City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

March 27, 2007

Home-invasion robbery brings man, 23, a sentence of 83 years

A 23-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced in Circuit Court yesterday to 83 years in prison for a home-invasion robbery.

Terrance Wynn of the 3100 block of Chesterfield Ave., near Clifton Park, was convicted in January by a city jury of robbery, assault, using a handgun in the commission of a felony, reckless endangerment and false imprisonment. He was sentenced by Circuit Judge Allen L. Schwait

Prosecutors say that on Aug. 28, 2004, Wynn entered a home in the 3100 block of Ravenwood Ave. under the guise of purchasing a T-shirt. Wynn and an accomplice assaulted a man there. They also held the man and two women captive, prosecutors say. Wynn and the accomplice robbed the three of about $40,000 in cash, clothing, a cell phone, jewelry and compact discs, prosecutors said.

Julie Bykowicz

Baltimore: Citywide

Liquor commissioner nominees due review

The names of three new Baltimore liquor commissioners have been forwarded to the Senate Executive Nominations Committee for review and voting, according to a clerk for the committee. The nominees are: Stephan W. Fogleman, an attorney who ran against city State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy last year; Harvey Jones, a city code enforcement officer who works with the Baltimore Development Corp.; and Elizabeth Smith, a community outreach and public policy specialist with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The nominations, made by Gov. Martin O'Malley and state senators from the city, likely will be voted on tomorrow. If the vote is favorable, the nominations will be forwarded to the full Senate for final approval.

Lynn Anderson

Mayor to speak at NAACP meeting

Mayor Sheila Dixon is scheduled to speak tonight at the monthly general membership meeting of the Baltimore branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The meeting - which is free and open to the public - is set for 6 p.m. at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave.

Md. health secretary to address gathering

Maryland's health secretary, John M. Colmers, will deliver the keynote address at the 22nd annual meeting of the board of directors of Health Care for the Homeless Inc., a Baltimore nonprofit organization that provides medical aid and other services to people without regular shelter.

The meeting is to be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at the Jim Rouse Visionary Center of Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. The event is free and open to the public.

Howard County: Circuit Court

Counselor admits ignoring patient

A former counselor at a Columbia group home for the disabled received a suspended sentence yesterday after pleading guilty to abusing a 28-year-old male patient last year, prosecutors said. Karen Ashimi, 40, of Parkville, pleaded guilty in Howard County Circuit Court to the misdemeanor charge of abuse of a vulnerable adult. Ashimi failed to provide medical treatment March 10 last year to an autistic and bipolar patient with a head cut at the Linwood Center group home in the 5700 block of Sweetwind Place, according to Assistant Attorney General Catherine Schuster Pascale. Howard County Circuit Judge Lenore Gelfman sentenced Ashimi to a suspended term of 18 months in jail and ordered her to serve three years of supervised probation.

Tyrone Richardson

Harford County: Churchville

Truck driver given 7 years in boy's death

A dump truck driver who caused the death of a 7-year-old boy after spilling a ton and a half of gravel onto a Harford County road was sentenced to seven years in prison, Harford County State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly said yesterday. The driver, Kevin G. DiGennaro, 48, of Dundalk, was convicted of manslaughter last week for releasing the gravel onto state Route 136 near Churchville and leaving the scene in March of 2005. Maryland law requires truck drivers to remove spills and mark road hazards. Devon Sandmeier was killed when the vehicle in which he was riding came upon the spill and went out of control, striking an oncoming car and flipping. Harford County Circuit Court Judge Thomas E. Marshall handed down the sentence.

Justin Fenton

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