City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

April 06, 2006

Kin sought of boy, 4, found on the street

City police and social services officials are attempting to find any member of the family of a 4-year-old boy found alone Monday in the 3000 block of W. North Ave.

A police missing-person report had not been filed, said Sue Fitzsimmons, spokeswoman for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services.

The boy, who told officials his first name is Isaiah but did not know his last name, told police and social services workers he did not know his home address and said his mother's name is Cassie.

He said he left his home to find his grandmother Monday afternoon but was unable to tell police where she lives.

After being examined and found to be in good health, the boy was turned over to social services and placed in foster care.

"Its vital for parents to teach their children their name, age and address in case they become lost," said Fitzsimmons.

Anyone having information about the child's identity or that of his mother or grandmother is urged to call 410-361-2235.

Richard Irwin

Baltimore: Officers' Trial

Jury deliberations set to continue

Deliberations in the trial of two Baltimore police officers accused of stealing drugs from addicts and giving them to their informants for profit are to continue today after the jury failed to reach a verdict yesterday. Relying on testimony from cooperating witnesses and hours of secretly recorded conversations from the FBI, prosecutors charged police Officers William A. King and Antonio L. Murray last year with conspiring to rob and extort cocaine, heroin and marijuana - as well as drug-related proceeds - from suspects in late 2004 and early last year. Yesterday, jurors asked to listen again to FBI recordings of conversations between King and an informant, who was secretly working with federal agents.

Matthew Dolan

City Government

Deputy planning commissioner fired

Baltimore Planning Director Otis Rolley III said yesterday that he has fired a deputy commissioner who has been in charge of a total revision of the city's zoning laws. Rolley hired D. Christopher Ryer 2 1/2 years ago as deputy director for comprehensive planning. While Rolley would not say why Ryer was being let go, he did say that turnover in Ryer's division has been high. Ryer could not be reached for comment last night. His last day will be April 14, Rolley said.

Cecil County: Arbor Day

Maple is named state's largest tree

The famous Wye Oak on the Eastern Shore fell four years ago. Now a silver maple in Cecil County is the state's largest tree. In honor of Maryland's Arbor Day yesterday, the state Department of Natural Resources announced that a 114-foot silver maple in the Eder Park area of Cecil is the state's biggest tree. The maple has a 27-foot circumference, and its crown spreads 106 feet. The silver-maple announcement is the state's first designation of the largest tree since the Wye Oak died in 2002. The Cecil tree belongs to the Elkton parks department.

Associated Press

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