City/county Digest


October 15, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Felon sentenced to 15 years in prison for possessing firearm

A Baltimore man was sentenced to 15 years in prison yesterday for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis also sentenced Mark Felder, 37, to two years of supervised release after his prison term.

In May, Felder admitted to being involved in an incident Jan. 4 last year in which two Baltimore police officers saw Felder with a group of people in the 800 block of Abbott Court. When the officers approached him, Felder fled and tried to throw away a loaded .45-caliber semiautomatic weapon, according to federal prosecutors.

40-year-old man identified as shooting victim

Authorities identified James Sylvester Wise Jr. yesterday as the victim of a fatal shooting Wednesday afternoon in the Eastern District.

Wise, 40, of no fixed address was shot several times while walking, police said.

Wise was sentenced in 2002 to 14 years in prison for a felony drug charge, police said. All but five months of the sentence was suspended.

Police had not made any arrests yesterday in the killing. They urged anyone with information to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

In Baltimore County

Catonsville High newspaper wins Best News Story honor

CATONSVILLE -- Towson University's high school journalism writing contest has presented Catonsville High School's newspaper, The Comet, with the Best News Story award.

The article, "Finals change raises scheduling issues," was written by 2004 graduate Shannon Brushe and appeared in the January issue. The article was selected from hundreds of entries submitted by Maryland public and private high schools, organizers of the contest said in a statement.

Members of The Comet staff will receive the award during a ceremony at the annual Towson University High School Journalism Day on Oct. 22. Newspaper adviser Melanie Coates and five student staff members will also participate in a "Best Practices" workshop at the university to discuss how they develop content for the newspaper.

Czech and Slovak group to hold festival Sunday

PARKVILLE -- The Czech and Slovak Heritage Association of Maryland will present its 18th annual festival from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore 45 Association Inc. Hall, 2501 Putty Hill Ave.

The festival will offer food, music, dancing, exhibits and crafts. Admission is $5.

Organist to perform free pops concert

CATONSVILLE -- The Free State Theatre Organ Society will present organist Bob Gulledge at 3 p.m. Sunday in Rice Auditorium at Spring Grove Hospital Center.

Gulledge is a house organist at the Byrd Theatre in Richmond, Va. He will play a free pops concert on a restored theater pipe organ.

Information: 410-592-9322.

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