City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

June 24, 2006

Anne Arundel: Severn

Army sergeant dies in Iraq crash

Army Staff Sgt. Heathe N. Craig of Severn was killed in a UH-60 helicopter crash Wednesday near Naray, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced yesterday.

The accident was caused by a faulty hoist, the department said. Craig, 28, was trying to rescue Pfc. Brian J. Bradbury, 22, of Saint Joseph, Mo., who had encountered enemy forces and fire during combat operations, according to a Pentagon statement. Bradbury died in the operation.

Craig was based in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he was assigned to the 159th Air Ambulance Medical Company. The Pentagon released no other details about Craig, and neighbors of his Severn address contacted last night said they did not know him.

Baltimore: North side

Man shot Tuesday dies in hospital

A 32-year-old man who was shot this week in North Baltimore died Thursday night, police said yesterday. Demetrius Spears was found about 3 p.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of E. 27th St. with a gunshot wound to the head, police spokesman Officer Troy Harris said. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead Thursday at 11:03 p.m., Harris said.

Federal court

Ellicott City man accused of fraud

An Ellicott City certified public accountant could receive up to 20 years in prison if convicted on federal charges in an alleged scheme to defraud investors in a weight-loss medical center of $1.5 million, according to an indictment unsealed yesterday. Wilkins McNair, Jr., 48, appeared in U.S. District Court in Baltimore yesterday on 23 charges of wire fraud and money laundering in a scheme to defraud investors and to obtain money from them through false representations. The indictment charges that McNair stole funds from a group of investors in Bariatric Care Associates, intended to be a clinic treating patients who suffer from morbid obesity.

Matthew Dolan

Artscape

Volunteers needed for annual festival

The Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts is seeking volunteers to help staff the 25th annual Artscape festival July 21 through July 23 along Mount Royal Avenue. People are needed to help backstage at concerts, conduct surveys, work booths, organize fashion shows, set up and take down the hospitality area and serve food. The three-day festival includes art exhibits and live music. Information: www.artscape.org, or 410-752-8632.

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