Regional Digest

REGIONAL DIGEST

December 20, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Boy, 15, gets 15 years in killing during eviction

A 15-year-old boy was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty yesterday to second-degree murder in the shooting of a 23-year-old man during an eviction in Northeast Baltimore in April, officials said.

Eric Brown, who lost a legal fight last month to transfer his case from adult court to the juvenile system, also pleaded guilty to use of a handgun in the commission of a crime. Circuit Judge John M. Glynn sentenced Brown to 30 years, with 15 years suspended, to be served in the Patuxent Institution's youthful offender program.

Brown shot and killed Derrick L. Carmon in April after being summoned to the apartment to help with an eviction. The teen met Carmon only moments before opening fire.

In Baltimore County

Man, 41, dies when car hits I-83 bridge abutment

HEREFORD - A 41-year-old man died yesterday morning after he lost control of his Lincoln Town Car on Interstate 83 and slammed into a bridge abutment near Mount Carmel Road, state police said.

The driver, whose name was not released pending notification of relatives, was heading south when he drifted to the right side of the road about 9:30 a.m., hit a guardrail and then the abutment, police said. It was unclear why the man lost control of the car, said Trooper Todd Mason, who investigated the crash.

Both sides of the interstate were shut down for about 30 minutes for the accident investigation, Mason said.

In Maryland

University System to publicize tuition rates

The University System of Maryland's Board of Regents approved a recommendation yesterday that it publicize four-year tuition plans for each of its 11 colleges.

The recommendation is the most significant part of a report issued recently by the system's tuition task force. The system predicts tuition rates for four years out, but the task force urged it to publicize the predictions to make it easier for families to prepare for cost increases.

At a meeting last week, several regents had opposed the recommendation, fearing it would lock the system into charging rates that may need to be higher if state funding lags. Yesterday, the recommendation passed unanimously.

Hunters kill 42,166 deer in 2-week firearm season

ANNAPOLIS - Maryland hunters killed 42,166 deer during the two-week firearm season, according to preliminary figures released yesterday by the state Department of Natural Resources.

The total is up 1.7 percent from the 41,469 deer killed during last year's firearm season, despite cold and wet weather during some of this year's hunt. Part of the increase may be because Sunday hunting was allowed for the first time on private land in 12 counties.

Maryland's late muzzleloader deer season opens today and runs through Jan. 3.

Appeals court won't delay Carroll growth ruling

ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has denied Carroll County's request to delay the effect of a court ruling that dealt a significant blow to the county's growth freeze.

The county had asked the appeals court to suspend a pair of injunctions issued by a Circuit Court judge that require the county to process development proposals that had been affected by the freeze. The county has filed an appeal to the Nov. 13 Circuit Court ruling.

In Harford County

Correctional officer cleared of sex allegation resigns

BEL AIR - A Harford correctional deputy, cleared this week of criminal sexual misconduct charges, resigned yesterday, his lawyer said.

Frank O. Hartman Jr., 31, of Aberdeen was found not guilty Thursday of a charge of correctional employee sexual offense, said his lawyer, Lisa Hardy. The two-day case was heard by Harford District Judge John L. Dunnigan.

Hartman, who had been with the department about two years, was arrested and charged Sept. 9 with engaging in unlawful sexual conduct with a female inmate. He was suspended with pay. Hartman declined to comment yesterday through his lawyer, who said he plans to hold a news conference Monday at her Towson office.

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