City / County Digest


August 27, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Pharmacist accused of illegal distribution of two painkillers

A 57-year-old city pharmacist has been charged in a 20-count indictment with the illegal distribution of the restricted painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone, the attorney general's office announced yesterday.

The indictment charges that on 10 separate occasions since August of last year, Hyacinth Uche, of the 1400 block of King William Drive in Woodlawn, illegally distributed the prescription medications. Uche, owner of HISCO Pharmacy in the 5600 block of Belair Road in Northeast Baltimore, is also charged with 10 counts of unlawfully distributing controlled dangerous substances in a manner outside the scope of his duties as a pharmacist.

Uche's bail was set at $100,000. His arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 21.

Police seeking identity of east-side stabbing victim

Homicide detectives are trying to identify the body of a woman found stabbed to death behind a residence in East Baltimore on Aug. 16.

The body of the woman, thought to be in her early 20s, was found at the edge of a wooded area in the 3200 block of Ravenwood Ave., police said. The cause of death was a stab wound in the back, they said.

Police said the woman was about 5 feet 1 inches tall, and had a gold front tooth with a dollar sign on a front tooth. Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide unit at 410-396-2100.

Summer session, opening of schools on board agenda

The Baltimore school board will hold a regular meeting 5:30 p.m., today at its headquarters at 200 E. North Ave.

Board members are expected to discuss the results of summer school, which was attended by about 30,000 students, as well as preparations for the opening of school Sept. 3.

The chief executive officer, Carmen Russo, is expected to brief the board on the status of high school reform as well as attempts to add sixth grades to a number of city elementary schools.

City councilman to lead forum on racial slurs

City Councilman Melvin L. Stukes will be host of a public forum on the use of racial slurs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hemingway Temple AME Church, 2701 Woodview Road in Cherry Hill.

Invited speakers include author Cliff Gahagan, Peter Grear with the National Black Family Empowerment Agenda and C. Delores Tucker with the National Congress of Black Women.

Stukes and other council members sponsored a council resolution this year urging people not to use a slur widely regarded as the most offensive to African-Americans.

In Baltimore County

Man surrenders to police in I-795 road-rage incident

ESSEX -- A Baltimore County man was arrested yesterday and charged with two counts of attempted murder, assault and a handgun violation, after a road-rage incident on Interstate 795 in May, state police said.

Witnesses told police the driver of a Mercury Marquis on southbound I-795 in Owings Mills fired a handgun into a Chevrolet Blazer on May 24, grazing Josie M. Steger, a passenger, before driving off. Steger was treated at Sinai Hospital and released.

Police said Aunrico A. Carpentieri, 19, of the 8200 block of Knight Way in Woodlawn, surrendered yesterday at the Golden Ring Barracks and was being held without bail at the county Detention Center in Towson.

Trash won't be collected Monday because of holiday

TOWSON --Baltimore County will not collect trash, yard waste or recycled items Monday because of the Labor Day holiday.

Trash and yard waste scheduled for collection Monday will be picked up Sept. 3. Residents whose bottles, cans and mixed paper were to be collected Monday should hold those items for collection Sept. 16.

All refuse and recycling drop-off centers will be open Saturday but will be closed Monday. Residents can call the county Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000 for a collection schedule or directions to recycling drop-off centers.

News conference to warn about drug reimport ads

TOWSON -- Democratic Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin has scheduled a news conference to warn senior citizens about advertisements that incorrectly claim it is legal to reimport drugs made in the United States from foreign countries.

Because of rising costs, many seniors buy drugs through Web sites. The drugs are made in the United States, sold by pharmaceutical companies to foreign countries at low prices, then reimported to the United States, where consumers pay less than they would at a pharmacy.

The news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at the Bykota Senior Center, 611 Central Ave.

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