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January 25, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Owings Mills man sentenced to 10 years in fatal stabbing

TOWSON - An Owings Mills man was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court for manslaughter in a fatal stabbing.

Paul Cooper, 35, of the first block of Green Mountain Court was convicted by a jury in the fatal stabbing of Richard A. Layton, 33, during a fistfight June 19, 1996, outside the victim's apartment in the 6800 block of Huntington Drive in Brighton.

Layton's girlfriend, who had a previous relationship with Cooper, was at the apartment when the fight broke out, according to testimony during a two-day trial before Judge Robert E. Cadigan. The case was retried this week after Cooper's 1996 conviction was reversed on appeal.

Ex-owner of care center charged with fraud, theft

WESTVIEW PARK - The former owner of an adult day care center in Westview Park was charged yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court with five counts of Medicaid fraud and two counts of felony theft - accused of billing the state for the care of clients on days they were not present.

The defendant, Barry Mehta, 60, of the 5500 block of Oakland Mills Road in Columbia, owned and operated Family Home Center Inc. from 1993 to 2000, according to state prosecutors. During that time, prosecutors say Mehta "systematically" billed the state for patients on dates they were not in the center's care. The facility provided medical care and rehabilitative services to Medicaid recipients.

The maximum penalty for Medicaid fraud is five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Felony theft carries a maximum of 15 years and a $1,000 fine. No arraignment date has been set.

Officer accidentally shoots himself in the hand

TOWSON - A Baltimore County police officer accidentally shot himself in the hand yesterday in the city, police said.

Officer Gary Morgan Jr., a member of Baltimore's Warrant Apprehension Task Force, was returning his .40 caliber gun to its holster when the gun accidentally discharged, police said.

Morgan was taken to Union Memorial Hospital, where he underwent surgery on his left hand, police said.

Police searching for man who robbed bank branch

PIKESVILLE - Baltimore County police are looking for a man who robbed a Pikesville bank yesterday.

The man robbed the Provident Bank branch in the 3600 block of Old Court Road about 12:45 p.m., police said. He walked into the bank, threw a bag on the counter and demanded money before fleeing with cash, police said.

Anyone with information should call police at 410-887-2198.

In Baltimore City

Police to get $350,000 for DNA evidence testing

City police will receive an additional $350,000 in municipal funding to conduct DNA tests on evidence in "high priority" cases - money that matches a grant made last week to the Police Department by the Abell Foundation, officials said yesterday.

Police say the money will help solve violent crimes. The department has more than 5,000 unsolved cases that might have a potential for DNA tests. In recent months, city police have done testing in 50 cases, made six DNA matches and have charged two men in violent crimes, including one homicide.

Mayor Martin O'Malley is asking legislators for $4 million for more DNA tests statewide. He is also hoping to have those convicted of felonies and serious misdemeanors submit DNA samples for a state database. State law requires only those convicted of murder, rape, assault and child abuse to submit samples.

Wheatley child care chain receives $50,000 grant

Phyllis Wheatley Educational Centers, a Baltimore-based child care chain, announced this week its receipt of a $50,000 early childhood education grant from the Judith P. Hoyer Foundation and the State Department of Education.

The money will be used to improve the quality of care at the chain's center on Wheatley Drive in West Baltimore's Wakefield section, including paying the tuition of all staff members to earn an associate's degree and helping them complete the state Childcare Credentialing Program, said Thomas Hardnett Jr., owner and operator of Little Dimples Enterprises Inc., the centers' parent company.

Hardnett, former human resources director of Baines Management, purchased his first center in 1998 and owns five in the city and Baltimore County, with 32 full-time employees.

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