CAMDEN, N.J. — A 71-year-old Cecil County man who authorities say violated federal law by shooting a bald eagle pleaded not guilty yesterday in Baltimore's U.S. District Court.
Adam Criss Bennett of the 500 block of Camp Meeting Ground Road in Port Deposit is charged with one count of taking a bald eagle. He requested a jury trial, which was scheduled for Nov. 17.
According to court documents, the eagle was shot Feb. 27 near Bennett's home. Neither federal prosecutors nor the defendant would comment on the case yesterday.
Suspect in N.J. robbery identified as Baltimore man
CAMDEN, N.J. -- A suspected robber who was shot and killed July 30 by a liquor store owner was identified yesterday as a 29-year-old Baltimore man, Camden County prosecutors said.
Victor Fontanez of the 1200 block of Demarcay Way in Southeast Baltimore was shot twice in the chest while assaulting the liquor store owner with a board, prosecutors said. Fontanez, who was being sought in Maryland on a burglary charge, struck Joanne McMenamy several times while trying to rob her inside the business, prosecutors said.
McMenamy pulled a .38-caliber handgun and shot Fontanez, prosecutors said, adding that the gun was legally registered and that a preliminary investigation suggests McMenamy acted in self-defense.
Center needs volunteers with 'Star Trek' flair
The Maryland Science Center wants to beam up a few good volunteers to help visitors at a new exhibit that it says "will take them where no Maryland museum has taken them before."
The exhibit -- "Star Trek: Federation Science" -- opens Sept. 27 for a three-month run, and the center says it needs volunteers "with a flair for the dramatic" to serve as guides "along with TTC performing other shipboard duties."
Prospective volunteers must be age 16 or older, have knowledge of the science fiction series, have a Star Trek uniform or costume, and must apply in writing to: Robert A. Finton, supervisor of public programs, Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., Baltimore 21230.
TOWSON -- Baltimore County school officials plan to ask the state for $30.5 million in construction money for the 1998-1999 school year, according to a proposal presented to the school board last night.
The proposed list, which would be supplemented by $33.2 million in local funds for that year, includes 25 expansion, renovation and repair projects -- among them expansions at Catonsville, Franklin and Parkville high schools and Glyndon and Carney elementaries. A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at school system headquarters, 6901 Charles St. in Towson.
Key Bridge approach work to affect traffic pattern
EDGEMERE -- East side commuters will face reduced speed limits and a new traffic pattern at Interstate 695 and Sparrows Point Boulevard beginning Monday, as workers begin to widen the northern approach to the Key Bridge.
The work, part of an $89.5 million project to widen the bridge ramp, is funded by toll revenues collected by the Maryland Transportation Authority. The work is expected to be completed in 1999.
The exit ramp will close at 8 p.m. for nine hours Sunday. Drivers will be routed on a detour via the Cove Road exit to Route 151.
West Baltimore man held in Pikesville bank robbery
TOWSON -- County police charged a West Baltimore man yesterday in the armed robbery of a Pikesville bank.
Police said a man entered the Farmers Bank in the 600 block of Reisterstown Road about 2 p.m. Monday. After showing a teller a knife, the man fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. He was arrested about three blocks away, police said, after a dye pack concealed in the money bag exploded and covered him in red paint.
William Freedman, 47, of the 6600 block of Eberle Drive was being held yesterday at the county detention center on $175,000 bond.
Substance abuse council to hold public forum Sept. 13
TOWSON -- The Countywide Substance Abuse Advisory Council will hold a public forum on drug and alcohol abuse from 8 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Towson University's student union.
The council will release updated information on substance abuse in each area of the county, and forum participants will discuss how to fight the problem.
Information or registration: Nancy Kotova, Bureau of Substance Abuse, 410-887-3828 by Sept. 5.
Pub Date: 8/13/97