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November 25, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Judge sentences man to 30 months for defrauding programs

TOWSON -- Baltimore County Circuit Judge Kathleen G. Cox sentenced a Randallstown man yesterday to 30 months in prison for defrauding Medicaid and Medicare of about a half-million dollars.

Ronald High, 42, who operated three ambulance companies, pleaded guilty in July to fraudulently billing the two federal programs for transporting ambulatory people who do not qualify for government-funded ambulance trips.

High also was ordered to pay $564,180 in restitution to the Medicaid and Medicare programs. In July, his former business partner, Gary Jefferson, received a sentence of 18 months on home detention.

Police seek information on body found in cornfield

BRADSHAW -- A decomposed body was found yesterday in the middle of a northeast Baltimore County cornfield, and police are trying to determine the victim's gender and how the person died.

Police received a call about 2: 15 p.m. from a resident who discovered the body in the 12000 block of Philadelphia Road. When they arrived, officials found the body about 5 feet into a large cornfield. Ruling the death suspicious, authorities say the body had been there for several weeks.

Neighbors said that residents often walk and hunt near the cornfield. One neighbor, June Shipley, said yesterday she saw an unfamiliar dark car pull into the cornfield about a month ago. The driver got out of the car, did something she could not see and left after about five minutes, she said.

In Baltimore City

Activist elected chairwoman of police review board

The Baltimore Police Civilian Review Board elected a Bolton Hill activist as chairwoman Tuesday night during its first meeting.

Doreen Rosenthal, a community activist and former campaign adviser to mayoral candidate Carl Stokes, was elected chairwoman by the seven sitting board members. Two seats on the nine-member panel are unfilled.

The board, which will review complaints against the department, then forward its findings to the police commissioner, also discussed ways to educate themselves on police and legal issues.

Polytechnic walk to benefit United Negro College Fund

The second annual Polytechnic Institute-UNCF Walkathon to benefit the United Negro College Fund will begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

About 100 students and staff will walk the 3.75 miles from Poly at West Cold Spring Lane and Falls Road in North Baltimore to Morgan State University on Hillen Road in Northeast Baltimore.

With pledges from sponsors, participants hope to raise $5,000. The event is sponsored by Poly's Community of Caring character education program. Information: 410-396-7026 or 410-335-7519.

Civil War Santa will visit Constellation tomorrow

A patriotic Civil War Santa Claus -- dressed in red, white and blue -- will visit the Constellation at Pier 1, 301 E. Pratt St. in the Inner Harbor from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 17.

Santa, played by author Kevin Rawlings, will share written accounts of the Christmas experiences of Civil War sailors, soldiers and civilians.

Rawlings will autograph copies of his book, "We Were Marching on Christmas Day," which is available at the Constellation bookstore.

Pub Date: 11/25/99

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