City/county Digest


Baltimore & Region

December 13, 2005

Man stricken at Central Booking, dies at hospital

A 41-year-old Baltimore man being processed for a parole violation at Central Booking and Intake Center fell ill yesterday and died, a state prison spokesman said.

James Pugh of Pimlico passed out in the detention center about 4:20 p.m. and was pronounced dead an hour and a half later at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said Mark Vernarelli, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

"He was going through the booking process when he apparently experienced some kind of medical problem," Vernarelli said. "As far as I know, there was nothing suspicious or unusual about this incident, just a terrible tragedy that this fellow passed away."

Pugh was arrested by a sheriff's deputy and brought to Central Booking about 12:30 p.m., Vernarelli said. He could not provide the details of Pugh's criminal record. An initial bail was set at $500. Pugh became ill when he was in the jail's pretrial investigation area undergoing a subsequent bail review interview.

Nicole Fuller

Baltimore: Education

Schools reschedule forum for tomorrow

The Baltimore school system has rescheduled a public forum for people to provide input about school closures, construction and renovation. The meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Edmondson High School, 501 Athol Ave. The forum was previously scheduled for last week but was rescheduled because of snow. Information on scenarios for school closures, construction and renovation: schools.

Roland Park

Yale prof studies principal's work

James Comer, a nationally known child psychiatry professor at Yale University, visited Roland Park Elementary/Middle School yesterday to learn about outgoing Principal Mariale Hardiman's research on "brain-targeted teaching." Hardiman is the author of Connecting Brain Research With Effective Teaching: The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model. She is leaving Roland Park to become assistant dean for urban school partnerships at the Johns Hopkins School of Professional Studies in Business and Education. Comer's work centers on using child development research to improve schools.

Sara Neufeld

Baltimore County: Interstate 95

Work to close lanes, plus access from 695

Two right lanes of northbound Interstate 95 from the Beltway to Route 43 (Exit 67) will be closed from 11 p.m. today to 5 a.m. tomorrow. Ramps from both the inner and outer loops of Interstate 695 to northbound I-95 also will be closed. The Maryland Transportation Authority said work crews, weather permitting, would be replacing the two-lane Rossville Boulevard Bridge to make it wider and longer.

Maryland: Social services

State names Bridgett as acting director

The head of social services in Charles County, Rebecca Bridgett, has been appointed acting director of the Maryland Social Services Administration after the abrupt resignation this month of the agency's former chief. State officials, who made the announcement yesterday, applauded the appointment of Bridgett, a former foster parent and former chairwoman of the Charles County Board of Education. Bridgett, who has a doctorate in education, has also served as a crisis outreach worker and part-time instructor at the College of Southern Maryland. Bridgett will take over for Wayne T. Stevenson.

Lynn Anderson

Anne Arundel

Information sought on missing girl, 15

Anne Arundel County police were seeking information yesterday about a 15-year-old Glen Burnie girl missing since Saturday. Ashli Renee Aviles, 15, was last seen speaking to two men at the Checkers restaurant on Mountain Road in Pasadena where she works, police said. The men were in a dark Ford Crown Victoria, police said. Aviles is black and 5 feet 9 inches tall, and weighs 200 pounds. She wears her long brown hair in a ponytail. She was last seen in a black shirt, black pants and black tennis shoes, police said. Anyone with information can call police at 410-222-8610.

Annie Linskey


Court to hear case of satellite campus

The Maryland Court of Appeals has agreed to hear a case that could decide the fate of Sojourner-Douglass' new satellite building in Edgewater. A homeowners' group argued that construction of the building at Routes 2 and 214 was illegal because the land was to be used only by the county schools, but a Circuit Court judge said the building met that requirement. The Court of Special Appeals overturned that decision but denied a request that the building be razed. School officials have said they hope to purchase the building from the developer.

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