City / County Digest


May 05, 2007

`D.C. Madam' says UMBC professor worked for her

Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called D.C. Madam, said in an interview on ABC's 20/20 last night that she employed Brandy Britton, a former assistant college professor from Howard County, as an escort before Britton committed suicide in January.

Britton, 43, a sociologist and former assistant professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, became an escort for financial reasons, Palfrey told ABC reporter Brian Ross.

Britton had a "great job title, great position, all the respect in the world. But she wasn't making enough money," Palfrey said. "So she decided to do a little moonlighting."

Britton was found dead inside her Ellicott City home Jan. 27, days before she was to be evicted and her trial on prostitution charges was to begin. Palfrey, who is facing federal charges of running a prostitution business, also said a Naval Academy instructor worked for her.

David Nitkin and Josh Mitchell

Anne Arundel

: Waysons Corner

Body found in pond tied to disappearance

A body believed to be that of a man who disappeared after going swimming this week was found yesterday afternoon in an Anne Arundel County pond, county police said.

The body, discovered about 2:30 p.m. in a 2-acre pond on Sands Road in Waysons Corner, bore no obvious signs of foul play, said Capt. Thomas Rzepkowski of the county police. An autopsy was scheduled for today.

"It was reported as a drowning, and there's been nothing that we've discovered since that it would be anything other than that," Rzepkowski said.

The body is presumed to be that of Larry Lester, about 50, of Lothian, who had been swimming with friends in the pond this week and failed to rejoin the others when they were leaving.


: Curtis Bay

3rd man arrested in strip club holdup

Baltimore police have arrested a third man wanted in connection with the holdup last month of a Baltimore strip club that officials said was interrupted by two off-duty police officers.

Members of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force arrested David Robinson, 34, at an unspecified location in Prince George's County on Thursday, police said. Robinson, who lives in Mount Rainier, has been charged in a warrant with armed robbery and other related charges in connection with the April 5 incident at Fantasies Night Club in the 5500 block of Pennington Ave.

Police said two men entered the club about 2 a.m. and announced a robbery. Ond one man fired a shot into the ceiling. The off-duty police officers shot the pair, killing one man and wounding another. Police said they believe Robinson was acting as the getaway driver.

Gus G. Sentementes


Young musicians to perform today

More than 200 Baltimore students will be performing as part of Stringfest 2007 at 1 p.m. today at Northwestern High School, 6900 Park Heights Ave. The concert will feature four levels of string orchestras and ensembles. The event - put together by the Baltimore Talent Development Center, an after-school city music program, and Friends of BTEC Inc. - is free and open to the public.

Charles Village

Buddhist Network to hold event

The Buddhist Network of Greater Baltimore will celebrate milestones in Buddha's life tomorrow at St. John's Church, St. Paul and 27th streets in Charles Village. Members of Buddhist communities will explain their traditions during the free annual event, which starts at 2 p.m. More information is available at, or call Jeff Covey at 410-230-1817.


Pratt branch reopens Monday

The Northwood branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system is set to reopen Monday after almost two months of renovations, according to library officials. The building, at 4420 Loch Raven Blvd., is 47 years old, the library said.

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