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April 12, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Woman pleads guilty to helping broker in property flipping

The former assistant to a Perry Hall real estate broker pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to aiding him in a major property flipping scheme that has cost the federal government nearly $4 million.

Pamela Estelle Cummings of Hamilton pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to make false statements. She admitted that, at the request of William Otto Schmidbauer, the broker, she prepared and submitted "numerous false and fraudulent documents" to lenders to obtain government-insured mortgages that financed Schmidbauer's flips. The Federal Housing Administration has lost $3.9 million on mortgages that went into default.

Cummings, 51, is the eighth defendant in the case to plead guilty. Of the remaining nine defendants, Schmidbauer and five others have agreed to plead guilty, according to prosecutors, and three are to stand trial. U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson scheduled Cummings' sentencing for June 14.

Police seek information in man's fatal shooting

A 22-year-old man was fatally shot early yesterday in East Baltimore, and police have asked the public's assistance in finding the killer.

Police said Eastern District officers investigating reported gunshots about 2:30 a.m. found Joseph Lawrence of the 2200 block of E. Madison St. lying in the 1100 block of N. Montford Ave. bleeding from multiple wounds. He was pronounced dead minutes later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The motive behind the shooting was unknown. Anyone with information was urged to call Detective Kirk Hastings at 410-396-2100.

Boy on bike is struck by SUV, dies at hospital

An East Baltimore boy struck by a sport utility vehicle Wednesday afternoon while riding a bicycle died early yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital, city police said.

Traffic Officer William Phelps said Ronald Lester McCollough, 10, was crossing East Baltimore Street, about 100 feet from his home in the first block of N. Ellwood Ave., against a red light when he was hit by a westbound 1996 Oldsmobile Bravada.

The 55-year-old driver told police he swerved in an attempt to avoid the boy.

Ronald suffered head injuries in the 5 p.m. accident and died nearly 12 hours later, Phelps said.

In Baltimore County

At least 7 hurt in collision involving carjacked vehicle

HILLENDALE - At least seven people were injured last night when a car stolen in a city carjacking plowed into another vehicle at an intersection in the Hillendale area, setting off a chain-reaction collision with several other vehicles.

County police said the car was being followed by city and county police north on Perring Parkway about 9:20 p.m. when the collision occurred, involving six cars. Police said the driver escaped on foot.

A county Fire Department spokesman said the injured were taken to Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital. The injuries were not life-threatening, officials said.

Three-alarm fire damages apartments in Cockeysville

COCKEYSVILLE - A three-alarm fire that started as maintenance workers were repairing the plumbing in one building of the Century Apartments complex caused extensive damage to 12 apartments yesterday, Baltimore County fire officials said.

The fire, which was reported about 10:30 a.m., started in the basement of an apartment building in the 10000 block of Hillgreen Circle and moved into the walls and through the roof, Fire Department Acting Lt. Tim Robinson said. One worker suffered smoke inhalation but declined treatment, he said. No other injuries were reported.

The fire was brought under control about noon. Robinson said the American Red Cross was assisting residents whose apartments had burned.

Blood drive being held today at Ruhl Armory

TOWSON - An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Ruhl Armory, 1035 York Road.

Walk-in donors are welcome. Information: 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

Panel to discuss preserving buildings of historic value

CATONSVILLE - Experts on historic preservation will take part in a panel discussion Tuesday at Charlestown Retirement Community.

The speakers, representing Preservation Maryland and the Maryland Historic Trust, among others, will discuss the importance of preserving buildings and land of historic value.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in Our Lady of Angels Chapel, 715 Maiden Choice Lane. Information: 410-242-2880, Ext. 8182.

Police cable TV show focuses on ATV safety

TOWSON - The safe operation of all-terrain vehicles is one of the topics of this month's edition of Police Report, the Baltimore County Police Department's cable television program.

The show airs four times a week on Comcast Cable Channel 25: at 8:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

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