City/County Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

October 01, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Council president seeks investigation of sheriff's deputies

City Council President Sheila Dixon is calling for an investigation of 10 city sheriff's deputies accused in the beating of a Salvadoran construction worker Sept. 18.

In a bill filed at last night's council meeting, Dixon asked the Baltimore state's attorney's office to investigate. The bill also called on sheriff's department officials to appear at a council hearing to discuss diversity within the agency, and how deputies work with residents who speak little or no English. The hearing has not been scheduled.

Margaret T. Burns, spokeswoman for the state's attorney, said her office will review an investigation being conducted by the sheriff's department but will not conduct an investigation.

"We are not an investigative agency," Burns said. "We'll review the investigation of the sheriff's department and then make a determination whether to prosecute."

Decision expected today in Huddles' probation case

A federal judge is expected to decide today whether Gary Huddles, once a rising star in Baltimore County politics, should face another jail term for alleged violations of his probation on a 1997 money laundering conviction.

Federal authorities have accused Huddles, 63, who served 16 years as a Baltimore County councilman, of dodging orders to forfeit more than $500,000 to the government by turning virtually all of his assets over to his ex-wife and failing to provide required financial information to his probation officer.

But in a daylong hearing yesterday, an attorney for Huddles sought to show that Huddles was forthright with federal authorities about all of his financial dealings. Lawyer Robert B. Schulman suggested the government's allegations were based on a sloppy review.

Huddles, who lives in North Baltimore, was convicted of illegally handling $840,000 in suspected drug profits for a former law client. He served two years in prison and spent the past three years on probation.

In Baltimore County

Police arrest two city men in Owings Mills in holdup

OWINGS MILLS -- Two Baltimore men were arrested yesterday after a bank robbery in Finksburg that ended with a foot chase into the Owings Mills Mall, state police said.

Just before 10 a.m., a man gave a note implying that he had a gun to a teller at the Westminster Union Bank at Route 140 and Emory Road, said Sgt. Thornnie Rouse, a state police spokesman. The man fled with an undetermined amount of money to a waiting vehicle.

A brief chase began when a Baltimore County police officer on Interstate 795 saw the car and attempted to stop it, Rouse said. The driver headed into the mall parking lot, where he lost control of the car and sideswiped a county police car. One man was arrested immediately, while the other ran into a department store and was caught after a brief chase.

Samuel Coles Jr., 21, of the 6500 block of Park Heights Ave. and Eugene Walden, 33, of the 200 block of Beal Court were charged with armed robbery, robbery, two counts of felony theft, second-degree assault and multiple counts of conspiracy, he said.

Chase Elementary reopens after carbon monoxide scare

CHASE -- Except for a slightly higher number of absences, Chase Elementary School reopened without incident yesterday, three days after a carbon monoxide scare sent more than 30 pupils to the hospital, spokesmen for the school system said.

Chase Elementary's attendance was 88 percent yesterday, down from the normal 96 percent, and many teachers left their classroom windows open, the spokesmen said. School officials suspect that exhaust from a garbage truck outside the cafeteria was responsible for sickening 32 pupils Friday and forcing the school to close. The pupils were taken to area hospitals, where they were treated and released.

18-year-old shot in arm during robbery has surgery

ROSEDALE -- An 18-year-old youth who was shot during a street robbery underwent surgery yesterday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center yesterday, authorities said.

Maurice Edwin Reid of the 6100 block of St. Regis Road was shot in the arm during a robbery near his house about 10 p.m. Sunday, police said. He had been standing with two friends on a corner when three men demanded that they empty their pockets, said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman.

One of the suspects was tapping Reid, who was talking on a cell phone, on the shoulder with a sawed-off shotgun when it discharged, Toohey said. He said it was unclear whether the gunman fired accidentally.

Perry Hall man killed in motorcycle, car crash

PARKTON -- A Perry Hall man, 44, died Sunday night when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle on Old York Road, Baltimore County police yesterday.

Kirk Pringle of the 5700 block of Carrington Drive was traveling east on his 2000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle at 5:45 p.m. when he crossed over the center line near Lentz Road and into the path of a 1989 Oldsmobile Regency, police said.

Pringle was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The driver of the car was not injured.

Police probe mutilation of horse on east-side farm

CHASE -- County police are investigating the killing and mutilation of a horse discovered late last week on a farm on the county's east side.

The 19-year-old black-and-white paint horse was found in a field in the 6800 block of Ebenezer Road on Friday morning by its owner, who boards the horse at a farm there, said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman.

He said the killing didn't appear to be cult-related.

Taxis on Patrol program to cut crime begins today

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police are scheduled to announce today a partnership with local cab companies whose drivers have agreed to report suspicious activity and allow officers to stop them to ensure they and their passengers are safe.

The program, Taxis on Patrol, has been implemented in other jurisdictions. Participating taxis will display three decals shaped like a badge with the letters TOP.

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