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August 20, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Housing authority to decide soon about cutting police force

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City will decide within 30 days whether to disband its 70-member police force, an agency spokesman said yesterday.

By the middle of next month, the agency will release a plan that will include its strategy for protecting its residents -- with or without a police force of its own, said housing spokesman David Tillman. Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark met Wednesday with housing officers to discuss how Baltimore police would protect the 13,000 public housing units without a housing police department.

The 1,300-employee housing authority has laid off 75 employees and eliminated 84 vacant positions in recent weeks as it attempts to plug an $11 million budget gap, a deficit Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano attributes to a cut in federal funding. More cuts are coming, he has said.

Beating victim, 51, dies six weeks after attack

City homicide detectives continue to investigate the events surrounding the beating in July of a man who died from his injuries at a Baltimore hospital Wednesday morning. No arrest has been made in the case, police said.

On July 8, Lance Carter, 51, whose address was not available, was admitted to Union Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries that police said were the result of an assault.

Police said Carter was beaten during an argument over a syringe but was unable to identify his attacker or the location of the assault.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Ron Berger at 410-396-2100.

Immunization fair set tomorrow at school

The city Health Department and public schools will hold a Back to School Immunization Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Western High School, 4600 Falls Road.

Immunizations are free, and the first 200 children to be immunized will receive backpacks donated by Office Depot. Parents or guardians are required to accompany all children and bring their immunization records.

Information on immunization requirements and routine clinic locations: Bureau of Child Health and Immunization, 410-396-4454, or visit www.birp.net.

Phony accountant pleads guilty to false tax returns

A Baltimore man pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to preparing false tax returns.

According to prosecutors, James E. Jones, 48, falsely represented that he was a certified public accountant and filed returns for clients in which he inflated or made up deductions to minimize tax liability or increase tax refunds. The total tax loss was $134,223, according to IRS investigators.

Jones is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 8.

Event at park to recognize summer youth workers

City officials will celebrate the achievements of summer youth workers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Parkie-Lakeside Pavilion in Druid Hill Park.

The celebration will feature rap artist Bossman, and include Department of Public Works Director George L. Winfield and representatives of the city's Health and Transportation departments and Employment Development Office. More than 200 youth workers from public works, health and transportation have been invited to attend.

About 2,900 city youths were employed this summer through the YouthWorks jobs program. Today's event is being held as a tribute to Andrew Sparrow, a DPW youth worker who died trying to rescue a drowning friend in 2000.

In Baltimore County

Ex-M&T branch manager pleads guilty to embezzling

PARKVILLE -- A 29-year-old Fallston woman pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to embezzling more than $200,000 from the bank where she worked as a branch manager.

According to court documents, Natalie Marie Pearson was fired in September from her job at the M&T Bank on Waltham Woods Road in Parkville after bank officials discovered that she had been drawing on a general ledger account used during the conversion from Allfirst Bank to M&T Bank.

She is scheduled to be sentenced in November.

Hairston to outline goals for schools this morning

TOWSON -- Joe A. Hairston, superintendent of Baltimore County public schools, will outline the system's goals for the school year at 8:30 a.m. today at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave.

About 700 principals, administrators and other supervisory personnel are expected to attend the meeting, said schools spokesman Charles Herndon in a statement. The meeting is titled "Seismic Thinking: Moving Forward with Confidence," Herndon said.

"The annual meeting provides for an informal and informational start to the upcoming school year and gives Dr. Hairston an opportunity to discuss expectations and plans for the system," Herndon said.

Attorney general to discuss drug pricing at center

COCKEYSVILLE -- Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. will speak about drug pricing, credit reports and scheme alerts at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Cockeysville Senior Center, 10535 York Road.

Information: Bonnie Riehl, 410-887-7694.

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