City/county Digest


April 15, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Police arrest man accused of stealing car from woman, 81

A man charged in a warrant with armed carjacking after being accused of taking a Toyota at knifepoint from an 81-year-old woman in Timonium was arrested last night after a fight with city police officers in a Northeast Baltimore bar.

Lee Anthony Warrington, 27, entered the Holiday House bar in the 6400 block of Harford Road through a rear door about 8:30 p.m. He was trying to sell a boxed videocassette recorder when he was recognized by customers - including an off-duty city police detective taking part in a pool tournament - who had seen a photograph of him shown earlier in the evening on television news, said Northeastern District Lt. Delmar Dickson.

Warrington was charged with assaulting at least two of the city officers who joined in arresting him. The 1991 Toyota Camry taken from the woman March 31 on a supermarket lot was found parked behind the bar, Dickson said.

City will pay $200,000 to man beaten at market

The city Board of Estimates approved a $200,000 payment yesterday to settle a lawsuit filed by a Salvadoran immigrant who claimed that he was beaten and zapped with a stun gun by sheriff's deputies at Lexington Market in September 2002 after being mistaken for a bank robber.

The money will go to Rolando Sanchez, a construction worker from El Salvador who said he was taking a lunch break at the market when he was attacked by five deputies and stunned by the electrical charge of the weapon.

Two deputies were fired and two others suspended after the incident. Sanchez filed a lawsuit against Lexington Market, for which the city assumes some legal responsibility, said City Solicitor Thurman W. Zollicoffer Jr.

Expected tax rush leads to changes near post office

Parking will be prohibited along East Fayette Street outside Baltimore's main post office, between Colvin and Front streets, from 5 p.m. to midnight today during the annual last-hours rush of taxpayers getting their income tax returns in the mail.

A nearby section of North High Street will be closed from 5 p.m. to midnight, and some local traffic will be redirected to accommodate the expected rush.

Typically, hundreds of procrastinators flock to the post office in the 900 block of E. Fayette each April 15 - and while most drop off their envelopes to postal workers on curbside duty, some complete returns or filing-extension request forms in the lobby in the final hours.

City OKs buying land to create public park

The city Board of Estimates approved yesterday the expenditure of $150,000 to buy a 2-acre plot from a synagogue in North Baltimore to create a public park.

The purchase will allow the preservation of a meadow and wooded area along Stony Run just east of Alpine and Wilmslow roads in the Evergreen neighborhood.

The land was owned by the Bolton Street Synagogue, which recently moved from Bolton Hill to a renovated building next to the meadow.

Today is last day to apply for school board

The state Board of Education will stop accepting applications for city school board member today.

After twice extending the application deadline for three school board positions opening in June, state officials have more than two dozen applicants, said state schools spokesman Bill Reinhard.

Reinhard said state board members will review the applications by their meeting May 25, and send a culled list of candidates to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Mayor Martin O'Malley, who will choose the three new city school board members.

$3,200 reward announced in deaths of three dogs

The city health commissioner announced a $3,200 reward yesterday for the arrest and conviction of whoever set fire to three pit bull dogs found dead last week inside a vacant East Baltimore rowhouse. Two of the dogs appeared to have been starved to death.

Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, the commissioner, said animal control officers were called to the 1600 block of E. Lanvale St. on April 8 and found smoldering dog carcasses.

The dogs had bite marks on their muzzles, indicating they had been used for fighting each other, Beilenson said.

In Baltimore County

Rosewood residents' lawyer sues over review board

OWINGS MILLS - A lawyer representing developmentally disabled residents of Rosewood Center has filed a lawsuit challenging the creation of a review board to evaluate which residents should be moved to a more restrictive setting.

Those residents have been accused of serious crimes. Forty of Rosewood's 205 residents are court-committed.

A Howard County judge ruled in November that those 40 residents are entitled to individual hearings before the state can move them to a more restrictive setting. The state then set up a new review board, which recommended the transfer of five residents to a maximum-security psychiatric hospital.

Nelson J. Sabatini, secretary of the state health department, vowed to move all of the court-committed residents to a more secure facility after a patient accused in a killing escaped in May. Through a spokesman, he declined to comment yesterday.

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