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April 26, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Woman sentenced to 33 months, fined for flipping scheme

An Eastern Shore woman was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison yesterday for her role in a property flipping scheme involving dozens of Baltimore houses.

Marcia K. McNeil, 46, of Cambridge was also ordered to pay $288,000 in restitution to lenders by Judge Frederic N. Smalkin in U.S. District Court in Baltimore and was immediately taken into custody. A jury convicted her in February of four counts of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud.

McNeil worked with Carl Schulz of Edgemere to buy houses at low prices and sell the properties at much higher prices. Prosecutors said they used false information and fraudulent documents to obtain financing. Schulz pleaded guilty in January to wire fraud charges.

City police identify second of three men fatally shot

A man fatally shot Tuesday night in Northwest Baltimore was identified by police yesterday as Antoine Holley, 23, of the 1700 block of Baker St.

Police said Holley was one of three people killed Tuesday on city streets. He was found about 10:40 p.m. at Reisterstown Road and Woodland Avenue with two gunshot wounds to the back and was pronounced dead at Sinai Hospital. Police said they knew of no motive.

A man who was killed about 1 a.m. Tuesday in the 5000 block of Chalgrove Ave. in Pimlico remained unidentified yesterday. He was shot while sitting in the driver's seat of a car, police said. Police are also investigating the killing Tuesday of Wilbur Cares, 18, who was shot about 2 a.m. in the upper body while talking on an outdoor telephone near his North Baltimore home.

Officer, minivan driver injured in collision

A city police officer and a man were injured yesterday when a patrol car and a Mazda minivan collided at a west-side intersection that had a defective traffic light, police said.

Officer Jeremy Sagner, 26, a 15-month veteran assigned to the Central District, was responding to a call for help and driving north on Myrtle Avenue when his patrol car crashed into a van that Roland Douglas Jr., 37, was driving west on Lafayette Avenue. It was not clear at what speed they were driving or who was at fault, but police are looking into a failed traffic light at the intersection as a possible cause, said Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman.

Police said Sagner was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center for minor injuries and released. Douglas was listed in good condition at Shock Trauma with unspecified injuries.

3 scholars to address post-Holocaust Jewish life

Three scholars will present papers on reconstructing Jewish life after the Holocaust at 4:30 p.m. today in McGuire Hall at Loyola College, Charles Street and Cold Spring Lane.

Holocaust survivor Yitshak Arad, Israeli lawyer and historian Gabriel Finder and Marquette University Professor R. Clifton Spargo will speak at the event, which is sponsored by Loyola's departments of history and philosophy.

All are in residence at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

Information: 410-617-2739.

In Baltimore County

Pharmacy owner sentenced to 30 days for Medicaid fraud

TOWSON -- The owner of a Baltimore County pharmacy was sentenced to 30 days in jail yesterday for stealing more than $140,000 from Medicaid and private insurers by submitting bills for drugs that customers never ordered.

Baltimore County Circuit Judge Lawrence R. Daniels also gave James Kessler, 50, of Timonium a five-year suspended sentence and five years' supervised probation, and ordered him to perform 2,400 hours of community service. Kessler, who pleaded guilty to Medicaid and insurance fraud Jan. 23, repaid the $140,000 yesterday with $10,000 in fines.

Kessler, owner of Cockeysville Pharmacy in the 10200 block of York Road, submitted false claims between 1997 and June, when the pharmacy closed.

Main break cuts off water to 40 homes, closes schools

ESSEX -- A water main break along Middleborough Road yesterday morning cut off water to at least 40 homes and forced the closings of Deep Creek Middle and Sandalwood Elementary schools.

The 8-inch line was repaired by about noon, restoring the water supply to the houses and schools, which should be open today, according to authorities.

The cause of the break was unclear, but workers were looking into the possibilities of age and poor condition, said Kurt Kocher, spokesman for Baltimore Department of Public Works, which supplies water to the county. Workers repaired a hole in the same line Tuesday.

Stabbing death of woman in Woodlawn ruled suicide

WOODLAWN -- The state medical examiner's office ruled yesterday that the death of a 33-year-old woman Tuesday was a suicide.

The woman was found with a knife in her chest just before 10 p.m. in her unit in the Town & Country Apartments, in the 6700 block of Townbrook Drive, police said. The medical examiner's office determined that she had stabbed herself, said county police spokesman Bill Toohey.

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