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Former BDC officer pleads not guilty to extortion charges

A former senior economic development officer with the Baltimore Development Corp. pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of extorting $5,000 from a pair of city businessmen who were seeking financial assistance from the city for development projects.

Terry P. Dean, 46, of Forest Park hugged his wife after federal Magistrate Judge Susan K. Gauvey agreed to allow him to remain free without bail while he awaits a jury trial scheduled July 1 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Dean answered "Yes" when Gauvey asked him whether he understood the charges of extortion that a federal grand jury handed up against him May 2.

The indictment alleges that he threatened "economic harm" against Bruce Iannatuono, owner of Chesapeake Advertising, and Thomas Brooks, a property developer at the Holabird Business Park in East Baltimore, if they did not give him $2,500 each. Both were seeking economic help from the BCD, the city's development agency, for construction projects.

Dean declined to comment yesterday. But city development officials have said that Dean viewed the request as simply asking friends for money as he prepared to buy a new home. One of the businessmen, however, reported the request to federal law enforcement officials.

Officer killed in line of duty to be honored today in D.C.

A city police officer fatally shot last year during a drug investigation in East Baltimore will be honored today in ceremonies at the National Police Memorial in Washington along with about 230 officers killed in the line of duty nationwide last year.

The city officer, Agent Michael J. Cowdery Jr., 31, was shot March 12, 2001, while conducting a field interview in the 2300 block of Harford Road.

Also among those to be honored are 78 police officers killed in the World Trade Center attack Sept. 11 in New York. The ceremony - coinciding with National Police Week - will begin at 10 a.m. at the memorial, 400 F St. N.W.

In Baltimore County

Eastpoint man charged in wife's fatal stabbing

EASTPOINT - A 34-year-old Eastpoint man was charged yesterday with killing his wife Friday during a domestic dispute at their home, Baltimore County police said.

Oswaldo Alonzo Vega of the 7100 block of Gough St. is charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail at Bayview Medical Center, where he is being treated for stab wounds. Police said Vega stabbed his wife, Angela Maria Vega, 24, several times during an argument and then turned the knife on himself.

Police said the couple had marital problems and were planning to separate.

Part of Charles St. closed because of downed wires

TOWSON - Charles Street between Bellona Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard was closed for several hours yesterday while utility crews repaired a snapped utility pole and downed wires caused by high winds.

Cpl. Ronald Brooks, a Baltimore County police spokesman, said the stretch of road was closed from about 2 p.m. until the end of the evening rush hour. All traffic was detoured, except motorists trying to get to Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

A Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. spokeswoman said 11 customers in the area lost power because of the downed wires.

Dundalk lawyer to run against 3 circuit judges

TOWSON - A 58-year-old Dundalk lawyer has announced plans to run against three sitting Baltimore County Circuit Court judges this fall.

Patrick Cavanaugh, who has been in private practice since 1974, filed papers with the state board of elections May 1. As a sole practitioner, he has handled family law disputes, criminal trial work and personal injury claims. He is a 1974 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Cavanaugh is expected to run this fall against three incumbent judges for the three seats open on the court. The candidates include state Del. Michael J. Finifter and Ruth Ann Jakubowski, who were appointed last month and scheduled to be sworn in this month, and Circuit Judge Alexander Wright Jr.

Nine teachers recognized with education awards

TOWSON - Nine Baltimore County teachers were recognized as winners of top honors Monday night at the 16th annual Teachers' Awards for Excellence in Education ceremony.

This year's winners include Carol Adams of Ridgely Middle from the central area; Megan Shay of Fullerton Elementary from the northeast area; Robin Thrift of Timber Grove Elementary from the northwest area; Wendy Cloughen of General John Stricker Middle in the southeast area; and Howard Rones of Catonsville Middle in the southwest area.

Also, Rebecca Mickey of Logan Elementary at the elementary level; Barbara Albright of Hereford Middle at the middle school level; Teresa Mensch of Parkville High at the high school level; and Christopher Providence of Edmondson Heights Elementary in the special education category. The Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce is host of the yearly event.

African-American genealogy is topic of program Tuesday

WOODLAWN - Part 2 of "Finding Our Roots: African American Genealogy" will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Woodlawn library branch, 1811 Woodlawn Drive.

The free program will focus on tracing family roots outside Maryland. The speaker will be Eva Slezak of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Tickets and information: 410-887-1336.

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