Catonsville man who served 18 months of a...


September 11, 1997|By From staff reports

TOWSON -- A Catonsville man who served 18 months of a five-year sentence for child abuse in a 1992 incident that left his infant son on life-support and resulted in the boy's death this year cannot be prosecuted in the death, authorities said yesterday.

Although Joshua M. Sullivan's death June 28 has been ruled a homicide by the state medical examiner's office, a "year and a day" law in effect at the time of the incident prevents prosecution on murder charges after so long a time, county police said.

Police said Joshua was severely shaken by his father, Richard E. Sullivan Jr., then 35, and suffered central nervous system damage. The child had been surviving on life support at an undisclosed hospital. Sullivan was convicted of child abuse in 1993.

Board awards contract for Martin Blvd. school


MIDDLE RIVER -- The county school board awarded the contract for a new Martin Boulevard Elementary School this week, giving the go-ahead for the long-sought replacement for the aged elementary.

School officials will break ground Oct. 22 for a $6.1 million school with 20 classrooms, a media center, gymnasium, cafeteria and offices. The school, expected to be completed in April 1999, will have a capacity of 399 students, about the current enrollment.

The school will be built on athletic fields adjacent to the existing building, which will be torn down. TGMI Contractors Inc. was the low bidder for the project.

Stump dump can't accept material until pond rebuilt


GRANITE -- A Baltimore County judge has ordered that James Jett's stump dump may not accept or process material until a firefighting water pond required under an April 30 court order is properly built.

County Circuit Judge James T. Smith Jr. issued the newest order Tuesday after a hearing. He also declared Jett's Patapsco Valley Farms Inc. in contempt of the April order. His action strengthened a temporary restraining order he issued July 9 preventing Jett's operation in the 8700 block of Dogwood Road from accepting new stumps.

L. Tracy Brown, former director of the Mayor's Coordinating Council on Criminal Justice, has been hired to develop plans for Baltimore's proposed "community court."

Brown, a former city assistant state's attorney, will be responsible for coordinating the New York-style court that would seek to break the cycle of petty crime by requiring convicts to perform such community services as sweeping streets. The court also would offer offenders services such as drug treatment, on-site AIDS testing and employment counseling.

Brown will work for the Greater Baltimore Committee, an area business group, which received a $60,000 state grant in June to help fund the position.

Schmoke to rededicate Calvert St. monument

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke will rededicate the Battle Monument at Calvert Street between Lexington and Fayette streets at noon tomorrow as part of the yearlong celebration of Baltimore's bicentennial.

The monument, with a statue depicting a symbolic Lady Baltimore, honors those who died defending Baltimore from the British in the Battle of North Point and the bombardment of Fort McHenry in September 1814. It is considered the nation's first true memorial to those who died defending the nation in the War of 1812.

Festivities will include a parade, a fife and drum performance and a musket salute. Information: 410-244-1997.

Roland Park Country School to offer night classes

Roland Park Country School will open its evening school, a continuing education program for adults, with about 40 courses in late September.

Among the noncredit course offerings are roots of jazz, conversational Italian, Baltimore history, Italian music, bridge, women's self-defense, and drawing. The school also offers a series of one-time lectures on such topics as Japanese flower-arranging, Baltimore's renaissance, and folklore.

Fees and schedules vary with each course. For an evening school catalog, call the school at 410-323-5500.

Pub Date: 9/10/97

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