Regional Digest

REGIONAL DIGEST

April 05, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Maryland

Rally Monday in Annapolis to show support for troops

ANNAPOLIS -- Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has organized a rally to encourage Marylanders to show their support for American troops involved in the war in Iraq.

Ehrlich, Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele and other state dignitaries will join the families of servicemen at the event, which is being held Monday on Lawyers Mall in front of the State House in Annapolis.

The rally will begin at 3 p.m. and include patriotic music and speeches, an Ehrlich spokesman said.

In Baltimore City

Renovations go on display at Park Avenue church

The newly refurbished Tiffany windows at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church will be on public display during an open house at the church from 3:15 to 5 p.m. tomorrow.

As part of a yearlong, $1.8 million renovation of its sanctuary at 1316 Park Ave., the church had its 11 Tiffany stained-glass windows repaired and cleaned. The collection, which includes two of the largest windows produced by the Tiffany studio, is considered one of the most important of any church in the nation.

An hourlong rededication service will take place at 2 p.m. Information: 410-523-1542.

Indecent exposure charges dropped in Mardi Gras party

Baltimore prosecutors dropped indecent exposure charges yesterday in District Court against 10 women who were accused of baring their breasts at a Mardi Gras party last month at a Fells Point bar.

Charges against six of the women were dropped because the officers who cited them at Bohager's could not identify them in court.

Police could identify three of the defendants, who agreed to perform community service in exchange for prosecutors dropping the charges. One woman failed to show up for the hearing, and was issued another court date.

Probation agent acquitted of bribery, misconduct

A 47-year-old state probation agent was acquitted this week of bribery and misconduct charges by a Baltimore Circuit Court jury.

Charles Elliott of Severn had been accused of trying to solicit a $1,000 bribe for not reporting a probation violation. After a five-day trial, the jury deliberated for three hours.

Elliott's lawyer, Kenneth W. Ravenell, said his client was a victim of a misunderstanding. Elliott lost his job as a probation agent, but is appealing his termination.

In Anne Arundel

Academy employee pleads guilty to child pornography

ANNAPOLIS -- A maintenance help-desk employee at the Naval Academy pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of promoting and distributing child pornography.

David N. Sprachner, 44, of Glen Burnie was arrested in December after a three-month investigation, which began when a co-worker reported seeing sexually explicit photos of children on Sprachner's desktop computer at the academy.

Sprachner was ordered to remain under house arrest. His sentencing hearing is set for 9 a.m. June 4.

In Baltimore County

Police identify the body of woman found in woods

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police have identified the body of a woman who was found in the woods along Morgan Mill Road near Loch Raven Reservoir on Wednesday, police said.

Detectives identified the body as that of Irene Marie Posey, 37, of the 1800 block of Harman Ave. in Baltimore. Posey had been reported missing March 24.

The body had no obvious signs of trauma, police said.

Liberty Road group to hold job fair today

RANDALLSTOWN -- The Liberty Road Business Association will hold a job fair today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Northwest Hospital Education Center at 5401 Old Court Road.

More than a dozen Liberty Road-area businesses will be taking applications for full-time, part-time and summer jobs.

Information: 410-655-7766.

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