City/County Digest


October 24, 2002|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Ceremony tomorrow to mark reopening of Shot Tower

The public is invited to attend the reopening of the Phoenix Shot Tower at 11 a.m. tomorrow in a ceremony to celebrate the Baltimore landmark's revival as a museum after five years.

Mayor Martin O'Malley will be there, as will an actor playing Charles Carroll, the Declaration of Independence signer who laid the cornerstone in 1828. A city firefighter will hoist a Baltimore flag atop the roof of the brick tower, 215 feet, 9 inches above street level.

The city-owned Shot Tower, at 801 E. Fayette St., will be operated by the nonprofit Carroll Museums Inc. Visitors are asked to make a donation.

1 of 2 brothers convicted, sentenced in drug ring

A man described as a lieutenant in a West Baltimore drug-trafficking organization pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin this week in the city's Circuit Court and received a 10-year sentence without the possibility of parole, the state's attorney's office announced.

Prosecutors allege the defendant, John Cotton, 28, of the 2400 block of Battersea Place, was working with his brother, Andre "Pistol" Cotton, 32, who is accused of being the organization's kingpin. They say the Cottons sold heroin in the areas of Baker and Monroe streets on the west side and Park Heights and Woodland avenues in Northwest Baltimore. Andre Cotton was also arrested and his trial on drug kingpin charges is scheduled for Nov. 6.

The conviction - and the seizure of more than a kilogram of heroin and $50,000 - resulted from a 10-month investigation by the state's attorney's Special Investigations Division, which probes violent drug organizations, the prosecutor's office said.

Girl, 16, indicted in killing of man, 24, during argument

A 16-year-old girl was indicted by a Baltimore grand jury yesterday on a charge of second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a 24-year-old man during an argument, the state's attorney's office announced.

The indictment charges Jessica Robinson of the 400 block of E. 20th St. with stabbing Alfonzo Johnson near her home in the Barclay neighborhood Sept. 28.

Police said Johnson of the 100 block of Division St. was stabbed once in the chest and died at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The cause of the argument was unknown, authorities said. Arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 2 before Circuit Judge Evelyn Omega Cannon.

Grand jury indicts 2 teens in fatal beating of man, 54

Two 16-year-olds were indicted by a Baltimore grand jury yesterday in the fatal beating of a 54-year-old man in August.

Police said two teens were trying to rob Lewis Wilson when he was beaten to death in the 1900 block of St. Paul St.

The indictment charges Charles Burgess of the 500 block of E. 30th St. and Vereen Emerson of the 300 block of E. 20th St. with first-degree murder and attempted robbery. They are being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

An arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 8 before Circuit Judge David W. Young.

Police identify man killed in alley as Miss. resident

Fingerprints taken after a traffic arrest two weeks ago helped homicide detectives identify a Mississippi man found fatally shot Tuesday night in a West Baltimore alley, police said.

The body of Aaron Rucker of Goodman, Miss., was found about 9 p.m. by officers investigating gunfire behind the 1400 block of N. Dukeland St., police said. He had wounds to his head and left arm and was lying near a 1994 Honda Accord with Mississippi tags listed to his sister.

Homicide Lt. Terry McLarney said Rucker had been arrested here Oct. 9 on a traffic violation, and briefly held - and fingerprinted - at Central Booking and Intake Center. Police said they did not have a suspect and knew of no motive.

In Baltimore County

Open house for candidates is tonight at Parkville High

PARKVILLE - The Greater Parkville Community Council is sponsoring a "Meet the Candidates Night" from 7:30 to 9 today at Parkville High School.

Organizers says the event will be an open house with candidates from the 8th District Senate and House of Delegates races and the 5th District County Council contest expected to attend. Douglas B. Riley, a Republican running for county executive, has been invited to introduce the candidates.

The forum will be held in the cafeteria at the school, 2600 Putty Hill Ave. Information: Ruth Baisden, 410-668-2580.

Library's new collection to focus on teen health

RANDALLSTOWN - The Randallstown library has received a $10,000 gift from Northwest Hospital Center that will allow it to establish the Baltimore metropolitan region's first collection of books devoted to young adult health issues.

The collection of about 400 books, expected to be available in January, will cover adolescent issues such as mental health, self-esteem, physical fitness and substance abuse.

As a result of the contribution, the library also is planning a series of monthly health programs for the public beginning in March.

Sunday afternoon service to celebrate Reformation

CATONSVILLE - Thirty-eight churches from the Missouri Synod of the Baltimore Metropolitan Area will celebrate Reformation on Sunday with a service at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 929 Ingleside Ave.

People of all faiths are invited to the service, which begins at 4 p.m. Adult choirs from each congregation will perform as one, as will the children's choirs. Congregations will carry their banners in the processional at the start of the service.

A brief reception will be held after the service.

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