Baltimore County Digest


January 23, 2007

Man sought since '05 arrested in fatal shooting of man

A man wanted for nearly two years in the shooting death of a White Marsh man has been arrested, the FBI said yesterday.

Duane Latoye Geiger, 33, was arrested in the March 2, 2005, death of Ralph Amadi, 49, who was found lying face-down in front of his home on Queensberry Road with a gunshot wound to the back of his head, authorities said. Amadi owned a small business and might have been targeted for a robbery when he was shot, authorities said.

A warrant for Geiger's arrest was issued seven days after the shooting, and he was charged in June 2005 in a federal warrant with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, according to court records and the FBI. His arrest was the result of an effort involving the FBI Fugitive Task Force, Maryland State Police and the Baltimore County and Baltimore City police departments, according to the FBI.

Geiger had an address in the 4600 block of Norfolk Ave. in Baltimore, according to court records. The FBI announcement of his arrest did not say when or where he was taken into custody. Court records show that on Saturday he was ordered held to await trial.


Couple charged with Medicaid fraud

A Baltimore County couple has been charged with Medicaid fraud, accused of filing a series of false claims for payment through the program, the state attorney general's office said yesterday.

Tammy D. Smith, and her husband, Anthony Smith, both 38 and of the 4200 block of Huntshire Road in Randallstown were indicted last week by a Baltimore County grand jury in separate, 19-count indictments, on charges of felony Medicaid fraud, conspiracy to commit Medicaid fraud and felony theft, according to the attorney general's office.

Tammy Smith, who is a state-licensed certified social worker authorized to provide clinical therapy services, and her husband are alleged to have submitted from August 1999 to February 2004 a series of claims for Medicaid payment that falsely represented that Tammy Smith and her group practice, Family and Children Enrichment Services, had provided services to Medicaid recipients, according to the attorney general's office.

The case is being prosecuted by the attorney general's office's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.


School budget hearing set tomorrow

The Baltimore County school board is scheduled to hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Ridge Ruxton School to hear comments from the community on its proposed operating budget for the coming fiscal year, which starts July 1.

The board is expected to approve the proposed $1.16 billion spending plan at its Feb. 13 meeting.

Sign-up to speak during the hearing is set to begin at 6 p.m. at the school, 6916 Charles St., Towson.


GBMC plans libraries open house

Greater Baltimore Medical Center will hold an open house for the new Middendorf Consumer Health Library and John E. Savage Medical Library from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. today.

Tours will be offered of the new 3,000-square-foot facility, which includes computers, collections of health and wellness books, brochures and videos and a support group room.

The new facility, off GBMC's main lobby, offers consumers a resource for finding the latest in medical information.

Free screenings for hearing, glucose and Dexa testing for osteoporosis are being offered; no appointments are necessary.

The Middendorf Foundation, based in Baltimore, contributed $500,000 to the project, and Verizon Communications donated $75,000 for technology equipment.

Information: 443-849-3301. Parking is available in Garage D.

Middle River

Chief planner to speak Feb. 7

Arnold "Pat" Keller, director of the Baltimore County Office of Planning, will speak at the Essex-Middle River Civic Council's general meeting at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7.

The meeting will be held at Victory Village Community Center, at Martin Boulevard and Compass Road. His topic will be "Forum-Based Codes," a possible solution to excessive infill development variances.

The civic council is an umbrella group of more than 20 organizations. Information: 410-686-1358.

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