A brief in yesterday's Maryland section mischaracterized...

City/County Digest

March 12, 1997|By From staff reports

TOWSON — A brief in yesterday's Maryland section mischaracterized the actions that led to a guilty plea by former Baltimore County police Officer William R. Goodman on battery charges. Goodman did not contest allegations that he dragged Melvin Maddox from the processing room of the Essex Precinct on July 29, 1995.

The Sun regrets the error.

TOWSON -- William R. Goodman, the former Baltimore County police officer who pleaded guilty to battery charges, was sentenced yesterday to two years of supervised probation and 150 hours of community service, according to the state's attorney's office.

In a plea agreement in January, Goodman, 35, did not contest evidence that he hit, punched and kicked Melvin Maddox of Essex on July 29, 1995, in the Essex precinct. Charges of misconduct in office and using a racial slur during the incident were dropped.


Goodman resigned in January after 11 years in the department.

Cholesterol tests offered at Essex Community College


ESSEX -- Cholesterol tests will take place this month and several times next month and in May at the physical education center at Essex Community College.

The test will cost $10 and will require a finger stick. Results will be available in five minutes. Appointments are necessary, and the test will be free for Essex students.

Information: 780-6765.

St. James church, academy begin fund-raising campaign


MONKTON -- St. James Episcopal Church and its school, St. James Academy, recently began a $1.7 million capital campaign to build St. James Center, a multipurpose art, athletic and assembly building for the church and the school.

The center, on Monkton Road, will be used for the academy's physical education classes and arts and cultural programs. It also will be used for parish and community meetings. Construction has not begun, but the building is expected to be completed by 2000, said headmistress Elizabeth Laegenhausen. The 40-year-old academy is a parish day school with 338 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

The chief spokesman for Baltimore Police Department is leaving at the end of the month to take a public relations job with Browning Ferris Industries Inc., one of the nation's largest waste-management companies.

"It's quite an opportunity for me," said Sam Ringgold, 37, who will be manager for corporate community affairs and oversee staffs in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey and Delaware. He primarily will deal with how the company interacts with citizens.

A replacement for Ringgold, who earned $65,000 a year, has not been found.

Retired school principal nominated for liquor board

Baltimore's state senators have nominated Claudia L. Brown, retired elementary school principal, for a seat on the Board of Liquor Licensing Commissioners, the body that regulates liquor establishments.

Brown, 58, was nominated after Sarah Louise Matthews, 45, a community activist who lives near Bolton Hill, withdrew her name last month.

If appointed by the governor, Brown would replace George G. Brown on the three-member board, which approves applications for liquor licenses and governs establishments licensed to sell liquor. The part-time post pays $18,000 a year. The Browns are not related.

Goodwill store in Hampden will close March 22

The Hampden Goodwill Industries store, at 920 W. 36th St. for the past five years, will close March 22 because it is too small and has structural damage, said Doug Hiob, Goodwill's reachout director.

Hiob said Hampden-area residents can go to Goodwill stores at Belvedere Plaza at 5644 The Alameda or the Waverly outlet at 3101 Greenmount Ave. A store opened last week in Owings Mills at 11411 Reisterstown Road.

Pub Date: 3/12/97

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