City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

Baltimore & Region

December 01, 2005

Howard police advisory panel meetings to be open to public

Howard County Police Chief Wayne Livesay will open meetings of his 23-member citizens advisory council to the public, the department announced yesterday. The decision comes after a Sun report questioned whether the closed-door advisory sessions violated Maryland's open-meetings law. Subsequently, a citizen filed a complaint with the state's three-member board that monitors compliance with the law. Last year, the General Assembly expanded the definition of a "public body" to include advisory groups that are created by department heads, such as planning and zoning directors and police and fire chiefs. The 15-year-old council's next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at police headquarters in Ellicott City. Monthly meetings will be posted on the county's Web site, www.co.ho.md.us.

Melissa Harris

Baltimore: Federal court

Man, 37, gets 10 years in heroin trafficking

A Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in federal prison for trafficking in heroin, prosecutors said. Kenneth Butler, 37, was convicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin and will serve four years of supervised release after his prison term, said the U.S. attorney's office. Butler was stopped by police in March as he drove on Interstate 95. A second vehicle registered to Butler but driven by another person was pulled over minutes later. That car contained more than a half-kilogram of heroin. Butler admitted conspiring with the driver to deliver heroin to a city drug dealer, prosecutors said.

Baltimore: Air pollution

Town hall meeting is set for today

The Maryland Public Interest Research Group is holding a town hall meeting on air pollution at 7 p.m. today at the Johns Hopkins University's Eastern campus, 1101 E. 33rd St. Speakers will discuss pollution from power plants and legislation that could reduce it. Participants will include Eric Schaeffer, a former top Environmental Protection Agency enforcement official; Bailus Walker, president of the American Lung Association of the District of Columbia; and Brenda Afzal, a member of the Maryland Nurses Association.

Tom Pelton

Baltimore: Fire Department

Paramedic testing planned next month

The Baltimore City Fire Department is planning to hold testing next month for the position of firefighter-paramedic apprentice. Applications are available at fire stations or at the department's headquarters, 401 E. Fayette St., lower level one. Applications are due by Dec. 30. Information: 410-396-3095.

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