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April 20, 2005

TOWSON

City man gets life term in 2004 fatal shooting

A man convicted in the fatal shooting of a 35-year-old Baltimore man whose body was found last year in a rural area of Randallstown was sentenced yesterday to life in prison.

Gregory Daniel Lambert, 28, of Randallstown was found guilty of first-degree murder by a jury in February in the slaying of Paul A. Golder. Baltimore County Circuit Judge John G. Turnbull II also sentenced him to a consecutive 20-year prison sentence for a handgun conviction in the case.

"It means that he's never going to get out of prison," said prosecutor James O'C Gentry Jr.

Lambert maintained his innocence yesterday, saying he had no involvement in or knowledge of Golder's death. His attorney, Phillip M. Sutley, also told Turnbull that Lambert had a "good" record and had never before been in prison.

Golder's body was found in February 2004 along Lyons Mill Road. He had been shot four times in the back, including once at close range in the head, and part of his body was burned after he was killed, Gentry said. The motive for the killing remains unknown, said Gentry. But, he said, Golder was last seen going into the Cherry Hill home of Michelle J. Scott, a woman with whom Lambert had a relationship.

Scott pleaded guilty in February to being an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder in a plea agreement in which she did not admit involvement but acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict her, Gentry said. She received five years in prison, Gentry said. - Laura Barnhardt

TOWSON

Owings Mills nurse charged with felony Medicaid fraud

A 63-year-old Owings Mills nurse was indicted by a Baltimore County grand jury on charges of inflating the hours she provided nursing services to a Medicaid recipient, the Maryland attorney general's office announced yesterday.

Dolores Elaine Scott of the first block of Rebecca Lane was charged with four counts of felony Medicaid fraud and one count of felony theft by the grand jury Monday, said Kevin Enright, a spokesman for Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr.

Scott is accused of inflating the number of hours that she provided nursing services to a Medicaid patient from June 2002 through last July, according to the attorney general's office. The grand jury also indicted Scott with making several false representations to the Medicaid program when she submitted time slips to her employer, Comprehensive Nursing Services Inc., according to the office's announcement.

In 2003, Scott was sentenced by a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge to four months in jail for sending fake court orders to her employer, lifting garnishments the comptroller's office had placed on her wages for owed taxes. Scott had argued for years that she is not a citizen subject to income taxation because she is descended from slaves.

- Laura Barnhardt

HOWARD COUNTY

Woman convicted of making false statement about bomb

A Takoma Park woman accused of telling police that she had a bomb in her car on Interstate 95 in Elkridge in an attempt to test the area's security was convicted yesterday in Howard County Circuit Court of making a false statement regarding a destructive device.

But Laura Suzanne Newman, 21, of the 7900 block of Greenwood Ave. was found not criminally responsible and was ordered by Judge Diane O. Leasure to be supervised by a private physician for three years. On Sept. 29, Newman was traveling north on I-95 around 7 p.m. when traffic slowed near the Route 100 exit because of an accident. Newman parked in a lane, got out of her car and began telling drivers that she had a bomb in her car, according to a statement of facts by prosecutor F. Todd Taylor Jr. that was agreed to by the defense.

At Newman's request, a motorist called 911. Newman told a Maryland State Police trooper that her Muslim roommate showed her how to make a bomb and warned that the bomb would detonate if the car were moved, according to the statement of facts.

No bomb was found in Newman's car. The interstate was closed for several hours in both directions.

Newman said she wanted to make a political statement, wanted to talk to government officials about threats to homeland security and told the trooper, "I wanted everyone to know that something like this could happen anywhere," according to the statement of facts.

- Laura Cadiz

BALTIMORE

Charles Street's byway status to be focus of workshop

A public workshop on the designation of Charles Street as a National Byway will be held tonight at the Evergreen Carriage House in North Baltimore.

The workshop is intended to let the public offer ideas on Charles Street in relation to preservation, visitor convenience, economic viability and promoting the street as a destination. A Charles Street Byway Management Plan is expected to be completed by early next year.

The project is funded by a National Scenic Byways Program grant from the Federal Highway Administration.

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