City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

June 20, 2006

School official quits city post for college job

Jeffery N. Grotsky, an area academic officer and former chief of staff in the city school system, has resigned to work for the Center for Leadership in Education at Towson University.

Grotsky said yesterday that he will leave the school system July 31 or when a replacement is found, whichever is sooner.

He has worked for the city schools since 1998, after his dismissal as superintendent of Harford County schools. He served as chief of staff to city schools Chief Executive Officer Bonnie S. Copeland from 2003 to 2005. He then took what he said was a voluntary demotion to oversee 27 elementary schools as an area academic officer.

At Towson, Grotsky will serve as assistant to Raymond Lorion, dean of the College of Education. He will oversee partnerships with school systems including Baltimore's. He also will serve as the point person in an effort to reform schools and neighborhoods in Cherry Hill, a collaborative project led by the university, the city and the city school system.

Sara Neufeld

Anne Arundel: Circuit Court

3 sisters sentenced for insurance fraud

Three sisters who defrauded the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund of nearly $65,000 were sentenced Friday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court - one of them to a jail term, the others to home detention - and ordered to pay restitution, the state attorney general's office announced. Jane Gnacyk, 46, of Severn, a former claims specialist for MAIF named as ringleader in a lengthy fraud scheme, was sentenced to two years in jail by Judge Paul G. Goetzke. Prosecutors say she issued fake checks for claims payments, most in names similar to those of relatives - including sisters Linda Lunghi, 35, of Glen Burnie, sentenced to a year of home detention, and Mary Ellen Webster, 37, of Pasadena, given six months of home detention. The women also will serve five years of supervised probation.

Baltimore: Traffic

Convention likely to affect roads

Baltimore transportation officials are warning motorists about an expected high volume of vehicles and pedestrians because of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education convention, which is bringing between 50,000 and 80,000 visitors to the city. The convention began yesterday and ends Friday. Transportation officials will have special enforcement officers on the streets to help traffic move and keep intersections clear. Motorists should expect delays, and people are asked to use public transportation when possible.

Baltimore: Public policy

Moore, 27, named White House Fellow

Baltimore native Westley Watende Moore has been chosen as one of 14 White House Fellows for 2006-2007, the White House announced. Moore, 27, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and a former Rhodes scholar. He is an investment banker with Deutsche Bank. Moore also is a paratrooper with the Army Reserves and is writing a book on African-American involvement in international affairs. In 2001, he was included in People magazine's list of "Top 50 Bachelors." Created in 1964, the nonpartisan White House Fellows program is considered one of the nation's most prestigious public policy fellowships.

Baltimore: Police

Man who shot self after robbery named

A Baltimore man and bank robbery suspect who killed himself Saturday morning after being cornered by police officers was identified yesterday as Omar K. Jackson, 25, of the 500 block of Radnor Ave. State police said Jackson was one of three men who robbed a Wachovia bank branch in Waldorf and was in the back seat of their getaway car being pursued by police before it crashed into another vehicle on a street in Prince George's County. The others fled the accident scene, and Jackson - still in the car - raised a shotgun as the police approached. A trooper fired two errant shots at Jackson before Jackson put the barrel of the shotgun to his head and took his life, police said. The alleged accomplices were captured a short time later. Charged with bank robbery were Dontae Tyrell Jefferson, 28, of Baltimore and Robert Alexander Paniaqua, 19, of Towson, police said.

Richard Irwin

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