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January 24, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Pharmacy owner pleads guilty to insurance fraud

TOWSON -- The owner of a Baltimore County pharmacy pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing more than $140,000 from Medicaid and private insurers by submitting bills for drugs his customers never ordered.

James Kessler, 50, of Timonium pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of insurance fraud in Baltimore County Circuit Court, in a plea agreement with the Maryland attorney general's office, which prosecuted the case.

Kessler -- owner of Cockeysville Pharmacy in the 10200 block of York Road -- submitted the false claims between 1997 and June 2000, when his pharmacy closed, prosecutors said. Sentencing is scheduled for April.

Body of man found floating at marina

BOWLEYS QUARTERS -- The body of a man was found floating in the water at a marina here yesterday and county police initially ruled his death an accidental drowning, pending an autopsy.

Joseph F. Evering, owner of Long Beach Marina in the 800 block of Chester Road, said he was working on a client's boat about 3 p.m. when he noticed the body in several feet of water about 150 feet from the victim's houseboat.

Evering said the victim, a 49-year-old Middle River resident, had been on the houseboat since the weekend. Police withheld the man's name, pending notification of relatives.

Residents' input sought on plans for older areas

TOWSON -- Residents of southeast and northwest Baltimore County are invited to meetings seeking suggestions for the Office of Community Conservation's five-year strategic plan for addressing the needs of older neighborhoods.

The southeast meeting is at 11:30 a.m. today at Our Lady of Hope Church, 1727 Lynch Road, Dundalk, and is sponsored by the Southeast Leadership Team.

The northwest meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Holiday Inn, 1800 Belmont Ave., Woodlawn. It is sponsored by the Woodlawn Rotary Club, and food will be served.

West Bank violence topic of mission center talk

TOWSON -- David Cockburn, who has worked to resolve conflicts around the world, will give an eyewitness account of violence between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank town of Hebron at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mission Helper Center, 1001 W. Joppa Road.

Cockburn, a native of London, has been involved in a number of peace and reconciliation projects, especially in South Africa, Germany, Serbia and Palestine. His talk is sponsored by the Baltimore chapter of the Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. The public is invited.

Information: Sister Caritas Kennedy, 410-823-8585, ext. 241, or Judy Cloughen, 410-329-3140.

External Diploma Program to be discussed at sessions

ROSEDALE -- Three informational sessions about the External Diploma Program will be presented next month by the Community College of Baltimore County.

The External Diploma Program is for adults who are self-directed, need flexible scheduling and want to earn a high school diploma.

The sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in Catonsville and at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 14 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in Rosedale. Information and reservations: 410-887-0136.

In Baltimore City

Postponed hearing clears way for Super Bowl party

A hearing before the city zoning board on Mother's Federal Hill Grille was postponed yesterday, clearing the way for the tavern to hold a Super Bowl party on its "Purple Patio" parking lot Sunday for the game between the Ravens and the New York Giants.

The city, which twice cited and fined Mother's for zoning violations, has allowed the parties to continue, pending a ruling by the Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals. At issue is whether Mother's violated the zoning code by turning its parking lot into a tailgate party area on Ravens game days. The citations were prompted by complaints from South Baltimore and Federal Hill community groups concerned about rowdy crowds in the neighborhood.

Mother's owner Dave C. Rather had asked that the hearing be rescheduled, so he could bring supporters who were out of town. A new date for the hearing has not been set.

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