City/county Digest


April 14, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

City to vote on plan to pay synagogue $150,000 for land

The city Board of Estimates is scheduled to vote this morning on a proposal to pay $150,000 to a synagogue in the Evergreen neighborhood of North Baltimore to buy 2 acres to create a public park.

The money would go to the Bolton Street Synagogue, which recently completed a move from 1131 Bolton St. to a renovated building on Cold Spring Lane just east of Wilmslow Road. As part of negotiations with the Evergreen Neighborhood Association, the synagogue agreed to sell to the city parks department the adjacent 2-acre meadow on Alpine Road.

Neighbors have long used the meadow, although it is not public land. The city agreed to turn it into a park if the Evergreen Neighborhood Association promised to maintain it, and both the association and the synagogue agreed, according to city records.

School system police chief resigns after 2 years on job

Baltimore's school system police chief, Jansen M. Robinson, resigned for personal reasons yesterday, according to school officials.

Robinson, who had been police chief for two years, could not be reached for comment. Officially, he will be on a leave of absence until June.

School officials would not elaborate on the reasons for his departure.

Woman pleads guilty to filing false returns

A Laurel woman who tried to collect more than $500,00 in refunds by filing fraudulent income tax forms pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to false claim and bank fraud charges.

Mari Ayn Sailer, 27, admitted as part of her guilty plea that she had created six false tax returns in April 2002 to try to claim the refund money. She used the names of four individuals who were deceased as part of the scheme, according to court records filed by federal prosecutors.

Agents with the FBI and Internal Revenue Service began investigating after Sailer obtained a $42,613 refund-anticipation loan and attempted to have her boyfriend deposit the check into his bank account. She is scheduled to be sentenced June 25 by Judge J. Frederick Motz.

In Baltimore County

Legislature fails to act on Rosewood closure bill

OWINGS MILLS -- The General Assembly adjourned for the year without taking action on a bill that would have closed the Rosewood Center, an Owings Mills institution for the developmentally disabled.

The bill would have moved about 160 longtime Rosewood residents into small group homes in community settings. Many disability rights advocates say institutions unnecessarily segregate the disabled from society, but relatives of residents fear their loved ones would not survive elsewhere.

The Assembly passed a bill supported by residents' families that would offer respite care to the disabled at Rosewood and three other institutions, as well as in community settings. Respite care is provided when families need a break from caring for the disabled at home. Kristen Cox, director of the Governor's Office for Individuals With Disabilities, said the governor has not decided whether to sign the bill.

Area students to compete in problem-solving tourney

TOWSON -- More than 1,400 elementary, middle and high school students are expected to compete on Saturday in Destination ImagiNation's state tournament at Towson University.

Destination ImagiNation is a nonprofit program that aims to teach students problem-solving techniques, such as brainstorming and teamwork.

The competition will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Towson Center. Winners will compete in the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn.

Information: 410-704-3780.

Sale of compost bins set Saturday at three sites

TOWSON -- In commemoration of Earth Month, Baltimore County will sponsor a compost bin sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The sale will take place at three locations: Carver Center for Arts and Technology (938 York Road in Towson); the IKEA store (8352 Honeygo Blvd. in White Marsh); and Security Square Mall (6901 Security Blvd. in Woodlawn).

The compost bins will cost $26.90 plus tax. The sale will be held rain or shine.

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