City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

March 02, 2006

Anne Arundel: Annapolis

Club reprimanded for gambling devices

A charitable fraternal club was reprimanded this week by the Anne Arundel County Board of License Commissioners for having three illegal slot-style video gambling machines at its lodge near Annapolis. Knights of Pythias Friendship Lodge No. 8 must pay costs of the board's proceedings, which amount to a few hundred dollars. The club lost more than $200 that was in the machines when police seized them about a year ago, said Richard C. Bittner, the board chairman. The board didn't revoke or suspended the lodge's liquor license, Bittner said, because it had never before had a violation.

Andrea F. Siegel

Baltimore: Court

Man gets 25 years for drug conviction

A federal judge in Baltimore has sentenced Michael Branch, 23, of Pasadena to 25 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised probation for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. A jury convicted Branch on Dec. 14. Because of previous convictions for narcotics and other violent crimes, he received an enhanced sentence as a career offender, prosecutors said.

Matthew Dolan

Grant

Catholic Charities building gets money

The state Board of Public Works approved a $3 million grant yesterday to Catholic Charities toward its new building on Monument Street in Baltimore, according to the state Department of General Services. The three-story, 52,000-square-foot building at 358 E. Monument will replace the Our Daily Bread soup kitchen and provide a location for the Christopher Place Employment Academy and St. Jude's Employment Center. It is being built by CAM Construction Inc. of Timonium under an $11.3 million contract, with completion expected by January. The state has given almost $1.6 million to renovate the existing Our Daily Bread building, which will be used by My Sister's Place to assist homeless women and their children.

Frederick County: Federal court

Man gets probation in child porn case

A federal judge in Baltimore sentenced a Frederick County man yesterday to five years' probation for receiving child pornography. U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake ordered Grayson Ramsburg Jr., 45, of Myersville to serve six months of home detention on electronic monitoring and six months in a halfway house during his probation. Blake also instructed Ramsburg, who pleaded guilty to the charge, to register as a sex offender.

Matthew Dolan

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