Harford Week

January 25, 2004

Death row inmate appeals sentence to Supreme Court

Lawyers for death row prisoner Wesley Eugene Baker have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his appeal, contending that his death sentence was illegal because the judge had no authority to hand it down.

Harford County Circuit Judge Cypert O. Whitfill, now retired, had temporarily moved to Baltimore County but had moved back to Harford by the time of Baker's sentencing in 1992, said Stuart Robinson, one of Baker's lawyers. State courts have denied Baker's request for a hearing on the merits of his claim and Maryland's highest court ruled against Baker last year.

Baker was convicted in the fatal shooting of Jane Tyson in 1991 outside Westview Mall in Catonsville.

Councilwoman's car hits restaurant; no one hurt

No one was injured Thursday during lunchtime when a Harford County councilwoman drove her vehicle through the front window of a seafood restaurant, Harford sheriff's deputies said.

About 12:10 p.m., Veronica L. Chenowith of the 1900 block of Parkvue Road was attempting to back out of a parking space at Fallston Seafood on Route 152 when her 2002 Ford Explorer went forward and into the window, a Northern Precinct duty officer said.

Damage estimates were not immediately available, the officer said. Chenowith, a Republican, represents the Fallston area.

Dr. Marianne Cloeren joins Holistic Center

Dr. Marianne Cloeren has joined the Harford Holistic Center in Bel Air.

Cloeren is board-certified in occupational and internal medicine. She received her bachelor's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and her medical degree from Temple University. She trained in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and in occupational and environmental medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where she received a master's degree in public health.

Cloeren is president-elect of the Maryland College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and holds faculty appointments at the Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland health systems.

Credit union joins school partnerships

Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union, through its Education Department, has entered into an official school-business partnership with Deerfield Elementary in Edgewood and Thomson Estates Elementary in Elkton.

"Supporting local schools through partnerships is a priority of APGFCU and its volunteer board," said Don Lewis, president and chief executive officer. "Through these partnerships, our staff will deliver gifts of time, talent and treasure to positively impact the education and achievement of our community students, especially in the area of financial literacy."

The partnership with each school entails a relationship with the school administration, staff, children and their families. APGFCU staff members will provide class and individual mentoring, financial literacy information and other support efforts to boost student achievement.

Abingdon man gets $1,000 scholarship

Brett Smith, 42, of Abingdon has been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. The scholarship is awarded to individuals who show extraordinary community service and scholastic achievement.

Smith, a professional cooking and baking major at Baltimore International College, has been a volunteer at the Cecil County School of Technology in the culinary arts department since September 2002. Smith helped facilitate an agreement between CCST and BIC, allowing students to earn credit for BIC while still in high school.

Smith has volunteered as a classroom aide at CCST, teaching upperclassmen how to cook and bake, and as a substitute teacher. He also volunteers with Creative Minds, a Baltimore City-based after-school program.

Smith has owned a real estate appraisal company, an insurance company and has spent time in the Army. He hopes to own a bed-and-breakfast after earning his degree.

Cecil County

Drug ring said to operate from Conowingo area

The Cecil County Drug Task Force made the latest in a series of arrests Thursday in a ring suspected of importing large amounts of cocaine into Cecil County and reselling it in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Harford County, state police said.

The six arrests followed a yearlong investigation into a suspected narcotics and gambling ring in Conowingo, said Sgt. Tim McDonald of the state police.

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