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February 17, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

O'Malley announces task force to develop PAL alternatives

In response to growing concern about the future of nine Police Athletic League centers, Mayor Martin O'Malley established a task force yesterday to develop alternatives to the police-run operations and how to pay for them.

The committee will be made up of a dozen people from city government, churches and nonprofit organizations. The mayor has given the group 30 days to develop recommendations.

Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend sent O'Malley a letter yesterday saying the city will likely be eligible for $800,000 from a $10 million grant fund to help pay for youth programs in the city.

Death of teen-ager shot in May ruled a homicide

The death of a West Baltimore youth who was shot in May and died in December has been ruled a homicide by the state medical examiner's office, police said yesterday.

Jermaine Dominic Blue, 15, of the 3900 block of Edmondson Ave. was riding a mo-ped May 16 in the 1300 block of W. Lafayette Ave. when an unknown assailant shot him in the head, said Sgt. Ernest M. Anderson of the homicide squad. Blue was in a convalescent home when he died Dec. 7.

The medical examiner said Tuesday that Blue's death was the result of his wound and ruled his death a homicide. No arrest had been made, Anderson said.

Police arrest brother, sister accused of supplying drugs

A man who police said supplied a west-side open-air drug market and his sister were arrested yesterday, and heroin with a street value of $500,000 was seized.

Maurice Whitacker, 28, and Michelle McWilliams, 27, were arrested at their home in the 5700 block of Moravia Road in Northeast Baltimore, said police Lt. Russell Shea. At the residence, police seized nearly 2.2 pounds of treated and raw heroin, 800 heroin pellets, $200, a handgun, drug paraphernalia and two cars, Shea said.

Shea said an investigation of drug trafficking at North Avenue and Longwood Street led to the arrests. Whitaker and McWilliams were charged with multiple drug violations and were being held at Central Booking and Intake Center, pending a bail hearing today.

Woman is gravely wounded in shooting at her grocery

A grocer was shot and critically injured yesterday afternoon in the store she owns with her husband in southern Baltimore, police said.

Kyong Yu, 57, was found by a customer about 12: 30 p.m., lying on the floor of The Little Store in the 600 block of E. Patapsco Ave. in Brooklyn, police said. Yu, of the 200 block of Jack St., also in Brooklyn, was in grave condition last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police said money was in the store's cash register and that they are investigating the case as a possible robbery attempt.

In Baltimore County

Students to donate proceeds from dance to Protheros

OREGON RIDGE -- The Baltimore County chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions will donate the proceeds from a dance tomorrow night to the family of slain county police Sgt. Bruce A. Prothero.

The Snow Ball, a semiformal dance that will be held at Oregon Ridge Park, was originally planned to raise money for local high school SADD chapters. "These young people are well-aware of the horror of this tragedy and wanted to do something to help," said Michael Gimbel, director of the county Department of Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse.

Information: 410-887-3828.

Forum on school violence planned at Dundalk campus

DUNDALK -- A panel discussion on school violence will be held March 9 on the Dundalk campus of Community College of Baltimore County, 7200 Sollers Point Road.

Leading the talk will be Ira Albert, professor of psychology at the college; Wayne Thibeault, principal of Sparrows Point High School; and two students. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the student lounge starting at 10: 50 a.m.

Information: 410-285-9727.

Ambulance company owner gets 5 years in Medicaid fraud

TOWSON -- The owner of a Pikesville ambulance company was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison for defrauding the state's Medicaid program by driving "supposedly stretcher-bound" patients to medical treatment in a stolen sport utility vehicle, the attorney general's office said.

Millard C. "Bobby" Sheppard Jr., owner of Progressive Care Ambulance Services, routinely billed Medicaid for serving patients who were ineligible for transportation under the state's program, officials said.

Sheppard pleaded guilty to felony Medicaid fraud in September and was given until yesterday to pay restitution of $245,000. When he failed to do so, Baltimore County Circuit Judge Thomas J. Bollinger imposed the maximum sentence, which includes a fine of $100,000, officials said.

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