In Baltimore County
Judge upholds fine for company that sold aloe vera treatment
TOWSON - A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge has affirmed an administrative decision to impose a $3.7 million fine on a Baltimore County company that sold an untested aloe vera treatment to critically ill people.
Lawyers for Allen J. Hoffman, president of T-Up Inc., and his financing partner, Neal Deoul, argued that they were denied a fair hearing after the state Consumer Affairs Division issued the fine and ordered them to close May 5.
But Judge J. William Hinkel ruled this week that there was substantial evidence to support the agency's decision.
Trials reset in killing of pizza shop owner
TOWSON - Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Robert N. Dugan yesterday rescheduled trials for two defendants charged in the fatal stabbing of a 72-year-old pizza shop owner.
Jennifer Hoffman, 20, will be tried May 29 and her brother-in-law, Martin Hoffman, 39, will be tried June 4. The trial date for Jennifer Hoffman's husband, Michael J. Hoffman, 35, remains April 30.
The three defendants are charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death in July of Peter Makris, the owner of Pepe's Pizza in the 6000 block of Falls Road.
Agency to offer program for caregivers of elderly
COCKEYSVILLE - Baltimore County Department of Aging is sponsoring a program March 28 for caregivers of the elderly called "Legal Tools for Caregivers: Planning for Financial and Medical Needs."
Attorney Jason A. Frank, who specializes in elder law, will speak at 5:45 p.m. at Cockeysville Senior Center, 10532 York Road. Dinner will be available at 5 p.m. for a nominal charge. Reservations: 410-887-2594.
Eastern Technical students win bridge building contest
ESSEX - A team of students from Eastern Technical High School received the Best Architectural Bridge Award in the annual bridge building contest sponsored by the Engineering Society of Baltimore, the Technology Education Association of Maryland and Baltimore Museum of Industry.
The winning students are Jeff Geroso, Greg Kowalewski and Jeff Stidham, all 10th-graders at Eastern. Their teacher, Douglas Nelson, said he was "elated" by their success. "They learned that teamwork and the application of sound engineering principles is a winning combination," he said.
Sixty teams from across Maryland entered the contest, held Feb. 24 at the museum.
In Baltimore City
`New Schools' plan gets preliminary approval
The city school board has given preliminary approval to proposals from Mount Washington Elementary School and Barclay Elementary and Middle School to become independently run public schools.
Mount Washington and Barclay are seeking to be designated as "New Schools" beginning next school year, which would mean they would receive public funds but be given flexibility to hire teachers, decide curriculum and make other changes.
Mount Washington would be run by the school's PTO and Barclay by the Baltimore Curriculum Project, a nonprofit group affiliated with the Abell Foundation.
Name of officer killed in crash added to memorial
The name of a Baltimore police officer who was killed in a car accident last year was added to a refurbished memorial last night during a ceremony at the Western District station.
Officer Jamie A. Roussey was killed March 8, 2000, when his cruiser collided with a car as he responded to aid a colleague.
Roussey's name was added to the Western District Fallen Heroes Memorial, which has been redesigned and relocated from the station house's hallway to the roll call room, where officers assemble before going on patrol.
Teen stabbed on birthday dies at Hopkins Hospital
Jovon Walker, who was stabbed during an altercation Wednesday - his 19th birthday - died at 1:30 p.m. yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said.
Detective Paul Kidd said Walker of the 1300 block of N. Linwood Ave. was stabbed in the chest with a knife during an argument with a friend about 6:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of N. Potomac St. A 47-year-old witness suffered a minor stab wound when he disarmed the attacker, who fled.
Kidd said a warrant has been issued charging Danny Miller, 17, of the 3000 block of Mayfield Ave. with first-degree murder and first-degree assault.
Man gets 36-year term for killing girlfriend
A 44-year-old West Baltimore man has been sentenced to 36 years in prison for killing his girlfriend with a hammer and cheese knife, city prosecutors said.
Levone Thomas of the 900 block of N. Carrollton Ave. received the sentence for convictions on second-degree murder and deadly weapons charges Tuesday in Baltimore Circuit Court. Thomas was convicted of killing Sheila Hunter, 46, who lived with him.
On July 22, police went to the house to investigate an assault. They saw Hunter slumped over a bed in a room covered with blood. Thomas confessed to police that he had struck Hunter.