City/County Digest


October 14, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

State officials investigate death of city inmate

The state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is investigating the death this week of a pretrial inmate at Central Booking and Intake Center.

Carroll Fowlkes, 37, who had been arrested on drug possession charges, was found Monday morning in his cell, said spokeswoman Barbara Cooper of the Division of Pretrial Detention and Services. He had committed suicide by hanging himself with a sheet from a rail on his bunk bed, Cooper said.

Fowlkes was alone in his cell, Cooper said. After being found, he was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center.

Man, 21, gets life term in killing of witness

A 21-year-old man was given a consecutive sentence of life plus 20 years in city Circuit Court yesterday after being convicted in August on murder, kidnapping and conspiracy charges in the killing of a teenage witness to a Baltimore County murder, the city state's attorney's office announced.

Police have said that they think the defendant, Christopher Mann, was the gunman in the killing of 17-year-old Rickey Prince, whose body was found in April last year in a ravine behind a Curtis Bay strip club. A week before he was killed, Prince was identified as a witness by prosecutors in open court in Baltimore County.

Mann was sentenced by Judge Paul E. Alpert, who imposed a similar sentence last month on another man charged in the killing of Prince. Tayvon Whetstone, 20, was charged with a handgun violation, kidnapping and murder.

Human trafficking subject of Notre Dame conference

The College of Notre Dame of Maryland will present a conference on human trafficking from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at its North Charles Street campus.

The conference on "The Invisible Trade: Human Trafficking" will feature Peter Landesman, an investigative journalist who wrote about it in the cover story "The Girls Next Door" in the Jan. 25 edition of The New York Times Magazine. Photojournalist Kimberlee Acquaro, who worked with Landesman, will also speak.

Conference organizers hope to show participants how to recognize signs of human trafficking -- such as people brought to the United States by force or lured with false promises, then blocked from leaving work performed under harsh and unjust conditions -- and what to do about it.

Registration is $10 and includes lunch. Information: 410-377-2071 or e-mail

In Baltimore County

Museum talk Saturday to focus on fire of 1904

LUTHERVILLE -- The Fire Museum of Maryland will present "Help Arrives," a lecture about the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904, at 10 a.m. Saturday at the museum, 1301 York Road.

The lecture will emphasize the impact of the more than 700 firefighters who arrived in the city from as far away as New York to help fight the fire. Peter B. Petersen, author of The Great Baltimore Fire, will speak. Tickets are $10 and will include free admission to the museum that day.

Information: 410-321-7500.

Stella Maris Auxiliary plans craft sale tomorrow

TIMONIUM -- Stella Maris Auxiliary will hold a fall craft sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Stella Maris, a long-term-care center at 2300 Dulaney Valley Road in Timonium.

Fall decor, Christmas ornaments and gifts, scarves, hats, gift boxes, baby items and pillows will be among the crafts for sale. All proceeds will benefit the residents of Stella Maris.

Information: 410-252-4500, ext. 7254.

Police to hold open house in Essex on Saturday

ESSEX -- The Baltimore County Police Department will hold a community open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Essex Precinct, 216 N. Marlyn Ave.

Area residents are invited to participate in station tours, demonstrations, crime prevention presentations and visits from McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparky the Fire Dog. The department's tactical and police dog units and the Essex Bicycle Team also will give demonstrations. The Middle River Fire Department will showcase its Jaws of Life rescue apparatus.

Information: Essex Community Outreach office, 410-887-0232.

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