City / County Digest


May 18, 2007

Bar owner's liquor license suspended 10 days

The Baltimore liquor board yesterday suspended the license of a South Baltimore club owner for 10 calendar days for allowing two patrons under age 21 to consume alcohol at a dance party this month.

The board handed Club Mate owner Vu Huynh the penalty in addition to a $50 fine because, as board Chairman Stephan Fogleman said, "We take underage drinking very seriously."

Huynh was hosting a "college night" May 5 when liquor inspectors found two patrons, both 20, with alcohol. Such events are open to college-age individuals, but only those 21 or older may be served alcohol.

The license suspension begins at noon today and covers two weekends.

Lynn Anderson


: School system

2 more indicted amid bribery probe

The state prosecutor's office announced indictments yesterday charging two more people in a continuing investigation into alleged bribery and corruption in the Baltimore school system's facilities and maintenance department.

Ashita A. Patel, 45, of Columbia and Stephen J. Weissenberger, 55, of Towson are accused of bribing Rajiv Dixit, a former schools facilities manager who is serving a five-year prison sentence, the prosecutor's office said.

The indictments are the 12th and 13th in the investigation. Ten people have been convicted, among them Dixit, who admitted to conspiring to steal millions of dollars from the city schools.

Weissenberger, a service manager with Johnson Controls, faces one count of bribery and is accused of trying to curry favor with Dixit by giving him an air-conditioning unit.

Patel, who formerly owned an Exxon gas station with Dixit, faces three counts of bribery, theft and conspiracy to commit theft. The Baltimore grand jury indictment alleges that she conspired with Dixit to steal $32,000 from the school system through fraudulent invoices.

Gadi Dechter


: Cleanup

Marketing agency chosen for campaign

The Baltimore marketing agency Planit has been selected to lead a multimedia campaign planned by Mayor Sheila Dixon to try to clean up the city, Dixon officials announced yesterday.

City officials said they expect the contract will be for $2 million over two years, with funds raised by the nonprofit Baltimore Community Foundation.

Dixon has said one of her top priorities is to make Baltimore "cleaner and greener."


: Basketball

3-on-3 tourney set for this weekend

The United Way of Central Maryland and two other groups are sponsoring a three-on-three basketball tournament Saturday and Sunday to benefit social causes.

Businesses are encouraged to sponsor teams that will compete in what organizers are calling the "Triple U Invitational Basketball Tournament." United Parcel Service and the University of Baltimore Athletic Club are co-sponsors.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at the University of Baltimore Athletic Center, 1420 N. Charles St.

Harford County

: Bel Air Bypass

One dies, one hurt in head-on crash

State Police are investigating a head-on collision in Harford County on Wednesday evening that left one person dead and another injured.

Eddie Lee Wheeler Jr. of the 3300 block of Ady Road, near Street in northern Harford County, was pronounced dead at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air shortly after the crash, police said.

Wheeler was driving a 1996 Dodge Neon north on the Bel Air Bypass road south of Winters Run Bridge when he crossed the center line and hit a southbound 2001 Ford F-350 pickup truck, police said. The driver of the truck, Robert Joseph Schley, 39, of Joppa, declined medical treatment, police said.

The collision, which occurred about 5 p.m., sent both vehicles across the northbound lanes of the road, where they were hit by two other cars - a 2002 Nissan Frontier and a 2004 Dodge Ram. Police said Edward Raymond Rolek, 38, of Forest Hill was driving the Dodge Ram and was taken to Upper Chesapeake with injuries that were not life-threatening, while the other driver, James Gregory Schriver, 43, of Bel Air was unhurt.

The fatality brought the state's traffic death toll to 164 this year, compared with 191 at the same time a year ago.

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