Regional Digest

March 29, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

29th St. ramp to JFX may not stay closed as long as planned

The closing of the 29th Street ramp onto the southbound Jones Falls Expressway, scheduled to begin Monday, may not last as long as originally planned, city transportation officials said yesterday.

After protests from residents angry that the closure could take up to two years, Alfred H. Foxx, director of the city's transportation department, said yesterday he hopes to have the ramp reopened by the spring or summer of next year.

The city wants to close the ramp because an exit-only ramp is being created just to the south, creating a potential hazard. The interstate has been undergoing a two-year reconstruction and widening project that began in November and has resulted in the temporary loss of a lane of traffic in each direction.

Ex-MTA worker pleads guilty to conspiracy, theft

A former Maryland Transit Administration employee pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of conspiracy and theft for her role in an insurance fraud scheme that cost the state and private insurance companies $109,000.

Deitra F. Sharp, 37, of the 2700 block of Edison Highway in Baltimore was an adjuster in the MTA's Transit Insurance Group from 1997 to 2001, when she and another employee added the names of fictitious passengers to vehicle accident claims. Sharp would approve the payments, then the other employee, Pauline L. Cole, would cash the checks, prosecutors said.

Sharp's sentencing was set for June 6. In exchange for Sharp's guilty plea, the state is recommending a five-year sentence, with all but two years suspended. Cole, 40, of the 4000 block of Nicholas Ave. in Baltimore was convicted Monday. Her sentencing is set for May 27. The state is recommending a five-year term.

5K Kidney Pledge Walk is set for tomorrow

The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland will hold a 5K Kidney Pledge Walk downtown tomorrow.

Funds raised through the walk, held in observance of National Kidney Month, will help area kidney patients. Chronic kidney disease affects 20 million Americans, organizers said.

The walk will begin at 9 a.m. at Rash Field, 201 Key Highway. Information: 410-494-8545.

In Anne Arundel

Teen guilty of manslaughter in death of 16-year-old

ANNAPOLIS - An Annapolis teen-ager was convicted yesterday of manslaughter, a handgun violation and related charges in the fatal shooting of another city youth, but jurors found him not guilty of murder.

Anne Arundel County Assistant State's Attorney Kelly Poma said she will ask Circuit Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis to incarcerate Larry Eugene Adams, 18, when the judge sentences him May 14. The handgun conviction carries a minimum five-year and maximum 20-year sentence. The maximum prison term for manslaughter is 10 years.

Adams contended he did not know his friend had a gun when he held Dan Johnson Jr. last April 1, while the other teen-ager shot Johnson, 16. Charles Allen Jr. has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is serving a 20-year sentence.

In Baltimore County

Man, 44, fatally stabbed during argument with son

RESISTERSTOWN - A 44-year-old Reisterstown man was fatally stabbed last night during an argument at his home with his 19-year-old son, Baltimore County police said.

Officers were called to the 100 block of Carolstowne Road about 8 p.m. They were informed that the man had been stabbed in the chest after an altercation with his son, who had been brandishing a kitchen knife, said Officer Shawn Vinson. The man went to the basement, got a shovel and came back upstairs to the kitchen, where he was stabbed.

Police declined to identify either man. The victim was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The 19-year-old was being held at Garrison Precinct last night.

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