City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

May 12, 2006

Murder-case defendant hospitalized

A 24-year-old man whose trial was to start yesterday in the beating and strangulation of a 15-year-old Baltimore girl became ill and was taken to a hospital during jury selection, prosecutors said.

The murder trial of Terry Darrell Jones was in jeopardy last week when a judge ruled that prosecutors could not use crucial DNA evidence.

The judge narrowed her ruling Wednesday, and jury selection began yesterday.

After Jones became ill, the trial was delayed until today, and it may be further postponed if he has not recovered, prosecutors said.

Julie Bykowicz

Baltimore: Drug case

Grasonville man gets 17 1/2 -year sentence

A federal judge in Baltimore yesterday sentenced a 54-year- old Queen Anne's County man to 17 1/2 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

Donald Rayfield Handy of Grasonville pleaded guilty to drug charges Feb. 1. Authorities said Handy provided crack cocaine to a confidential informant in 2004 and 2005.

During a search of Handy's home Feb. 4, 2005, law enforcement officials said they found a number of small bags containing about 275 grams of crack cocaine, approximately $3,500 folded and bound with rubber bands, digital scales and three rifles.

In addition, authorities said, they later discovered more than $100,000 in two safes in Handy's mother home. Handy's fingerprint matched some of the items in the safes, authorities said.

Matthew Dolan

Southeast

Communities plan gathering Saturday

Residents and representatives of neighborhood organizations in Southeast Baltimore are holding a community congress from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Canton Middle School, 801 South Highland Ave. The free event is designed to gather diverse groups so that people can discuss issues and concerns about their communities. The keynote speaker will be Michael Sarbanes of the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, a community development group. Issues on the agenda include crime, litter, education and development.

Technology

Notre Dame wins grant of $69,000

The College of Notre Dame has been picked to receive a 2006 HP Technology for Teaching grant worth $69,000, one of 40 two- and four-year colleges and universities across the nation to be selected, according to the school. The grant is intended to assist classroom learning, and college officials say they will dedicate it to engineering and physics courses -- including greater computer assistance for physics experiments. The grant includes both HP products and a faculty stipend.

Mount Vernon

Career counseling, job help offered

Maryland New Directions, a nonprofit career counseling and job placement agency, is offering free career counseling, workshops, basic computer training, General Education Development tutoring and job-search assistance. Orientations are at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at the group's office, 611 Park Ave. in Mount Vernon. An appointment is required. 410-230-0630.

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