Regional Digest


December 11, 2004|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

31-year-old woman fatally injured when hit by Verizon utility truck

RANDALLSTOWN - A 31-year-old woman was killed yesterday morning after she was hit by a Verizon utility truck as she walked along Old Court Road, Baltimore County police said.

Police did not identify the victim because her family had not been notified, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a police spokesman. The woman had been walking west on Old Court Road about 8:15 a.m. when she was hit by the truck as it pulled out of a driveway, said Vinson.

The Verizon employee was not charged, Vinson said. The accident remains under investigation.

In Baltimore City

15-year-old Baltimore boy sentenced for role in fatal stabbing in January

A Northwest Baltimore youth was sentenced yesterday to four years in prison for his role in the attempted robbery and killing of a 52-year-old man who was attacked while walking on Park Heights Avenue.

Bryant Giles, 15, of the 3300 block of W. Belvedere Ave. pleaded guilty yesterday to attempted robbery with a deadly weapon and first-degree assault. Baltimore Circuit Judge John C. Themelis sentenced him to 12 years and suspended all but four years.

In October, two other defendants pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and attempted robbery with a deadly weapon in the fatal stabbing of Joseph Harvey Jr. in the 5200 block of Park Heights Ave. Both are serving 25-year prison sentences for the January attack.

State says Baltimore nursing home still giving patients substandard care

A Baltimore nursing home cited in September for giving substandard care is continuing to do so and will be barred from billing Medicare and Medicaid for new patients beginning Dec. 23, state officials said.

Long Green Center, 115 E. Melrose Ave., can continue to bill both programs for existing patients, but it faces the possibility of being kicked out of the programs entirely if violations aren't corrected by May 23, the state Office of Health Care Quality said in a Wednesday letter to the nursing home.

Long Green was cited in September for failing to properly treat residents' pain, failing to alert a physician to a patient's weakening vital signs and for other deficiencies. State inspectors said they found repeat violations, including a failure to administer pain medication as ordered, in a follow-up inspection Nov. 22 and 23. Long Green administrator Penny Pressman could not be reached for comment.

In Maryland

Additional $2.7 million in funding allocated for loans for Isabel victims

Maryland will get $2.7 million more in federal funds to help victims of Tropical Storm Isabel rebuild their homes, state housing officials said yesterday.

The money will be added to the $7.5 million the state has appropriated for loans for Isabel victims. The state has given out nearly $9.3 million through that program, said John Greiner, a state housing policy officer.

From staff reports

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