Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

June 21, 2007

Pedestrian killed Tues. was a Carroll resident

A Carroll County woman was identified yesterday as the pedestrian who died after being hit by a car in Rosedale on Tuesday night, Baltimore County authorities said.

Linda Gayle Jaeger, 37, of the 5800 block of Melville Ave. in Sykesville was crossing U.S. 40 near Lorraine Avenue shortly after 9 p.m. when she walked into the path of an car, said Bill Toohey, a spokesman for the county Police Department.

Jaeger, who was wearing dark-colored clothing, was not at a crosswalk when she was hit by a 2004 Chevy Malibu that was traveling west on U.S. 40, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, Shaunise Paulette Wise, 22, of the 2400 block of Loyola Northway in Baltimore, was not injured, police said.

Toohey said the investigation is continuing.

Jenny Hopkinson

Towson

Inmates can testify in murder trial

Statements that two former Baltimore County Detention Center inmates made to police can be used for the prosecution in the capital murder trial of a man charged with killing a merchant last year at Security Square Mall, a judge ruled yesterday.

Jennifer Aist, an assistant public defender representing Brian Keith Rose, had argued that the statements should be barred because the inmates were "acting at the behest of the state" with the expectation of "something in return."

County Circuit Judge Susan M. Souder disagreed.

The judge postponed ruling on the admissibility of statements from a third inmate to await additional testimony. Details of what the inmates told police were not revealed during the hearing.

Rose, 22, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted carjacking and attempted armed robbery in the January 2006 fatal shooting of Warren T. Fleming, 31, owner of Security Square Mall's Cingular Wireless store. Fleming was killed beside his car on the shopping center's parking lot.

The trial is scheduled to begin in October. Prosecutors have filed notice of their intent to seek the death penalty.

Nick Shields

Towson

County employee appeals demotion

A Baltimore County employee who was demoted and transferred after she complained of co-workers' "jungle-bunny music" in the office is seeking to have the punishment overturned.

Graceann Shipe, 42, says she did not know the term is considered racially offensive, attorney C. Stephen Basinger told The Baltimore Examiner, and is appealing in county Circuit Court on the grounds that a statement isn't a racial slur if it isn't intended as one.

"She didn't realize the statement could have been thought of as harmful and had no intention of doing that," Basinger said. "She has a history of being open to everyone."

According to county records, Shipe was supervising clerical staff in the county's code enforcement office in March when she asked a white co-worker to turn down a Journey song on the radio because she didn't want to listen to "their jungle-bunny music." She gestured toward the desks of two black co-workers as she spoke.

Shipe testified before a personnel board that said she used the term because the music reminded her of "the Energizer bunny, loud and obnoxious with noisy, banging cymbals."

Basinger submitted letters or testimony from 20 people, stating that they don't consider the term racially insensitive. Shipe was not given a verbal warning, a written warning or diversity training before she was demoted and transferred, Basinger said.

But the county's Personnel and Salary Review Advisory Board ruled that Shipe, as a supervisor, should have known better.

"The board finds that Shipe's `jungle-bunny music' statement was offensive and inappropriate in the work place," the board ruled. "Supervisors are held to a high standard and having completed the county's supervisory certificate program, Shipe should know better."

Associated Press

Glen Arm

Bridge work to close road 2 weekends

Construction to replace a bridge on Glen Arm Road, just north of Manor Road, will require the road to be shut down for two weekends, officials said.

Glen Arm Road will be shut down from 7 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday and again from 7 p.m. Friday, June 29, through 5 a.m. Monday, July 2.

On both weekends, Glen Arm will not be a through road.

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