Regional Digest

January 17, 2004|By From staff reports

Justice Department drops plans to build new prison in state

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Justice has withdrawn plans to build a maximum-security prison in Maryland, Sens. Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski announced yesterday.

A private prison-management firm withdrew last month its proposal to build a facility in Dundalk after meeting strong resistance from residents and elected officials. The Justice Department had been considering three other sites in Maryland, all in Prince George's County.

"Working together, we stopped a maximum-security detention center filled with dangerous criminals from being dumped in our neighborhoods - near our homes, schools and businesses," Mikulski said in a prepared statement.

Wild turkey hunters bagged 164 birds in 2003

ANNAPOLIS - Hunters killed 164 wild turkeys in Western Maryland during the one-week 2003 hunting season, a 30 percent decrease from the previous year, state officials announced yesterday.

The wild turkey kill in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1 was the lowest since at least 1997. In 2002, hunters killed 235 turkeys.

In Baltimore County

Man fatally shot during home invasion

ESSEX - A man was fatally shot yesterday evening during a break-in at an Essex townhouse, Baltimore County police said.

Police converged on the home in the 900 block of Honeywood Place shortly after receiving a call at 8:24 p.m. Police said intruders had entered the house, tied up the people inside and searched it, then left. After one of the occupants freed himself, he got up and locked the door, only to have it kicked in by the intruders, police said. The man was then shot. He was later taken to Franklin Square Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Investigators were still at the scene late last night.

In Baltimore City

Woman charged in death of man found slain in '96

A woman who allegedly cashed the Social Security and retirement benefits of a Maryland man found dead in a storage trunk in Virginia in 1996 has been charged with his murder, the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore announced yesterday.

The federal grand jury indictment charges Nancy Jean Siegel, 55, of Baltimore with murdering Jasper Frederick Watkins to cover up her use of his identity and personal financial information for monetary gain. Watkins' body was found dumped along the Appalachian Trail in Loudoun County, Va., stuffed in a large trunk.

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