In Baltimore City Patel's sentence stands in killing of...

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November 08, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Patel's sentence stands in killing of her husband

Baltimore Circuit Judge John N. Prevas refused yesterday to alter the sentence of a Canadian dentist convicted of killing her husband.

Alpna Patel, 29, sat silently beside her lawyer while he argued that her three-year prison sentence should be reduced by 203 days, credit for time she was in home detention awaiting trial. If Prevas had granted her request, Patel would have been free yesterday, since she has accrued other credits.

In 1998, Patel was wed to Viresh Patel in an arranged Hindu marriage. Ten months later, she stabbed him to death in his Pimlico apartment. Although Patel said she acted in self-defense, a jury convicted her of manslaughter last year.

Board approves contract for municipal managers

The Board of Estimates approved a two-year contract yesterday between the city and the labor organization that represents 600 managers in municipal government.

The contract with the Managerial and Professional Society (MAPS) of Baltimore provides a 1 percent raise this year, retroactive to July 1, and a 3 percent raise next fiscal year. Under the contract, the length of time an employee can keep a full salary while on injury leave was cut from one year to 60 days, said Barbara Dent, the MAPS president who heads the city's payroll bureau.

The agreement with Labor Commissioner Denise F. Gregory was reached Sept. 26. Gregory said contract negotiations would continue with other city unions.

Man, 55, is found dead in his burning rowhouse

A 55-year-old man was found dead by city firefighters battling a two-alarm blaze in his Southwest Baltimore rowhouse -- the second of two house fires within a block and one hour of each other last night. Authorities said the fires appeared to be coincidental, and the causes were unknown.

The body of the victim, identified by police as Billie Hatmaker, was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy. Neighbors said he was disabled, and had lived for more than 20 years in the end-of-row house in the 1900 block of Ramsay St. -- where many neighboring structures are boarded and vacant. Also living in the house was another man, who neighbors said was away at the time of the fire, reported at 8:30 p.m.

An hour earlier, firefighters had been dispatched to a rowhouse fire in the 2000 block of Ashton St., a block away, which displaced seven occupants and four people from an adjacent dwelling. No one was injured, said Michael M. Maybin, the Fire Department's spokesman.

In Baltimore County

UMBC student dies of self-inflicted gunshot

CATONSVILLE -- A University of Maryland, Baltimore County student died yesterday in a campus apartment building from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, county police said.

The student, a 20-year-old from Pasadena, died in the Hilltop Apartments about 3 p.m., said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman. He was visiting the apartment of three other students, who heard a shot and found him mortally wounded in the apartment's bathroom, Warehime said.

Police were investigating how the student obtained the weapon. Guns are illegal on campus, UMBC spokesman Charlie Melichor said.

Baltimore church to offer Sunday services in county

OWINGS MILLS -- Emmanuel Christian Community Church, 800 N. Carrollton Ave., will become the latest Baltimore City church to expand to the suburbs when it begins worship services in Owings Mills on Sunday.

The church will hold services at 9:30 a.m. Sundays at New Town Elementary, 4924 New Town Blvd.

Information: 410-523-6526.

Loyola Blakefield to dedicate Knott Hall

TOWSON -- While celebrating its 150th anniversary, Loyola Blakefield school will dedicate today Henry J. Knott Hall, a $19 million expansion project.

The three-story building includes a student commons and dining hall, campus ministry and admissions offices, and an athletic complex.

Students, parents, alumni, faculty and benefactors will attend the dedication, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. Knott Hall is at 500 Chestnut Ave.

George Hipp Orchestra to present concert today

CATONSVILLE -- Charlestown Retirement Community, 719 Maiden Choice Lane, will present the George Hipp Orchestra at 7 p.m. today in the John Erickson Conference Center.

The concert is free. Information: 410-247-3400, Ext. 8577.

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