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April 22, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Man flees courtroom after he's sentenced to one year in jail

CATONSVILLE -- A man who had just been sentenced to a year in jail for a probation violation ran from the District Court building yesterday, eluding bailiffs and police, and drove away in his car, police said.

Kevin Eric Dempsey, 29, of the 2700 block of Elsinore Ave. in Northwest Baltimore bolted from the courtroom in the 900 block of Walker Ave. when Judge Robert J. Steinberg pronounced sentence yesterday morning, said Baltimore County police spokeswoman Cpl. Vickie Warehime. Dempsey is accused of running past the bailiff to the back of the courthouse and shoving a police officer out of the way in the hall, Warehime said.

Dempsey, who was being sentenced for violating probation on a theft charge, has been charged with contempt of court, she said. He had not been caught yesterday.

One killed, two injured in wrong-way I-95 crash

HALETHORPE -- One Florida resident was killed yesterday and another seriously injured when a car traveling the wrong way on Interstate 95 hit their car, according to Maryland State Police.

Latonya Williams, 30, of Jacksonville, Fla., was killed when the northbound 1999 Chevrolet Malibu she was riding in collided with a 1984 Ford Ranger driven by Brian Cain Poquette, 24, of the 8700 block of Hayshed Lane in Columbia. Poquette and the Malibu's driver, 39-year-old Leroy Jennings, also of Jacksonville, were injured in the 5: 20 a.m. collision, said Trooper Tracy A. Hart.

Hart said alcohol was a factor. The Malibu's air bags deployed, and all three people were wearing seat belts. The men were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where Poquette was in fair condition and Jennings in serious condition.

College's Essex campus gets $272,000 science grant

ESSEX -- The Essex campus of Community College of Baltimore County has received a $272,000 grant from the National Science Foundation that will allow the school to offer certificate and degree programs in multimedia and Internet technology.

Several four-year universities in the area have agreements with the community college that will permit students to transfer once they have completed the new certificate or associate programs.

In Baltimore City

Grocery employee dies in struggle with gunman

A part-time employee at an East Baltimore grocery store was mortally wounded last night while struggling with one of two men who robbed the business, police said.

Detective David Peckoo said two men, one with a handgun, entered Perez Grocery in the 500 block of N. Kenwood Ave. about 8: 20 p.m. Peckoo said the gunman went behind the counter, took money from the register, then got into a struggle with Jose Espinal, who was shot once in the upper body.

Espinal, 27, of the 200 block of N. Belnord Ave. died at 9: 52 p.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Peckoo said.

Union Memorial 5K race is accepting registrations

Registrations are being accepted for the Union Memorial Day 5K race that will be run from Rash Field in the Inner Harbor at 8 a.m. May 30.

The event is part of a yearlong celebration of the 20th anniversary of Union Memorial Hospital's Sports Medicine Center.

The registration fee is $15 on or before May 22 and $20 afterward. Race day registration begins at 6: 30 a.m. Awards will be given to the three top male and female finishers in the race and in 12 age groups. Information: Tracey Pyle, 410-554-6576.

Friends of Latin America to counter protests at game

Howard County Friends of Latin America will demonstrate May 3 outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards to counter protests by opponents of the exhibition baseball game between the Orioles and Cuban National team.

HoCoFoLA, which was created to promote awareness, activism and social responsibility, said yesterday that it will bring about 1,000 demonstrators who support ending the U.S. embargo against Cuba. The group supports the establishment of ties with Cubans.

Cuban-American groups that oppose Cuban leader Fidel Castro plan to picket the game.

Pub Date: 4/22/99

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