City/County Digest

City/County Digest

April 16, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Md. court upholds conviction in killing of police sergeant

ANNAPOLIS -- The Maryland Court of Appeals has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Donald Antonio White Jr., one of four men sentenced to life without parole for the killing of Baltimore County police Sgt. Bruce A. Prothero.

White argued that questions asked of potential jurors in his trial were flawed. He also claimed that investigators violated his Miranda rights when they interrogated him after the killing, saying they shocked him into giving a statement by telling him he was charged with murder. The high court rejected both arguments.

Prothero, 35, was fatally shot Feb. 7, 2000, as he chased four robbers from the J. Brown Jewelers store in Pikesville. He was off duty and working at the store as a security guard.

Valley Academy to merge with Jemicy School in July

OWINGS MILLS -- The boards of trustees of the Jemicy School and Valley Academy have signed an affiliation agreement that will lead to a merger July 1, officials from the schools announced yesterday.

The two private schools, which educate students with dyslexia and other difficulties, announced their intention to merge in January. Officials said yesterday that Jemicy and Valley Academy will operate at their current locations, Owings Mills and Towson, for the 2003-2004 school year.

During the transition year, a leadership team will develop a formal merger plan.

In Baltimore City

Panel to discuss proposal for parking fine increase

A City Council committee is scheduled to discuss a proposal to increase parking fines at 5 p.m. today in the council chambers.

Councilman Robert W. Curran, who introduced the bill Feb. 24, wants to raise several parking fines because they have not been increased in nearly a decade and could generate new revenues.

The bill, if approved by the council and signed by Mayor Martin O'Malley, would increase fines for illegally parked tractor-trailers from $150 to $500. Among other fines, parking in restricted areas near Camden Yards could increase from $50 to $75; fire hydrant violations would cost $40, up $10; and meter violations would be raised to $25, from $18.

Officials investigate cause of Inner Harbor oil spill

State environmental officials were investigating the cause of an apparent leak from a ship that spilled 150 gallons of fuel oil into the Inner Harbor yesterday.

The spill occurred about 5 p.m. in the northwest area of the harbor near the Domino Sugar plant. Crews from the Coast Guard and the Maryland Department of the Environment were dispatched to contain the spill with booms and absorbent material. MDE spokesman Richard McIntire said a vessel making a delivery to the sugar plant was the suspected cause of the spill, but that had not been confirmed last night.

City traffic to be detoured for water main, road work

The city's Department of Transportation has announced several street closings and detours because of water main and highway work.

Saratoga Street between Calvert and St. Paul streets will remain closed until Monday while water main work is completed. Traffic will be detoured south on Guilford Avenue, west on Fayette Street and north on Charles Street to Saratoga.

Construction will begin along westbound Druid Park Lake Drive from Linden Avenue to McCulloh Street on or about April 28. The work is expected to last for 150 days and will include installation and upgrading of traffic signals, streetlights, storm drains, curbing, gutters and landscaping. The road will be resurfaced and a jogging path installed.

One lane of traffic along westbound Druid Park Lake Drive will remain open, but several detours will be in effect. Cars traveling south on the Jones Falls Expressway will have to exit east on 28th Street and follow a detour back to Druid Park Lake Drive. Left turns onto Linden Avenue from westbound Druid Park Lake Drive will be detoured further west onto Madison Street.

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