Mary E. Utley, charged with abusing, assaulting...


March 10, 1998|By From staff reports

TOWSON -- Mary E. Utley, charged with abusing, assaulting and killing her 9-year-old daughter, Rita D. Fisher, in June, has been found competent by state-appointed psychiatrists to stand trial and is withdrawing her insanity plea, said her lawyer, Thomas C. Nugent Jr.

Utley is scheduled to go on trial April 8 with her daughter Rose Mary Fisher, 21, and Fisher's boyfriend, Frank E. Scarpola Jr., 22, who also are charged with murder, abuse and assault. Utley had entered a plea of not criminally responsible.

Rita Fisher died June 25 with cracked ribs, numerous bruises and weighing 47 pounds. An autopsy found that she starved to death.

Development process topic of meeting in Timonium


TIMONIUM -- Donald Rascoe, development manager for the county Office of Permits and Development Management, will discuss the county development process at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow at the bimonthly meeting of the Greater Timonium Community Council in Room 119 at Ridgely Middle School, Charmuth and Ridgely roads.

L Information: Kathleen Beadell, GTCC president, 410-453-0541.

Elementary school to hold its annual 'Hop for Hopkins'


RANDALLSTOWN -- Hernwood Elementary School will hold its sixth annual "Hop for Hopkins" to benefit the Johns Hopkins Children's Center from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Thursday.

The fund-raiser will feature teachers, students, parents and other community members dancing to tunes from the 1950s to the 1980s. Students and staff members will perform, and "Elvis" will make an appearance.

The annual dance -- which began after a kindergartner at the school died of kidney cancer -- has led to the creation of a countywide program called Kids Helping Hopkins, which involves more than 80 schools raising money for the chil- dren's center. Last year's hop raised about $800.

A 4-year-old boy was treated at Sinai Hospital yesterday after his mother reported that he might have ingested heroin he picked up along the 3800 block of Reisterstown Road in Northwest Baltimore.

Trashawn Johnson was admitted after his mother called 911 about 10 p.m. Sunday to report her son might have picked up a vial of heroin while walking with a cousin to a neighborhood store, said Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman.

The boy was in good condition at Sinai yesterday and was being kept there for observation.

Emergency workers to get terrorism response training

Police, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency workers will be trained this week how to respond to the threat of terrorists using chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, the Fire Department said yesterday.

The Army Chemical and Biological Defense Command will run classes to provide emergency personnel, including hospital physicians and nurses, with information about terrorist weapons and ways to respond to terrorist attacks.

The training sessions were required by Congress in 1996 after terrorist attacks in Oklahoma City, New York City and Tokyo. Baltimore is the 16th of 120 cities slated to receive such training.

Man, 35, fatally shot riding bike on Biddle St.

A restaurant worker was fatally shot yesterday while riding a bicycle in East Baltimore, and police said they were without a suspect and knew of no motive.

Detective Mark Wiedefeld said Earl Reinhardt, 35, of the 200 block of St. Matthews St. was riding a bike in the 2300 block of E. Biddle St. about 11 a.m. when someone came up behind him and shot him three times in the back and once in a hand.

Reinhardt, who worked at Restaurant Depot in the 1400 block of W. Patapsco Ave., died at 11: 40 a.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Wiedefeld said.

Pub Date: 3/10/98

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