City/County Digest


March 06, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Fourth family sues teacher serving term for sexual abuse

Another family has filed suit against a former teacher imprisoned for sexually abusing children at St. Thomas Aquinas School, a Baltimore Catholic elementary in Hampden.

The $60 million lawsuit, filed this week in Baltimore Circuit Court, names former teacher David Czajkowski, 39, as well as the Archdiocese of Baltimore and officials of the school. Filed by the family of a pupil, it is the fourth lawsuit in the case.

Czajkowski pleaded guilty in May to child sexual abuse for fondling fourth- and fifth-grade pupils between 1999 and 2001. He was sentenced to five years in prison in August.

Police officer doesn't owe money, finance chief says

Baltimore's finance director, Peggy Watson, said yesterday that a November audit of a police supplemental account was wrong to say that Lt. Col. Stanford Franklin should return $600.

Franklin, who runs the department's training division, flew with his wife to San Diego for a conference of the International Association of the Chiefs of Police in December 2000.

In its audit of the supplemental account, Ernst & Young concluded that Franklin should reimburse the fund for the cost of his wife's travel expenses because they were personal. Franklin complained that he had paid for his wife's expenses and that they had never been covered by the supplemental account.

Watson confirmed yesterday that the audit was incorrect, that Franklin owed the account nothing and had done nothing wrong.

3 men get life terms in Cherry Hill murder

Three Baltimore men were sentenced yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to life in prison plus 20 years for the murder of Phillip D. Kent in his Cherry Hill home in July.

Troy Lee Shepherd, 22, and Anthony Wallace, 23, both of the 2600 block of Spellman Road, and Donald Smothers, 25, of the 600 block of Hillview Road forced their way into Kent's home, according to prosecutors.

One of the men then held a gun to several people who were inside, including an 11-year-old boy, before robbing and shooting Kent, according to testimony. The three defendants were found guilty in January of murder, robbery and using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence.

Police arrest teen accused of killing 2, wounding one

A 17-year-old Brooklyn youth was arrested early yesterday on warrants charging him in the drug-related fatal shootings of two men and the wounding of a third during what police said was a dispute over drug turf in Cherry Hill.

Jerryan Burrell was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths Feb. 17 of Odell Winkey, 24, of the 2500 block of Oswego Ave. and Quandre Napper, 23, of the 2900 block of Spelman Road, who were fatally shot near Napper's home, police said. Burrell also was charged in the attempted murder of Michael C. Robinson Jr., 21.

Burrell is being held without bail at the Central Booking and Intake Center.

City man, 22, shot in head by bicyclist dies at hospital

An O'Donnell Heights man who was shot in the head late Tuesday a few blocks from his home died yesterday afternoon at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, police said.

Kendell Damon Atkinson, 22, of the 6100 block of Fortview Way was in the 1200 block of Tennent Way about 10 p.m. when he was shot by a man riding a bicycle who remains at large, said Detective Sean Jones.

Atkinson was taken to the hospital, where he was in critical condition before dying shortly after 3 p.m. yesterday. Anyone with information is asked to call Detectives Sean Jones or Kevin Hagan at 410-396-2100.

Board approves easement for waterfront promenade

The Board of Estimates approved yesterday an easement agreement that will allow public access to part of the waterfront in Fells Point.

The unanimous vote allows the city to proceed with plans this summer to build a $2.5 million bulkhead and promenade along the water in the 900 block of S. Wolfe St. The walkway will run beside a 240-unit apartment complex called Swann's Wharf that Belt's Corp. plans to build.

In Baltimore County

Police seek men who tried to use stolen credit card

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police are searching for two men who tried to use a credit card stolen in a robbery Jan. 21 in Overlea.

Police said one of the men grabbed a woman's purse as she was getting out of her car at her home in the 200 block of Elinor Ave. He then got in a car with a second man and drove off.

Later that day, a surveillance camera recorded two men who police believe are the robbers trying to use one of the woman's credit cards at a Super Fresh store in the 1700 block of Chesaco Ave. in Rosedale. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

Hearing Monday to discuss New Town High boundaries

RANDALLSTOWN -- The Baltimore County school board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday at Deer Park Magnet Middle School on proposed enrollment boundaries for New Town High School.

New Town, in fast-growing Owings Mills, is the first new high school in the county in 25 years. Proposed boundaries were presented to the board Feb. 26.

Deer Park school is at 9830 Winands Road in Randallstown.

Pikesville High seniors win top honors in essay contest

PIKESVILLE -- Two Pikesville High School students won top honors in an annual essay contest sponsored by the Baltimore branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Va.

Catherine Jampel, a senior, won first place for her 900-word essay on ways to become more financially literate. Allison Kobin, also a senior, won second place.

Shara Epstein and Hallie Schein received honorable mention awards in the contest, which considered entries from schools in Maryland, Virginia and Washington.

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