City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

July 25, 2006

$1,600 puppy recovered by Howard police

Howard County police have recovered a purebred Pomeranian puppy that was swiped from the back of a pet store at The Mall in Columbia after a Waldorf man reported that his daughter might have the dog. The man, whom police would not identify, contacted authorities after his sister showed him a news report about the missing orange-and-white female, which is valued at $1,600. He then reported to police that his 19-year-old daughter had brought home a dog matching the description two weeks ago. At the request of police, the man took the dog to the Charles County Humane Society to confirm its identity, using the code on a microchip implanted under the dog's skin. Officers then met the man Saturday evening at the mall and returned the puppy to the Today's Pet store. Police are investigating how the man's daughter obtained the puppy.

Melissa Harris

Carroll County: Roadwork

Niner Road to close for bridge repairs

The Carroll County Department of Public Works will close Niner Road for bridge repairs beginning today. Repairs are expected to last from four to five weeks, weather permitting. Niner Road runs between Route 32 in Gamber to Deer Park Road. Detour routes will be posted around the area. Motorists should use alternate routes to avoid delays. Information: 410-386-2035.

Baltimore: Shooting

Victim recants, man still gets 40 years

A Baltimore man who was convicted in a shooting even though the victim claimed the defendant was not the shooter was sentenced yesterday to 40 years in prison.

David Golden, 28, was found guilty in May by a city jury of first-degree assault, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Baltimore Circuit Judge Allen L. Schwait sentenced Golden to 25 years on the first count, a consecutive 15 years on the second count and a concurrent five years on the third.

Kobie Farmer, 29, the man who was shot Aug. 14, 2003, initially told police Golden shot him, prosecutors said. At trial, he changed his story to say he could not remember who had shot him, prosecutors said.

Court records show that shooting had followed one on Sept. 29, 2002, in which Golden was injured. He initially told police that Farmer had shot him, prosecutors said. At Farmer's trial in June 2004, Golden changed his mind and denied that Farmer had shot him, prosecutors said. In that case, a jury returned a verdict of not guilty.

Julie Bykowicz

Fundraiser

Police group opens 5K-run registration

The Baltimore Police Foundation has opened registration for the 5K Run to Remember, scheduled for Sept. 10. The race and a one-mile walk raise money for the city police and fire departments. The race and walk start at 8:46 a.m. - the time the first plane hit one of the World Trade Center towers Sept. 11, 2001 - at the police headquarters building and ends in Federal Hill. The first-place winner receives a $250 prize. The race is limited to 1,500 runners; registration is $20 before Aug. 1; $25 before Sept. 1; $30 after that; and $35 on race day. Police officers and firefighters and employees of both agencies get a $5 discount. Information: www.charmcityrun.com.

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