In Baltimore City Felon with gun gets 5-year sentence...

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April 03, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Felon with gun gets 5-year sentence under new state law

A West Baltimore man last week became the first city resident to be sentenced under a new law that requires that felons caught with guns receive a mandatory five-year jail term, prosecutors said.

Jerome D. Kearney, 20, of the 2100 block of Vine St. pleaded guilty to the charge March 26 in Circuit Court. He was arrested on Oct. 6 after police found him carrying a loaded semiautomatic pistol, prosecutors said.

Kearney had a previous felony drug conviction, which prohibited him from owning or carrying a weapon. The mandatory sentencing law went into effect Oct.1.

Store owner indicted for pointing gun at teen

The owner of a Northeast Baltimore liquor store was indicted yesterday on charges of first-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon for pointing a loaded shotgun at a teen he believed was shoplifting, said the city state's attorney's office.

Han Yeoung Yu, 42, of Arbutus, the owner of Hamlton Liquors in the 5400 block of Harford Road, pointed a loaded 12-gauge double-barrel sawed-off shotgun March 9 at the chest of a 16-year-old boy he suspected of stealing a bottle of bourbon at the store, according to the prosecutor's office.

The youth -- who later turned out not to be the thief -- told police Yu pulled the trigger. Yu denied doing so, but an examination of the weapon by police showed the primers of each shell had been struck by the firing pins, indicating the trigger had been pulled, the state's attorney said.

Dixon press secretary takes media relations post

Jason Young, press secretary for Council President Sheila Dixon, is taking a media relations job in Washington, marking the second high-level departure from Dixon's office in less than a year.

Young, 26, who has been an aide to Dixon since she took office in December 1999, was promoted to press secretary after the August departure of chief of staff and spokesman Anthony W. McCarthy. His last day is today, and he begins work almost immediately at People for the American Way, a national advocacy organization.

Young said his departure had nothing to do with a recent dispute with Dixon over several closed-door meetings he believed should have been open to the public and press; he said the two had resolved the matter amicably.

In Baltimore County

Firefighter, police officer receive club service award

CATONSVILLE -- Baltimore County police Officer William Alexander Freitag and county Fire Specialist Louis R. Wingo Jr. were honored recently by the Rotary Club of Catonsville for "Service Above Self" to the Catonsville area.

Wingo, a firefighter for 11 years, was honored for giving medical aid to a man trapped in an automobile after an accident on Frederick Road. Freitag, a police officer for more than three years, was honored for quick actions that led to the arrest of a suspect in the armed robbery of a pizza restaurant.

Music educators group honors high school principal

PIKESVILLE -- Pikesville High School Principal Dorothy E. Hardin was recently named 2001 Secondary School Administrator of the Year by the Maryland Music Educators Association.

Hardin, honored at a ceremony in Severna Park on March 24, was recognized for her outstanding administrative qualities, dedication to music education and example as a leader of music educators.

150 public school pupils take part in math contest

TOWSON -- About 150 pupils from Baltimore County participated recently in the "24 Challenge," a math competition.

The event was co-sponsored by Allfirst Bank and the school system's math office. Winners received a $1,000 savings bond.

Top contest winners are Brandon May of Sparks Elementary, Yin Yin Yu of Lansdowne Middle, and Simpson Zhang and Chung Tong, both of Arbutus Middle.

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