A 19-year-old man was sentenced to two consecutive life...

City/County Digest

July 24, 1998|By From staff reports

ESSEX — A 19-year-old man was sentenced to two consecutive life terms yesterday after pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree rape, said city State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy.

Circuit Judge Paul A. Smith sentenced Corey Simmons, of no fixed address, after prosecutors showed evidence that he kidnapped two women at gunpoint earlier this year -- one in the 2400 block of Druid Hill Ave. and another in the 1800 block of Bethel St. -- took them to abandoned buildings and raped them.

Simmons has been sentenced in five other cases after pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree rape and three counts of first-degree sex offense. He was sentenced to 40 years for each of those crimes, which will be served concurrently with yesterday's sentence.

BGE worker injured in natural gas explosion

A Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. employee was in critical condition yesterday after being severely burned in a natural gas explosion in Northwest Baltimore late Wednesday night, said Kathleen Nolan, a BGE spokeswoman.

Charles Kraushaar, 53, was doing routine maintenance work on a 16-inch medium pressure gas line several feet under the 6900 block of Reisterstown Road about 11: 30 p.m. when the explosion occurred, Nolan said. Kraushaar was admitted to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Nolan said firefighters extinguished the fire and that the cause of the explosion was being investigated.

20-year-old man fatally shot on Edmondson Avenue

A 20-year-old man was fatally shot last night in the 4000 block of Edmondson Ave. in Southwest Baltimore, police said.

Detective Donald Kramer said police responding to a report of a shooting about 9: 45 p.m. found Sean Smith lying on the sidewalk. He had been shot several times in the upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene, Kramer said.

He said Smith lived in Woodlawn, in Baltimore County, but his address was not readily available.

ESSEX -- A coalition of community leaders and business owners will meet 6 p.m. Monday at the Essex library, 1110 Eastern Blvd., to protest portions of a $5.4 million face lift they say will put some merchants out of business.

The county streetscape plan to build sidewalks and reroute pedestrian and vehicular traffic on nearly two miles of Eastern Boulevard will eliminate parking spaces in front of about six buildings, opponents say. Changing traffic patterns also will burden local residents, said Janice Hundt, owner of a liquor store and auto tag service.

Public officials favor the plan but some, such as state Sen. Michael J. Collins, an Essex Democrat, say the county should provide money for business owners to relocate, if necessary.

Peace and Freedom congress begins weeklong event

The 27th Congress of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom starts at 6: 30 p.m. today at Goucher College in Towson with speeches on globalization, the theme of the event.

Attracting several hundred women from around the world, the weeklong congress will feature panel discussions, workshops, a rally in Washington, entertainment and a "peace camp" for children that will emphasize tolerance and conflict resolution. Most of the activities will be at Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, or the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, 903 Dulaney Valley Road.

The cost to attend is $50, with discounts for students, the unemployed and those going to only the weekday events. Registration closes Monday. Information: 410-337-6045.

Smoking materials in trash blamed for fire at Legion post


TOWSON -- Smoking materials dropped into a plastic trash container Tuesday night at American Legion Post No. 22 in the 100 block of York Road was blamed for a two-alarm fire that caused at least $500,000 damage to the nearly 50-year-old building, police said yesterday.

Post commander Chuck Ammann said the fire destroyed most of the second floor but the first floor remains in use.

Man accused in bomb threat held at detention center


TOWSON -- A man who claimed to have a bomb in his car, causing the closing of parts of the Northwest Expressway on Wednesday, was being held at the County Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bail, Capt. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman, said yesterday.

Gerard O. Dugre Jr., 30, of the 300 block of Main St. in New Windsor, was charged with assault, reckless endangerment, possession of a handgun in a vehicle and making a false statement involving a destructive device, court records show.

Pub Date: 7/24/98

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