Regional Digest

Regional Digest

April 27, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Woman pleads not guilty in son's scalding death

A 23-year-old woman pleaded not guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court on Friday to charges of first-degree murder in the scalding death of her 5-year-old son.

Sheila Avery of the 600 block of N. Monroe St. is accused of putting her son, Travon Morris, into a bathtub filled with hot water Jan. 5. Travon suffered first- and second-degree burns over 50 percent of his body and died Feb. 15 at the University of Maryland Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where he had been in critical condition.

A jury trial was scheduled for July 16 before Judge Evelyn O. Cannon.

Man acting as bondsman sentenced in kidnapping

A Pasadena man who impersonated a bail bondsman has been sentenced in Baltimore Circuit Court to three years in prison for conspiracy to commit kidnapping and perjury.

Joseph Zahl Jr., 45, of the 1800 block of Cremen Road was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison by Judge Thomas E. Noel. All but three years of the term was suspended.

According to prosecutors, Zahl posed as a bail bondsman and posted property that he falsely claimed he owned to help a woman get out of jail in July. Once the woman was freed, Zahl feared that she was about to skip bail, officials said, and so he conspired to have her kidnapped.

In Talbot County

Oxford-Bellevue ferry opens after 5-month hiatus

OXFORD - The Oxford-Bellevue ferry, one of the nation's oldest privately owned ferry services, is open after a five-month hiatus.

Owners Tom and Judy Bixler, who usually haul pedestrians, bicyclists and cars across the Tred Avon River from March to Dec. 1, shut down the operation in mid-November to install a new pier in Bellevue.

The service, popular with tourists who make the 30-mile loop from Easton to Oxford and St. Michaels, will operate from 7 a.m. to sunset weekdays and from 9 a.m. to sunset on weekends until June 1, when summer hours begin.

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