City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

May 25, 2006

Chief federal magistrate judge named for Maryland

The U.S. District Court has appointed a new chief federal magistrate judge for Maryland.

Magistrate Judge Paul W. Grimm of Baltimore has replaced Magistrate Judge Jillyn K. Schulze.

Her seven-year term ended at the beginning of this month, officials said.

Grimm, 54, graduated from the University of California, Davis and the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Commissioned in '73

In 1973, Grimm was commissioned as an Army officer. He was released from active duty in 1979, and is a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve.

Grimm's civilian career began in 1980, when he joined the Baltimore County state's attorney's office as an assistant state's attorney.

A year later, he became an assistant attorney general, and served until 1984.

He then went into private practice until 1997, when he was appointed a magistrate judge for the District Court in Maryland.

The duties for Grimm, who will also serve a seven-year term, include supervision of cases, including settlements, that are assigned to his fellow magistrate judges.

Also the liaison

He is also the liaison to the clerk's office for the administration of the federal courts in Baltimore and Greenbelt.

Among other duties, magistrate judges review and sign search warrants from law enforcement officials and oversee initial court appearances for defendants charged with federal crimes.

Matthew Dolan

Baltimore: Federal court

`Career criminal' gets 19 1/2 -year term

A 25-year-old labeled by a Baltimore judge as an "armed career criminal" was sentenced to 19 1/2 years in prison in federal court after he was convicted at trial of being a felon in possession of a gun. U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. ruled Tuesday that Wallace White was an armed career criminal -- making him eligible for a stiffer prison sentence -- based on three prior drug convictions in state court. According to trial testimony, Baltimore police officers saw White on July 6 walking along Cliftview Avenue in Northeast Baltimore with something heavy in his waistband. The officers said they tried to stop White, who pulled a black handgun and ran. White ran through two houses and threw the gun to the ground, according to police.

Matthew Dolan

Midtown

Man's death was a suicide, police say

The body of a man found yesterday afternoon on the floor of a conference room in the Belvedere in the first block of E. Chase St. is believed to be that of Rey O. Rivera, 32, who was reported missing May 16, Baltimore police said. His death is being treated as a suicide, police said. Rivera apparently jumped from an upper story of the hotel, police said, and crashed through the roof of a third-floor room, went through that floor and crashed through the ceiling of a little-used second-floor conference room before hitting the floor. The man and his wife of six months lived in Original Northwood.

Inner Harbor

Medical ship stops on way to Amazon

A 75-foot-long ship from a charitable organization in Scotland is visiting the Inner Harbor and is open for tours through Sunday. The Amazon Hope 2 -- a medical clinic operated by the Vine Trust -- is headed to the Peruvian Amazon to offer primary health care services. The ship, as well as a companion vessel, plans to reach up to 100,000 people in remote communities. Free tours are available at the Inner Harbor's west wall from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. each day.

Inner Harbor

$1 to visit Public Works Museum

Admission to the Baltimore Public Works Museum will be reduced to $1 through Saturday in recognition of National Public Works Week, city officials say. The museum presents information about tunnels, roads, bridges, water and recycling. An exhibit on the Loch Raven Dam will run through June 18. The museum, on Pier 7 of the Inner Harbor at 751 Eastern Ave., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information: 410-396-5565.

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