In Baltimore City Jury to resume deliberations in trial...


March 06, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Jury to resume deliberations in trial of police officer

A Circuit Court jury deliberated for more than five hours yesterday without returning a verdict against city police Officer Clyde Rawlins Jr.

Rawlins, 25, is on trial for perjury, misconduct in office and second-degree assault, stemming from a July 9 incident in West Baltimore that led to a scuffle with a man who suffered a black eye and was arrested. Prosecutors say the arrest was illegal.

Defense attorneys Kim Alley and Michael Belsky say the arrest was legal and their client did not punch the man. Jury deliberations were to resume today.

Three-alarm fire damages rooms at UM medical center

A three-alarm fire damaged several rooms at University of Maryland Medical Center in the first block of S. Greene St. early yesterday and forced a brief evacuation, a Fire Department spokesman said. No injuries were reported.

The fire broke out about 3 a.m. in a wing under construction on the hospital's 10th floor, said Battalion Chief Hector L. Torres. He said patients in a different 10th-floor wing were evacuated as a precaution. The fire was extinguished in about 50 minutes.

Three alarms were struck because of the potential danger of a fire in a hospital, Torres said. Investigators had not determined a cause yesterday.

Ex-girlfriend charged in fatal stabbing of man, 18

An 18-year-old man was fatally stabbed late Sunday inside a rowhouse in West Baltimore, and police said they were searching for his ex-girlfriend in the attack.

Vernard Maurice Maple, of the 500 block of Dolphin St., was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center at 11:55 p.m., 90 minutes after police were called to the house in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Ave.

Police, responding to a call from a neighbor, said they found Maple lying unconscious on the living room floor with stab wounds to his chest. Alicia Erstine Shaw, 18, of the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Ave., has been charged in a warrant with first-degree murder.

Comic strip creator to speak at Morgan State

Aaron McGruder, creator of the nationally syndicated "Boondocks" comic strip, will lecture on the state of racial discourse at 7 p.m. Thursday at Morgan State University's Murphy Auditorium.

His appearance is part of Lecture Series 2001 sponsored by Morgan's Student Government Association/Student Activities. Information: 443-885-3470.

In Baltimore County

Court OKs ruling denying bungee-jumping permit

A state appeals court has affirmed a 1998 ruling by the Baltimore County Board of Appeals that denied a permit for a bungee-jumping operation in Timonium.

The Court of Special Appeals upheld the board's rejection of James Riffin's request for a permit to open a facility at 1941 Greenspring Drive that would hoist jumpers 100 feet in the air, hook them to bungee cords and allow them to jump off a platform.

The court said that such a recreational use is neither permitted by law nor by county zoning regulations.

Volunteers sought to field nursing home complaints

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Department of Aging is seeking volunteer advocates to field nursing home complaints. Volunteers will be trained to talk to residents, families and nursing home personnel. A six-month commitment is required.

The next training session will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 19, 26, 28 and 29 and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 21.

Information: 410-887-4200.

Ravens player Sharper, bank give $5,000 to PAL

COCKEYSVILLE -- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Jamie Sharper and Susquehanna Bank donated $5,000 yesterday to the Baltimore County Police Athletic League program.

Sharper presented the donation to County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan during a ceremony at the Cockeysville PAL center in the 9800 block of Greenside Drive.

The $5,000 donation includes a contribution from Sharper and matching funds from the bank.

Girls lacrosse clinic set March 25 at Essex campus

ESSEX -- A girls lacrosse clinic will be held from noon to 3 p.m. March 25 at the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County.

Sponsored by Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, the clinic will offer instruction in goalie skills, offense, defense, cradling, catching, positioning and shooting. Players should bring sticks and mouth guards and wear cleats or tennis shoes.

The cost is $5. Tickets are available at the recreation and parks office at Dumbarton Middle School in Towson. They will not be sold at the door. Information: 410-887- 5883.

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