City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

February 11, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Man gets 10 years in prison for death of infant daughter

A Baltimore man who tried to cover up the killing of his infant daughter by telling police she had been taken by an unlicensed cabdriver was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday in city Circuit Court.

Kenneth Gabriel Jenkins Jr., 21, pleaded guilty in December to manslaughter and said he unintentionally smothered his daughter, A'Shia.

In February last year, Jenkins told police that A'Shia, one of his 2-month-old twin daughters, had been kidnapped -- leadingauthorities to use the Amber Alert highway warning system for the first time in Maryland. He later told police he threw her body in a Dumpster.

The infant's remains were not recovered.

Grant to aid homebuyers at site of former high-rise

The Nehemiah Foundation announced a $15,000 grant yesterday to help low-income families buy new homes where the troubled Flag House Courts public housing complex once stood.

The money was donated to the East Harbor Community Development Corp., which will make the funds available to needy families.

The Flag House Courts complex, three towers on the edge of Little Italy that were known for violence and drug dealing, was demolished in February 2001. Developers plan 338 mixed-income townhouses and apartments on the site.

Police seek extra $800,000 for evidence room cleanup

City police are seeking an extra $800,000 to clean up mold in the department's evidence room, which flooded during Tropical Storm Isabel in September.

The Board of Estimates gave police $750,000 in November to clean the evidence control room, where water rose as high as 3 feet. The job has become more complex and time-consuming than the department expected, said a summary provided to the board, which will consider the request for more money today. S.I. Restoration of Baltimore is handling cleanup of the room in the basement of police headquarters, 601 E. Fayette St.

The flooding damaged evidence for some older criminal cases, but "no major cases were affected," said Matt Jablow, a police spokesman. Police began moving DNA and other sensitive evidence to upper floors in the days before Isabel.

In Baltimore County

School board discusses renewing Hairston contract

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County school board met in closed session last night to discuss renewing Superintendent Joe A. Hairston's contract.

Under state law, the board has until March 1 to renew the contract, which expires June 30, for another four years. Before the end of the month, the board will vote in open session on a new contract, said board President James R. Sasiadek.

Hairston has led the 108,000-student district since 2000.

Finance students win scholarships for oratory

TOWSON -- Students from Baltimore County public schools' Academy of Finance placed first, second and third recently at the Urban Financial Services Coalition oratory contest.

Kellie Hale, a senior at Overlea High School, placed first and won a $1,000 scholarship. Matthew Cooper, a senior at Lansdowne High School, took second place, winning a $750 scholarship. Breanne Pittman, also a senior at Lansdowne, placed third and won a $500 scholarship.

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