City/county Digest


Baltimore & Region

December 03, 2005

Baltimore: Federal court

Man gets 10 years in firearm case

A 49-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced in federal court yesterday to 10 years in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Edwin Tucker pleaded guilty to the charges that stemmed from a June 2002 search by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Explosives. The agents found the drug Xanax, money, a 12-gauge shotgun and a box of .22-caliber ammunition in his home, according to prosecutors.


Wheelchair basketball tourney set today

The 2005 Metro Wheelchair Basketball League Holiday tournament is set for today from noon to 3 p.m. at the Farring-Baybrook Recreation Center, 4501 Farring Court. The Maryland Ravens are set to take on the Metro Stars and the Metro Rockets during the three-game tournament. For more information on the adapted sports offered by the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks, contact its therapeutic division at 410-396-7072.


Job fair seeks college teachers

The Baltimore City Community College is holding a job fair for part-time adjunct faculty today from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on its Liberty Campus, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave. The fair -- set for the Nursing Building's Gaare Auditorium -- is part of the college's effort to find instructors in a variety of areas. For more information, contact the college's Recruitment Center at 410-462-8013.

Carroll County: Sykesville

House's foul odor is traced to pipe

After nearly 18 months of searching for the source of a foul odor in a Sykesville home, a smoke test detected a broken pipe that allowed gases to seep into the house, Carroll County administrators said. Residents had attributed the odor to a county sewer treatment plant. In response to their complaints, the county hired consultants, tested its sewer lines and sent cameras into its pipes. The most recent test, which forced smoke through the pipes, helped crews locate the break in a basement pipe. "It really came down to using flashlights and noses," said J. Michael Evans, county director of public works.

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Maryland: Ocean Pines

Attorney faces drug charges

A well-known lawyer who served as an assistant state's attorney, an assistant public defender and a director of the Ocean Pines Association has been indicted in a cocaine and heroin distribution conspiracy case, federal prosecutors said. J. Christopher Llinas was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, cocaine base and heroin. Llinas, 39, could face life in prison and a $4 million fine, authorities said.

Prince George's: Greenbelt

Pakistani man, son guilty on drug counts

A Pakistani man and his son were convicted in U.S. District Court of running an international heroin-trafficking organization, the U.S. attorney's office said yesterday. Muzaffar Khan Afridi, 70, and his son, Alamdar Khan Afridi, 29, had been accused of distributing hundreds of kilograms of heroin.

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