City/county Digest


January 17, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

170 Army reservists from Md. mobilized this month and next

More than 170 Army Reserve soldiers from two Maryland units of the 99th Regional Support Command have been mobilized, as part of what Army officials termed the nation's response to global terrorism, officials announced yesterday.

More than 130 soldiers from the 430th Transportation Company in Baltimore will be deployed in two detachments - one this month, the second next month. The 430th will load and transport supplies and equipment.

In Gaithersburg, more than 40 soldiers from the 220th Military Brigade will leave this month to oversee security, police intelligence and resettlement operations.

Grand jury indicts man, 31, on 45 counts of theft, fraud

A Baltimore man was indicted by a city grand jury yesterday on 45 counts of theft, identify fraud and forgery for allegedly stealing state-issued and corporate checks from people's mailboxes and cashing them, the state attorney general's office announced.

The indictment accuses Lamontray T. Christian, 31, whose last known address was in the 3900 block of Lyndale Ave., of using fake identification to cash more than $10,000 in stolen and forged checks from November 2001 to July last year. Many of the state-issued checks were income tax refunds and unemployment checks, and some were for insurance reimbursement.

U.S. postal inspectors investigated the case.

Police looking for suspect in fatal stabbing of teen

City police detectives are seeking Jenerette Dixon, 28, of the 4800 block of Palmer Ave. in the stabbing death last week of Ashton Sullivan, 19, in Northwest Baltimore.

Sullivan, of the 3400 block of Woodland Ave., was found about 1 p.m. Jan. 8 in the 5000 block of Palmer Ave., police said. He was suffering from a stab wound to his neck, police said, and he died a half-hour later at Sinai Hospital.

Two days later, police charged Dixon in Sullivan's death. Police said that Dixon goes by the nickname "Man" and is believed to be in the area.

Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Vincent Stevenson at 410-637-8970 or Metro Crime Stoppers, which is offering a reward of up to $2,000, at 410-276-8888.

Cummings consolidates 2 offices near downtown

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings announced yesterday that he has consolidated his Druid Park Drive and Liberty Road offices into one, at 1010 Park Ave., Suite 105, near downtown.

"This office will be central to a majority of my Baltimore City constituents," said Cummings, a Democrat who recently was sworn in as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The telephone number is 410-685-9199. The fax number is 410-685-9399.

Validated parking is available for visitors adjacent to the public parking garage between 1010 and 1040 Park Ave.

Cummings' Catonsville office will remain at 754 Frederick Road, and his Washington office will remain at 1632 Longworth Office Building.

In Baltimore County

Randallstown Elementary closed by broken furnace

RANDALLSTOWN - Snow or no snow, Randallstown Elementary School will be closed today because of a broken furnace, a county schools spokesman said yesterday.

The closing occurred amid weather forecasts last night that called for 3 to 6 inches of snow in the Baltimore area, threatening to disrupt school schedules across the region.

County school officials expected to reopen Randallstown on Monday, after workers fix the furnace that heated only half the school because of the malfunction.

College offers workshops for child care providers

DUNDALK - Free workshops for child care providers will be held Jan. 25 at the Dundalk campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, 7200 Sollers Point Road.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Topics such as creative art activities, discipline and speaking to children about traumatic events will be offered.

Information: 410-285-9731 or 410-285-9904.

School board approves revised improvement plan

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Board of Education has unanimously ratified changes to "Blueprint for Progress," Superintendent Joe A. Hairston's plan for improving the school system.

In September, the board criticized the booklet as hard to understand. Hairston's staff simplified the language and linked the system's goals with ways to reach them and specific measures of progress.

Hairston needed to revise the 2-year-old booklet to align it with changes in federal and Maryland laws. The board approved the revisions at its meeting this week.

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