In Baltimore City Review of evidence causes delay in...



In Baltimore City

Review of evidence causes delay in Patel murder retrial

The retrial of a Canadian dentist accused of killing her husband was delayed yesterday so her lawyer could review new evidence.

Alpna Patel's lawyer, Edward Smith Jr., said in Baltimore Circuit Court that he wants to examine a so-called "luminal" report, which analyzed the appearance of blood on his client's clothing. Prosecutors conducted the test after Patel's first trial ended in a hung jury in February, according to court records.

At that trial, Patel was acquitted of first-degree murder but the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on other charges, with 11 of the 12 jurors voting to acquit.

The lone male juror was the dissenting vote. Patel is scheduled to be re-tried on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the stabbing of Viresh Patel, 26, a Baltimore surgical resident, on Aug. 28.

St. Frances Academy plans reunion and open house

St. Frances Academy of Baltimore is planning an alumni reunion and open house from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdayat the school, 501 E. Chase St.

The event will include a tour of the historic school building and a barbecue lunch at a cost of $5 for adults. Information: 410-539-7030.

In Baltimore County

Man wanted in homicide surrenders to Essex police

TOWSON - A 20-year-old man charged with a May 31 murder in the Villages of Tall Trees surrendered to authorities and was denied bail, county police said yesterday.

Curtis Love of the 1000 block of BaynerRoad in Essex came to the Essex Precinct on Friday night. Authorities charged Love and Robert Pittman, 17, of the 1600 block of Old Eastern Ave. in the death of Allen Sampson, 34, who was shot in the 1600 block of Rickenbacker Road.

Love was being held in the county Detention Center.

Fire Museum of Maryland is open for summer season

LUTHERVILLE - The Fire Museum of Maryland is open for the summer season, with fire engines, games and exhibits on the history of firefighting.

The nonprofit museum at 1301 York Road is open Tuesday through Saturday from June through August, and Saturdays during September, October and November.

Hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and firefighters and $3 for children.

Group providing medicine in county needs volunteers

TOWSON - The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, sponsored by Baltimore County Department of Aging, is seeking volunteers age 55 and older to work for MEDBANK of Maryland Inc.

MEDBANK is a nonprofit organization that helps provide free medications to the poor and needy who qualify.

Information: Bernadette Hanlon, 410-887-2059.

Information: 410-321-7500.

Perry Hall school picked for environmental project

PERRY HALL - Perry Hall Elementary School is one of nine Maryland schools chosen to take part in the Bay School Project of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

For three years, the school will work in partnership with the foundation on ways to use the outdoors and the local environment as part of the classroom.

Preliminary plans call for building a natural area on the school's Joppa Road campus, including creation of a pond, butterfly garden, wildflower garden and installation of benches built by pupils.

Later, the pupils will be able to use the natural area as an outdoor laboratory to measure the environmental impact of the rapid growth of the Perry Hall area, school officials said.

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