City/County Digest


April 07, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Jury selection begins for man charged in killing of girl, 8

TOWSON -- Jury selection started yesterday in the death-penalty trial of Jamal Kenneth Abeokuto, the Baltimore man accused of killing his girlfriend's 8-year-old daughter, Marciana Ringo.

Federal authorities arrested Abeokuto, 24, at an Alabama hotel Dec. 24, 2002, three weeks after Marciana disappeared. Her body was found nine days after her disappearance in a wooded area of Harford County.

Abeokuto's trial was moved from Harford to Baltimore County after he requested a change of venue. Jury selection is expected to last through the end of the week.

University to sponsor desegregation talk April 14

TOWSON -- Towson University will sponsor a discussion of the 1954 Supreme Court school-desegregation decision, Brown vs. Board of Education, at 4 p.m. April 14.

The free event will be held in the University Union's Potomac Lounge, 8000 York Road.

The panel will include Professor Mark Whitman; Moses Newson, a former Afro American editor; Georgia Moore, a retired administrator with Baltimore City schools; Consuella Wilder, a retired city history teacher; and Gloria Scott, one of Towson University's first African-American alumnae.

In Baltimore City

4 accused in Ecstasy case enter not-guilty pleas

Four men accused of running a lab producing the drug Ecstasy and operating a drug distribution ring in Fells Point homes pleaded not guilty yesterday to several felony drug charges at an arraignment in city Circuit Court.

Charged with manufacturing Ecstasy, possession with intent to distribute Valium and other related offenses are: Robert Keenan, 44, of the first block of Crystal Field Court; Steven Devito, 39, of the 600 block of S. Broadway; Gerard Galvez, 36, of the 900 block of Fell St.; and Ricky Bradley, 44, of the 1100 block of Baylis St. The charges stemmed from raids at houses on Fell and Baylis streets in January.

Boy found fatally shot identified as 16-year-old

A boy found fatally shot Sunday behind William H. Lemmel Middle School was named yesterday by city police as a 16-year-old whose home was less than a mile away in West Baltimore.

Police said Louis Daurell Jones of the 1800 block of Gertrude St. was found lying on a parking lot behind the school in the 2800 block of N. Dukeland St. about 3 p.m. by two brothers, one of whom was giving the other a driving lesson, police said.

It was not known whether Jones was shot there or if he was shot elsewhere and then left near the school. A motive for the killing was unknown. Anyone with information was asked to call Detective Jack McGrath at 410-396-2100.

City to close curb lanes on busy streets for repairs

The city Department of Transportation will close curb lanes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays on several busy streets for repairs.

The curb lane of westbound North Avenue from Fulton Avenue to Hilton Street will be closed to traffic for about eight weeks. Eastbound Edmondson Avenue lanes from Franklin to Bentalou streets will be closed for about six weeks. Eastbound Frederick Avenue lanes from Font Hill Avenue to Bentalou will close for about 10 weeks. And southbound Belair Road lanes from Stanwood to Brendan avenues will close for about eight weeks.

Fire officials release name of victim in west-side blaze

The name of one of two men killed when a fire raced through a two-story West Baltimore rowhouse on March 29 was released yesterday. A female resident survived the blaze.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Randy Freeman, 40, suffered cardiac arrest because of smoke inhalation in the late-night fire in the 1900 block of W. Pratt St., and was pronounced dead at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said department spokesman Kevin Cartwright.

The second male victim, who was burned, has not been positively identified. The woman, 53-year-old Katherine Howlett, who suffered smoke inhalation, was treated and released the day after the fire, a Shock Trauma spokeswoman said.

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