City/county Digest


February 11, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Judge finds man criminally liable in beating, fire death

A 20-year-old Northwest Baltimore man who was convicted of beating and setting fire to a man who had apparently wandered into the wrong back yard was held criminally responsible yesterday for his crime.

The ruling means that Dwayne Gibson will not be confined to a state psychiatric facility and instead will serve his sentence in a state prison. Circuit Judge Wanda K. Heard rejected Gibson's claim that psychological ailments made him incapable of understanding what he had done. She will sentence him May 13.

Monday, a jury convicted Gibson of first-degree murder for killing Wayne Rideout, 43, in a back yard on Grantley Avenue. A prosecutor said Gibson used a crowbar to attack Rideout and then doused him in gasoline and set him ablaze.

JFX lanes to be closed temporarily next week

Temporary lane closings are planned on the northbound and southbound Jones Falls Expressway starting Sunday, city transportation officials announced yesterday.

The lanes will closed for sign-lighting work from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, weather permitting.

At least one lane of traffic will remain open in each direction through the night. Transportation officials encouraged motorists to use alternative routes.

Repairs to close lanes at Lombard and Light

City transportation officials plan to close several lanes at the intersection of Lombard and Light streets this weekend to repair a water leak.

Starting at 8 o'clock tonight, three lanes of traffic along westbound Lombard Street and two lanes of Light Street will be closed. The work is expected to last all weekend.

The intersection will remain open, but transportation officials recommend that motorists use alternative routes, including westbound Franklin Street or westbound Fayette Street to Hopkins Place or Greene Street.

No effect on water service in the area is expected.

In Baltimore County

Baltimore man killed in one-car accident

GRANITE - A Baltimore man was killed in a one-car accident Wednesday on Old Court Road near the Patapsco River bridge on the border of Howard and Baltimore counties, police said yesterday.

David Andre Lewis, 41, of the 3100 block of Presstman St., was riding in the back seat of a 2004 GMC Envoy and not wearing a seat belt when the vehicle rolled over and crashed about 9:20 a.m., police said.

The driver and another passenger sustained injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. The cause of the accident is being investigated.

Weekend tours to focus on Great Baltimore Fire

LUTHERVILLE - The Fire Museum of Baltimore will sponsor Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 tours from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Tour groups will meet at the museum, 1301 York Road.

The tour will include an introduction by historian Wayne Schaumburg, an opportunity to view and learn about artifacts and documents from the two-day fire, which destroyed 140 acres of downtown Baltimore, and a visit to the center of the blaze site.

Peter B. Petersen, author of The Great Baltimore Fire, will be available for a question-answer session and a book signing after the tours. The cost is $35; for members, $30.

Reservations: 410-321-7500.

Women's Choral Festival tomorrow at Park School

BROOKLANDVILLE - The Women's Choral Festival, featuring the Canticle Singers, the Park School Eightnotes and the Bryn Mawr Dayseye, will be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Park School, 2425 Old Court Road.

The festival is a celebration of choral works by women and music composed specifically for women's voices. Selections will include classical, popular and folk music by composers including Eleanor Daley, Aaron Copland, Gustav Holst, Ysaye M. Barnwell and Cole Porter. Admission is free for students and $5 for adults.

Information: 410-339-4102.

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