City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

November 03, 2006

Arnold woman, 43, sentenced in $52,000 theft

An Arnold woman who stole more than $52,000 from the State Insurance Trust Fund while on the job was sentenced yesterday to one weekend in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center and nine months of home detention, the state attorney general's office said.

Wendi Lynn Davis was employed in the Maryland treasurer's office, processing claims for payment from the fund, when she wrote nine unauthorized checks totaling $51,595 to her husband, Sean Davis, and pocketed the money.

Her scheme was discovered after she issued a 10th illegal check in December 2003 to Verizon for $829 to pay her cell phone bill, said Kevin Enright, a spokesman for the state's attorney's office. That led Verizon to question the payment.

Davis, 43, pleaded guilty to the theft in September and was also ordered by Circuit Court Judge Joseph P. Manck to undergo two years of probation and to receive substance abuse treatment.

Jamie Stiehm

Baltimore: Philanthropy

Jewish students due aid of $16 million

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore will provide $16 million in financial aid to Jewish day school students through 2011, the groups announced this week.

The Weinberg foundation donated $1 million this year and will donate $2 million for the next five years. The Associated, which already donates $3 million from its annual fund for financial aid, will raise an additional $1 million for the next five years.

Of the 19,000 Jewish children in the Baltimore area, about a quarter attend a Jewish day school. Money will be distributed to schools based on their population of children in need. Schools will identify individual students who will receive the money.

Staff at the Associated estimate that at least $300,000 in requests for assistance were not answered during the last school year.

Liz F. Kay

Basilica

Streets will be closed for reopening event

Some streets near Baltimore's downtown will be closed tomorrow and Sunday for ceremonies for the reopening of the Basilica of the Assumption, which has been closed for two years while undergoing a $32 million renovation. From 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, Cathedral Street from Franklin to Saratoga streets and Mulberry Street from Park Avenue to Charles Street will be closed. On Sunday, Cathedral Street from Franklin to Mulberry streets will be closed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional street closings will be in place next weekend, Nov. 11 and Nov. 12.

Traffic

Lane closures set for weekend

Baltimore transportation officials are planning lane changes this weekend to repair parts of downtown streets affected by last week's gas leak. Starting at 3 a.m. tomorrow morning, Charles Street south of Pratt Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic. The two right lanes of Pratt Street, east of Charles Street, also will be closed. The repairs are expected to be completed by 7 a.m. Sunday.

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