Body found on fire in vacant house
The body of a man was found on fire yesterday inside a vacant East Baltimore rowhouse and authorities are investigating his death as a possible homicide, fire officials said. Shortly after 8 p.m., authorities received a 911 call reporting a fire in the 400 block of Pitman Place, said Fire Chief Kevin Cartwright. Firefighters broke down the house's front door to gain entry after seeing smoke coming from inside, Cartwright said. Firefighters extinguished the burning body, which authorities have not yet identified.
Eisen to discuss future of the faith
Arnold Eisen, chancellor-elect of the Jewish Theological Seminary, will discuss the future of American Judaism and the Conservative Movement at two Pikesville synagogues Jan. 8 and 9. Sponsored by the Hoffberger Foundation for Torah Studies, Eisen will speak at Beth El Congregation on Jan. 8 about Judaism. He will discuss Conservative Judaism the next night at Chizuk Amuno with a panel of Conservative rabbis. Both talks are free and open to the public, although reservations are requested. For the Beth El lecture, call 410-484-0411. For the Chizuk Amuno talk, call 410-486-6400.
Somerset: Princess Anne
Counterfeit bills focus of probe
Counterfeit money turning up at Somerset County businesses in recent days likely came from the same source, police said last week. Authorities are trying to track the origin of the phony $20 bills, all dated 2004 with serial numbers that start with a "G." "We're not exactly sure where they're coming from," said Capt. Scott Keller of the Princess Anne Police Department. "But it seems like they're coming from the same place." Three of the bills came were discovered by a bank teller after a restaurant made a deposit.
Foster mother investigated
The foster mother of a recently killed toddler faces an investigation for apparently violating rules about leaving foster children with unauthorized adults. Kyla Edwards, 2, was killed Dec. 19 while her foster mother was out of town. The woman's boyfriend, Edson Lamont Brown, faces murder charges. The mother has not been charged with a crime. According to the Wicomico County Department of Social Services, the mother ignored a department request that officials be notified when a child is left with someone other than a licensed day care provider.