City/county Digest


January 10, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Repeat offender gets jail time for illegal crabbing

ESSEX - A 32-year-old waterman with more than two dozen convictions for illegal crabbing and boating over nearly a decade will serve jail time for his most recent violation, Maryland Department of Natural Resources officials said yesterday.

Thomas W. Pannebaker of the 1500 block of Galena Road in Essex will serve 60 days at the Baltimore County Detention Center after pleading guilty in District Court on Wednesday to maintaining an illegal crab pot and attempting to harvest crabs in an area where it is prohibited, according to court records. He also was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine, serve two years of supervised probation and relinquish his commercial and recreational fishing licenses, said John Surrick, a DNR spokesman.

Pannebaker, who used night-vision goggles to harvest crabs at night in places such as Back River, has pleaded guilty to 27 boating and crabbing violations since 1994, court records show.

Parkville man found at Arkansas rest stop

TOWSON - Baltimore County police called off their search for a missing 36-year-old mechanic yesterday after a state trooper in Arkansas spotted the man sleeping at a rest stop and asked him to call his wife.

Curtis Amburgey, of the 8800 block of Victory Ave. in Parkville, disappeared Dec. 29 after telling his mother that he was going to work to pick up a set of keys and leaving a telephone message for his wife with the same information.

Amburgey, who was found near Interstate 40 in Franklin, does not appear to have been a victim of foul play. Investigators said it is unclear why he was in Arkansas.

Guilty of Medicaid fraud, man sentenced and fined

TOWSON - The former owner of an adult day care center in Westview Park was given a five-year suspended sentence yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court and ordered to pay $250,000 in restitution and penalties for Medicaid fraud, the state attorney general's office announced.

Prosecutors said that during the seven years he owned and operated Family Home Center on Baltimore National Pike, Barry Mehta, 60, of the 5500 block of Oakland Mills Road in Columbia, stole $125,000 from Medicaid by systematically billing the state for the care of clients on days they were not present.

Mehta was put on probation for five years and was ordered to perform 500 hours of community service by Judge Robert N. Dugan. CPM Corp., a company controlled by Mehta that is associated with Family Home Center, also pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay a penalty of $125,000, the attorney general's office said.

Towson University creates hot line on kids' programs

TOWSON - Towson University has opened Kids Campus, a hot line that allows parents to get information on the university's child-oriented community programs.

By dialing 410-704-KIDS (5437), parents can gain access to information about summer camps, year-round programs, clinics and events at the university.

Available on the hot line will be information about more than a dozen programs, including the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, the Kids for Peace Camp, the Children's Dance Division and a number of sports camps.

In Baltimore City

Biology teacher among College Board honorees

Stephanie Thompson, a biology teacher at the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore, has been named one of eight winners nationwide in the 2002 Young Epidemiology Scholars Teacher Competition by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the College Board of Princeton, N.J.

Thompson, who teaches advanced placement biology, general biology, anatomy and physiology at the Catholic girls' high school on North Aisquith Street, received a $5,000 prize and will be recognized at the College Board's regional meetings in February. As part of Thompson's class on the introduction to epidemiology, students designed a school population skin cancer study.

The foundation is a philanthropic group devoted to health and health care. The College Board is a national nonprofit association whose mission is to connect students to college and opportunities.

Trash, recycling schedules are available upon request

Trash and recycling collection schedules are available to city residents from the Department of Public Works.

Because collection days have not changed in any city neighborhoods this year, schedules are being provided only upon request.

They are available by calling 311 or the department's recycling office at 410-396-5916.

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