In Baltimore City
Nigerian inmate to face deportation after fraud conviction
A Nigerian national convicted of federal money laundering charges in a scheme to transfer more than $2 million from drug deals to overseas banks was ordered yesterday to surrender himself to the Immigration and Naturalization Service to face deportation proceedings.
Adeniyi Allison, 31, also was sentenced to 68 months in federal prison. But U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake allowed Allison credit for the nearly seven years he has been incarcerated since his June 1996 arrest in England, meaning Allison instead would immediately face INS proceedings.
Allison, who had lived in Odenton, was the last of 10 defendants to be convicted in the international fraud scheme that dated to the early 1990s. Two others charged in the case are fugitives.
Mondawmin youth group to hold its first spelling bee
The Student Empowerment Governance Association, a city youth group with the Southern Mondawmin Improvement Association, will hold its first "Spell Bound" spelling bee from noon to 2 p.m. today at New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St.
The competition is open to city and Baltimore County students. Three levels of competition for grades four through 12 will be held. The event will also feature food and celebrity judges.
Teen sentenced to 10 years in wounding of two girls
Kevin A. Brown, 17, pleaded guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court yesterday to two counts of assault in the shooting of two 10-year-old girls in September. Judge Thomas E. Noel imposed a 20-year sentence, but suspended 10 years.
Police said Brown was aiming at a man with whom he had argued when he shot the girls on Furrow Street in Southwest Baltimore. The girls, who suffered leg wounds, were treated at a hospital and released.
Brown, 16 at the time of the shooting , was charged as an adult. He was in court yesterday to request that his case be transferred to the juvenile system. After Noel denied his request, Brown, of the 1800 block of Poplar Grove St., pleaded guilty to assault and using a handgun during a violent crime.
Black history event today for pupils in 4th District
The 4th District Human Services Center is holding its first Black History Month "Hope for the Future" contest for local elementary school pupils at 11 a.m. today at 1133 Pennsylvania Ave.
The students will display their skills in art, crafts, writing, dance, drama, oratory and rap, among other endeavors. The schools participating, Furman L. Templeton, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, St. Peter Claver and William Pinderhughes, will showcase 10 pupils each. City Councilwomen Catherine E. Pugh and Agnes Welch will be judging. Money prizes and tickets to the Great Blacks in Wax Museum will be awarded.
In Baltimore County
Chain-reaction crash hurts two people on Belair Road
PERRY HALL -- Two people were injured yesterday morning in a four-car accident on Belair Road.
According to Baltimore County police, the accident occurred about 8:30 a.m. when a 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis headed south on Belair Road, near Minte Drive, hit the car in front of it, sparking a chain reaction. The driver of the Mercury -- identified by police as Andrew Gerst, 85, of the 9000 block of Forge Park Road, Perry Hall -- was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in serious but stable condition.
Susan Coleman, 31, of the 800 block of Olive Branch Court, Edgewood, a passenger in one of the other cars, was taken to Franklin Square Hospital Center, where she was treated and released, police said. No other injuries were reported.
In Anne Arundel
Body at office complex identified as Severn man
HANOVER -- Anne Arundel County police identified yesterday the man whose body was found Thursday at a Hanover office complex parking lot as a 22-year-old Severn man.
Michael Todd Jefferson Jr., of the 1800 block of Arwell Court, was found dead in the parking lot of the Commons Corporate Center. He was last seen about 10 p.m. Wednesday near his home in the Pioneer City community, police said.
Jefferson's body was discovered about 7:40 a.m. Thursday by an employee at the business park, which is just off Dorsey Road on New Ridge Road. Police officials said there were "obvious signs of upper-body trauma," but have not said how or where they believe Jefferson was killed.
Bridge's westbound span to close 7 hours tomorrow
ANNAPOLIS -- All three lanes of the westbound span of the Bay Bridge will close to traffic from 10 p.m. tomorrow to 5 a.m. Monday, according to state transportation authorities.
The closure will allow workers to conduct testing on the bridge's overhead lane control system and to perform preventive maintenance work on the traffic-control cameras on the westbound span.
During the closing, the eastbound span will accommodate two-way traffic. In the event of inclement weather, the planned closure will be canceled.
Civil Justice project wins ABA award
Civil Justice, a project of the University of Maryland School of Law's clinical program, won an American Bar Association award for public access to justice, the lawyers' organization said yesterday.
Civil Justice was started in 1998 as a nonprofit network electronically linking attorneys who provide legal services to moderate-income clients. It provides mentoring for new lawyers, a way to share practice experience and a lawyer referral service for reduced-fee cases.
Organizations refer cases to Civil Justice when clients do not meet their income guidelines for services to the poor.