In Baltimore City
Brooklyn man gets three years in sale of stolen firearms
A Circuit Court judge sentenced a former employee of Argenbright Security Inc. to three years in prison for his role in the importation and sale of stolen firearms, the state attorney general's office announced yesterday.
Judge John M. Glynn originally sentenced C'Don Chezere Thompson, 21, of the 3600 block of Ninth St. in Brooklyn to 10 years but suspended seven years. He placed Thompson on five years' probation after release.
Thompson and his former girlfriend, Cheryl Kimberly Shorter, also of Brooklyn and a former Argenbright employee, and another woman were convicted on charges stemming from the illegal possession and sale of firearms stolen from Argenbright in Arlington, Va. Shorter led Anne Arundel County police to Thompson after police found her attempting to sell handguns in the Glen Burnie neighborhood of Freetown Village in May.
Death penalty to be sought in killing of Baltimore girl
BEL AIR - State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly served official notice yesterday to Jamal Kenneth Abeokuto that Harford County will seek the death penalty against him in the kidnapping and killing of an 8-year-old Baltimore girl, the state's attorney's office said.
Abeokuto, 23, of the 5200 block of W. North Ave. in Baltimore is in federal custody awaiting trial on extortion charges related to the death of Marciana Ringo. Her body was found in a wooded area of Joppatowne in December, leading a grand jury to indict him last month on charges of kidnapping, first-degree murder, first-degree assault, extortion and carrying a weapon with intent to injure.
A tentative trial date has been set for Oct. 20, the state's attorney's office said yesterday.
2 men in separate cases are charged with murder
Baltimore police detectives charged two men yesterday with first-degree murder in separate killings, one of which occurred 10 years ago, police said.
Police charged Eugene Bates, 28, who is being held in state prison on an unrelated drug conviction, with first-degree murder in the killing of Jessie Paylor Jr., 22, on Dec. 27, 1992. Paylor was found shot in the head about 9:45 p.m. in the 1700 block of W. Fayette St., police said.
Al Holden, 32, of the 6500 block of Park Heights Ave. was charged yesterday in the fatal shooting of Omari Jomo Garcia, 29, of the 3900 block of Noyes Circle on May 17, 1997. Garcia was found seriously wounded in the 3300 block of Garrison Ave. and died later at Sinai Hospital.
Police said detectives in the city department's cold case squad filed charges after locating eyewitnesses to the shootings.
African-American leaders to be honored at benefit
Several African-American leaders in Maryland will be honored tomorrow when Marylanders Organized for Responsibility and Equity holds its "Leaders of Tomorrow Gala" in Baltimore.
Montgomery County Police Chief Charles A. Moose, Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy, Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson and the Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church in West Baltimore, will be honored.
The event showcases outstanding achievement in the African-American community and helps support future leaders with Parren J. Mitchell Scholarships, awarded to students from Coppin State College and Morgan State University.
In Baltimore County
Mother, 36, charged after child left home alone
HILLENDALE - A 36-year-old mother has been charged with leaving her 18-month-old daughter alone in an apartment for at least two hours, police said yesterday.
A maintenance worker discovered the toddler about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday when he was making a repair in the 100 block of Comet Court, police said. The child's mother, Stephanie Torain Malone, arrived home about 4:30 p.m., according to investigators.
She was charged with reckless endangerment, confining an unattended child and misdemeanor theft in the possession of a stolen vehicle tag, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman. Malone was being held at the women's Detention Center in lieu of a $10,000 bond. The child was taken into custody by the county's social services department, police said.
UMBC employees protest plans for staff furloughs
CATONSVILLE - About 75 employees at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County gathered on the campus yesterday to protest plans for staff furloughs, saying the college's finances are in far better shape than administrators claim.
Cost-containment plans call for all UMBC faculty and staff to take two furlough days, and for those in the top 10 percent of the salary structure to take a third, this month.
University officials say the furloughs are needed to close a $2 million budget gap at UMBC. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents campus workers, has tried in vain to exempt workers earning less than $30,000 from the furloughs and instead have top-earning officials take a fourth day off.
Police search for woman who threatened suicide
OVERLEA - Police were looking yesterday for a suicidal 18-year-old woman missing since Wednesday when she ran away from a friend trying to drive her to Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital.
Lauren Elizabeth Corona of the 4200 block of Kolb Ave. was reported missing by her family after she jumped out of a friend's car on her way to Sheppard Pratt about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police said Corona, who was upset about the recent death of her boyfriend, threatened to commit suicide.
Corona's friend pulled over in the 8200 block of Bonair Road and she got out, police said. She hasn't been seen since, police said. Anyone with information about Corona - described as white, 4 feet 11 inches, 130 pounds, with hair dyed purple - is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.