Regional Digest

REGIONAL DIGEST

September 04, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Maryland

Court of Appeals to hear challenge to touch screens

The Maryland Court of Appeals will hear a challenge to Maryland's new touch-screen voting system Sept. 14.

The court agreed yesterday to consider the appeal by a group of voters aiming to force state elections officials to upgrade security for 16,000 new voting machines and allow voters to opt for paper ballots for the Nov. 2 election.

The group is appealing a decision this week by Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Joseph P. Manck, who ruled that state officials had taken adequate measures to preserve the integrity of the election. He also wrote that adding a paper backup to the electronic system would impose an "exorbitant" cost and cause confusion at polling places.

In Baltimore City

20-year-old victim of shooting identified

Police identified Korey Morris yesterday as the victim of a fatal shooting Thursday night in the 3800 block of Callaway Ave. in Northwest Baltimore.

A gunman shot the 20-year-old, chased him for about a block and continued to shoot him until he fell in a grass median, said Detective Albert Marcus. The victim lived in the 4000 block of Hilton Road.

There had not been any arrests yesterday in his killing, but a man who witnessed it is helping detectives, Marcus said. He urged anyone with information to call him at 410-396-2100.

Boxing Center presents night of amateur bouts

The Upton Boxing Center will sponsor a full card of amateur bouts today at 7 p.m. at its gym, 1901 Pennsylvania Ave.

The event - the center's second full card since it opened this year - is sanctioned by USA Boxing and is scheduled to include 20 bouts from the Junior Olympic, Novice and Open classifications.

The Upton Boxing Center, which offers boxing and other programs for youths and adults, is managed by the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks. Tickets for tonight are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Information: 443-984-2588.

Woman sentenced for shaking toddler

A West Baltimore woman was sentenced yesterday to 14 years in prison - with all but five years suspended - for child abuse for shaking and nearly killing a 21-month-old girl in her care more than a year ago.

Circuit Judge John P. Miller also sentenced Bernice Gilmore, 25, of the 2500 block of Boyd St., to five years of probation, during which she will be barred from having unsupervised contact with children younger than 15. Gilmore, who pleaded guilty in June, also was directed to undergo mental-health and anger-management counseling upon her release, according to the city state's attorney's office.

Gilmore was accused of shaking Keonna Emmons on April 4 last year, resulting in the child's being hospitalized in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Doctors told detectives that Keonna's injuries, which included severe head injuries and cigarette burns, were consistent with abuse and not from a fall down stairs, as Gilmore had claimed.

Crime lab analyst charged with stealing from store

A city police crime laboratory analyst has been charged with theft after a Baltimore County Wal-Mart employee accused him of stealing a video camera battery, according to court documents.

Mark E. Takacs, 38, was summoned this week to appear for a Jan. 18 trial. In court documents, an employee of the Hunt Valley store wrote that on Aug. 20, Takacs removed a Sony camcorder battery from its package, stuffed it in his front pocket, paid for his other items and tried to leave the store without paying for the battery. The battery cost $57.

Takacs, who was hired in 1990, has been suspended from cases but continues to work, police officials said. He did not return a phone call yesterday seeking comment.

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