City/County Digest


December 10, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Man acquitted of murder charge in shooting of teen

A 27-year-old man was acquitted of murder charges yesterday by a Circuit Court jury in the fatal shooting of a teen-ager last year in Northwest Baltimore but was convicted of first-degree assault and carrying a handgun in the incident.

Eli Barber-El of the 900 block of Hill Road is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 6. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years for assault and three years for illegally carrying a handgun. He had been charged with killing 18-year-old Richard Nicholson on Nov. 20 at Bloomingdale Road and Belmont Avenue.

Authorities allege that the killing started a chain reaction of violence that led to the killing of Barber-El's brother, Abdullah, 25, that day. Nicholson's brother, Jeremiah Harper, 23, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Abdullah Barber-El and is scheduled for trial Friday, officials said.

Panel to vote on apartments for foster families, disabled

The city Board of Estimates is scheduled to vote today on a $5 million plan to rehabilitate a convent in Ednor Gardens into 30 rental apartments intended to house foster families and the disabled.

The Clare Court Apartments at 3725 Ellerslie Ave. will offer one- and two-bedroom units as well as four-bedroom townhouses for low-income renters.

The 47,367-square-foot project being developed by Clare Court Limited Partnership is financed by a collection of low-interest federal loans totaling $4.94 million. The apartments will chiefly house foster families adopting multiple siblings and tenants with physical, visual and hearing disabilities.

Ex-administrator indicted in thefts of pharmacy fund

A former administrator for the University of Maryland Medical Center pharmacy has been indicted on a charge of continuing theft - accused of stealing nearly $320,000 over a three-year period, the city state's attorney's office announced yesterday.

The indictment - returned last month - alleges that 53-year-old Michael Allison, the pharmacy's business manager, took the money between July 1997 and October 2001 from a fund that was to be used for research and education for doctors prescribing drugs.

Allison, of the 14300 block of Hampshire Knob Drive in Phoenix, Baltimore County, and the pharmacy director opened a bank account for the tens of thousands of dollars received in pharmaceutical rebates. An audit revealed that Allison used most of the funds in the Pharmacy Services Education Research Account for his own benefit, including private school tuition for his two children, according to the state's attorney's office.

In Baltimore County

Groundbreaking ceremony set for business park

DUNDALK - Baltimore County officials and residents will attend a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. today at the Colgate Business Park, 7700 Rolling Mill Road.

New business park tenants will be announced and a vacant building will be demolished to make way for a manufacturing-warehouse-distribution center.

The center is being built on the site of the former Avesta Sheffield stainless-steel mill.

Community college board scheduled to meet today

DUNDALK - The board of trustees of the Community College of Baltimore County will meet at 7:30 tonight at the Dundalk campus, 7200 Sollers Point Road.

Those wishing to speak before the board must sign a register outside the meeting, which will be in Room 800A of the Business and Industry Center. Speakers will have two minutes.

Information: 410-869-1222.

Police show to discuss missing-child investigations

TOWSON - This month's edition of Police Report, the Baltimore County Police Department's cable television program, focuses on the techniques used to investigate reports of missing and exploited children.

The segment features Detective Steve Fox of the family crimes unit and John Worden, supervisor of the department's counseling team. Officer Gary Doucett, a member of the community outreach team in the Towson Precinct, will also discuss how to keep your home safe during the winter months.

The program will be broadcast through Jan. 9 on Comcast Channel 25 at 8:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

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