City/County Digest


November 25, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Man gets 3 years in $7.1 million commodities scheme

A city man has been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to three years in prison and 600 hours of community service for his role in a commodities futures scheme in which he admitted taking more than $7.1 million from more than 600 investors.

Peter James Scott, 41, sentenced last week by Judge Andre M. Davis, pleaded guilty in February to mail fraud in his commodities scheme, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Scott falsely promised investors that their principal investment was protected and also falsely reported results of the operation, according to prosecutors. He overstated results, causing investors to give him more money, prosecutors said. The investment fund ended in August 2001, when federal authorities filed charges against Scott.

Israel Baptist to offer help obtaining social services

Israel Baptist Church is offering one-stop shopping beginning at 11 a.m. today for those in need of food, shelter, jobs, healthcare services and faith.

The church's first "Thanksgiving Feast & Rescue Mission" includes a turkey dinner, religious services and information on how to obtain social services through nonprofit groups.

The church, at 1220 N. Chester St., expects as many as 1,000 visitors. Participating organizations include the Johns Hopkins AIDS Service, Healthcare for the Homeless, YWCA Rutland Transitional Housing and Baltimore's East Side Career Center. Also expected to attend are Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, Mayor Martin O'Malley, city Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark and City Councilman Bernard C. "Jack" Young.

Gaddy center seeks more holiday food donations

Organizers of the annual Bea Gaddy Thanksgiving dinner are asking for more donations of food so that they can send bags of groceries home with thousands of needy people.

While there should be enough food for this year's dinner to be held Thursday at the Patterson Park Recreation Center, the Bea Gaddy Family Center may not be able to continue its tradition of sending home extra food with those who attend, said Stanley R. Scipio, a spokesman for the center.

The organization is seeking frozen turkeys, chickens and chicken parts as well as cans, boxes and jars of nonperishable food. Donations can be dropped off until 7 a.m. Thanksgiving morning at the Gaddy center at 425 N. Chester St.

In Baltimore County

Public's help sought in search for burglar

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police are seeking the public's help in recovering items stolen during three burglaries -- including one in which a woman was raped -- in Lutherville last week.

The items are a Dell Inspiron laptop computer, model number 2650 and serial number DC5RK21; and a small, cameo-style mother-and-child pendant. The burglaries occurred Nov. 18 on Pickett Road and Seminary Avenue.

The burglar is described as an African-American man, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall, about 30 years old with a pock-marked face and scruffy beard. He had an earring in his left ear and was last seen wearing a brown knit cap, brown coat and pants and tan work boots. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587.

Small-business fund helps restaurant expand

ESSEX -- A popular Essex restaurant and crab house has completed a $435,000 expansion and renovation, nearly half of which was paid for with a loan from the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development's small-business fund.

Al's Seafood, at Eastern Boulevard and Stemmers Run Road in the Essex commercial revitalization district, added a new entrance, facade and take-out area, expanded the parking area and made other improvements. The county loan covered $218,000 of the cost.

The county fund provides financial assistance to small businesses by combining private and public lending resources. To date, the fund has provided $4.6 million in loans to 28 businesses.

District 11 delegates set town meeting for Dec. 3

OWINGS MILLS -- District 11 Dels. Dan K. Morhaim and Jon S. Cardin will hold a town meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 3 on "Improving Government Efficiency in Maryland: Taxes, Spending, Education and Health."

The meeting will give residents an opportunity to present their ideas on budget issues and priorities. The featured speaker will be Warren Deschenaux, director of the state Department of Legislative Services' Office of Policy Analysis.

The meeting will be held at The Atrium Village, 4739 Atrium Court in Owings Mills. Information: 410-581-8712.

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