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City/County Digest

August 14, 1999

In Baltimore City

Community group backs Stokes in mayor's race

A 500-member community group concerned about vacant houses and slumlords in Baltimore endorsed mayoral candidate Carl F. Stokes yesterday for the city's top political job.

Members of the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) said they believe Stokes is committed to helping the city eliminate vacant housing and to enforcing housing laws on landlords who fail to maintain their properties.

The group also endorsed Nathan C. Irby for City Council president; Stephanie Rawlings, Helen Holton, Rochelle "Rikki" Spector for 5th District council seats; and Catherine Pugh and Roscoe Herring for the 4th District council seats.

In Baltimore County

Accident kills driver, injures three passengers

OWINGS MILLS -- A woman was killed and three passengers were injured yesterday when the woman's car hit an embankment and turned over, Baltimore County police said.

The driver was heading west on Owings Mills Boulevard near Gwynnbrook Avenue when the accident occurred at 4: 37 p.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Her identity has not been released pending notification of relatives.

Two passengers in the car were taken to Sinai Hospital and a third was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Their names were not available, police said.

Police release identity of drowned Florida man

COCKEYSVILLE -- County police yesterday identified a man found drowned at the Beaver Dam Swim Club Thursday as Gary Brohawn, 42, of Port Richey, Fla.

Brohawn was visiting a sister in the Baltimore area, police said, and the two went to the swim club Thursday in the 10800 block of Beaver Dam Road. Brohawn was swimming in the quarry about 2 p.m. when he disappeared.

His body was found about 6: 15 p.m. in 50 feet of water.

In Prince George's

Nurse who defrauded state ordered to perform service

A Prince George's County nurse who falsely claimed to Medicaid that she repeatedly stayed up all night to care for an ailing child was ordered by a judge to perform 500 hours of community service yesterday because she stayed home and collected insurance payments.

Sue Merriweather, a licensed practical nurse, pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to defrauding the Maryland Medicaid program of nearly $40,000. She had falsely stated in Medicaid claims that she had stayed up to care for a 2-year-old Baltimore City child with a tracheotomy implant, the Maryland attorney general's office said.

Merriweather was ordered to pay $38,352 in restitution.

Pub Date: 8/14/99

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