City/county Digest


Baltimore & Region

September 27, 2005


A mispunctuated item in yesterday's editions of The Sun was unclear about items that the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company will buy with funds from a federal grant program. According to an announcement from U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the fire company will use the money to buy 45 sets of protective "turn-out gear" and new equipment used in rescues from collapsed buildings, and also to replace outdated high-pressure air bags used in building collapses.

Anne Arundel: Annapolis

Judge withholds bail for murder suspect

A 19-year-old man charged with murder in the fatal shooting of an Annapolis man Saturday was ordered held without bail by a judge yesterday.

Kelvin Jammar Bias, 19, also of Annapolis, appeared in a court hearing via a television monitor in the Anne Arundel Detention Center before Anne Arundel County District Judge James W. Dryden.

Tiko James Smith, 24, of no fixed address was shot in the head in College Creek Terrace, police said. Bias turned himself in an hour after the shooting and gave police a written statement, according to police documents.

Annie Linskey


Man fatally injured, wife hurt in accident

A 58-year-old Bowie man died over the weekend after an auto accident on Defense Highway near Crofton, Anne Arundel County police said. Daniel Allen Gottesman, 58, of Bowie was attempting to pass a Jeep Wrangler Saturday evening when his Lincoln sedan spun out of control and smashed into a utility pole, police said. Gottesman died at the scene. His wife, Karen M. Miller-Gottesman, 46, a passenger, was in critical condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Annie Linskey

Greenbelt : Federal drug case

Long terms imposed on 4 gang members

A federal judge in Greenbelt sentenced four men to prison terms ranging from 24 years to life yesterday for participating in a drug gang that imported large amounts of crack cocaine from New York and distributed it in the Washington suburbs. Prosecutors said police seized cars with sophisticated hidden compartments to conceal drugs and numerous semi-automatic weapons. Prosecutors said members laundered money through expensive cars. Deone Antonio Melvin, 26, of Lanham was sentenced to 45 years; Ramone Stephen Jones, 27, of Upper Marlboro got 30 years; Stephon Mason, 31, of Fort Washington was sentenced to life; and Adrian Alexander, 28, of Suitland got 24 years.

Baltimore County: Lutherville

Volunteer fire co. gets $92,250 grant

The Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company will receive a $92,250 grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger announced.

The fire company will use the money to buy 45 sets of protective "turn-out gear" to replace outdated high-pressure air bags used in rescues, and to buy new equipment used in rescues from collapsed buildings, according to the announcement.

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