City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

July 23, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Men rob bank, lob package over counter; no explosives found

LUTHERVILLE -- After robbing a Lutherville bank yesterday morning, two men lobbed a package behind the counter and warned people, "You'd better get out of there," before fleeing with cash, county police said.

Employees and customers safely left the First Mariner bank at York and Ridgely roads, police said. The county police bomb squad determined that the package was not an explosive device.

A short time after the 9:15 a.m. robbery, police said, two men were arrested near Charles Street and Bellona Avenue. Police would not release their names last night, saying the investigation was continuing and charges had not been filed.

Man fatally shot outside Pikesville house

PIKESVILLE -- A 21-year-old man died last night, shortly after being gunned down on the street in front of his family's house in the Old Court Estates community in Pikesville, county police said.

The victim -- whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives -- was seen arguing with another man in the first block of Applegate Court when he was shot at least once in the chest about 8:45 p.m., police said. He died in surgery at Northwest Hospital Center.

No arrest had been made. Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call county police communications at 410-307-2020 or the Franklin Precinct at 410-887-6975.

Architect to update Essex on revitalization plan

ESSEX -- Steven Gaddis, a North Carolina architect and chairman of the Essex-Middle River Urban Design Assistance Team, will update residents on a community revitalization strategy at noon Wednesday at the Essex Library, 1110 Eastern Blvd.

Gaddis will tour the area for a second time, said Shawn Meyer, co-chairman of the local UDAT team. The visit is intended to draw more local voices into the process of reshaping the area.

In October, Meyer said, a UDAT team of architects, designers and engineers will spend a week in the area to develop ideas for improving the communities, using their proximity to the water.

In Baltimore City

City woman pleads guilty in March hit-and-run death

A Baltimore woman pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter yesterday in city Circuit Court in connection with the March hit-and-run death of a Westgate woman.

Valerie Brailford, 37, of the 4100 block of Mountwood Road in Edmondson Village was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but one year suspended. She was also given five years' probation by Judge Paul A. Smith.

Brailford was driving in the 4000 block of Edmondson Ave. at 11 p.m. March 15 when she hit Yvonne M. Stokes, 45, who died less than an hour later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Liquor board delays hearing on Hustler Club

The Baltimore liquor board postponed yesterday a hearing on alleged illegal touching at Larry Flynt's Hustler Club after strip club operator Jason Mohney could not make it to the hearing.

Mohney's 19-year-old brother Justin -- who police say was involved in one of three touching episodes Nov. 16 -- was present. But club attorney Peter Prevas said Jason Mohney's testimony was important to the defense, and he was unexpectedly detained in Prince George's County as a witness in an unrelated civil trial.

The liquor board's chairman, Mark S. Fosler, said the hearing would be rescheduled.

Man gets 45 months in use of stolen credit cards, mail

A Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to 45 months in federal prison for using stolen credit cards, mail and identities to purchase a Nissan Maxima, cellular telephones and other items.

Andre Elroy Williams, 30, pleaded guilty in June in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to possession of stolen mail and use of unauthorized credit cards.

Prosecutors say Williams stole letters from mailboxes, purchased and used numerous cell phones under a false account and used computers and scanner equipment to create false identities.

I-895 exit ramp to close for paving work tonight

The exit ramp from Interstate 895 to Childs Street is to be closed from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. tonight, according to state transportation officials.

The closure of Exit 9 is intended to allow the Maryland Transportation Authority to complete paving work on the ramp.

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