City/county Digest


September 14, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Police investigate fatal shootings of 2 in separate incidents

An unidentified man was shot in the head last night after an argument in West Baltimore and died a short time later at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, city police said.

About 10 p.m., the victim was seen arguing with at least one other man in the 2800 block of W. North Ave. amid a gathering crowd when a shot was fired - hitting the victim in the back of the head, police said.

Earlier in the day, another unidentified man died at Johns Hopkins Hospital about five hours after being shot outside an East Baltimore liquor store.

Police said two men approached the victim about 10:25 p.m. Sunday as he left Robbie's Nest Bar in the 1900 block of N. Patterson Park Ave. and was about to get into a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu. The attackers fought with the man, chased him onto the sidewalk near East North Avenue and one of them shot him several times.

Police urged anyone with information about the slayings to call homicide detectives at 410- 396-2100.

Baltimore man sentenced for credit card fraud

A Baltimore man who used other people's credit card numbers to purchase $200,000 worth of merchandise, which he later pawned or sold on the Internet, was sentenced to 71 months in prison and three years' probation in federal court in Baltimore yesterday.

Charles Allen Mitchell, 39, obtained credit card numbers from contacts at various retail businesses and then used the cards to buy office furniture, tools and outdoor machinery from stores in Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and South Carolina.

The items were shipped to houses in the city, where accomplices of Mitchell would accept the deliveries. The merchandise then was sold at pawnshops or on eBay, an Internet auction site.

Mitchell, who has prior convictions for fraud, received the maximum sentence under federal guidelines. The case was investigated by the Secret Service and the Baltimore Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Martin Clarke.

O'Malley holds fund-raiser in Canton for incumbents

At least 400 people attended a political fund-raiser in Canton last night hosted by Mayor Martin O'Malley to benefit state Democratic candidates running for re-election this year.

The three-hour event at the Bay Cafe on Boston Street featured the mayor's band, O'Malley's March.

Colleen Martin-Lauer, who is O'Malley's chief fund-raiser, said most in attendance paid $75 for tickets, putting the event's tally at more than $60,000 for the state Democratic Party.

In Baltimore County

Hearing to begin on plan for Loyola retreat center

TOWSON - Community activists who oppose Loyola College in Maryland's proposal to build a spiritual retreat center on 53 acres of forest and farmland in northern Baltimore County are scheduled appear today before the county Board of Appeals for the first of four scheduled days of testimony.

The zoning commissioner ruled in June that the college could proceed with plans to build a 16,000-square-foot center at York and Stablersville roads, despite the objection of neighbors who worry the facility will ruin the rural character of their community.

The hearing is expected to begin at 10 a.m. today in Room 48 of the county's old courthouse building in Towson. The hearing is scheduled to continue tomorrow, Sept. 28 and Sept. 29.

Sessions on hearing loss to be offered by county

ESSEX - The Baltimore County Department of Aging will begin a series of presentations by Neil Bauman, a hearing-loss specialist, at senior centers starting tomorrow.

The first presentation, a discussion of drugs that can damage the ear, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Essex Senior Center, 600 Dorsey Ave. The presentation will be repeated at 10 a.m. Oct. 5 at Seven Oaks Senior Center, 9210 Seven Courts; and at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 at Jacksonville Senior Center, 3101 Paper Mill Road. The second presentation, "When Hearing Aids Are Not Enough," will be offered at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Victory Villa Senior Center, 403 Compass Road, Middle River. That presentation will be repeated at 10 a.m. Oct. 19 at Parkville Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road.

Information: 410-887-2040.

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