In Baltimore County Charges dropped against city man...


October 26, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Charges dropped against city man arrested in killing

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police have released a 52-year-old West Baltimore man who was charged last month in the fatal stabbing of a Westview woman.

Richard Craig Schweinsberg of the 3200 block of Milford Ave. was released from the Baltimore County Detention Center this week after police dropped first-degree murder charges against him. Schweinsberg was arrested Sept. 6 after Claudia Ann Gegorek, 49, was found stabbed in her apartment in the 1600 block of Ingleside Ave.

Police said Schweinsberg was released after preliminary forensic tests showed he probably was not the killer.

Man struck by car, killed crossing road in Catonsville

CATONSVILLE -- A car struck and killed a 27-year-old man early yesterday as he crossed U.S. 40 in Catonsville.

Adrian Eugene Hunter was crossing near Pine Street about 12:45 a.m. when he was hit by a car driven by John Wallace Dyson Jr., 40, of the 7400 block of Lesada Drive. Hunter, of the 6100 block of Old Frederick Road in Westview, was pronounced dead a short time later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore County police said.

Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman, said a preliminary investigation showed that Hunter had been drinking and that the accident resulted from pedestrian error.

Dundalk High Class of 1985 sets benefit dance tomorrow

DUNDALK -- Dundalk High School Class of 1985 will hold a benefit Halloween dance at 8 p.m. tomorrow at American Legion Post 38, 3300 Dundalk Ave.

Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Proceeds will support a scholarship for a high school senior. Information: 410-285-7899.

Essex Precinct schedules open house for tomorrow

ESSEX -- The county police Essex Precinct will hold its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at 216 Marlyn Ave.

The event will offer tours of the precinct house and presentations by officers from several units, including police dogs and marine, aviation and bicycle patrol.

Information: Officer William Ayres, 410-887-0232.

In Baltimore City

Ceremony set to install U.S. District chief judge

Judge Frederic N. Smalkin will formally become chief judge of the U.S. District Court for Maryland in ceremonies this afternoon at the Garmatz Federal Courthouse in Baltimore.

Smalkin succeeds Chief Judge J. Frederick Motz, who will remain on the bench but is stepping down as chief judge. The position is traditionally rotated among the judges and means handling various administrative duties, such as compiling reports about courthouse caseloads and reviewing budgetary requests for the federal courts in Baltimore and Greenbelt.

Smalkin, 55, has been a federal judge since 1986. Motz, 58, has served on the federal bench since 1985 and has been chief judge since 1994.

Police identify man, 27, whose body was found in lot

A man whose burned body was found last week in a vacant lot in Northeast Baltimore was identified yesterday through fingerprints as Mark Jackson, 27, a native of Trinidad who, police said, had been fatally shot.

Detective Robert Cherry said Jackson, of the 100 block of E. 20th St., died from a bullet wound to the head before his body was dumped and set ablaze on the lot in the 6000 block of Moravia Park Drive the evening of Oct. 17. Firefighters responding to a report of brush fire found the body about 30 feet from a seldom-used road.

Jackson had lived in Maryland for about five years, and was arrested in Hagerstown in 1999 on a drug charge, the homicide detective said. Police had no suspect and knew of no motive in the slaying, and ask that anyone with information call Cherry or Detective Darren Sanders at 410-396-2100.

Hazardous materials accepted this weekend

City residents may drop off household hazardous materials this weekend at the Polytechnic Institute and Western High School parking lot at Falls Road and Cold Spring Lane.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, residents may dispose of such items as pesticides, herbicides, bleach, car and household batteries, gasoline, and pool and photographic chemicals. Among the items that will not be accepted are acids, asbestos, ammunition, propane tanks, fireworks and radioactive material.

Proof of city residency is required. Information on disposal of hazardous household items in the city: the Office of Recycling, 410-396-5916.

St. Ignatius will present free concert tomorrow

A free concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, adjacent to Center Stage at Calvert and Madison streets.

Sopranos Rebecca Rossello and Laura Vicari will be featured, with pianists Tim Murphy and Mathew Lane. The program will include selections from Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier and works by Brahms, Schubert and Chopin.

A reception will follow the concert. Information: 410-727-3848.

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