City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

Baltimore & Region

November 01, 2005

Baltimore: Sentencing

2 identity thieves get 4 1/2 and 12 1/2 years

A federal judge in Baltimore sentenced two Brooklyn, N.Y., identity thieves to prison yesterday for working with a Maryland baggage handler to steal mail at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Prosecutors said the letters filled with personal financial information were sent to New York and used to create fake checks and credit cards. Both Nigerian natives, Oladapo Odukale, 35, will serve more than 12 1/2 years in prison and Mosuru Sogbesan, 38, will serve more than 4 1/2 years. They pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to commit mail theft and conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

Fire dept. receives $1.3 million grant

The Baltimore Fire Department received a $1.3 million grant yesterday from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The money will go to buy equipment for paramedics; upgrade medical training; buy a mobile training center, which will be available for surrounding jurisdictions; and buy computers to monitor the progress of emergency calls. The grant is part of $585 million awarded to fire departments across the nation.

FOR THE RECORD - Because of incorrect information provided to The Sun by the U.S. attorney's office, an article in yesterday's editions incorrectly reported the federal court sentence for a Brooklyn man convicted of identity theft. Oladapo Odukale was sentenced to more than 9 1/2 years in prison.

Baltimore County

Franklin Square plans expansion

Pointing to increases in the number of emergency room visits and hospital admissions, officials at Franklin Square Hospital Center in eastern Baltimore County have announced a $150 million to $200 million expansion that would include a new patient care tower and parking facility. The plan calls for expansion of emergency services, critical care and medical-surgical services. The number of beds is expected to expand from 343 to 390. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2007. Over the past six years, emergency room visits at the hospital increased 72 percent and hospital admissions increased 31 percent, according to the hospital.

Anne Arundel: Sentencing

Man gets 10 1/2 years on drug charges

A 25-year-old Annapolis man will spend the next 10 1/2 years in federal prison for possessing enough cocaine to be considered a drug dealer. Quantonio Dunscomb pleaded guilty in May 2002 to possession with intent to distribute a substance containing cocaine base. According to the statement of facts presented to the court, Anne Arundel County police officers stopped Dunscomb during a traffic stop in Glen Burnie. Three people, including Dunscomb, a passenger, were arrested from inside the car for carrying an open container of alcohol. On Dunscomb, police found a gun and cocaine bagged for individual consumption.

Harford County: Bel Air

Fire damages liquor store

An electrical fire yesterday morning caused $250,000 in damage to a liquor store in a Harford County shopping center, fire officials said. The one-alarm fire broke out about 8:30 a.m. at Festival Wine and Spirits at 5 Bel Air South Parkway in the Festival at Bel Air Shopping Center, said Richard Gardiner, spokesman for the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company. There were no injuries, he said. Fire damage was contained to the liquor store, but smoke made its way into neighboring stores, which then had to be ventilated, he said.

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