City/county Digest


April 21, 2006

Isabelle Grant replaced as principal at Douglass High

Isabelle Grant has been removed indefinitely from her position as principal at Douglass High School and replaced by former Southwestern High Assistant Principal Darlene Lyle, according to sources close to Douglass with knowledge of the city school system's decision. School system spokeswoman Edie House would not comment yesterday on what she called a personnel issue. Grant's removal April 7 came one day after she appeared at an appeals hearing before members of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association in Laurel. The hearing was related to the football team's forfeiture of its 9-1 regular season, its City Division II title and its No. 2 seed in the Class 2A North Region playoffs for using an ineligible player. Grant and the school's athletic director, Mary Hughee, had said they had documentation that supported the student's athletic eligibility but did not produce the documentation. An independent hearing officer upheld the city school board's decision Jan. 9.

Lem Satterfield

Baltimore: Courts

Cascade man guilty of porn charges

A 44-year-old Cascade man pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to child pornography charges related to uploading images to a Yahoo Web site, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Federal investigators reported receiving a complaint about the child pornography on the site and discovered that on Jan. 24, 2004, Jeffrey L. Gilchrest sent 23 images of a girl younger than 12 from his home computer to the Web site. Their investigation found more child pornography files on Gilchrest's computer, and investigators concluded that he moderated an Internet group for child pornography, according to prosecutors. Sentencing is set for June 29. Gilchrest faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and could get up to 20 years in prison, prosecutors said.

Federal inquiry

Grand jury widens porn indictment

A federal grand jury yesterday broadened the indictment against a Severn man charged with involvement in child pornography, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Danny Fleck, 59, had been charged with producing videos of minors involved in sexually explicit conduct, as well as transporting, receiving and possessing child pornography. Fleck is alleged to have used the Internet to meet girls and then to persuade themselves to send him pictures of them engaged in sexually explicit conduct, prosecutors said. Fleck was indicted Oct. 26. The charges added yesterday relate to additional victims whom federal investigators discovered.


Waverly branch will mark 35 years

The Waverly branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library will hold a celebration tomorrow from noon to 2 p.m. to mark its 35th anniversary. The event will include family entertainment, food, games and prizes. The Waverly branch - originally known as the Homestead branch - first opened in 1911 at Gorsuch Avenue and Kirk Avenue in East Baltimore. It was part of the gift from Andrew Carnegie to the library system to open branch buildings, according to Enoch Pratt officials. The current building opened at 400 E. 33rd St. in 1971, on land donated by Lockhart Scott Carswell in memory of his brother, Robert Carswell.


Free dental clinic for kids is tomorrow

An effort to help improve dental care for children ages 6 to 12 is set from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow at Baltimore City Community Colleges Dental Hygiene Clinic, on the first floor of the Liberty Campus Life Sciences Building, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave. The event will provide children with a protective sealant coating on their permanent molars. Services are free, but children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. To make an appointment, call Valerie Hunter at 410-462-7712.

Anne Arundel: Glen Burnie

Boy, 15, is charged after toy gun found

A 15-year-old boy was charged with disrupting school activities Wednesday after he was found in possession of a painted toy gun at Glen Burnie High School, Anne Arundel County police said. Another student told school administrators that the ninth-grader had brought a handgun to school, said Police Department spokesman Sgt. Shawn A. Urbas. An officer stationed at the school found a plastic replica handgun on him, Urbas said. The boy had painted the gun black and removed an orange tip that indicated it was a toy, Urbas said. The boy did not make any threats, said Tony Ruffin, a schools spokesman. The student was arrested, then released to a relative, Urbas said. Police did not release his name because he was charged as a juvenile.

Julie Scharper

Carroll County: Eldersburg

Girl, 7, injured by lawn tractor

A Carroll County girl was severely injured Wednesday when a riding lawn tractor backed over her, state police said. Estelle Hanson, 7, of the 5700 block of Kinsmen Courage Court in Eldersburg had just arrived home on a school bus when she ran to a relative who was cutting the grass, police said. The tractor driver, who didn't see the child, began to back up the vehicle and knocked the girl down, authorities said. The tractor ran over the child's legs and her left hand. She was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital with severe lacerations.

Gina Davis

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