City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

December 08, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Ex-school bus driver indicted on charges of abusing a child

A former bus driver for the Baltimore County public school system has been indicted on more than 100 counts of sexual child abuse and related offenses. Darryl McKenzie Purefoy, 34, was charged in the 156-count indictment handed up Monday by a Baltimore grand jury.

Purefoy, who is being held in the Baltimore County Detention Center, was also indicted on 13 similar counts by a Baltimore County grand jury Nov. 1. All of the charges in the city indictment stem from alleged sexual contact with one female victim between 1995 and 2000, when she was between 7 and 12 years old, according to court documents.

FOR THE RECORD - The headline for an item in yesterday's City/County Digest in some editions of The Sun stated the incorrect date for an International Holiday Fest at the Baltimore City Community College. The festival will be held today from noon to 6 p.m. The Sun regrets the error.

Purefoy, of Randallstown, was a bus driver for the county school system between August 2000 and October of this year, according to a spokesman. Purefoy's attorney said he does not have previous charges and does not face similar allegations in the city or county from anyone else.

Suspect in 1974 killing is returned to Baltimore

After 30 years on the run, Michael Hughes is back in Baltimore, being held in the Baltimore City Detention Center in connection with the 1974 fatal shooting of a civilian police employee.

Hughes, 57, appeared before U.S. District Judge Norman E. Johnson Jr. yesterday via a video feed from the city jail. He was ordered held without bail as Assistant State's Attorney Randi Lifson argued that he posed a flight risk because he fled the state after the 1974 killing and used aliases. Hughes faces a first-degree murder charge in the shooting of McKinley Johnson, 40, on Christmas Eve in 1974. Johnson had been preparing charity baskets when someone stole a can of meat. He chased the man outside, and after a confrontation the man pulled a gun and shot him, according to police.

Johnson picked Hughes out of a photo lineup hours before he died, but Hughes had already fled.

In September, Hughes' life on the run ended after he was arrested in Boston in the slashing of a 23-year-old bus passenger with a knife, possibly because the victim was gay, according to prosecutors.

International festival set for today at BCCC

Baltimore City Community College's Institute for Intercultural Understanding will hold an International Holiday Fest from noon to 6 p.m. tomorrow.

The event will including holiday activities from around the world, including ornament making taught by the Baltimore Museum of Art, sessions by Baltimore Clayworks and workshops by the Baltimore Jewish Museum. Live entertainment will include a Chinese lion dance troupe from the Johns Hopkins University at noon; the Coppin State University Gospel Choir at 1 p.m.; and Sankofa Dance Theater at 5 p.m.

The festival will be held at the physical education building of the college's Liberty Heights Campus, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave.

2 City Council members to discuss senior health

City Council members Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. and Rochelle "Rikki" Spector will meet with seniors to discuss health issues from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Waxter Center for Senior Citizens, 1000 Cathedral St.

In particular, the meeting will cover a proposed state program to have seniors receive more care outside nursing homes.

The Maryland Alliance for Senior Health is a co-sponsor of the session.

In Baltimore County

Vigil tonight for victims of drunken drivers

OWINGS MILLS - The Baltimore County Health Department's Bureau of Substance Abuse will hold a candlelight vigil in honor of victims of drunken-driving accidents from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Baltimore County DWI/long-term residential facility on the Rosewood Center campus, 10225 Jensen Lane, Owings Mills.

The Candlelight Vigil of Hope and Remembrance also is meant to encourage motorists to drive safely and substance-free. A woman who was seriously injured by a drunken driver will be the evening's guest speaker, and a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions will read a poem about a young victim of drunken driving.

The event is free and open to the public. Information: 410-887-3828.

Author, magician to speak today at Pikesville library

PIKESVILLE - Local author and magician Peter G. Engleman will be discussing his recently published novella, Magic, Malice and Murder, at 1 p.m. today at the Pikesville library, 1301 Reisterstown Road. After his talk, Engleman will perform magic.

The program is free; reservations are not required.

Information: 410-887-1234.

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