City/County Digest


March 01, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Church bus hits concrete culvert on Frederick Co. road

TIMONIUM -- A school bus carrying 39 members of a Timonium church home from a trip to Pennsylvania struck a concrete culvert on a road in Frederick County yesterday afternoon, sending them and the driver to hospitals for treatment of minor injuries or precautionary examinations, authorities reported.

The bus, driven by Ella Thomas, 66, of Glen Burnie, was one of five in a caravan and carrying mostly young members of Grace Fellowship Church when the vehicle veered off Hampton Valley Road in Emmitsburg and struck the drainage culvert, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said.

Thomas and six children were taken to Gettysburg Hospital in Gettysburg, Pa., after complaining of head and neck pain, the sheriff's office said. Thirty other children and two adults were taken by bus to Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster for evaluation and were expected to have been released last night, said Teresa Fletcher, a hospital spokeswoman.

The accident remained under investigation.

Special birth certificates to raise funds to stop abuse

TOWSON -- The Greater Baltimore Medical Center is bringing renewed energy to a program that sells commemorative birth certificates to raise money for child-abuse prevention efforts.

The certificates, designed for framing, are available to anyone born in Maryland, and GBMC is distributing information about them to all mothers who deliver babies there, said hospital spokesman Michael Schwartzberg. The cost is $30, with proceeds going to the Children's Trust Fund, which provides grants to public and private agencies for preventing child abuse and providing treatment.

The idea for the birth certificates originated during the administration of former Gov. Parris N. Glendening. But sales have been slow, so Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s Office for Children, Youth, and Families approached GMBC about renewing the effort to promote them, Schwartzberg said. The effort will be marked by a ceremony at 11 a.m. today in the Yaggy Atrium at GBMC.

Glenn L. Martin aircraft will be topic of talk

MIDDLE RIVER -- An illustrated discussion about aircraft manufactured by the Glenn L. Martin factory for World War II will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Lockheed Martin Auditorium, 2323 Eastern Blvd.

Stan Piet, an aviation historian, will talk about the A-30 Baltimore and B-26 Marauder aircraft and the seaplanes made by Martin. He will also discuss the activities of these planes worldwide.

Admission is free, but photo identification is required. Information: 410-682-6122.

College offers course on criminal justice system

CATONSVILLE -- The Community College of Baltimore County School of Justice is offering a five-part course on the criminal justice system.

"Criminal Justice: Know the System, Know your Rights" will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on five consecutive Mondays, starting tonight. The course provides an overview of the criminal justice system, law enforcement, the court and corrections systems, and the rights of victims.

The program, offered at the Catonsville campus, 800 S. Rolling Road, costs $49; $44 for seniors. Registration: 410-869- 0296.

In Baltimore City

Man, 24, wounded in Dec. found fatally shot

A 24-year-old man who survived a shooting two months ago was found shot in the head early yesterday on the city's east side and died at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police reported.

The victim, Dominic Skinner of the 2300 block of Aisquith St., was found wounded just after 2:30 a.m. in the 2100 block of Harford Road by officers investigating a reported shooting, police said.

On Dec. 21, two blocks from the scene of yesterday's shooting, Skinner was reported to have been shot in the right arm by a gunman on a bicycle and was treated at Hopkins. Police were unable to say yesterday whether the shootings were related.

Detectives were investigating, and a police spokesman said there were no suspects in the slaying.

Man gets 30-year sentence for marijuana, gun crimes

A 34-year-old man caught by city police with marijuana in his shirt pocket and a handgun in a pants pocket was given a 30-year federal prison term last week in Baltimore's U.S. District Court, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Jacques Walker was convicted in November of illegal possession of a firearm, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake on Friday.

City police caught Walker, whom federal prosecutors described as a "career criminal," as he emerged from hiding in a large bush from officers who had seen him dealing drugs in the 600 block of Edgewood St. in Southwest Baltimore, authorities said.

Walker had a loaded .32-caliber handgun, extra ammunition, $270 in cash and the marijuana, authorities said. City police and federal agents cooperated in the investigation.

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