City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

July 28, 2006

Man, 65, pleads guilty to using fake ID to get benefit checks

Pleading guilty to theft in federal court yesterday, a 65-year-old Baltimore man admitted that he obtained fake identification cards to receive federal benefits intended for other people who were dead.

According to the statement of facts provided to the court as part of the plea agreement, Roy L. Roscoe obtained a fraudulent Maryland Department of Social Services identification card bearing his photograph and the name and identifying information for Robert Montgomery, who died on June 14, 1991.

He went to the Social Security Administration, where he applied for Supplemental Security Income in Robert Montgomery's name, according to prosecutors. From 1992 through this year, the agency sent monthly checks in the name of Robert Montgomery to an address provided by Roscoe, prosecutors said. Court papers show Roscoe received $87,552.00 in benefits.

Roscoe could receive a maximum sentence of 10 years when he is sentenced Oct. 24 by U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr.

Matthew Dolan

Carroll County: Mt. Airy

5 hurt as lightning hits carnival ride

Five people were slightly injured last night when lightning struck a ride at the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company's annual carnival on Twin Arch Road, a fire company official said. About 9:20 p.m., lightning from a severe storm passing through the area struck a ride and a nearby generator, slightly injuring three fair employees standing there, said Chief Doug Alexander. The workers refused treatment, but two women attending the fair were taken to area hospitals for treatment of minor injuries, he said.

Richard Irwin

Baltimore: Repairs

Clifton Park pool to close for two days

The Clifton Park pool in Northeast Baltimore will be closed for about two days so workers can repair an underground water line near the wading pool, the Department of Recreation and Parks announced yesterday. Crews have to shut running water to the pool facility - at 2103 Sinclair Lane - to excavate the area and fix the broken pipe. Officials also plan to reopen today the Mount Royal Recreation Center at 120 Mosher St., which was closed yesterday due to a gas leak. Camp activities were expected to resume today. Information: 410-396-6694.

Baltimore: Community College

Early registration at both campuses

Baltimore City Community College will hold its annual Jazzy Open House Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at its Liberty Campus, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave. Early registration continues through Monday, there and at the Harbor campus, 600 E. Lombard St., as well as online at www.bccc.edu. Information: 410-462-8300.

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