City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

May 19, 2006

City teachers re-elect English as union leader

Marietta English has been re-elected president of the Baltimore Teachers Union, the union announced yesterday.

English received 59 percent of the votes followed by 34 percent for T.S. Grant, 4 percent for James Earl Loving Jr. and 2 percent for Kojo McCallum. English ran on a slate with 22 candidates, all of whom were elected.

Lorretta Johnson, president of the union's paraprofessional chapter since 1975, was unopposed.

Grant said he was disappointed that turnout was lower than in recent elections.

The union represents about 6,000 teachers. English was its president from 1998 to 2000 and was re-elected in 2002 and 2004. Her new term will run for two years.

Sara Neufeld

Anne Arundel: BWI Marshall

Man is charged in theft of luggage

A Locust Point man was arrested yesterday at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and charged with stealing luggage from two carousels while passengers were waiting to claim their property, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority police said. It was the third time in five years that the man was arrested and charged with stealing luggage at the airport, the spokeswoman said. An undercover officer spotted a man picking up nine pieces of luggage about 3:30 p.m. yesterday and observed him opening the luggage and removing some of the contents in an out-of-the-way area, said Cpl. Pamela Thorn, the spokeswoman. The man failed to produce baggage checks. Timothy Loose Jr., 39, of the 600 block of E. Fort Ave. was charged with multiple counts of theft and was awaiting a bail hearing in Anne Arundel County District Court.

Richard Irwin

Baltimore: Federal court

Man gets 10 years in drug sale to officer

A 26-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced in federal court yesterday to 10 years in prison for distributing 50 grams of crack cocaine to an undercover Baltimore police officer. According to the statement of facts presented at his guilty plea Nov. 4, Emanuel Cruz met an individual known to him as "Black" on June 23, 2005, on the parking lot of a Home Depot on Eastern Avenue in Baltimore to sell him drugs. "Black" was an undercover police officer.

Matthew Dolan

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