Regional Digest

Regional Digest

April 12, 2003|By From staff reports

In Maryland

Ehrlich won't seek to reject budgeted property tax increase

ANNAPOLIS - Two days after raising the possibility he might try to avoid an increase in the state property tax, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said yesterday the $165 million tax increase will take place as planned.

The property tax is used to repay bonds sold by the state and must be set by the Board of Public Works at a rate that will cover the annual cost of borrowing money.

The budget plan proposed by Ehrlich and approved by the General Assembly for next year calls for the state portion of property taxes to increase from about 8 cents per $100 of assessed value to about 13 cents. The owner of a home with an assessed value of $150,000 would have to pay about $75 more.

In Baltimore City

Infant's death ruled homicide; autopsy shows he was beaten

The death of an infant in West Baltimore two months ago has been ruled a homicide by the state medical examiner, city police said yesterday.

The 2-month-old, David Allan Carr, was reported to have been found not breathing in his home in the 800 block of W. Fayette St. by his father Feb. 12, police said. The baby was rushed to University of Maryland Medical Center, where he died about 10 p.m., according to police.

An autopsy completed Tuesday revealed that the boy was beaten to death, police said. No one has been charged in the homicide, Baltimore's 70th of the year.

Catholic youths walk today in Holy Week pilgrimage

Hundreds of Catholic youth will walk with Cardinal William H. Keeler in a Holy Week pilgrimage through downtown Baltimore this afternoon.

The pilgrimage will begin with a noon rally and prayer at Rash Field at the Inner Harbor. The procession will begin at 12:45 p.m., with several youths carrying a 10-foot wooden cross to several prayer sites north of the Inner Harbor.

The first stop will be at the BGE Plaza at Charles Center, with the youths continuing to the Mother Seton House at 600 N. Paca St. The walk will end at the Basilica of the Assumption, Cathedral and Mulberry streets, where Keeler will celebrate Palm Sunday Mass.

Police identify man, woman in apparent murder-suicide

Baltimore police identified yesterday the two people found killed in an apparent murder-suicide in East Baltimore Thursday afternoon as Walter M. Bayne Jr., 33, and Leah Keels, 23.

Police found Keels and Bayne about 2 p.m. in an apartment in the 1500 block of Kia Court. Keels, who lived in the apartment, had been absent from work for several days and her co-workers called police to check on her.

Bayne of the 5000 block of Lodestone Way shot Keels and then himself, police said.

Colombian man sentenced in drug money scheme

A Colombian man caught in a federal sting operation in Maryland was sentenced yesterday to nine years in prison for laundering more than $4.4 million in drug money in U.S. cities in an underground system known as the "Black Market Peso Exchange."

Carlos Jaime Ruiz-Duque, 41, of Cali, Colombia, was convicted in U.S. District Court in Baltimore after an undercover sting investigation revealed that he was ordering individuals to wire large amounts of drug profits through U.S. businesses to pay for various commercial goods that were later exported back to South America.

A co-defendant, Marlene Zamorano, 57, of Colombia, also was convicted and sentenced in Baltimore last month to nine years.

Former FBI photo clerk pleads guilty to theft

A former photo clerk for the FBI's Baltimore field division could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison after admitting that he stole photography equipment and supplies that he then sold on eBay.

Robert E. Stull, 35, of Glen Burnie pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Thursday to theft of government property. He acknowledged taking cameras, lenses, film, video recorders, printer cartridges and other items from the FBI offices in Woodlawn between February 1999 and November 2002, court records show.

Authorities said the stolen property was worth more than $70,000. Stull, who was fired from his FBI job after his arrest last fall, is scheduled to be sentenced July 7 by U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis.

Fine, 3 years' probation for selling tainted meat

A wholesale meat distributor in East Baltimore was sentenced yesterday to three years of probation and ordered to pay a $7,500 fine after federal food safety inspectors discovered meat products at the business that had been gnawed by rats and contained rat hairs .

Yong N. Kim, 36, of Owings Mills pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to one count of offering for sale adulterated meat products and one count of improper storage of meat products. Kim is president of Maryland Cash and Carry Inc., 1808 N. Patterson Park Ave., which distributes wholesale meat and poultry products to convenience stores in Baltimore.

In Baltimore County

Upperco man, 66, dies of car accident injuries

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