City/County Digest


December 12, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Prosecutors dismiss assault charges against priest

Nearly seven months after a Baltimore grand jury indicted a Josephite priest on charges he molested a 14-year-old boy, prosecutors dismissed all charges yesterday at the request of the family of the alleged victim.

"We were asked by the victim's family not to pursue the case, and the decision was made to honor that request," said Joseph Sviatko, a communications assistant at the state's attorney's office, announcing dismissal of the charges against the Rev. Alfred Dean.

Prosecutors had charged Dean in April with second-degree assault, and a grand jury indicted him a month later.

According to documents, Dean was accused of hugging and kissing the boy in April last year while they were in the rectory of the church in the 1500 block of E. Oliver St. The Archdiocese of Baltimore suspended Dean's priestly duties in July last year, and Dean voluntarily stepped down as pastor of St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in East Baltimore late last year.

Bridge worker killed in accident on barge

A worker died yesterday afternoon when a barge he was operating during reconstruction of the Potee Street Bridge on the Patapsco River struck an I-beam under the bridge, causing a pilot's station to collapse onto the man, authorities said.

The man -- Travis Mayfield, 23, of the 9400 block of Wind Pine Road in Baltimore County -- was moving the small work barge about 2:15 p.m. when the barge struck the I-beam, said Detective Gordon Carew.

The accident remains under investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Man found fatally shot is 250th homicide victim

An unidentified man was fatally shot last night on a street outside a carryout in the Franklin Square community of West Baltimore -- becoming the city's 250th homicide victim this year, police said.

Shortly before 8 p.m., Western District officers responding to a reported shooting in the 1600 block of W. Baltimore St. found the victim lying in the street near Good Times Carryout bleeding from a head wound. The man, who appeared to be in his early 30s, was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center at 8:21 p.m., police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call Detective Mark Hughes at 410-396-2100.

In Baltimore County

2 firefighters slightly hurt while battling house blaze

ESSEX -- Two Baltimore County firefighters were slightly injured yesterday while battling a blaze at a house on Turn Court, county fire officials said. Three family members escaped the home unharmed.

The firefighters, who were not identified, were treated for minor burns at the Baltimore Regional Burn Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and released.

One of the residents noticed smoke about 6 a.m. in the 1 1/2 -story bungalow, alerted other family members and called 911, officials said. Investigators determined that the fire resulted from an electrical malfunction. Damage to the house and contents was estimated at $100,000.

SAT testing rescheduled for Dec. 20 at high schools

TOWSON -- SAT testing at five Baltimore County high schools that was postponed because of last week's snowstorm has been rescheduled for Dec. 20.

The tests, originally scheduled to be given Dec. 6, will be administered at Dulaney, Franklin, Randallstown and Woodlawn high schools and Western School of Technology.

Information about the tests can be found at the SAT Web site,

Cardin to visit senior center to discuss Medicare

OVERLEA -- Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin will speak about recent changes in the Medicare program and the new prescription drug benefit at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Overlea Fullerton Senior Center.

The congressman will explain how the changes affect Maryland senior citizens and answer questions about the Medicare program.

The center is at 4314 Fullerton Ave.

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