City/County Digest




An item in the City-County Digest in some editions of The Sun yesterday said a representative of the city's Board of Elections called former City Council candidate Michael Seipp to remind him of the approaching deadline for filing financial disclosure forms. Seipp, however, failed to file those forms on time and was disqualified from running in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary. Seipp said yesterday that the board left a voice message to remind him of the deadline but that he did not retrieve the message until after the deadline had passed.

In Baltimore City

Judge rules tardy candidate won't be on council ballot

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge ruled yesterday that a City Council candidate disqualified last week from running in the Democratic primary Sept. 9 should not be put on the ballot, the candidate's spokeswoman said.

Candidate Michael Seipp's representatives appeared before Judge Albert J. Matricciani Jr. and argued that the Baltimore ethics board erred in deciding July 15 to disqualify Seipp for filing his required financial disclosure late. Candidates were required to file by July 10.

Seipp has said that the elections board had provided him with a deadline of July 16 - 1999. He also said the elections board called him once as a reminder to the deadline. Seipp's media adviser, Doreen Rosenthal, said the candidate's team is considering an appeal of the judge's decision.

In Baltimore County

Inquiry into suicide of prisoner expected to take about a week

TOWSON - County correctional officials hope to complete an investigation into the suicide of a 23-year-old Randallstown woman at the Baltimore County Women's Detention Center in about a week, Deborah Richardson, deputy administrator for the county's Bureau of Corrections, said yesterday.

Sommer L. Brooks, who was accused of killing her mother in January, hanged herself in her cell, where she was found early Saturday. She was scheduled to go on trial on a murder charge Sept. 24. She had attempted suicide before, but a state psychiatrist said she could be removed from a "close watch" on June 30, Richardson said.

Richardson has said that a preliminary review of the suicide showed the Towson detention center acted appropriately.

Two-alarm fire at motel causes $25,000 in damage

WHITE MARSH - A two-alarm fire at the Williamsburg Inn caused minor damage to a U.S. 40 landmark early yesterday, Baltimore County Fire Department officials said.

No one was injured in the fire, which began about 6:50 a.m. at the motel in the 11100 block of Pulaski Highway, said Capt. Glenn A. Blackwell, a county fire spokesman. Flames quickly reached the attic of one building, but the fire was brought under control about 7:15 a.m. by the 40 to 50 firefighters sent to the inn, he said.

Investigators determined the fire was accidental and started in a dryer in the laundry room, causing about $25,000 in damage, Blackwell said. None of the guestrooms was damaged and the inn remained open yesterday.

Four high school students receive NAACP medals

Four students from Baltimore County schools received national awards for their performance in either the humanities, the sciences or visual arts this month during the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Miami.

The students brought back three gold medals and a bronze from the annual Afro-Academic Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. Gold-medal winners were Abdullahi Farah of Carver Center for the Arts and Technology for painting; Deshawn Sampson Watts of Towson Catholic High for architecture; and Brianna Faulkner of the Carver Center for photography. Preston Copeland, also of the Carver Center, won the bronze for poetry.Winners were selected based on skill, performance and knowledge of the category they entered. The gold winners received $2,000 and the bronze received $1,000.

Board of Estimates to vote on $9 million grant deal

The Board of Estimates is scheduled to vote this morning on a grant agreement with the state that would bring the city $9 million this year for revitalization projects.

The state loan, which was approved as part of the budget for this fiscal year, includes $3.5 million for the rebuilding of the west side of downtown; $2.5 million for the redevelopment of part of East Baltimore near Johns Hopkins for a biotechnology park; $1 million for Reservoir Hill; $1 million for Upton; $500,000 for the city's Main Street revitalization project; and $500,000 for the Carroll Camden Industrial Park.

The city's acceptance of the state bond money does not require the expenditure of city funds, said Michael Broache, assistant chief of the city's bureau of accounting. But the city's Board of Estimates must vote to approve a capital grant agreement before the city can receive the money from the state.

Unidentified man dies after being shot on street

An unidentified man died last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being shot on a street in West Baltimore late Monday.

The victim was found bleeding from a wound to his upper body about 11 p.m. by officers investigating a reported shooting in the 200 block of N. Carrollton Ave., police said.

City police said they knew of no suspect or motive in the shooting, and anyone with information is asked to call Detectives Sean Jones or Gina Pugliano at 410-396-2100. The death brought Baltimore's homicide toll for the year to 163, compared with 151 for the corresponding period last year, police said.

Education workshop set for Morrell Park families

An education workshop for Morrell Park families will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at American Legion Post 137, 1508 Desoto Road.

The workshop will provide families with information on how to help their children succeed in the coming school year, how to earn the General Educational Development diploma and tips on planning for high school and college.

The event is sponsored by John Emekli, an aide to former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley.

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