City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

April 21, 2007

Baltimore : Fells Point

Police recover man's body

The body of an elderly man was found floating off Thames Point in Fells Point yesterday morning, a Baltimore police spokesman said. Authorities received several 911 calls about 9 a.m. and found the body a short time later.

Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman, said the man did not have identification, but there were no apparent signs of foul play. The state medical examiner's office will determine the cause of the man's death.

Anica Butler

West side

Girl, 13, shot watching fight

A 13-year-old West Baltimore girl was hospitalized last night after being shot in the stomach, police said.

The girl, whose name was not released, told police she was walking in the 2500 block of Arunah Ave. about 2:45 p.m. when she saw an altercation, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. She said she walked over to watch the fight.

As the girl left the scene, Monroe said, she realized she had been shot and walked to her nearby home.

The girl was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Monroe said, adding that her injuries were not life-threatening.

Sara Neufeld

East side

Fire breaks out at elementary

A small fire broke out about lunchtime yesterday in the boys bathroom of an East Baltimore elementary school, fire officials said.

The fire was extinguished by the time the firefighters arrived at Moravia Park Elementary school, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a department spokesman. He said the fire was started about 12:20 p.m. in a trash can and fueled with toilet paper.

Cartwright said there were no injuries.

Annie Linskey

Anne Arundel

: Fort Meade

Grant sought for bus service

Anne Arundel County requested a $432,000 federal grant yesterday to buy three buses that would ferry defense workers between Fort Meade and MARC train stops in Odenton and Savage.

If the Federal Transit Administration approves the grant, the county would jump into the bus business.

Currently, the local government subsidizes transit service offered by Annapolis Transit and Corridor Transportation Corp.

County Executive John R. Leopold said he has directed $108,000 in the fiscal 2008 budget for Anne Arundel's share of the bus cost, totaling $540,000. With all of the funding, he said, the service could be available as early as next year.

Lothian

Man sentenced for child porn

A Lothian man who was sharing online child pornography photos with 1,800 other computer users when state troopers arrived at his home was sentenced yesterday to one year in jail.

Charles Bernard Carder, 58, pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing child pornography through his home computer.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Paul A. Hackner also sentenced the longtime electrical company driver to five years of probation. He suspended another nine years in prison.

Andrea F. Siegel

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