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April 12, 2005

Landlord pleads guilty to stealing housing funds


A 73-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing as much as $65,000 in housing subsidies, federal prosecutors said.

Augustus Bond of the 100 block of Wheeler Ave. appeared in U.S. District Court yesterday on a 15-count indictment alleging that from 1996 to 2003, he illegally profited as a landlord from the federally subsidized Section 8 rent program.

Prosecutors said he received rent checks as part of the program for low-income residents, even though he was not the landlord for people who qualified for the program.

FOR THE RECORD - A Metro digest item yesterday about a murder case being dropped misspelled the name of one of the defendants, Jerryan Burrell.

The theft, according to federal prosecutors, was between $30,500 and about $65,000. Court documents released yesterday did not say specifically where in the city Bond owned and operated rental properties.

Bond is scheduled for sentencing July 5.

- Matthew Dolan


Vandalized Garrison Middle closed today for cleanup

Garrison Middle School will be closed to pupils today as staff members restore order to 32 classrooms that were ransacked over the weekend, school officials said.

Classes at the Northwest Baltimore school also were canceled yesterday as custodians cleaned up sewage that backed up and spilled out as a result of a nearby water main break late last week, Chief Operating Officer Carlton Epps said.

School police are investigating the break-in, which occurred before Sunday morning, according to schools spokeswoman Vanessa Pyatt. Officials estimate the vandals caused about $5,000 in damage. School employees will be asked to determine whether anything was stolen, Pyatt said.


City begins 4 months' work at President Street crossings

Construction began yesterday on work at several intersections along President Street, city transportation officials announced yesterday.

The affected intersections will include Pratt and Fayette streets. The reconstruction will feature milling, paving, curbing, ramps, brick sidewalks and stamped concrete crosswalks.

The project is expected to last about four months, and work is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays, weather permitting. Weekend work might take place from 8 p.m. Fridays until 1 a.m. Mondays. Temporary lane closures might be in effect during construction. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.


Hammond students charged in thefts at rival high school

Five Hammond High School students were charged with theft Monday, accused of ransacking an opposing team's locker room during a track meet last week, Howard County police said.

Cameras, iPods, calculators and cash were among the items stolen from the locker room at Mount Hebron High School on Wednesday afternoon. Students threw books into toilets, and the locker room was vandalized.

School administrators have punished the five students, who were charged as juveniles and range in age from 15 to 17.

Administrators kicked six students off the track team, said Mike Williams, the school system's athletic coordinator.

Schools spokeswoman Patti Caplan said that she could not disclose the details of further punishments, but the district's policy states that they could range from suspension to expulsion, in addition to paying restitution.

The charges against the four boys and one girl are felonies because the goods stolen were valued at more than $500. Police spokesman David Proulx said that one digital camera alone was worth more than $500.

Proulx said that the case is still open, and that he does not know whether more students will be charged in the incident.


Businesses to be featured in Taste of Catonsville

Taste of Catonsville, featuring local restaurants and caterers, will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 19 at Bloomsbury Community Center, 106 Bloomsbury Ave.

The festival of food and music, sponsored by the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce, will feature music by Nick Margaritas of Piano Man and samples from Candle Light Inn, G.L. Shacks, Jennings Cafe, Paradise in a Tea Cup, SugarBakers and others.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. A portion of the proceeds supports the Catonsville July Fourth Parade and Fireworks. Information: 410-719-9609.


Author to discuss new book April 19 at senior center

Psychiatrist and author Dr. Anthony J. Burlay will speak at 12:45 p.m. April 19 at Catonsville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Road.

Burlay, a Catonsville resident, will discuss his book The Foundation Diet.

Information: 410-887-0900.


City man fatally shot in alley near his home

A 25-year-old man was fatally shot early yesterday near his home in West Baltimore, city police said.

Calvin Squirrell was with a group in the 1700 block of Westwood Ave. about 12:30 a.m. when a gunman got out of a dark-colored car with tinted windows and started shooting.

The gunman chased Squirrell into an alley behind the north side of the 1800 block of Westwood Ave., police said.

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