City/County Digest


January 15, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Man, 24, gets life in fatal shooting of 16-year-old girl

A Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday in city Circuit Court to two concurrent life sentences for the murder of a 16-year-old girl, who was killed a day after her birthday, and the attempted murder of another teen-ager.

Tony "T.O." DeWitt, 24, of the 2500 block of Harford Road received a life sentence in the July 2002 killing of Sherene Moore. He also was given a concurrent life sentence, with all but 30 years suspended, for the attempted murder of Maurice Booker, 17.

Prosecutors said DeWitt fatally shot Moore as she and a group of friends sat on the steps of a home in the 1700 block of Montpelier St. Booker, who was on the steps with the group, was wounded once in the shoulder as he tried to run away. A jury convicted DeWitt on Nov. 24 of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and handgun charges.

Guilty plea is entered in string of bank robberies

A Baltimore man on trial in U.S. District Court for a string of armed bank robberies pleaded guilty midway through the proceedings and was sentenced to 50 years in prison, the U.S. attorney's office announced.

Dante Rolando Harris, 29, admitted his role in armed robberies at 11 banks, in Baltimore, Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery and Prince George's counties, pleading guilty on the fifth day of trial. U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson immediately handed down Harris' sentence.

Three other men -- Billy Campbell Harding, Juan Deante Dixon and Allistair Guerra -- have been convicted in the same case. Harding was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to 96 years in federal prison. Dixon and Guerra pleaded guilty. Dixon is awaiting sentencing, and Guerra was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

16 pounds of marijuana, 2 handguns seized in raids

City police arrested three people, seized 16 pounds of marijuana and recovered two handguns and $330 in cash during raids at two houses in North Baltimore early Tuesday, detectives said yesterday.

Sgt. Michael Mancuso of the Organized Crime Division developed information that drugs were being stashed in houses and obtained a search warrant, said police who declined to elaborate because the investigation is ongoing. Detectives raided the houses in the 5300 block of York Road and the 4700 block of Kernwood Ave. about 12:30 a.m.

Police said they arrested three people who lived in the Kernwood home. Charged with possessing and intending to distribute marijuana are: Robert Gibbs, 41; Lenworth Davis, 38; and Camillia Hamilton, 44.

Coast Guard ceremony to mark King's birthday

At 12:30 p.m. today, the Baltimore Area Coast Guard Commands will celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and the 50th anniversary of the historic Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education decision that outlawed segregation in public schools.

The ceremony will feature Marietta English, president of the Baltimore Teachers Union, as keynote speaker. A recipient of the 1993 National Association of Black School Educators' Teacher of the Year award, English has received numerous honors from professional and civic organizations.

The event is being held at the Columbus Recreation Center at the Coast Guard Yard, 2401 Hawkins Point Road, off Exit 1 of Interstate 695.

In Baltimore County

Applicants sought for Circuit Court vacancy

TOWSON -- Applicants are being sought for the vacancy on the Baltimore County Circuit Court bench created by the retirement of Judge John F. Fader II in November. His replacement will be named by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Any judge or lawyer interested in the post should request a personal data questionnaire from Deborah A. Unitus or Linda Etzold, Administrative Office of the Courts, Maryland Judicial Center, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis 21401; or by calling 410-260-1291. The questionnaire is also available on the Web site Any candidate who has filed a questionnaire within the past 24 months need not fill out a new one.

Completed questionnaires and two writing samples must be received by Unitus or Etzold by 5 p.m. Feb. 11.

Humane Society seeks volunteers at headquarters

REISTERSTOWN -- The Humane Society of Baltimore County is seeking volunteers to help with a wide variety of tasks at its headquarters, 1601 Nicodemus Road.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and must attend a two-hour orientation session beginning at noon Sunday in the Windswept Building on the society's grounds.

Registration: 410-833-2387.

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