City/County Digest


February 21, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

City man, 23, gets two life terms in killing of witness

A 23-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to two consecutive life terms in prison plus 40 years for the murder of a former witness against him, and the attempted murder of another man.

Andre L. "Turtle" Chavis of the 3300 block of Firelight Lane was found guilty by a jury in the fatal shooting Dec. 8, 2001, of Adrian Jenkins, 21, who had identified Chavis as a gunman in a 1999 shooting. Chavis also was found guilty of the attempted murder of Noah Rich, 21, in the same incident.

At the time of the murder, Chavis was on probation and free on bail in two criminal cases. Chavis was sentenced by Judge John N. Prevas for charges including first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and handgun violations.

City school to receive aid from CitiFinancial

Waverly Elementary School will be receiving some much-needed help and technology through a partnership with CitiFinancial Corp., a financial services company.

The Adopt-a-School partnership between the school at 3400 Ellerslie Ave. and the company was announced last week by Mayor Martin O'Malley.

CitiFinancial staff will volunteer time to read to and mentor students. The company also will renovate the school's main stairwell, plant trees and donate computers.

Skating lessons available Sundays at Rash Field rink

The Inner Harbor Ice Rink is offering the "Sunday Great Skates" program with drop-in ice-skating lessons for all ages and abilities. The classes begin at 6 p.m. every Sunday through March 9, and cost $6 -- including skate rental.

Weekday skating from noon to 2 p.m. costs $2, while the charge is $5 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The price is $6 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays; noon to 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.

The Inner Harbor Ice Rink is at Rash Field, 201 Key Highway, and sessions are conducted only if weather permits. To confirm conditions: 410-385-0675.

In Baltimore County

Residents asked to keep school parking lots clear

TOWSON -- Baltimore County residents are asked not to leave their cars in public school parking lots until all snow has been removed.

"Our schools are closed because we haven't been able to clear the snow from the schools' driveways, parking lots and sidewalks," said Doug Neilson, chief communications officer. "Parking in the lots before we have had a chance to finish plowing means we can't complete our job."

School officials also asked homeowners to clear their walks for students who walk to school. Officials expect county schools to reopen Monday.

Police searching for man accused in holdup attempt

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police are seeking a 30-year-old Baltimore man in an attempted armed robbery at a gas station on Edmondson Avenue.

Police said two men entered the Citgo station in the 600 block of Edmondson Ave. on Feb. 6 and demanded money. One of the men pointed a handgun at the clerk, police said, then fired a shot into the floor. The men left the station after the clerk refused to give them money and drove off in a red 1989 Acura Legend, with a third man driving.

Police said they have identified one of the men as Charles Phillip Williams, 30, of the 4100 block of Crest Heights Road. He has been charged in a warrant with one count of attempted armed robbery. Police said he is known to frequent the area near the 500 block of Longwood St. in Southwest Baltimore. Anyone with information on Williams is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

Councilman sets meeting for residents of east side

CHASE -- Democratic County Councilman Joseph Bartenfelder, who represents the 6th District, will hold a town meeting for residents of east-side communities from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Chase Elementary School, 11701 Eastern Ave.

County administrators will give an overview of their departments. Residents will have an opportunity to make suggestions and express concerns.

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