City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

February 09, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

15-year-old boy charged with taking gun to high school

A 15-year-old student was arrested yesterday morning after he tried to enter Frederick Douglass High School while carrying a gun, school officials said.

The student, who was not identified, was stopped after a school police officer noticed a bulge in his coat pocket. He was arrested and taken to the juvenile detention center.

Staff at the West Baltimore school were surprised because the student was a "good kid," said schools spokeswoman Edie House.

Man sentenced to 4 years in '63 death of 3-year-old

A Baltimore man charged in the 1963 murder of a 3-year-old boy pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in a city court yesterday and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, all but four of them suspended, and two years' probation.

A public defender for Robert Lee Fox Sr., 65, said his sentence was reduced because Fox is "gravely ill." Fox was charged with first-degree and second-degree murder, as well as two counts of child abuse more than 40 years after Howard January was killed. Fox was then married to the baby sitter in whose house the boy died.

Howard's brother, Bruce January, testified that he saw Fox throw the boy against a wall. Fox told Bruce January, who was 7 years old at the time, to tell police his brother fell down the stairs. Haunted by memories of the death, Bruce Howard went to police last year.

Council panel to consider smoking-ban resolution

The City Council's Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee will hold a public hearing today at 5 p.m. on a resolution supporting state legislation to limit smoking.

The resolution backs a bill before the General Assembly that would ban smoking in indoor areas open to the public and indoor places of employment.

Lieutenant governor to visit elementary school today

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele will visit Furman L. Templeton Elementary School this morning as part of his tour for the Governor's Commission on Quality Education in Maryland.

Steele is chairman of the commission, which is focusing on four areas: teacher and principal accountability and growth; school-community links; best practices in education; and school readiness and early childhood programs.

In Baltimore County

Police investigate death of Milford Mill woman

MILFORD MILL - Police are investigating the death late Sunday of a woman in the Milford Mill area.

About 11 p.m. Sunday, county officers were called to an apartment in the first block of Brubar Court for a person in cardiac arrest. Police were met by family members who had found Tanya Marie Nieves, 30, unconscious. She was pronounced dead by paramedics a few minutes later.

The cause of Nieves' death has not been determined, but police said the circumstances are suspicious.

Areas receive state grants to preserve rural land

ANNAPOLIS -County areas received state Rural Legacy grants yesterday.

The county recipients are: Piney Run, Land Preservation Trust, $750,000; Long Green Valley, Long Green Valley Conservancy, $650,000; Gunpowder, Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, $375,000; Manor (shared with Harford County), the Manor Conservancy, $100,000.

The Rural Legacy Program awards local governments and private land trusts with grant money to conserve land in these areas.

Baraka to speak today at Community College

ESSEX - Poet and playwright Amiri Baraka will headline Black History Month activities at the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County at 12:20 p.m. today in the B Building Theater.

Baraka will discuss "Afro-American Self-Determination."

The program is free and open to the public. Information: 410-780-6572.

Company to present check for tsunami relief today

CATONSVILLE - Erickson Retirement Communities will present a $165,000 check for tsunami relief to the Central Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross at 11 a.m. today at the company's corporate offices, 701 Maiden Choice Lane.

The money was raised during a drive conducted last month.

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