|By From staff reports

TOWSON — A city police major, under investigation by the department, has been temporarily removed as head of the Police Athletic League program, one of the department's premier community relations initiatives.

A police spokesman, Sam Ringgold, confirmed yesterday that Maj. Frank Melcavage is the subject of an internal review, but citing confidentiality rules, would not discuss the investigation.

Melcavage, 49, a 26-year veteran, said last night that he is on personal leave. He gave a statement to investigators yesterday, but would not comment further. Both he and Ringgold said the investigation is not related to the PAL program.

Brothers held without bail awaiting arson trial

Two brothers indicted last week in an alleged arson-for-profit scheme that involved two former city police officers have been ordered held without bail until their trials in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said yesterday.

Robert Richard Milligan, 33, and his brother Gary M. Milligan, 35, each were indicted on eight counts of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson. Two others indicted in the alleged scheme were in jail on other charges. A trial date for the Milligans has not been set.

Those indicted are alleged to have bought low-cost, inner-city rowhouses, taken out inflated insurance policies, moved residents out and had the buildings burned, according to federal prosecutors. The former officers -- Gary L. Budny, 45, and his stepson, Ian F. Budny, 25, -- pleaded guilty last week to covering up one of the arsons. They were released on their own recognizance pending a sentencing hearing.

FOP opens way for vote of no-confidence in Frazier

The union representing 3,100 city police officers has decided to call for a vote of no-confidence in Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier if a new labor agreement is not reached by Dec. 15.

Monday night, the Fraternal Order of Police Baltimore City Lodge No. 3 voted 114-1 to call for the vote after contract talks with the city stalled Friday. The union has asked for an arbitrator to resolve the dispute over pay, sick leave and floating holidays.

Officer Gary McLhinney, the union president, said officers want other issues resolved, such as a clear definition of the deparment's crime-fighting strategy.

TOWSON -- A county Circuit Court jury convicted Clyde Nathaniel Macklin yesterday of first-degree murder and robbery in the suffocation of a Rosedale woman Feb. 3.

Prosecutors said Macklin, 38, of the 2100 block of Odell Ave. in Baltimore went to the home of Hedwig Krezwinski Samelko, 77, a widow who lived alone in the 1700 block of Summit Ave., pointed a toy gun at her and demanded money. He held a pillow over her face and punched her hard enough to break her jaw. He confessed to police, prosecutors said.

Circuit Judge Dana M. Levitz, who presided over the trial, will sentence Macklin today. Because a jury convicted him of the robbery in addition to murder, Macklin could be sentenced to death.

Council likely to approve funding for apartments


WOODLAWN -- Baltimore County Council is expected Monday night to approve $485,000 to help pay for a $6.6 million project by Shelter Development Corp. to build 101 low-income apartments for the elderly at Featherbed Lane and Windsor Mill Road.

Nearly $2 million of the cost will be privately financed, and the rest will come from state government, including $3.2 million through the sale of tax credits, and $1 million as a grant. The units will rent for less than $495 a month, and will house people earning from $12,000 to $25,000 a year.

Slaying victim identified as Middle River man, 36


CATONSVILLE -- Baltimore County police have identified a man shot to death outside a car detailing shop as a 36-year-old Middle River man who apparently was the victim of a robbery by two men.

James R. Baekey of the first block of Hydroplane Drive was shot several times at 3: 30 p.m. Monday outside Custom Additions Window Tinting in the 6200 block of Baltimore National Pike, said Sgt. Kevin B. Novak, a police spokesman. It was unclear yesterday whether anything had been taken.

Investigators were looking yesterday for a mint-green, late model Volkswagen Jetta in which the suspects escaped, Novak said. Anyone with information should call Baltimore County police at 887-2198.

Pub Date: 11/27/96

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