City/County Digest


October 17, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

22-year-old guilty of killing man, trying to shoot his mother

A 22-year-old city man was convicted yesterday of first--degree murder and attempted murder in the shooting of a man and the attempted shooting of the victim's mother last year.

Kenneth Cook of the 1900 block of E. Fayette St. was convicted by a Baltimore Circuit Court jury in the fatal shooting of Quintin Higgins Jr. Cook also was convicted of attempted second-degree murder for trying to shoot Robin Higgins.

On April 24 last year, Cook confronted the mother and son in the 100 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. and accused Quintin Higgins of stealing $300 from a friend. Cook pulled out a .32-caliber revolver and shot Higgins once in the chest and three times in the back, killing him, prosecutors said. Cook then attempted to shoot Robin Higgins, but no live rounds were left in the gun, according to prosecutors.

Man who robbed post office, restaurant gets 8-year term

Craig Tyrone Smith, 42, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court to eight years in prison and five years of supervised release for his involvement in the robberies of the Govans Station Post Office and a McDonald's near Parkville. Smith and two co-defendants wore masks and hoods during the robberies, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Smith pleaded guilty to interference with commerce by robbery, as well as using a handgun during a crime of violence. The Govans Post Office, in the 4900 block of York Road, was robbed Dec. 20, and the McDonald's, in the 7900 block of Rossville Blvd., was robbed Jan. 3.

Co-defendants Daniel Jefferson, 31, and Tony Phillip Green, 42, were previously sentenced to 10 years in prison for their roles in the robberies. Jefferson and Green were also ordered to pay a total of $1,067 in restitution.

In Baltimore County

Attorney who advises school board to leave post

TOWSON - Carol Saffran-Brinks, the assistant county attorney who advises the Baltimore County school board, is scheduled to leave her post today, a school spokesman said.

Saffran-Brinks will be taking a job in Howard County's law office, working on civil rights and employment issues, said Douglas J. Neilson, a school system spokesman.

In January, Saffran-Brinks advised the school board it could split into two groups to discuss the school system's budget without having to follow Maryland's Open Meetings Act, the board's then-president said. In August, after the board was found to have violated the act for secretly agreeing to renew the superintendent's contract, Michael Franklin, the president of the PTA Council, called for her resignation.

UMBC professor to speak at childhood conference

BROOKLANDVILLE - Ellen Handler Spitz, professor in the Honors College and Department of Visual Arts at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will be the keynote speaker at Park School's 10th early childhood conference from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today on the school campus on Old Court Road.

After the speech, Spitz, author of Inside Picture Books, will lead books talks with Park's lower school faculty and staff members from the Children's Bookstore.

The conference is free to teachers of young children. Registration is required. Information: 410-339-4133.

Orchestra at Villa Julie is looking for musicians

STEVENSON - The Greenspring Valley Orchestra at Villa Julie College is seeking members.

The orchestra hopes to expand its membership in a few key areas: double bass, French horn, trombone, tuba, percussion and strings. Musicians of any age are welcome. The orchestra opens its second season Dec. 5.

Directed by Villa Julie faculty member Robert Suggs, the orchestra includes students from the college and other schools and members of communities from Columbia to Aberdeen. Information: Robert Suggs, 410- 602-7433.

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