In Baltimore County Towson woman gets 30-year sentence...

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October 04, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Towson woman gets 30-year sentence for suffocating newborn

TOWSON -- A Towson woman has been sentenced to a 30-year prison term for killing her newborn daughter, who was found suffocated in a closet.

Kelly Elizabeth Norton, 30, of the 900 block of Beaver Bank Circle pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in July after an autopsy showed she had given birth in July 2000 to a healthy baby girl who was breathing on her own before she was killed.

Norton, who was sentenced Tuesday, received the maximum term for second-degree murder from Baltimore County Circuit Judge Thomas J. Bollinger Sr. Public defender Gayle Robinson said Norton had no prior criminal record.

President Bush to honor Maryland Line firefighter

MARYLAND LINE -- A Maryland Line firefighter killed trying to aid accident victims will be among those honored Sunday when President Bush pays tribute to firefighters who died on duty last year.

Robert W. Humphrey, 62, was a 27-year member of Maryland Line Volunteer Fire Company. He died Sept. 17, 2000, when he was hit by a car as he crossed a highway to help victims of a traffic accident.

Humphrey and 98 other firefighters from 38 states and Puerto Rico will be honored Sunday at the 20th annual tribute, sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The tribute will be held at 10 a.m. at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg.

Hawthorne Elementary to remain closed this week

MIDDLE RIVER -- Hawthorne Elementary School, closed since Monday when a construction accident leaked asbestos fibers into the air, will remain closed through the end of the week, school system officials said yesterday.

It's too early to say whether classes will resume Monday, spokeswoman Sharon Norman said.

The building hasn't reopened because workers are not satisfied, after testing air samples, that the asbestos has been cleaned sufficiently from the bathroom where the accident occurred and the adjacent lobby. "The samples are not adequate yet," Norman said. It is unclear whether pupils will have to make up the lost days, she said, because officials don't know if they will have missed one week of class time or more than that.

Mount de Sales Academy sets homecoming Saturday

CATONSVILLE -- Mount de Sales Academy will hold its eighth annual homecoming from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the campus at 700 Academy Road.

The event will feature live entertainment, fall crafts, class reunions, basketball and lacrosse games and a petting farm. Admission is $2 per vehicle, with proceeds going to the Alumnae Scholarship Fund.

Mount de Sales Parents' Club will hold a benefit bull roast and shrimp feast from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday on campus. Information: 410-744-8498. In Baltimore City

Sale of downtown site for parking garage OK'd

The Board of Estimates approved yesterday an agreement for the sale of a site at Calvert and Lombard streets and the construction of a 12-story, $13.5 million garage by a private development group.

Under the agreement, East Lombard Street Parking Associates -- a joint venture of Arrow Parking, Hawkins Development Group, Michael Meisel and Mark Sapperstein -- will construct the 650-space garage. The development team will pay the city $3.2 million for the site, minus $452,000 for demolition costs related to the site. The properties at 204-212 E. Lombard St., which make up the site were purchased by the city in July for $4.5 million.

The garage is expected to be finished in a year, said officials of Baltimore Development Corp., the city's quasi-public development arm, which brokered the deal.

Man gets 37-month term in child pornography case

A 57-year-old engineer has been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to 37 months in prison for transmitting and shipping child pornography to an undercover FBI agent who posed as a 13-year-old girl in an Internet chat room.

Walter A. Wible, a former engineer for the Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, near Huntsville, Ala., approached the agent in an Internet chat room, engaged in numerous conversations over several months and transmitted pornography before he was arrested Aug. 7, 2000, when he flew to Maryland to have sex, according to court papers.

U.S. District Judge Herbert N. Maletz sentenced Wible on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty Feb. 16 to transporting and shipping child pornography using a computer.

Traffic, parking restricted for Fells Point festival

Traffic and parking will be restricted along some streets in Fells Point this weekend because of the annual Fells Point Fun Festival, the city Department of Public Works announced.

Street closings include Broadway from Eastern Avenue to Fleet Street, from 5 p.m. Friday to 11 p.m. Sunday. All streets within the area bounded by Caroline Street on the west, Aliceanna Street on the north, Wolfe Street on the east and the waterfront to the south will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Some streets in the area are designated Residential Permit Parking areas and are restricted to permit holders. Cars parked in these areas without permits are subject to ticketing and towing.

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