Regional Digest


March 27, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Greek parade to close streets in East Baltimore

The Greek Independence Day parade, scheduled for tomorrow, will close several streets to traffic in East Baltimore beginning at 7 a.m. and continuing through the afternoon.

The parade will start at 2 p.m. at Eastern Avenue and Haven Street, proceed east on Eastern to Ponca Street, and head south on Ponca to just south of Fait, where it will disband. The parade will begin forming at 11 a.m. along Eastern in the vicinity of the Eastern Avenue underpass between Haven and Lehigh streets. The event will last about three hours, and motorists are urged to use alternate routes.

The closings are:

Ponca, from Eastern to Fleet Street, beginning at 7 a.m.

Fleet, from Oldham to Quail streets, beginning at 7 a.m.

Eastern, from Haven to Ponca, beginning at 11 a.m.

Ponca, from Fleet to Hudson streets, beginning at 11 a.m.

Woman accused of running prostitution business

A Baltimore woman has been charged with operating a prostitution business disguised as two escort services, Anne Arundel County police said. The businesses, Monique's Models and A-1 Associates, were owned by Victoria Alana Vanness of the first block of Pierside Drive in Baltimore.

Vanness was charged with pandering, operating a prostitution business, and prostitution.

The businesses operated as upscale escort services, charging between $300 and $400 for appointments, police said. Most appointments took place in hotels near Baltimore-Washington International Airport and in Baltimore.

In the investigation, an undercover police officer was hired by Vanness to work as an escort for her business.

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