City/county Digest


October 05, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

2 ex-DSS workers get home detention in overtime scheme

Two former employees of the city Department of Social Services were given six months of home detention yesterday for stealing $115,000 through unearned overtime, and were ordered to pay back the money during five-year terms of supervised probation.

R. Paula Mitchell, 50, and Helene Pendleton, 45, pleaded guilty Aug. 5 to felony theft charges in city Circuit Court. They stole the money during a three-year period that ended in December 2002 - forging the signature of a supervisor to have the fraudulent overtime approved.

Among the false claims, they received overtime for Sept. 11, 2001, even though their building was closed because of the terror attacks in New York and Washington, according to the attorney general's office, which prosecuted the case.

Judge Paul Smith sentenced each woman to five years in prison, suspending all but the period of home detention. Mitchell will have to repay $65,000, and Pendleton $50,000.

West-side man charged in death of 2-year-old girl

Police have charged a West Baltimore man with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter, according to court documents.

Donald Washington, 20, of the 1900 block of W. Franklin St. was charged Sept. 25 in the death two days earlier of Andrea Carroll-Butler, the documents state.

The determination that the toddler's death was a homicide and the arrest of Washington had not been announced by police. In the documents, police stated that Washington admitted to punching the girl several times with his fist. He is being held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center.

Bill to raise vacant-lot fee sent back to committee

A bill that would have increased Baltimore's annual fee on vacant lots from $10 to $25 was sent back to a City Council committee last night after the council passed an amendment that would have required churches and other nonprofit organizations to pay it.

Until now, nonprofit groups have been exempt from the fee.

The council passed an amendment to extend the fee to nonprofit groups, with supporters saying those organizations should have to share the tax burden carried by other property owners. But it also decided to send the measure back to the Taxation Committee, in part because members opposed to taxing nonprofit organizations said those groups should have been given more notice of the bill.

GOP group sets meeting with mayoral candidate

The Independent Republican Coalition is scheduled to host an event tonight to introduce Baltimore GOP members - a rarity in a city that is mostly Democratic - to their candidate for mayor, Elbert "Ray" Henderson.

The group is scheduled to hold the session with Henderson at 7 p.m. at the Hampden Republican Club, 3535 Chestnut Ave.

Henderson is one of three candidates who are challenging Mayor Martin O'Malley in November's general election. The others are two write-in candidates: independent Frank M. Conaway, who is Circuit Court clerk, and Democrat Charles U. Smith, a retired Bethlehem Steel worker.

In Baltimore County

Villa Julie appoints nine faculty members

STEVENSON - Villa Julie College has appointed nine full-time faculty members.

In the nursing program, Debra L. Goulden has been named an associate professor, and Marie DiPasquale has been named as an instructor. Deric Greene has been named assistant professor of communication arts. Karen Hatwell joins the chemistry department as an assistant professor. Carolyn Hess Johnson is an assistant professor with the legal studies faculty.

Robert Pernick joined the business administration faculty as an assistant professor. Milagros Ponce de Leon will teach film, video and theater as an assistant professor. Barbara Vlaisavljevic joined the faculty as a professor of accounting. Dorothy Whitehead has been named an assistant professor of family and community services.

Franklin Square to mark opening of cancer center

WHITE MARSH - A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. tomorrow will mark the opening of the $14 million Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute at Franklin Square Hospital Center.

The 64,000-square-foot building will feature an expanded outpatient chemotherapy center and a healing garden. The institute will house three oncology centers: the Maryland Melanoma Center, Gynecologic Oncology Center and Comprehensive Breast Services.

Hospital officials said that bringing cancer services under one roof will result in improved collaboration and convenience for medical staff and patients.

Chamber of commerce inducts 2 into Hall of Fame

TOWSON - The Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce will induct Terry F. Neimeyer and Charles C. Fenwick Jr. into its Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. today at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road.

Neimeyer is chairman, president and CEO of KCI Technologies; and Fenwick is president and chief executive officer of Valley Motors Inc. Both "have been very active within Baltimore County both professionally and personally," said Gregory F. Schaffer, president of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and chairman of the Baltimore County Chamber.

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