City/county Digest


February 01, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Circuit judge rejects request to dismiss Clark's lawsuit

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge denied a motion yesterday to dismiss former police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark's $120 million wrongful-termination lawsuit.

In a hearing yesterday afternoon, Judge Lynn K. Stewart ruled against Mayor Martin O'Malley and the city, whose lawyers contended that Clark's lawsuit should not go forward.

O'Malley fired Clark in November, saying that domestic-abuse allegations against the commissioner, while not proved, had undermined Clark's ability to lead the department. Clark quickly filed a lawsuit saying that his firing was illegal.

Mount Washington grocery is closed after inspection

Shoppers at the Mount Washington Whole Foods Market yesterday afternoon were greeted with a sign that said: "We apologize that the store is unexpectedly closed. We are hoping to open as soon as possible."

A spokeswoman for the Austin, Texas, chain of upscale natural and organic markets would say only that health inspectors had visited the store and that management expected to reopen today.

A spokeswoman for the Baltimore City Health Department could not immediately provide information late yesterday.

City's new sound studio scheduled to open today

The city's Department of Recreation and Parks will unveil its new sound studio, Be More Studios, at 3:30 p.m. today at James McHenry Recreation Center.

The 24-channel digital facility can be used to record music, commercials, jingles, shows and on-site conferences. The studio, at 911 Hollins St., will be open to children who maintain good academic standing in school. It also will be available for public rental.

R&B recording artist Paula Campbell, hip-hop artist Bossman and jazz group Fertile Ground will participate in the opening. A "Careers in Sound" workshop with radio personalities Marc Clarke, Troy Johnson and K-Swift from radio station 92Q will be featured.

In Baltimore County

Court upholds conviction in 2001 Catonsville killing

ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has upheld a Glen Burnie man's murder conviction in the 2001 death of a Catonsville woman.

In a 63-page opinion issued Friday, the court rejected Wesley A. Rollins' argument that his right to confront a witness was violated when one medical examiner was allowed to testify at trial about portions of an autopsy report prepared by another medical examiner.

During Rollins' trial in 2003 in Baltimore County Circuit Court, prosecution witnesses said that evidence showed that Rollins smothered 71-year-old Irene Ebberts during a burglary at her home, but defense experts testified that the woman died of natural causes. A jury found Rollins guilty of first-degree felony murder, second-degree murder, robbery and burglary, records show.

Baltimore County Circuit Judge John F. Fader II, saying he was not convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that Rollins had murdered the woman, later declined to sentence the man to death and instead ordered him to serve life in prison with no chance for parole.

County police seek robber of Wachovia bank branch

MILFORD MILL - A Wachovia bank branch was robbed yesterday by a man implying he had a bomb, Baltimore County police said.

The robber entered the bank at Milford Mill Road and Liberty Road about 2:30 p.m. and handed a teller the note demanding money and implying that he had a bomb, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman.

The robber fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

Forum on boundary lines for new school postponed

PIKESVILLE - A community forum scheduled for last night to discuss boundary lines for the new Woodholme Elementary School has been postponed until Monday.

The meeting was delayed because of a heating problem at Pikesville High School. The forum will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the high school, 7621 Labyrinth Road.

Woodholme, at 300 Mount Wilson Lane, Owings Mills, is scheduled to open in August.

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