In Baltimore City Hearing scheduled today on heat in...

City/County Digest

August 20, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Hearing scheduled today on heat in women's jail

A federal judge will hold a hearing this morning regarding the extreme heat inside the Baltimore women's detention center, which is at the center of a federal case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz will decide what action should be taken to improve conditions for inmates in the detention center, where employees and inmates have complained of illness from the intense heat. On Friday, Judge Andre M. Davis ordered medical examinations for all 570 inmates.

Temperatures in the detention center, which lacks air conditioning and consistent ventilation, have been as high as 117 degrees, according to the public defender's office.

Man sentenced to 12 years in drug trafficking case

A 44-year-old West Baltimore man was sentenced to 12 years in prison yesterday on drug trafficking and handgun charges, the city state's attorney's office announced.

The defendant, Harry Lightner of the 4900 block of St. Gemma Road, was arrested at what authorities described as a "stash house" after a monthlong investigation in January. Prosecutors said he was packaging, storing and distributing crack cocaine.

Lightner, who was convicted in June, was found with plastic bags of crack cocaine and the prescription drug oxycodone, as well as cutting agents and a rifle, sawed-off shotgun and revolver, according to detectives.

In Baltimore County

Housing service offers homebuyers workshop

HILLENDALE -- Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore will hold a free homebuyers workshop from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at its Hillendale office, 1055 Taylor Ave., Suite 100-A.

Topics to be discussed include terminology used by Realtors and lenders, the process of buying a house and programs to assist homebuyers.

Registration is required. Information: 410-769-8820.

County agency collecting school supplies for 200 kids

TOWSON -- Organizations and individuals can donate school supplies through the Volunteer Office of the Baltimore County Department of Social Services.

School starts Monday and about 200 students need supplies. The cost for supplies ranges from $25 to $30 for children in prekindergarten through third grade to $50 to $60 for those in sixth through 12th grade.

Supplies may be delivered in person or given anonymously. Information: 410-853-3024.

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