Former Naval Academy midshipman was...


March 05, 1997|By From staff reports

BALTIMORE -- A former Naval Academy midshipman was sentenced yesterday to two months of home detention and three years' probation in federal court in Baltimore for his role in an interstate auto-theft ring.

U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis allowed Joshua M. Gray of Gulfport, Miss., to participate in a work-release program during the detention period, enabling him to continue at his job in Gulfport.

A member of the Class of 1996, Gray resigned in May and was honorably discharged. He pleaded guilty in November to buying a car from an undercover FBI agent. He was one of eight men indicted last year in the shipment of stolen vehicles from New York to Maryland.

Lawmakers OK extension of city's needle program


ANNAPOLIS -- State lawmakers gave final approval yesterday to legislation that would allow Baltimore to continue giving free needles to intravenous drug users as part of the city's effort to stem the spread of AIDS.

The House voted 113-23 in favor of the measure, which passed the Senate last month. The bill goes to Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who is expected to sign it into law.

The legislature passed a pilot version of the needle-exchange program three years ago, over heated objections by some lawmakers. Researchers have shown the program has helped prevent the spread of AIDS.

AFSCME wins another vote to represent state workers


ANNAPOLIS -- The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees won another union election yesterday to represent state employees in bargaining for wages and benefits.

The vote by the state's administrative, technical and clerical workers unit was the fifth election won by AFSCME since Gov. Parris N. Glendening signed an executive order last year giving about 40,000 state workers a limited form of collective bargaining rights.

Pub Date: 3/05/97

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