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City/County Digest

April 01, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Ex-Navy commander gets 37-month term in Internet sex case

A former Navy commander was sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison yesterday for using the Internet to try to seduce a purported 12-year-old girl, who turned out to be an undercover Maryland State Police officer.

William David Sharer, 43, of Alexandria, Va., was arrested in a sting operation in July at The Mall in Columbia after making plans to meet "Sara" and promising to take her to a nearby hotel and buy her thong underwear, court records show.

Sharer, who had conducted the online conversations from his work computer at the Pentagon, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis in Baltimore to undergo mental health treatment and to register as a sex offender after his release from prison.

Woman found beaten to death in east-side home

A 27-year-old woman was found beaten to death in her East Baltimore home Sunday night, a day after her birthday, police said yesterday.

Responding to a call for a sick person about 8 p.m. in the 3600 block of E. Fayette St., officers and paramedics found Latrina Ashley dead in her living room, police said.

Ashley's head had been badly beaten and evidence was found that a fight had occurred in the house, police said. Ashley was the city's 66th homicide victim of the year.

Panel discussion Thursday to focus on war's impact

Experts on international law, venture capital and Middle East studies will lead a panel discussion Thursday on the domestic, international and economic implications of the war in Iraq.

"U.S. At War With Iraq: Is This War Justified?" will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the central Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists are to include Max Hilaire, a Morgan State University professor specializing in international law and conflict resolution; Oz Bengur, co-founder of Bengur Bryan & Co., who lost in the Democratic primary last year as a candidate for Congress from Maryland's 2nd District; and Asla Aydintasbas, a Middle East scholar and a columnist for Turkey's leading newspaper, Sabah. Information: 410-545-3115.

In Baltimore County

Project to cause closures on stretch of Security Blvd.

CATONSVILLE - Temporary lane and shoulder closures will occur on westbound Security Boulevard, between Lord Baltimore Drive and Rolling Road, this month as the State Highway Administration builds a right-turn lane.

The $367,000 project, scheduled to start in the middle of the month, will include relocation of utilities, new roadway construction, relocation of traffic signals and drainage improvements. All are designed to improve safety and traffic flow on a stretch of road that carries more than 46,000 vehicles a day.

Closures will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Journalist, faculty to speak at college's Ethics Day

ESSEX - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges will be among the speakers today as the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County presents its seventh annual Spring Ethics Day.

Hedges, a reporter for The New York Times who has covered conflicts around the world, will address the question: Is there such a thing as a just war? He will speak at 11:10 a.m. in the College Community Center Theater. At 3 p.m., CCBC philosophy professor Timothy O. Davis and members of the philosophy department faculty will discuss ethics as a field of study and its effect on higher education. The discussion will take place in the Gardner Pond Seminar Room D-203.

Richard Wilson, adjunct professor of philosophy at Towson University and Loyola College, will speak on "War, Terrorism and International Business" at 6 p.m. in Lecture Hall B-220. The programs are free. Information: 410-780-6432.

Authors to speak at college to mark women's studies

TOWSON - Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, co-authors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future, will speak at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Potomac Lounge in the Towson University Union.

The lecture is part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of women's studies at the university. It is free and open to the public.

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