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November 07, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Woman sentenced to 10 years in Medicaid drug fraud

A Baltimore woman was convicted in city Circuit Court yesterday of using illegally obtained prescription drugs to help run her street drug trade, the state attorney general's office announced.

Thelma Hunter, 38, of the 300 block of S. Ballou Court was convicted after a trial before Judge Timothy J. Doory. He sentenced her to 10 years in prison without parole and ordered her to pay $100,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors said that while Hunter worked in 2000 as a housekeeper at The Chimes Inc., a facility that cares for developmentally disabled adults, she stole blank prescription pads and Medicaid information of Chimes' residents. Hunter and accomplices then had more than 1,000 false prescriptions filled, and those drugs were sold on the street, the state attorney general's office said. Medicaid paid more than $168,000 for the fraudulently obtained medications, prosecutors said.

Priest's sex abuse trial postponed until spring

The trial of the Rev. Maurice J. Blackwell on charges that he sexually abused Dontee Stokes, a former altar boy who was acquitted last year of trying to kill him, has been postponed until spring.

Blackwell, 57, was scheduled for trial Monday on four counts of child sexual abuse against Stokes, now 27, between 1989 and 1992. The trial has been rescheduled for March 22 in Baltimore Circuit Court before Judge John M. Glynn, the city state's attorney's office said.

The defense and the prosecution asked for the delay to give them more time to prepare. Stokes admitted to shooting Blackwell, but was acquitted of trying to kill the priest after he told a Baltimore jury that he was raped by Blackwell as a teen-ager. The jury convicted Stokes on minor handgun charges.

UMBC professor to discuss Iraq policy at League event

Louis J. Cantori, a political science professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will discuss the Bush administration's pre-emptive policy in Iraq tomorrow at a brunch held by the League of Women Voters of Baltimore City.

"What was Preempted?: The American Invasion of Iraq" is the title of Cantori's talk. Cantori, an expert on the Middle East, has written or edited four books on the region and comparative politics, and served as a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The program begins at 10 a.m. at Bobbi Jo's Rooftop Cafe at Roland View Towers, 3838 Roland Ave. Admission is $10. Reservations: 410-377-7738.

In Baltimore County

Six light rail stops closed for weekend

Six light rail stops in Baltimore County will be closed this weekend for routine maintenance, the Maryland Transit Administration announced yesterday.

The stations closing tomorrow and Sunday are Timonium, Warren Road, Gilroy Road, McCormick Road, Pepper Road and Hunt Valley.

MTA shuttle buses will ferry passengers between all affected stations except McCormick Road. The work is scheduled to be completed in time for normal rail service to resume Monday, the MTA said.

Mount de Sales Academy plans annual open house

CATONSVILLE -- Mount de Sales Academy will hold its annual open house for prospective students and their families from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Guests will be able to meet with faculty, staff, students and alumnae. Families are invited to tour the campus, 700 Academy Road.

Founded in 1852, Mount de Sales is a Catholic girls' college preparatory high school. Information: 410-744-8498, Ext. 126.

Irvine children's workshop has Native American focus

STEVENSON -- Centuries-old Native American survival techniques will be featured at a workshop for children Sunday at the Irvine Nature Center.

Irvine staff will demonstrate skills such as fire building, Native American sign language and cordage, which involves making ropes out of plant fibers. Instructors will also show replicas of Native American tools.

The session runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 8400 Greenspring Ave., and is open to children ages 7 to 11. The fee is $5 for members and $8 for others. Registration ends today. Information: 410-484-2413.

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