City/County Digest


October 01, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Woman, 23, pleads guilty in fatal beating of 20-month-old son

A 23-year-old woman pleaded guilty this week in the fatal beating of her 20-month-old son, Messiah Kahil Wright.

Camille Marie Bivins of the 5900 block of Daywalt Ave. pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of child abuse resulting in death. Her son was found unconscious Oct. 10, 2002, in the East Baltimore apartment she shared with her boyfriend.

Bivins faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. Her boyfriend, Timothy Horne, is also charged in the baby's death and is scheduled for trial next month.

City man, 31, pleads guilty in false federal tax filings

A Baltimore man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court yesterday to submitting false federal tax returns, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Kirk Reynolds, 31, admitted that he tried to claim tax refunds in excess of $100,000 for tax years 2000, 2001 and 2002. He received more than $46,000 from the IRS for the first two years but was caught in the third year, according to a statement of facts presented in court yesterday.

As part of a plea agreement, Reynolds was sentenced to 12 months of home detention and five years of probation. He also must make restitution to the IRS for the $46,000, according to an agency spokeswoman.

Multinational squadron of ships to arrive in city

The Standing Naval Force Atlantic -- a multinational squadron of ships -- is set to arrive in Baltimore today for the start of a five-day stay.

The squadron includes ships from the navies of the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, Spain and the United States. It normally includes up to 10 ships, working with NATO and member countries on maritime exercises.

The flagship -- the HNLMS Jacob Van Heemskerck of the Netherlands -- is to dock in the Inner Harbor. Other ships will be based in Fells Point and Locust Point.

Fells Point Festival to cause street closures

Street closures are to begin today in preparation for this weekend's 38th annual Fells Point Festival, according to city transportation officials.

The 400 and 500 blocks of Broadway are to closefrom 5 p.m. today to 10 p.m. Sunday.

All streets south of Aliceanna Street from Wolfe Street to Caroline Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday.

In Baltimore County

Cleaner gets probation in illegal discharge

REISTERSTOWN -- A 38-year-old Reisterstown carpet cleaner has been placed on probation for 18 months for discharging 50 gallons of wastewater that flowed into a storm drain leading to a tributary of the Jones Falls, according to the state attorney general's office.

Ronald Lee Curland of the 300 block of Cherry Chapel Road received probation before judgment Tuesday in Baltimore County Circuit Court for a charge of discharging a pollutant into state waters. The sentence, which also includes 50 hours of community service and a $2,500 fine, will keep a conviction off his criminal record if he successfully completes probation.

On Dec. 17, an investigator with the attorney general's environmental crimes unit saw Curland, who owns Stain Lifters Carpet Care Inc., empty carpet-cleaning wastewater from a company van holding tank onto a driveway of a residence in the 3300 block of Lightfoot Drive in Pikesville, according to the attorney general's office. The wastewater, which contained dirt and detergents and had an elevated pH level, flowed into a storm drain that empties into a nearby tributary of the Moores branch of the Jones Falls, the attorney general's office said.

Red Cross plans gala today as disaster relief benefit

HUNT VALLEY -- The Central Maryland Red Cross will hold a Red Tie Gala at 7 p.m. today at the Grand Masonic Lodge, 304 International Circle, to honor Red Cross benefactor Alfred R. Himmelrich Jr. for lifetime contributions.

Proceeds from the gala benefit the American Red Cross Central Maryland Disaster Relief Fund. WBAL-TV 11 news anchor Deborah Weiner will be master of ceremonies, and lawyer E. Francine Stokes, who is active in the Maryland Red Cross chapter, will be keynote speaker.

Tickets are $175, and reservations may be made by calling 410-624-2035.

Pickersgill planning annual fair, flea market

TOWSON -- The Pickersgill Retirement Community will hold its annual County Fair and Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow on the front lawn of Pickersgill, 615 Chestnut Ave.

The fair will feature the Satyr Hill Band playing bluegrass music. The rest of the day will showcase a petting zoo from the Wildtime Zoological Center, antique cars from the Antique Motor Club of Greater Baltimore, face painting, a barbershop quartet and a flea market.

Information: 410-842-0420.

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