City/county Digest


October 20, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Two teenagers sentenced for Jan. murder of man, 52

Two Baltimore 16-year-olds were sentenced to 15-year prison sentences this week for their roles in the murder of a 52-year-old man during an attempted robbery, the city state's attorney's office announced yesterday.

Cory Barnes of the 2600 block of Quantico Ave. and Christopher Wallace of the 4900 block of Litchfield Ave. pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and were sentenced Monday in the stabbing death of Joseph Harvey Jr. He was attacked on Jan. 2 in the 5200 block of Park Heights Ave.

When the teenagers, along with two other youths, tried to rob Harvey, he told them he had no money. The teens beat him, and he was stabbed in the leg by Barnes. Harvey bled to death. The case of a third defendant, Bryant Giles, 15, of the 3300 block of W. Belvedere Ave., was postponed.

City awarded $1.5 million to fight youth drug abuse

Baltimore has been awarded a $1.5 million federal grant to help fight substance abuse among youth, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced this week.

The grant, which is administered through the agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is being given to the Baltimore City Health Department for school-based drug programs.

The city will receive $500,000 a year for three years. The agency awarded a total of $35 million in grants across the country.

Forum for Jewish voters scheduled tomorrow

The Baltimore section of the National Council of Jewish Women will sponsor a nonpartisan election forum tomorrow called "Why Jews Should Vote Democratic, Why Jews Should Vote Republican."

The forum, set to run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., will feature David Harris, deputy executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Coalition, and Mark Luterman, Maryland representative of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

It will be held at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave.

In Baltimore County

Woman ordered to repay school $10,000 for thefts

TOWSON - A former secretary at a Baltimore County elementary school was placed on three years' probation and was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution yesterday for stealing from the school.

Sharon Haines Shapiro, 57, a former secretary at Fort Garrison Elementary School in Pikesville, will repay the money to the Baltimore County school system, under an agreement between her lawyer and a prosecutor presented yesterday to Baltimore County Circuit Judge Robert N. Dugan. Shapiro, of Lutherville, was charged last year with six counts of theft from Fort Garrison. She pleaded guilty in January to one count of theft over $300, her lawyer said.

A county school system auditor called police in October 2002 after finding several suspicious purchases on Fort Garrison's credit card statements, including shoes worth $176 and a massager worth $221, according to a police report.

Cycle crash victim identified as Owings Mills man, 21

RANDALLSTOWN - The man killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday in the Old Court Village area has been identified as Montrae Devon Hunter, 21, of the 300 block of Belltown Road in Owings Mills, police said yesterday.

Hunter was riding a 1999 Yamaha motorcycle on Rolling Road when a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta made a left turn from Kings Court Road onto Rolling Road, and the vehicles collided, police said. The Jetta was driven by Nickeisha Terry-Ann Henry, 23, of the 7900 block of Valley Manor Road in Garrison, who was not seriously injured, police said.

No charges have been filed, and the case will be forwarded to the Baltimore County state's attorney's office, police said.

Foreign journalists to talk about presidential race

TOWSON - Eight foreign journalists who are covering the U.S. presidential election will participate in a panel discussion, "In Other Words: International Views of the U.S. Presidential Election," starting at 7:30 p.m. today at Goucher College's Haebler Memorial Chapel.

The panelists include Hiro Aida, Washington bureau chief for Kyodo News, and Etgar Lefkovits of the Jerusalem Post. Information: 410-337-6333.

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